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September 19th, 2008
Run with Moe – 09/19/08

Local runners in San Marcos are very fortunate in the next few weeks as there are a number of runs right here or near by. It started with the Country Roads 10K this past Saturday out at the Country Estates subdivision and the results will be listed next week.

On next Saturday, September 27, the Texas Fix “Em 5Km and kid’s fun run will be held down at City Park. This run used to be called the “Pet Fest 5K”. The run starts at 8:00 a.m. and will be along the San Marcos River Walk trail and is a very nice and scenic run. Dogs on leases are welcome as long as they are friendly and big dogs that do not drag the runner along at a faster pace then he or she is capable. There are festivities after the run and proceeds are well spent for PALS organization. Cost for early registration is $16 and day of race is $20.

In the month of October the trend of local races continues with several runs in the area. The first is the Red Ribbon 5Km Run and kids 1Km run. The kids run starts at 8:00 a.m. and the 5Km run will run after the kid’s run at about 8:30 a.m. If you enter before the 10th of October the cost is only $15 and after that right up to race day the registration is $20. The race is held out at the River Ridge complex on a flat certified course. This is a very popular and fun run. The T-shirts are usually very colorful and if you have not watched the kid’s run you are missing a very fun and motivational event. The number of kids that enter is great and range in ability from the lead bike better pedal fast to some that are learning their first steps on a race. All the kid’s that enter get a finishing medal. It is worth it just to come out and watch the kid’s get a start on a healthy lifestyle and away from drugs.

I do not have much information but the Fentresss Fiesta River 5Km is also on October 18th and along the river for a scenic run. And on Sunday, October 19th the Kyle-O-Meter 5Km is just down the road in Kyle. I will try to get more information on those runs for next week.

The week after the Red Ribbon 5Km is the 5th annual “From Here to Eternity 5Km Run”. The proceeds from this race are used to upgrade and keep the cemetery looking nice. As the race name indicates you do run through a cemetery for the middle portion of the run. The race starts at the Lamar Annex (for people that have lived in San Marcos for many years that is the Lamar School on Belvin street) at 8:00 a.m. Early registration before the 18th is $15 and day of race cost is $20. If you are at all familiar with the roads that lead from Lamar Annex to the San Marcos Cemetery you realize that the first mile of the race is uphill. While that is a tough part of the run the best part of the run is the last mile. That is all downhill and leads to some fast running to make your finish look great.

Having been a lead bike for this bike I can tell you that you better know the route as when a biker hits that long hill the lead runners usually pass them. Last year we had it figured out when David Alexander got a big lead on the runners to see if he could be ahead of the runners at the top of the hill. He almost made it to the top when the lead runners passed him up ( I only made it half way up the year before as my lead was just not enough at the start). This time I was waiting at the top of Loop Street to take over and lead the runners the rest of the way. I really love going down that last hill – no pedaling and what a great ride when you can coast in to the finish.

Then in November is the popular Wurst 5 Miler (not 5KM) in New Braunfels in celebration of the Wurstfest. This run starts in Landa Park and is a well organized and fun run. More information on that run later.

For local runners the race season looks great with cooler weather, some great runs scheduled and a neat way to collect some nice looking T-shirts to wear. Hope to see a good turnout of local runners at the races and help support some very worthy causes.

By MOE JOHNSON

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