Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rotary Park 5K – A Journey to the furry side

Suffering from a bit of writer’s block I decided to invite a guest writer to tell of their last race. Over to you then Barkley…”Good Boy”.

I was invited to guest write this Blog to capture my experiences at the inaugural  Rotary Park 5K, that’s 50K in dog K’s! event held in Novi, MI. This then was my first ultra. Here is my story.
Me in "RUT" Colors!

My best friend wished me well but I couldn’t get him to move from his “Comfy Spot”.

My race packet arrived in the post and I was very excited

Park in Bloom
Good to see. We had some out of state runners. I think these fine fellas were from Tennessee or Appalachia?
And some international runners from Germany who as expected were very disciplined.

The Race Director gave a compelling talk about the race much to the amazement of some runners

"Porta Jon"


And we’re off! Focus was important. Some of the younger runners were clearly too distracted.

Attack squirrels – Some were not willing to share the trail

We particularly had to stay clear of the Jedi Sqirrels

Contemplating my 1st Water Crossing

Water Crossing - Going for it!

Taking a Breather

The occasional hurdle to jump

Setting a Good Pace
An early covered walk way crossing
Establishing my bearings - Which Way?
The gravity defying runners were just plain weird

Competition amongst the Top-Dogs was fierce

Breaking through the Trail - Race Done!
Post Race
Though only a 5K some finishers were pretty messed up by the finish

My name is Barkley and I approve this Race Report

1 comment:

  1. Really good race report Barkley! I am aware of Moe the Mohawk Malti-Pug and his bag of tricks - most of his competitors get caught up by his gnarly and intimidating appearance. What's great is that you ran your own race and left him sucking wind at the finish line!