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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bok Kai Festival 5k, Marysville, CA

Last Saturday morning was the Bok Kai Festival 5k in Marysville, and I've finally found time to blog about it! I really hate when that happens.

A bit about the festival, it's been going on now for 130 years. For a long time, they tried to tell everyone that it was impossible for rain to occur on that day until about 5 years ago, when we had a downpour. The Bok Kai Festival and Parade is very much a part of the history of Marysville, and our community as a whole.

A few months ago, a friend of mine told me there was a 5k attached to the event, and this was the first I'd ever heard of it. It's obvious to me that for local events in general, there's a real communications problem. Every so often I'll see a race going on and think, why didn't I know about this? I live here for gosh sakes!

At any rate, hopefully now I'll be on their mailing list, so I should be more "in the know".

I didn't register in advance, which for a smaller race really wasn't a big deal. I registered when I arrived, and got a chance to talk to an older lady about racing, how long we'd been running, that sort of thing. In the end, she walked most of the 5k with her dog.

I probably should have taken that picture in front of the temple! Oh, well.

See the activity on RunSaturday
Type:Run - Race
Distance:3.09 mi

Mile 1: 8:24
Mile 2: 8:32
Mile 3: 8:47
.1 mi: :59 (9:57/mi)

3.1 miles, 26:44, 8:39/mi average, 350 calories burned

So what happened that last .1 mile? I can tell you how I felt, the way the race was organized, the last .1 included running over the top of the levee. It's pretty steep, as I passed over it, there was a guy vomiting something fierce on the side of the road. I've run over that levee many times, so I knew what I was in for and slowed.

Thanks to my procrastination and laziness, I haven't been blogging my runs lately. I'll try to get better. Promise! And for something to whet the appetite, as it were, here's a video from the race & parade.

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