Sunday, April 24, 2011

2011 Race for Riley

I'm looking forward to the 2011 Race for Riley being held on April 30th in Palmetto, Georgia at the Serenbe community.  This is more of an event than just a race and includes a 5K run, bike rides of varying distances, BBQ, etc.  Last year's race and ride were hampered by rain so I'm hoping for better weather this year.  The 10-day forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a low temperature of 58 and a high of 80 degrees.

The race benefits the Joseph Sams School for special needs children.

The 5K course starts and ends at the Serenbe community.  This is a different 5K course from the previous year.  I believe Gary Jenkins will be the race director again this year.  Gary always does a good job.

In addition to competing in the 5K race, I plan to ride the 65 mile bike ride which also starts at the farmhouse.  The course winds through the Palmetto and Chattahoochee Hill countryside.  Many of the roads are part of the popular "silk sheets" rides known for their smooth pavement.  This will be a good last hurrah before the Gulf Coast Triathlon at Panama City Beach, Florida on May 7th.  Susan will bike the 32 mile course.  There is also a 13 mile bike ride.

I hope to see, and compete against, some of my Federal Aviation Administration and National Weather Service buddies on Saturday.

Update: 4/27 - I changed the 5K map to reflect a new course.