Spirit of Benny 5k
Running the same bike trail week after does have one great advantage - You start to see the same people running the same path and thus, this is how friendships are formed!
|Getting our run on out on the Jail Trail er, El Dorado Bike Trail|
My newest running buddy is not only an amazing person but she just happens to be the Race Director of a fun community fundraising race event - The Spirit of Benny 5k & 10k held right here in Placerville. One Hundred percent of all proceeds made from the event are given to a non-profit called Partners in Care. That means that all race expenses (permits, medals, etc.) are completely out of pocket.
And why would my newest running buddy organize a race all out of pocket you might ask? Because she is passionate about the cause! You see, she had the misfortune of losing her son to a rare and fatal disorder of the nervous system a few years back. It all happened so fast. And with no one else to turn to, Partners in Care (a non-profit community organization dedicated to improving the care of the seriously ill) was there.
With heartfelt thanks to my friend Patty, I had the privilege of participating in this community event. I love races that start and finish only three miles away from where I reside. The race was well organized and really, I am not just saying this to be bias.The Start/Finish line area was festive that included a band. The course logistics were up to par, and I absolutely loved all the swag! Besides a tech shirt, I received a cute mesh bag, sunflower seeds to plant in memory of Benny (love this idea and can’t wait to plant them), and a logo decal.
It was somewhere in the middle of the second mile that I got pupped! Getting pupped is much like getting chicked, only it is by a dog instead of a girl. Of course, I can never really get chicked because, well I am a chick, but you get my drift. If Penny the Pup was there to race with me, she would have never allowed this to happen. That will teach me to leave her at the finish line! Still, I bow down to the little speedster cutie!
I crossed the finish line in 24:52. I finished 20 overall, 7th Female, 1st AG. I also managed to get a course PR. It was a fun morning and a great way to kick off the day as I had friends in town and we were going to indulge in some serious wine tasting business.
I am so happy I was able to participate in such a whole -
|The beautifully talented RD!|
|Carina and I before the sweat fest began!|
|Penny the Pup meeting Scooter. She didn't quite know what to think of him. Comedy at it's finest!|
|Clearly well after the race...|
|And, with wine in tow!|