FYI: This is not an actual "race recap", but instead a recap of the race, of which I volunteered for.
This past Friday night was the 36th annual Melon Run, the H.U.R.T.'s summer goal race and our first team event. Spike and I had been planning for this race all summer long and could not wait for it to finally get here! We ended up having just about 50 people from the team run, including twelve from the kids group, with a collection of first time racers. The Melon Run, part of the larger weekend-long Howell Melon Festival, offers a Tot Trot, 1 M, 5k, and 10k. Most of the kids did the one mile, but four of our older kids ran their first 5k race. Spike tackled the 10k with a handful of other teammates, while most opted for the 5k.
|This isn't even all of them!|
The race takes place on a Friday evening, a novelty around these parts, and is historically a hot one because it's run during the thick of August. The course winds through the beautiful downtown neighborhoods, through the cemetery and city park along the shore of Thompson Lake, and back to town. (10k'ers get to "enjoy" this route twice.) While Spike and the gang prepared to race, I headed up another collection of our teammates (and Spike's parents) that opted to volunteer instead; hosting the first water station on the course. Obviously with me in charge it was going to be themed and so we settled on 'Luau' because it was the easiest (and cheapest) to put together: a few grass skirts, some lei's, and a playlist of Jimmy Buffett and other fun summer songs to jam out to as the runners came through.
It was such a fun night and I really look forward to our next team event in October. I'm also looking forward to tonight's group run where we plan to surprise the fastest guy and girl for each race by awarding them a melon for their efforts. Ha!