Sunday, March 4, 2018
Number 72 - Epiphany Lutheran 5K
For race number 72 I decided to do the Epiphany Lutheran 5K. I always prefer participating in races that benefit a cause instead of the profits going to some corporation.
Epiphany Lutheran Church will be hosting a 5K Run on March 3rd to raise money for our youth trip to Houston this summer. Every three years, the Lutheran Church hosts a National Youth Gathering that attracts 30,000 high school age participants from around the country. This year, participants will be aiding in recovery efforts for the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. All race profits will go toward alleviating the cost of this trip for families of our youth.
I did not pre-register for the race so I needed to sign up when I got there. Gave them the money, got my t-shirt, and the woman said "the next race number is 238" and started to hand it to me. My brain quickly wondered if race bib 239 was available so I asked. She said "yes it is, would you like that one instead?"
I'm sure she wondered why, but didn't ask, and handed me race bib 239. For my sisters and me, there probably is no other number, in all the numbers, that has as much meaning as this one. Our dad passed away in 2007 and the number 239 immediately brings back fun, warm memories of him. Dad had a joke, that he told many, many times, typically in a BBQ restaurant or anytime baked beans were being served. He would say "you can only eat 239 of them". Which would always warrant the response "why". He would then get a gigantic grin on his face and say "because the next one is too farty"!
As usual, did a combination of walking and running in this race, always aware of heart rate. For me, no need to stay in the max heart rate range. It was a good race, well except for the uphill parts.
I ended up placing 1st in the Male 60-69 category for the race. However, there was only one person in that category! :)