Christmas Corral Half Marathon
Half Marathon #32
December 21, 2019
Directing this second year event was another fun experience. Our numbers dipped slightly, as we had just a few fewer finishers than in 2018, but we had great weather once again and everyone seemed to have a good time.
Despite not running in the past three weeks, I decided I’d give it a go — with a suggestion from my good friend Lisa Johnson to run together giving me just the nudge I needed.
Rather than finisher mugs, we opted for stocking caps, offering two different colors for participants to choose from. They turned out to be even better quality than I expected and they seemed to go over well.
Got up early with my brother Jon to mark the course as Kami, her sister Macey and my mom all prepared the registration table and post-race items like hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.
Sunrise at mile 2 as we marked the course.
Sunrise at mile 5.25 as we marked the course.
I gathered folks in the high school gym lobby, gave a few pre-race instructions and we headed to the start line for the start of the half marathon.
Group at the start line. Courtesy photo: Christopher Eshelman
Drone shot of the start line. Courtesy photo: Corby Stucky
Lisa and I eased in to a fairly comfortable pace, all things considered — that being me on rusty/heavy legs and out of shape lungs, with Lisa having dealt with an illness recently.
Neither of us was on top of our game, but I had a great time running and chatting with my friend, nonetheless.
Lisa and I running together near the first aid station.
We got a little slower as the race went on, but still kept moving. It was nice to see the pavement for the last stretch and turn by the water tower — even though the old classic one is now gone. The new one will take some getting used to. Anyway…
Lisa and me, nearing the finish line.
We crossed the finish line and I went inside to eat some cookies and enjoy some hot chocolate. I then helped with some finish line duties and cheered folks in as they finished their own race.
Always good to see my friend and share some miles.
2019 Christmas Corral Half Marathon + 4 Mile RESULTS
Thanks to everyone who joined in for this fun, low key event for the second year in a row. I’m always happy to see a good turnout at an event I host.
A day or two after the race, I received our 2020 Rodeo Run logo, which runs along the same course…
Registration for the 2020 Rodeo Run (July 18) can be found — HERE.
Registration for the 2020 Christmas Corral (December 19) can be found — HERE.
While you’re at it: Registration for the 2020 AlfaDog 40 Mile + 25K can be found — HERE.
Next up for me: Hangover Half Marathon — January 1, 2020 — Leawood, KS