The run benefited the Thin Blue Line of Michigan . The Michigan State Police hosted the run and our race shirts list the names of 4 fallen police officers from the past year.
Their families were there and walking in their memory. Police vehicles were present to tour, etc. A motorcycle club that is affiliated with law enforcement (retired, etc) helped with the race, as well. There was a chaplain that gave a prayer prior to a bag piper playing "Amazing Grace". Very touching!The bag piper then led us all in a procession to the start of the race. Very cool!The downside is that the race wasn't chip timed. I had such a great race that I wonder what my time would have been had it been chip timed! Oh well. Ha! I felt great, despite the numb legs (yes, the opening ceremony and procession were cool but we stood out in the cold a lot longer than we would have otherwise!) The last mile was all trail in the middle which had me stepping cautiously, but I had been behind this same kid for the longest! He was probably 12, maybe and was more concerned about me than actually running. When I got closer to him, he would speed up! OMG! I thought he would fall since he spent so much time looking over his shoulder!So here is where I admit that I am
My official time for 5k #7, Trail Race #1...~27:33~I placed 2nd in my age group.
Ironically, this is the first race I have been in that only gives a medal for the 1st person in each age group. Admission #2...I think it would be cool to have gotten a medal.I don't think that makes me a bad person, does it?! Ha!Being happy about beating a kid that was 30 years younger than me might, but the medal things is ok...Right?!
It has been a great day! My sweetie had a great relay race this weekend, I treated myself to a movie, and I have (so far) exceeded all my running goals and am still shocked, amazed and proud of myself!
I hope everyone has had a great race weekend!