Last weekend was all about Diablo Trail Challenge! We set aside Saturday afternoon to help with set up. Just like last year, we had a great time helping get stuff set up, tables covered, medals unwrapped, tents popped up, trucks unloaded, tables in place and covered, boxes of stuff in the right area, etc. Last year Sam and Jasmin spoiled us with lunch, this year we were setting up a bit later and again,we were spoiled with a delicious dinner of mexican-ish food. The pulled pork and mac-n-cheese were amazing!
If you ever have the opportunity to help out the day before or early morning of a race, it's really a neat thing to be there later, during the race/event and have a better appreciation for just what all goes on before hand and behind the scene. For instance, I knew race morning, watching everyone enjoying their steaming hot cups of coffee, that I had made it the night before. (it brewed in the morning, but was all ready to go the night before). And all those medals handed out...each one comes in it's own plastic baggy, which we unwrapped the day before (over 1000). It takes a village, and it's just special to know you got to help a tiny bit.
On to race day-
I think the best way is to do this by person, so we'll start with Brian. He was doing a tough 13.1 after being very sick and not having run in over 3 weeks. The good news was the weather was perfect running weather, starting off darn near cold, and not warming up too much, which for Diablo is rare.
|Brian is in black just coming around the corner back there.|
|Finishing with a smile! You can see my black arm w/a camera coming in from the right side : )|
|Holy Moly Cow!! (that one's for Sky) Look at those legs!|
Next up is Emma, she was running the 10k-
|Making her way up Sunset Trail like it's no big deal. I went up this same trail today, hit it 5 miles into my run, and it nearly did me in!|
|Man she looks like an adult running in this one. Were it not for her yellow hat I would not have thought that was her.|
Next up we have Sophie-
|Sophie and her race posse. These ladies and Sophie are together often during Brazen runs. They all know each other.|
All the kids finished about 10 minutes quicker than the weekend before, happier, and less tired!
We all had a blast. We always love this race because it's on our home turf in Castle Rock park where I do a lot of my running. Also, it's a Brazen run, and a Save Mt Diablo fundraiser. All good things.
Even better, we get to do it again in April!
Thanks to Brazen, Save Mt Diablo, all the Search and Rescue folks and of course all the volunteers!