Runners have been training for months, and yesterday excitement was at a fever pitch! The Ukrops 10K brought 37k+ ‘grown-ups’, and another 2k children, downtown to pound the pavement along Broad Street and Monument Avenue. Sound Man and I were there – at 4:45 am, 32 degrees, lit by a waxing moon as we prepared the children’s stage for Silly Bus. The crowd was building by 7:30, and the 10-12 year old kids were off for their 1 mile run at 8 am sharp! 8-9 wave, and 5-7 year olds followed in staggered starts.
Here’s a video of the 5-7 year olds start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IvatqYs4Hk
And another of the 10-12 year olds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz74Lkjcn2M
While my boss-for-the-day packed up, I sprinted to Broad to watch several waves of the main event start. Sadly, we were heading home by the time our daughter and son-in-law’s wave reached the starting line around 9:45 am. They checked in after their finish – tired but triumphant!!
So what happens next year, now that the Ukrops grocery chain has been sold to Martin’s? Check back in 2011!