There were races all over the place this past weekend and I didn’t decide which one I would run until Saturday morning. I ran the Beach Blast last year and it was a lot of fun so I decided to run it again this year. It’s one of Peter Asciutto’s Vac & Dash races, which are always good. With his quirky races and non-stop promotional abilities, Peter has turned the small city of Albemarle (population about 15,000) into a running mecca. I would be willing to bet there are more runners per capita in Albemarle than in any city in North Carolina, and possibly more than any community in the entire nation.
As I’ve been doing lately, I did a video of the race and I’ll include some photos as well to tell the story.
Here’s the video…
|Before the race I asked Sharon Davis about the hills (I never remember those
kinds of details). She gave us a hill-by-hill account of what we could expect.
“It starts out with just a little uphill incline…”
|The universal symbol for the top of the hill.|
|Then a little bit steeper incline.|
|And this one had me scared.|
|This was the first major hill. It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, but just
after the first hill is a second bigger hill. It’s actually more noticeable when
you’re running it (or trying to).
|This steep hill was the last on in the race (and possibly the one that
Sharon Davis was warning me about). Notice the red sign on the left
that says, “The Last Hill.”
|Approaching the finish line.|
|Gary Parks just after crossing the finish line.|
|Always a good post-race celebration after a Vac & Dash race!|
|Peter Asciutto, Mr. Vac & Dash himself!|
|Results were promptly posted after the race.|