|O-Dark-30 Waiting for my ride|
|Jim and I at Amerson River Park|
|Cotton t-shirt art|
The weather started out cloudy with the temperature in the low 50's when we arrived. It climbed into the mid-60's by the time the race was over and we were waiting for the awards presentation.
The course was all on the wide concrete walking path inside the park. Orange cones and directional signs were placed to direct the runners where to turn or go straight with one intersection changing from a right turn to a go straight after the first lap. It was a little confusing.
Considering the date, Christmas Eve, we were probably lucky to have the 52 runner and walkers who participated. I chatted with a couple from Jacksonville, Florida, my hometown and another couple from Decatur, Georgia where Susan and I lived for a dozen years before Atlanta's traffic drove us south to Jonesboro and closer to my work.
The race started and this time I started my Garmin watch as planned. I wasn't so smart when I ran my last race in September, also with Jim. I wrote about that race, the Forest Park Autumn 5K Run/Walk at the end of my landscaping project blog. For the Winter Harvest 5K, I took off right behind a younger runner who I would later learn was an 18 year old kid named Brandon. Behind me was John, the runner from Decatur. John stayed behind me the whole race. Brandon was long gone after the first mile. As we came up on the 3 mile point I yelled back to John that we might have taken a wrong turn. I think we were both concerned. I was going as fast as I could and wasn't excited about adding any unneeded mileage. We continued on and eventually the trail led us back the start/finish line. Brandon was first, I was second, and John was 3rd overall. The first female finished after John.
|John, Neil, and Brandon - 3rd, 2nd, and 1st (l-r)|
|1st Place Female runner and 4th overall in red|
|Jim with his 1st Place Age-Group Medal|
|My 1st place Master Award|
Merry Christmas and Happy Near Year!
Thanks for reading.