Sunday, January 25, 2009

Winter Carnival 1/2 Shortened

Up until Friday night I still wasn't sure if I was going to run the Winter Carnival 1/2 Marathon. I wasn't sure if I wanted to drive for two hours in total to run 13 miles. I knew that I probably would though.

Friday night I received an email that because of the wind chill and cold temperature the 1/2 Marathon would be shortened to a 10K. The officials made my decision for me: no thanks.

Instead Topaz and I went for a lovely crisp 20 mile snowshoe run. I must say, I am certainly looking forward to the day when I no longer need to strap on the snowshoes. It will be heaven to run the trail with only shoes. Something to look forward to!

I was again offered to help coach the MDRA women's group this spring. I accepted, with honor. We're going to offer a women's boot camp this year, running 8 weeks. The draft of the schedule looks great; Diana Pierce will speak at one session, maybe even offering us some Saturday KARE 11 airtime, we'll take a 'field trip' to TC Running along with other speakers and highlights. I can't wait.

January is just about wrapped up, spring will be here before I know it!


Matthew Patten said...

This just drives me nuts.

What's the point of having a winter "frozen" half marathon if they are going to alter it due to cold weather?

Maybe they should keep the 1/2 distance and tell people "if you can't handle the cold, don't show up".

2 years ago there was a cross country ski race (high school) canceled due to snow. I don't get it.

Does this make me an elitist?

There, I got it off my chest.

SteveQ said...

I ran the Winter Carnival marathon (yes, full marathon) in 1982 and 1983. In '83, the windchill was -25; that's why they shortened it the next year. It seems everyone gets softer each year!

It's not the runners they worry about (they're prepared and signed waivers) - it's the volunteers, who have to stand in one place.

I get it, but I don't approve.

Kel said...

Speaking of spring, I saw a robin today!

David Ray said...

The volunteers getting cold, I can understand.

I saw actual daffodils blooming today. That one I don't understand, even in Georgia