I was Co-Director of the St. Louis Triathlon Club's Frozen Buns Run 5k & 10k on Jan 19th. I was taken on since the club is going to start rotating RDs. Overall, everything went well. I can't think of any serious problems we had other than trying to get our logo on the fuel belt race number belts that we gave out instead of t-shirts. (You'd be surprised at how many people wanted a t-shirt instead. Personally, I only want t-shirts for bigger/longer races. I have too many race shirts as it is.) Race day went very well, except for the wind almost blowing away the finish line structure. There was one complaint but, it was based on a false rumor.
Last weekend was the US Cross Country Championships in St. Louis. Since I was signed up for all 5 of the Frostbite Series, I also got to run the Community 4k as a bonus. I've never run a XC race before but, I wish I had ran the course at least once over the past month. It's amazing how much harder it is to run on grass than pavement. I've heard about the difference but never bothered to experience it. The race went well, it was a 2k course that had a decent variation of terrain. I figured the course was going to be crowded the whole way since they claimed there were 1,000 people running. (Looking around at the start line and the results proved this number to be highly inflated.) It was exactly the opposite, lots of room to run about 3.6k of the race. I'm not sure if I should be pleased with my time or not but I ran it in 22:40. I was thinking I would run sub 8s but then I ran a practice lap and realized that wasn't going to be possible. Either way I still had fun.
Later that day I headed back with the nurse and the pup to watch the Men's and Women's Open races. I don't know if I've seen an Olympic athlete in my life but, I did that weekend. Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor and Dathan Ritzenhein were all running.
Shalane Winning the Women's Race
Ryan Hall chatting it up after Sara finished
Chris Derrick Winning the Men's Race
Dathan Ritzenhein Finishing Second
This would have been much funnier on Sunday night but, if you're still upset about the 49ers loss...there are some people (other than Raven's fans) who are happy about it.