Race #19 – Chase for Cupid’s Arrow 5k – Rutherford College NC – 02/14/09
Maybe I’m showing my age a little bit (there’s a scoop for ya) but this week’s trip to the town of Rutherford College, North Carolina (population 1,272) provided a welcome return to normalcy after the pandemonium at last week’s Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh. We had originally planned on running the Cupid’s Cup race in Charlotte but last week my long-time friend Michael Fox emailed me and said he was going to run in Rutherford College. Michael is the inventor of the Dulcijo and is one of the world’s greatest clawhammer banjo players (and the fella who taught me to play the banjo 30-something years ago). So Linda and I changed gears and headed to Rutherford College. The course was a challenge, with a couple of steep hills, but the run through the countryside (you can see it in the photos) was spectacular.
I stopped about ten times during the race to snap a picture. I figure I’m not going to win anyway so a few extra seconds shouldn’t matter, and in the end all three of us — Michael, Linda, and I — all placed 3rd in our respective age groups. That’s one of the fringe benefits of smaller races — a much higher likelihood of placing in the top 3 in your age group. So if you like such things as medals and trophies (and I do) it’s a definite plus. I think there were about 130 runners in this race.
The race was well organized, the after-race food was good, and the long-sleeved T-shirts were among the best we’ve seen (you can see them in some of the photos I’m posting). One other nice touch for us old guys was that during the awards presentation they started with the older runners first and worked their way back to the younger runners. Ordinarily it’s the other way around, and by the time they get around to the geriatric set all of the young folks have gone home and there’s nobody left but us old people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we still appreciate an attaboy or two every now and again.
Overall, this was one of those races that makes me happy to be a runner.
(Race Results are Below.)
6 – 4/6 Number of Participants (4 for less than 100; 6 for 100 or more)
7 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)