Sunday, March 21, 2010

Race Results and Reports Roundup #1

This is the first weekly installment of (who doesn't love alliteration?) Race Results and Reports Roundup, or known from here on out as RRRR. Please hang in there with me for this one post. I know it is a loooooong post, but I want to set the tone and get some ground rules down. Future RRRRs will be shorter and more concise (yeah right, like I'm capable of writing that way).

The format will be simple. First I will provide links to any results from the weekend I can find. Then I will share links to any race reports that are shared with me. And then we will look ahead to future races.

And this is where you come in. Remember my call earlier to all bloggers to share with me their race reports? If you have a report on a blog, please share it with me. One blogger e-mailed me to share his blog and mentioned he wasn't sure it was what I was looking for, as he wasn't a front-of-the pack runner. So I wrote him back and said his blog is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Most of us (well 99% us to be exact), belong to an exclusive club I like to call the 99 Percenters. We are the runners who finish in the bottom 99 percentile scores of all races, and we make up 99% of the MDRA. Whether you're in a chase pack, the middle of the pack, or the back of the back, you are part of every race you run and your report is just as important and interesting as anyone else's.

So if you have a link, share it. If you don't have a blog but want to share your race report, you can use the comments sections.

One disclaimer, I do reserve the right to pull a comment or link at my discretion for language or content. I am all for constructive criticism on how a race can be organized better, but if your only purpose in commenting is to rip a race or its director, I urge you to consider just how tough his or her job is. Keep the dialogue constructive and healthy. In fact, if you have a problem with a race or ideas on how to improve one, contact me and it may make for a good blog post and discussion. We may learn that there is a reason race directors have to do what they do for reasons that are not readily apparent, or they could learn from your experience.

Share your links and thoughts with me at Michael[DOT]d[DOT]Nawrocki[AT]gmail[DOT]com

Saturday March 20th
Team Ortho Get Lucky 7k Results
Monticello March Madness Results
MDRA Lake Johanna 4 Miler Results
Results wanted (please send me the link of you have one): Run for Orphans

Sunday March 21st
Rock Bottom Brewery 5k for Hunger Results

Steve Stenzel wrote a nice write-up of the Lake Johanna 4 Mile race for the The Examiner, which includes pictures. Link
He also has a race report of his own personal race and some more pictures. Link
Wayne Kryduba has pictures from Team Ortho's Get Lucky 7k. Link

Saturday March 27
MDRA 7 Mile (Hopkins, MN) 9 a.m. Link #1 Link #2
  • Another free members-only race for MDRA members, but a $1 donation is suggested for the the church that lets us set up shop in there to provide you shelter and restrooms.
  • Stay tuned for another write-up on a more comprehensive description of the race in terms of course description, experiences, and history.
Elizabeth Rose Benefit Run (Big Lake, MN) 9 a.m. Link
  • 8k walk/run
  • All proceeds will go towards a fund to help a young woman fighting ovarian cancer.
Sunday March 28
St. Patrick's Day Human Race (St. Paul, MN) Link
  • 5k run/walk at 11:20
  • 8k run at 1:20
  • 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile fun run for the kids at 12:40 and 12:45 respectively
  • Fast net downhill course.
  • Fast field with runners of all ability participating.
  • A great chance for you to watch me drink beer in a bar, typically O'Gara's, afterward. Please form an orderly line.

    If you know of a race between 3/22 and 3/28 that I should add to this list, contact me at Michael[DOT]d[DOT]nawrocki[AT]gmail[DOT]com
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