Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Woolly Mammoth 5K

Another week, another 5K. We had so much fun doing the 5K last week that we decided to run the Historical Society's Woolly Mammoth 5K. Woolly Mammoth bones, discovered in the lake area, are on display in the museum, and this race was to raise funds to the display. We weren't sure what to expect at the 'European Style Race'. After running the race, I can guess that European Style means cross country, trail running. The race started in an open field, but immediately went to dirt paths through a forest. Up and down hills, over roots and uneven surfaces, through mud patches and even straight through streams. Very fun, but also very challenging.

Kate and William, by far the youngest to run in the race, stuck together during the course then sprinted it out to the end, each determined to cross the finish line first. I was so proud of them because it was a very difficult course.

Even my mom did the race.She kept Harold Coleman, race director and conveniently also a funeral director, busy. He continually rode the four-wheeler out to check on her during the race. She refused his offers of a ride and stuck it out to the finish. Here we are cheering her on as she crosses the finish line.

The finishers!

And (oh, it's nice to compete in a small town!) the medalists. I got a 2nd place medal in my age group, and my mom got the 1st place medal in hers. Poor Kate and William were stuck in the Under 17 category, which is terribly competitive with all of the high school cross country kids who are fast.

My mom's post-race lunch...pie and coffee!

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