Cougar Prowl 5k and Kids Dash

23 06 2013

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Well this was my first race, operating on the other side… and I LOVED it! I was approached to help on the organizing committee this year for the Central Kitsap High Alumni Cougar Prowl. This was the 3rd running of the race, and I was beyond excited to be part of the planning team.

The race grew this year from 80 the first year, to 110 last year, and this year we smoked it with 192. Watch out 2014 we are goaling for 300.

This year we added a kids dash where they got to go paw for paw against the Mascot Cougar, and face painting to allow kiddos to express their inner Cougar! RAHH.. All kiddos beat the cougar but my youngest daughter Emma, who stated” The cougar started too early” as in cheated… hmmm.. she finished race none the less, so I was proud of her, and Aly and John raced the 5k, Aly got 3rd in 12 and under. Yes half the race she ran sitting on papas shoulders, but hey, a 3rd place ribbon and finisher ribbon, she was delighted. John was a bit tired.. Said he would love to run next year and improve his time, without a 50 pound sack of sugar on his shoulders..

I am a runner/racer through and through, so usually I am finishing the race, tired, but filled with endorphins, and will talk any bodies ear off about races, stats, goals, pr.s ect… just because I LOVE to. Here we were dealing with a different animal.

I now had a big piece of energy invested in this race, was not running said race to burn off some of my energy, and felt like everyone’s cheering mom, (who knows why) so I was ticket taker for peoples bib #s as they came in, and I was sooo excited and cheering for everyone.. . I could not help myself,

so they all got a last 20 yard strategy from me whether they wanted it or not… Go go, he is coming for you, or yes… bust it out, you got this! but I just love the foot races at the end, and felt so proud of every single runner, coaches racing their students, moms racing in strollers, kids racing kids, the more mature gent with look of full court press, to beat that 18 year old junior. Love it all..

Another add to this years race was the SWAG table, we had donated gear, thank you sooo much to Oiselle, NUUN, Seaport Day Spa, Applebees, Poulsbo Running, YMCA, and Starbucks…

I also thought a NUUN hydration station would be a superb way to refuel the runners at the end, and except for the fact that the night before I put the large decals on the sides of the clear dispensers..then causing me to put small ones on front…who does that anyway?..

so the front looks like the side, and the side looks like the front. But it was Clear it was NUUN, and the clear dispensers highlighted the product nicely… it was a hit. People heading straight for the NUUN. SWEET..

I did not anticipate the masses coming back for seconds, so I kept borrowing cups from Hot Dog and Coffee station… They laughed as I was soo into making sure runners were fueled at “The hydration station” Hey, it is warm, you just raced a fast 5k, gotta have your ice cold NUUN. I was not as crazed as “The Waterboy” but close. ha.

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Run Like a Mother

23 06 2013

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Well who could resist a race called “Run like a mother”)? Not us momma birds that’s for sure, and a great meet up to support our friend Chelese who was putting on the race… We R there!! A fun 5k meetup race for the locals, and a great cause to boot. I started am, by taking ferry over from Poulsbo, and had with me oiselle magnets we had used for Mt. Si Relay. I had planned to hand off to Kristin, so she could give to Ragnar team, when I saw Sarah Lesko walking through the parking lot. It was idea at first sight!! Ah,, how fun to slap magnets on car and do a Lesko drive by, as she is one of the runners on said magnet?

So I quickly put on, and hit the pedal, hoping to make her laugh out loud.. I think I might have freaked her out a bit, as she looked over and saw a car driving by with her mug on it.!! But a fun way to be a single bird posse.

The birds were in and off the course pretty quick, but the best race of the day goes to Mackenzie, Kristin’s daughter, who ran a fantastic 5k, and is gonna be a fastie just like her mom… That girl is fierce:) Great meet up, look forward to the next.