Race report: Rodeo Run 8/4/1

Rodeo Run 8

8-mile #2

July 22, 2017

Place: 14/39

Time: 1:10:05

Before I get into the RD stuff, here’s a photo of me from the 8-mile race — since I’ve got stats from that one leading this thing off…

mid 8

It got hot fast. Cruised in the second loop and got the chance to chat with a bunch of friends.

Months of preparation came to fruition with my fifth edition as Race Director of the Rodeo Run this year in my hometown of Pretty Prairie. It’s never my fastest running, especially this year with the heat — but I never really care.

I’m just happy when there are no issues and everyone has a good time.

Turn

Marking turns before the race.

Dean + Silver Lake

The corner of Dean and Silver Lake prior to the race.

Escape window

Windows got a little dirty on the back roads. Ah, home.

Pre 8

Giving a few pre-race instructions before 8-milers took off.

Pre 8 2

Waiting for the RD to shut up so we could all run already.

I had a blast seeing the phenomenal turnout this year, seeing old friends and making new ones.

This year, I chose Kelly Green for our shirts, because, well… I like green.

RR shirt + bibs

2017 shirts + my bibs for the 8-mile and 1-mile this year. I pick my own numbers first and I’m not even sorry about it.

We got some great sponsor help this year, too. This was the busiest the backs of our shirts have been, and that means good helpers.

Like this kid…

water kid

Thanks to EMS and their helpers for the assistance once again this year. They rock!

Shirt back

Props to my grandpa, too.

Rodeo Run 1

1-mile #11

July 22, 2017

Place: 65/190

Time: 9:49

The 1-mile is always a fun time and this year was no exception. Our finisher total jumped from 75 to 190 as Main Street and Park Street were a bit on the packed side this year. What a fun sight to see in Pretty Prairie, Kansas.

pre 1

Prior to the start of the 1-mile on Main Street.

pre 1 2

Giving some pre-race instructions to the 1-milers.

end 1

Having a good time near the end of the 1-mile.

I had a great time at this year’s race once again and I am extraordinarily grateful for all the support along the way. We raised a bunch of money toward PPHS athletics, specifically the cross country and track programs.

This year’s total reached $3,440, while I have now helped raise $9,295 since 2012 for PPHS athletics. So proud to be a Bulldog.

And now, here are some shots with me and some friends. I missed getting photos with several others. Next year, guys!

Alli

Me and my awesome friend, Alli.

Jennifer

Me and one of the most inspirational humans alive, Jennifer White. Jen does amazing things with ICT SOS and as RD of Race 4 Freedom in Wichita. So happy she was generous enough to join us!

Mel

My friend Melissa came from far away to run with us! She was my pacer when I attempted Heartland 100 last fall. Thanks for all your support, Mel!

Rachel

Me and my friend Rachel. She’s one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.

Mike

THE Mike B Stout. Love this guy. He’s so fast and has a great beard. What a guy!

Lastly, major props to Jessie Cable Photography for getting so many great shots at this year’s event. The link to the album of photos can be found on the Rodeo Run 8/4/1 Facebook page.

Results from this year’s race can be found online [here].

Visit the Pretty Prairie Rodeo Run  tab on the blog to view results from every year from 2013-2017.

Thanks again, everyone! Hope you’ll join us next year.

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Rodeo 5K & 1-mile — Pretty Prairie, KS

Avid runner? Trying to get healthy? Rodeo fan? Supporter of High School sports programs?

I am working with PPHS Cross Country head coach Jon Johnson in organizing a 5K & 1-mile race on “rodeo Saturday” in my hometown of Pretty Prairie, KS. Here are some details:

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What: 5K (3.1 miles), followed by a 1-mile race/fun run.

When: Saturday, July 20, 8:30 AM

Where: Pretty Prairie, KS — Reno County (course details are Coach Johnson’s department, but I’ll work on that)

Why: Get healthy, have fun, compete, hang with family & friends. Besides, nothing beats small town hospitality.

How much: 5K is $20, 1-mile is $15, or you can do both for $25. Price includes your race fee, a t-shirt, and some other goodies. That’s a great deal, you guys.

How to register: Online @ Active.com — [here’s the link] … I’ll also have paper registrations available to Pretty Prairie folks. BUT… Be sure to register by July 13 to guarantee yourself a shirt.

Background on Pretty Prairie:

– My hometown.

– Population of 680 as of the 2010 census (growing, believe it or not).

– About 25 minutes south of Hutchinson, and 45 minutes west of Wichita.

– Home of Kansas’ Largest Night Rodeo — this year is 76th annual rodeo. [website here]

– Most famous resident was Carl Switzer, the original Alfalfa on “Little Rascals.” (this kid)

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Email: derkfor3@hotmail.com

I’m also on Twitter [here], Facebook [here], and Instagram [here].