Favorite Road Race 2010

As a race participant my rating of races has changed over the years.  Appears most recently that a fun factor has trumped setting a personal record on a flat fast course.  So when applying the fun factor – my choice of a favorite road race for MWW_22891.JPG.scaled10002010 was easy.  A Ozark 5k in early November, run at night, through a theme park; (Silver Dollar City), with a million Christmas lights, mixed with good competition, the best post race cookies ever, family participation (daughters and friend) this one couldn’t be beat.  Added advantage – I raced well.  Good way to end a 2010 racing season – 5th overall and first masters.


The race is called “Run to the Lights” and serves as a fundraiser for a Christian non-profit outreach ministry based out of Branson, Missouri; The Caring People.  TCP exists “to reach single moms with the love of Jesus”.  Pretty cool organization that is growing exponentially here in the US and internationally.  Their fee for a family entry included; nice long sleeve t-shirts, day passes for SDC, and a chance to race through a theme park – (late at night – no guests).  I confess, I made more than one trip to the cookie table! More than 2000 runners braved very cool temperatures and drizzle – but well worth it.


The course isn’t easy – this is Ozark country and hills abound.  181.JPG.scaled1000We started near the entrance to SDC and proceeded to complete a series of loops in their parking lots before heading back into SDC – where blacktop streets were illuminated with Christmas lights strung along buildings, overpasses, bridges, trees – and well everywhere!  Where else can you experience this?  What fun.  If I lived in the area I would put this race on my annual calendar – and try to fit in a summer race TCP sponsors called “Dash to the Splash”.  Same format – in a water park theme.  This group does a great job including area sponsors and taking care of details.  Good times – good memories.  Who says distance running can’t be fun?


Training tip – when working with an athlete – one piece of their training I am keenly interested in is the consistency of their mileage/intensity as they prepare to race.  Consistency being defined by mileage (or time spent running), plus intensity of training – over time.   This is a critical factor in stepping to the starting line with confidence.  So– as you look at your life schedule, and are fitting in training runs – do your best to keep an element of consistency with your training regimen.  The payoffs will show with your performance.


Next up – a credentials review of one of the Continental Divide Running Clinic 2011 Staff –Jim Walker.  Until then – enjoy the run!

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