Sunday, May 10, 2009

Run-Amuck

Does This Jogbra Make Me Look Fat?

Uh, yeah. That's the name of the team that Chris and I competed in yesterday in the Run-Amuck, a two-person obstacle course relay connected with the Reno River Festival.

The race consisted of two 2.5 mile loops from Wigfield park in downtown REno through Idlewild Park, a little to the west. There were various obstacles set up along the way, including hay bales, a big mud pit (hence the "muck"), bop bags and football blockers, a crab walk, and some weird balloon-between-the-knees-thing. Wasn't incredibly well organized or staffed, and there was some confusion as to what was going on...

Anyway, I met Chris down there about an hour before the start, and we got organized and checked out the scene. What a zoo down there! The expo part just kept going. spreading out all over the area. Here's a shot from the Arlington Street Bridge, looking down on the kayak competition:



We decided to take a little warm-up run, but before that, we took a couple "before" pictues. I think the normal one ended up on Chris's camera, but this is what I've got. I can't believe I'm putting this on the internet, but here goes:



Yeah. I'm the white one. You checkin' out my butt, Chris? Take a picture, it'll last longer. Oh yeah - your wife did...

So we went for a warmup jog and quick look at the course, getting a lot of comments along the way (like "Oh THAT'S gay...") and got back just in time to line up in the corrals. Chris went out first, and I got to wait around in a packed cattle-like enclosure, with no room to stretch or anything, stiffening up and getting super thirsty. Chris was first back from his look, and I grabbed the soap from him (the "baton" was a bar of Ivory, I didn't mention?) and took off. Dang, I was thirsty at that point. Glad for a water table about 3/4 of a mile in.

I negotiated the hay bales, looped around the far end of the course, and headed for the mud pit. I was passing a few of the slower people at this point, and it seemed like the few course officials that were out weren't ready for the second round yet. But I dove right into the mud pit, crawled my way through, and sloshed out the other side. Got mud EVERYWHERE, which I guess was the point. Didn't think it'd get so far up my nose, though. Bounced off a couple of football players, crabwalked for awhile, did the balloon dance, and was done. I'm not even sure how far behind second was, but I never saw them.

So yeah - we won! Honestly, the first race I've ever won - closest I've come was another relay with Chris, where we took first male relay, second team. But here's a picture of the dirty duo:



Little chilly there, Chris? Jeez...

The awards weren't for another two hours, so we after a cleansing dip in the river, we hung out (wearing different shirts to avoid chick tan lines) and had a beer and some food. Finally the awards came, and we got some super bling-ey medals, a bag of swag including a watch and some gift certificates, and a Bud Light grill (more of a hibachi on a stand.) And of course a snuggle from the Bud Light girls, which was the real prize. ;)



The bad news: almost immediately after the race, I started feeling crappy. It felt like I had just got some dirt up my nose, but now it feels like a bad cold. Maybe it has something to do with the mud, I dunno. At any rate, I'm miserable now. Hoep I recover in time for the Silver State 50/50 Half next weekend. I'd totally do the Run Amuck again., though - I'm not sure about Chris's idea for "Team Banana Hammock", though...

6 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Oh MAN am I bummed I didn't get to watch that! You look quite a bit muddier than Chris at the end there~? Congrats to you both on taking the "gold!" You rock! Hope you feel better soon and get all the dirt outta your nose... :)

slowrunner77 said...

that name was NOT my idea...it was the 40-year-old-buff-chick-who-was-upset-the-dj-didn't-spank-her ('s) idea! My addition to her banana hammock garb was dependent on what color speedo we like...obviously banana hammock for yellow...and grape smugglers for green and/or purple :)
I'll get the blog up with some more pics tomorrow.

Turi said...

Maybe we need to find one of each color then, huh?

SnowLeopard said...

I'm all for that~ ;)

HiAltDawg said...

Dude,
I met your kids this morning--you're a winner everyday!

Peter Lubbers said...

Too funny--those medals (saw them up close on Chris's blog) are definitely bling-ey!