Race Recap: Nick Teddy 5k

by Stephanie on September 17, 2014 · 0 comments

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Last Saturday was yet another 5k with my sister!  She is knocking out her goal of 100 5ks and I love helping.

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Nicholas Theodore Strub, after whom the race is named, lost a battle with a type of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma.  There is a foundation in his name and the 5k is a fundraiser.

The race was in Port Byron, IL, right near the Mississippi River.  They advertised that race day packet pickup ended at 8:30 despite the 5k not starting until 10 AM.  They had a family 1 mile race and a kid’s 1/4 mile race that they did first.  The waiting wasn’t too bad.  It was chilly but they had some food, water, and plenty of raffle and silent auction items to look at to pass time.

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Pre-race photo.  As usual, Dean is hard to see and my hair is out of control.

Lots of people got to meet the dogs, Dean and Lola, while we were waiting for the start of the 5k.  Dean was really good the whole time until we had to line up to start the race.  Then he got all excited and starting whining and darn near howling.  Luckily people recognized that these were excited sounds and not someone-is-trying-to-kill-me sounds.  It was worse at the Glow Run 5k when Dean’s big brother dog Satchmo was there.  Those two just feed off each other and “talk” like crazy!

The course was an out and back on the river bike path which, in this case, was more like one or two streets removed from the actual riverfront.  The path was a little narrow to have 250 runners coming and going past each other.  My sister and I had to walk most of the first half single file which didn’t promote chatting.  Once we turned around it was better.  The course also passed by some construction (they are building a new library) and there was a decent amount of gravel in some areas on the course.  If I had been running I would have worried about stepping on a rock wrong and turning an ankle, as I’m known to do.

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The pups with Teddy, the race mascot

About a half mile from the finish we passed by the videographer.  He called out something along the lines of “look at those 3 young dogs!” which just left Mindy and I wondering which one of us was the dog and which wasn’t.  He called out “I can’t count!  I meant two!” and we all had a good laugh about it.

After the race we got the typical banana, bagel, and water.  Then we got in line for the free food at the BBQ food truck.  We got a free pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, and chips.  Pretty sweet deal for a 5k!  The also had bounce houses and games for the kids.  Dean thought the little basketballs from the shooting game looked like something he should fetch.

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Mindy and I hung out with the dogs  watching the river and chatting until 12:45 to see if we won any raffles (we didn’t) or silent auctions (we both did).

All in all it was a fun little race!

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