|To run or not to run? What a silly question!|
As I drove to the race that morning, I didn't feel the weather was too bad. After I got to the race it wasn't too bad either. As I ran that morning, I thought, "this is perfect running weather." It was 55 degrees with a very light mist in the air. As I ran that morning we were hit with a little bit of wind in areas. 7 mph to be exact! It was an awesome time!
|Ready to run with Tonya! Tonya has run this race all 8 years!|
This was Runaway Pumpkin Half's 8th year. I have run this race every year except one, when my daughter was in her Senior year of cross country! It's one of my favorite half marathons. I love the loop course and I love the atmosphere of this race. It is really fun to dress up for this one, but you aren't required to do so. The course is FULL of volunteers who are happy to be helping. I love the bikers who come help out on the course every year! They are a great bunch of guys who help with traffic and help keep up runners/walkers safe.
The course was pretty! We started and ended at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon, OR. We ran through the park on a paved path and then turn off into a friendly neighborhood. There were people out on their porches cheering as we ran by. After running through the neighborhood we headed towards a country road and ran along a river for several miles. It's was so calming and beautiful with all the Fall leaves. I loved every minute of it! As we turned and ran across a bridge, a band was playing. I love running to the beat of the drums!
|Olivia and her husband Brandon who ran his first|
|The yummy food at the end. They even had it safely |
covered to stay dry in this "stormy" weather.
|We did it!!!!|
|Congratulations to Lacey|
This is a great race to put on your 2017 calendar. 100% profits goes to ABC House. Founded in 1997, they help abused and neglected children in the Benton and Linn Counties.
|Congratulations to Melissa, running her first half|