The Pumpkin Run 5K at WSU 2012.
I remember my mom ran this with us and it was cold, as it usually is.
I got very excited thinking it is almost that time of the year when we run these “Fall” races I love so much.
One is, The Pumpkin Run, it’s fun and you can be as ridiculous as you want to be because it is a costume race or just a time where you can dress however the heck you want and get away with it. Picture, me up there.
Another favorite is the Rosstober Fest, 5K. It is for muscular dystrophy and it is called “Rosstober” because they started it for a kid named Ross with M.D and it is held… Well you guessed it, every October.
Why it is my favorite 5K? Because it goes through one of my favorite neighborhoods in Wichita. College Hill, all with brick roads and colonial, brick houses, mature maple trees that have the most beautiful colors during that time. There’s something so magical about that place. Ppl sitting on their front porches, cheering up the runners as their blurry little bodies are wrapped in blankets and sip on coffee. It is just so magical and cozy…
The finish line is next to this church, outside, they have big speakers blaring awesome music (like the first year we ran this race they played Prince and that was cool!) then you proceed (after catching your breath because there’s this small very steep hill you have to pretty much drag yourself up), to either eat the usual banana and oranges and maybe some bread and a cold water OR you can exchange that for a cold beer and a bratwurst! Which is what EVERYONE does! The atmosphere is just perfect, although most of the time everyone seems to be freezing cold, we all enjoy standing there, drinking cold beer cheering the rest of the runners as they climb their way to the finish line. It is just an awesome race!!
I will miss those two races this year. I think we’ve been running them since 2011? The best local 5K’s in Fall. And it needs to be mentioned they both make the best t-shirts ever!
I thought maybe I’d be lucky enough and be able to run, but alas after a c-section with twins (in September if I get there), I know there’s no way I’ll be up and running a half a mile, let alone 3!
That’s gonna suck! I need those t shirts but I need to earn them!