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September 6th, 2008
Run with Moe – 09/05/08

The next race for San Marcos runners is the Country Roads 10K on September 20, 2008.  The race will be held out in the Country Estates subdivision off of Ranch Road 12.  Registration will be at the swimming pool area just past the church.  Parking is in the parking lot of the church for runners entering the race.

The cost for the race before September 13th (next Saturday) is only $20.  After that up to and including the day of the race the entry fee will be $25.  The entry fee entitles runners to a race shirt and a chance for some give away prizes after the run.  The race shirt is a long sleeved Dri-Release shirt that is about one of the most comfortable shirts to wear that you can buy.  If you try to buy them off the rack at a store the cost in some cases is more than the entry fee.  Early entry is really a bargain.

Awards are in ten year age groups from under 19 years to 70+ years and over.  Awards are three deep for entrants with the Overall Champion and Masters Overall Champion in both male and female categories.   The shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 entries and to those runners that enter late after the shirts run out  their shirts will be mailed to the late entry runners within two weeks after the race.

Along with the 10K race there is a kid’s 1K+ race.  Actually the distance is about .86 of a mile.  Kids entering the race will receive a cotton T-shirt to the first 25 entries.  Cost for the kid’s run is $7.00 and if you want to run and not receive a T-shirt the cost is only $1.00.  Every runner in the kid’s race will receive a medal after finishing the run.
Students at Texas State University are given a $3 discount on the entry fee and that should encourage some participation from that student body.

The Country Roads 10K course is around the subdivision and consists of a few rolling hills.  It is very scenic and since the race starts at 8:00 a.m. there is a chance that runners may see a few deer still out grazing and wondering why there are so many people out on the road this morning.

The course has some small hills but those that are early on in the race are not the ones that cause trouble.  On the backstretch about a mile and half from the finish line is a very gradual uphill that seems to really challenge the runners.  When you look at the road you would guess that it is a flat layout and that you are just getting tired from the run.  The gradual uphill is very slight but it comes at a time when legs are starting to get tired.  The more experienced and better runners may not even notice the incline but after watching this race for several years it seems those that are near the end seem to feel the affects more than the really fast runners.  The best part is that the last quarter of a mile is a nice downhill slope so that when you come around that last turn you can pick it up and finish fast and look great to all the supporters and friends that are there to cheer you on.

With the weather still on the warm side the swimming pool will be available if the runners want to take a cooling off dip after the run courtesy of the Country States Recreation Association.  There are usually a number of runners that take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a nice swim after a good run.

Another plus for the race that many of the repeat entrants come for is the drawing for gifts after the race.  There are a number of very nice give-away items for any entrants in the 10K run.  The awards are at 9:30 a.m. and the drawing for the give away items will be after that.  You have to be present to win an award as some of them are top notch and mailing them out would be costly.

All in all this is a great race to take part in.  The proceeds from the race go to the San Marcos Runners Club for help in covering expenses for the organizing and managing races for other organizations that sponsor runs in San Marcos.  This includes bringing a clock for timing, mile markers, a chute for the finish line and help with organizing the run to make sure it is run successfully.  The club is promotes the sport of running in San Marcos and Central Texas with training programs and encouragement for runners starting out.  Take advantage of running locally and on a very scenic and fun race to run.  Enter early and save the cost of a late entry fee and save some gas by staying in San Marcos to run.

By MOE JOHNSON

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