Lesson Learned While Running #2: Horseshoes and Groupons: Never decide to run a 5K because you found a cheap entry fee from a Groupon. On Saturday, August 20, 2011 I ran with the girlfriend along with some of her friends and family what turned out to be the Be Great 4K (5K) in Quiet Waters Park (Annapolis, MD) because of a last minute Groupon deal. Unfortunately because we runners are frugal, the race directors were unprepared for the amount of people who registered. As a result, the common race day staple amenities such as safety pins for bibs, volunteers at turn around points, or signs indicting the course were absent. The race director assured us that there was directional signage on the course; however the signs had been put in place the prior evening (before a storm hit Anne Arundel County) and were not checked on race day morning to see if they were functional. Thus much of the race’s front runners followed an incorrect route, including two course deviations where I went down the wrong trail, turned a planned 5K into a 4K. Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but at least it was half price.
Update: The Annapolis 10 Miler was canceled by Annapolis City Emergency Management due to Hurricane Irene.Check with the The Annapolis Striders for status of event and premiums. (Thursday, August 25, 2011 3PM)
Rock You Like a Hurricane: Sunday, August 28, 2011 is the infamous Annapolis 10 Miler and the day that Hurricane Irene is supposed to hit the east coast. Race directors for the A-10 originally proclaimed that the race will continue as scheduled in rain, shine or hurricane but now conceded that if safety concerns arise the race will be canceled and most likely not rescheduled. Keep checking the Annapolis Strider’s website for more information leading up to the race. If it is not canceled, I will run rain or hurricane – it may make the Warrior Dash look like the Be Great 4K. I am so downloading some Scorpions to add to the playlist for Sunday.