Saturday, October 30, 2010

Scheels Spark-a-delic 5K/10K

Despite today being a rest day on my training schedule, I felt like doing a race. Fortunately, there were a couple in town today to choose from, and I decided on the Scheels Spark-a-delic 10K. I did this race a couple of years ago, and the Scheels races are usually pretty good with the prizes and stuff, so off I went.

But first - there was a costume contest. 1970s themed. I rooted around in a box in the shed, found some disco pants and a big-collared shirt, accessorized a bit, and threw a wig on. Oh, and a mascara mustache. OK, ready to go.

The 10K route was a preview of the Turkey Trot course - it's moving from over by the Sparks Marina to being hosted by Scheels. It had a bit in common with the old course - the turnaround on Brierly, an out-and-back on Lillard - but then spends some time on the bike path next to Sparks Boulevard, doing a big out-and-back north to Springland Drive. That'll be interesting with the Turkey Trot crowd all trying to fit two ways on the bike path...



I held a pretty good pace, in the 8:20 range, and even passed a few people near the end. Made the rookie mistake of forgetting to stop my watch at the finish, though, so I don't have a good time yet - 51:something, I think. Gives me a good goal to break 50 at the Turkey Trot. At any rate, it was good enough for a 2nd place age group medal and a $10 Scheels gift card. The costume contest went to a fat Elvis with a much better wig than I had...



Update - my daughter decorated my disco medallions to match the race medal. Oh, and results are posted at active.com.

2 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Awww, Sofia is such a cutie! Congrats on your medal(s), and winning race swag- it always makes a race seem like so much more fun when you win stuff. :) Wish I could've been running with ya~

Matt L. said...

Great post! We love reading about runners in our races. Looks like you had a great time and good luck with the Turkey Trot!

Matt L.
scheels.com