The next four weekends each have a race:
Saturday August 29 – 7:45am – The Great Escape Run 10k/4 Mile Fun Run – Ft. Leavenworth
- I placed 1st as a 29 year old (in the 20-29 age group) in this 2 years ago, and last year slept in and missed it if you recall (which worked out well). This year… I may try to make it out. It’s a pretty fun race complete with pre-race show and with one ginormous hill to go up *and* down.
Saturday September 5th – Clinton Lake North Shore Trail Run – 8.5 miler, Lawrence, KS
- This is a KC Trail Nerd Run. It would only be my second trail run, and the two people I’ve tried to get to go out there with me have both bailed – so… may not end up doing this one… But at only $8 – and a bandanna (yeah how many race bandannas do you have??) – its a heck of a deal and would probably be quite enjoyable. Chance of me going… 40%.
Saturday September 12th – “Three Mile Creek 5k River Run” – 8:45am men’s race, (8:00am for women), Leavenworth KS.
- As far as I know this is the first year for this run… and its about time Leavenworth got a 5k run together!! I will definitely try to go to this one… I may end up running into all sorts of people I haven’t seen in a while! From what I’ve been able to tell over the past few years by scouring the web for information, Leavenworth has had in its storied past, quite a few runs – but none in the recent past. I was only able to find vague references and scant recollections about runs that used to be run there… but definitely nothing in the past 5-7 years at least. One year, a local middle school Warren Middle School did sponsor a 5k… and although I found out after the fact that it was open to the community – it was never made clear before the run… so I suppose that’s the one exception. Anyway – congrats Leavenworth! I’ll be there.
Saturday, September 19th, “Steeplechase 5k” – 8:00am – Lansing, KS
This one is just a hop skip and a jump from my house literally. Last year I just jogged down to the start line which I’m lucky enough to do over the course of a calendar year with a couple of other local races as well. This is a nice small race on a course that I literally train on all year (parts of it) since its set in rolling hills through a couple of close-by neighborhoods – just a standard place to run. It’s a nice enough race and last year I missed 3rd place by 19 seconds. I finished in 22:11 which I was happy enough with, one of my faster official 5ks. This year I’ll just try to best that 22:11. I’d really like to run a 5k in under 20:00 and should have plenty of practice this fall!