by altardy on August 29, 2009

These pictures are from the 1st road race I ran on August 15th. Remember that as you read about my chiropractor 2 entries from this one. This race was a 9 a.m. 5k at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield, Ma.. It was a beautiful start to a sunny but very warm day. Part of the course ran past the BBC Brewery which was temptation at it’s best trying to entice everyone to carbo load during the race. In one picture you see Jo Ellen receiving an award for winning her division. Not only is Jo Ellen from the same gym I go to, but, she was presented the award by Santa Claus. That’s right he was on hand at the race to help out. Behind the awards table you see Dan and Kim from 93.1 a local radio station. They not only are a husband and wife morning radio show team, but, Dan has raced his bike across the U.S. more then once. And they put on a Bike-A-Thon every year that has raised tons of money for charity (I think it is over $1 million). The 2nd picture is of myself, Amy and the tallest woman I ever saw run a road race. I counted that she took 8 strides per mile which allowed her to take the course -in stride. OK bad pun. Actually Yankee candle brought in a whole slew of entertainers for the morning festivities and this tall slender beauty was one of them. Amy is a wonderful story herself. This woman took command of her health and has done tremendous things to become slimmer, trimmer, and full of life. This was her 1st road race ever an beat her goal time by 3 minutes. A great personality and a new appreciation for feeling good along with her 1st road race made just talking with Amy a great experience for those around her. For me it was a great way to start the day and from there it was off to Rhode Island for another race.

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