Sunday, April 26, 2009

Larkspur Lollipop

The first running of the Larkspur Lollipop ended up being a great event for all. Laura Fritz was a trooper in her first go at race directing. This was Laura and my brainchild and I can't deny that we we're completely unsure of what to expect in the weeks leading up to the event. Would anyone show up to do this crazy 10K that included a climb up Pilot Butte? Would kids rally for a 1.2 miler? The numbers weren't overwhelming, but we're happy to have 80 finishers in the 10K and more than 40 in the kids run. By the time it was over, we could tell from all the smiles that this will stick.
First of all, the kids run was better than we could have expected. We scheduled it 15 minutes in front of the 10k in hopes that the kids would have the adults there to cheer them on. The kids did 2 loops through Larkspur Park at the Senior Center so we got a couple opportunities to see some youngsters running strong. Every kid received a huge lollipop from Goody's as they crossed the finish line and everyone seemed to agree that the kid's event was something special. The 10K was tough but the kind of challenge that seemed to have folks smirking a bit (after they caught their breath). The weather was perfect and the novelty of the Butte in the middle gave everyone something to talk about. If you were there, you'll always be able to say you were at the first running. If you missed it, start getting ready for next year. Cheers-Teague

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