Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ground Hog 5k

   
      This is one of my favorite races.  This is the second time that I have gone up to Punxsutawney, home of Punxsutawney Phil the weather man, for their community ground hog festival.  This race is different in two ways.  The race starts in the evening at 7pm and is always on the eve of the 4th of July.  The other thing that makes it different is the festival.  Food, rides, music, games,people selling Phil stuff and FOOD!  Normally I go to a race, run, stay of the medals, and head home, with the festival there is just more to do.
      Twenty minutes before the race a fast moving thunder storm rolled into town.  I do not care about running in the rain, however lightning is a different story.  The race was delayed until about 7:20.  The rain storm had temporarily cooled off the air.  About a mile into the race the heat came back.  This course is rolling hills.  It is a challenge, but it is fun.  I finished in 22:46, 32nd overall so lots of fast people.  Then it was off to the festival for some very unhealthy food. :o)
(Did not win a medal, this time)

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