Sunday, March 18, 2007



3rd place, women 50-59, in the Winter Series Races of the Shenandoah Valley Runners.

These were the low-key races with no awards, just door-prizes, consisting of things like boxes of Swiss Miss and Fiddle-Faddle. "Cheezy Prizes," they were called. But fun to get. And in these races, you racked up points; how you placed in your age group multiplied by how many races you ran. I missed a few races, so I was outstripped by those who had perfect attendance, but I did my best, and this is what's fun:

Came to a place to spend the winter where I didn't know anyone, found out there was a running club, joined the email group, someone invited me to the first Winter Series 5K with her, I had fun, joined the club, went to more races, got to know some folks, had a great time, got recognized for my participation with an awesome shirt to commemorate the whole experience before I move on to New Hampshire next month.

Super sweet!

(The pot-luck banquet was good, too..... I'll eat sensibly tomorrow....)


TxSkatemom said...

congrats!! those are fun series to participate in. My first summer running I did one of those and came in first because I was the only one who did all 4 races. I always came in second or third, but because I was always there, I won overall. And I made runner friends there, which was the most fun! Sadly, the store that hosted them closed because the owner's husband got shipped to Iraq (or thought he was), and I've been out of touch.

Way to go!!

bunnygirl said...

Yay! It looks like you're having a great time at your winter base!

Vickie said...

How lucky you are! Good thing you found this, as it added to your winter fun. If you can actually call running in the winter fun!

Downhillnut said...

I love our winter series races here so much that I go into withdrawal when they're over. It's a great way to make friends. It is always more fun when you get rewarded for participation instead of just being fast.

Our potluck series wrap-up banquet is this weekend - yum :)

Anne said...

What a wonderful send-off from the Shenandoah Valley running community. And what a great winter series. I love the "cheezy" prizes. Who needs trophies gathering dust, especially when you live out of an RV!