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March 04, 2007

River Run week!

Race - Retro River Run 3-3-2007River Run week got off to a fun start last night with the Retro Ruver Run 5k. Tube socks and afros everywhere. The race started on Coastline Drive and meandered through dowtown, then over the Main Street Bridge, back over the Acosta Bridge and finishing on Hogan Street. I didn’t start my watch until we turned left on Market. The track on the map is very wobbly because James and I started near the back of over 2,000 runners and had to zig-zag considerably. He was pushing Maddy in the jogging stroller, so ft was easier for me to weave through traffic.

I decided to pick up the pace on Hogan just before Monroe. I had a blast looking at all of the great costumes and catching up with friends. On the bridges, I would run as hard as I could until I reached a wall of runners. I would slow down until there was a break and pick up the pace again. I ran pretty hard down the Acosta.

Other things to look forward to include a fun run with Bill Rogers and Todd Williams on Monday evening at Epping Forest. The Pasta Dinner at the River Club is on Thursday night. Meb Keflezighi, Bill Rodgers, Hal Higdon, Todd Williams, and other running luminaries will be there. The Expo and packet pick-up are on Thursday and Friday and the big race in on Saturday.

This will be my 7th River Run, and 5th consecutive. I also ran the race in 1986 and 1987. I remember the finish of the 1987 race being less than spectacular. Along the race course, a group had set up an unofficial water station. But instead of water, they served that super sweet citrus concoction known as Sunny Delight. It was a warm day, I was running hard and undertrained. As I crossed the finish line, I puked Sunny Delight all over the street. Nice memory, eh? Maybe that's why I went on a 16-year hiatus from the race.