You're looking at the age-group and finishers awards for Firetrails. Yes, welcome to the Bay Area, where wine glasses are given as finishers' awards and the winners walk off with specially-made bottles of wine! (All about promoting healthy behavior, these running events...)
Anyway, I obviously wanted to be running this race, and finding out that the awards would be something I'd actually use (I only need one coffee mug in my life, but I can ALWAYS use more wine glasses!), I was even more annoyed at not running. Besides, if I had a wine glass with a trail race on it, it might actually remind me to drink less rather than more, because I'd be reminded that I might run faster if I drank less... or not. That could still be an area for later exploration. Doesn't need to happen right now.
Back to the subject at hand. After signing people in for the Golden Hills Trail Marathon (half of Firetrails 50-- started at the turn-around point), I got a ride to the Lake Chabot finishing area where we got all the awards organized and set up, and then waited around for people to start coming in. I was charged with keeping track of the first place awards for the various divisions, so I got to see who came in first, etc.-- it was a different view than I usually have in races, I can assure you!
It was a really good day-- would have been better if I was running, but I appreciated getting to see a different side of racing than I normally do. I definitely gained an appreciation for volunteers and I think I will probably be volunteering more in the coming year, whether or not I am capable of running. It definitely pointed out how much volunteer power is needed to put on such an event, and how much better people are able to run when there is strong volunteer support at aid stations, etc.
Cool things about the day? Let's see... Again, Kelly managed to post a fast time and serve as an incredible role model. Second woman overall, and first in the 50-59 age group. Like I said before, it makes me look forward to all the running ahead of me. Likewise, my fellow Aussie-owner running pal Julie also ran well, and I can't wait to get out with the pups again. Despite a painful muscle in her leg, Jo Lynn finished the trail marathon-- how Rick ran a great race today, taking almost an hour off his last year's time, and managed to look fresh-as-a-daisy for this picture.
This was a great way to stay positive and focused about running. I really wanted to be out there, and it reminded me of why it's important to keep doing core strengthening right now, and why I want to make sure I do all the physical therapy exercises I'm assigned (sometimes difficult for people with a lot of energy and a predisposition to lose interest in things fast). Ann and Carl are also wonderful people-- full of encouragement and support for all the runners. (They also have an adorable Aussie (maybe a mini?), Zoe, who ran around all day herding Ann and generally getting love from anyone and everyone she saw.)
Can't wait to do this race next year, but for now-- congratulations to all who ran today!