AlfaDog 40 Mile
40 Mile #1 / Ultra #12
March 7, 2020
I was excited about this inaugural event from the moment I came up with the idea for it while sitting on a park bench in my hometown of Pretty Prairie on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 2019.
Like all races I host, I was determined to run this one. Especially this one. One day after my birthday, I wasn’t NOT running this race.
First things first, I was hyped about the sweet shirt design. Thanks to our friends at Fincher’s Findings, Inc. I am determined to round up a few more sponsors for next year, but I don’t hate rocking the big Fincher’s logo on the back of these shirts. They earned it for that design.
For those who haven’t heard/read already, the race name and logo come from Pretty Prairie’s most famous ever resident, Carl Switzer — aka ‘Alfalfa’ from Lil Rascals/Our Gang, along with the high school mascot of the Bulldogs.
Yeah, that’s a Bulldog with Alfalfa hair and bow-tie. Freaking awesome.
I gave Brett Fincher a specific vision for the logo and he and his people knocked it out of the park. Kami and I made finisher awards. I designed the bibs. This one had a real small-town, homemade feel to it. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
I got back in town on Friday night — my birthday. We made our way around the course to scope out the roads and get a lay of the land before race morning.
Even had a close encounter with some deer.
Woke up early on Saturday to prep our aid stations, mark turns and all that fun stuff.
And now, for the most breathtaking shot I took on the day…
Greeted folks and handed out bibs and shirts, gave some pre-race instructions and got ready to run. Of course, in all my haste, I forgot my water bottle on the first loop. Oops.
Another great shot I’m really happy we took was a pre-race group shot. My logic was wanting to get the group all at once since we didn’t have an official photographer on the course. Turned out to be a nice memento of our first race and a group I only hope will grow from year-to-year.
We had 25 people sign up for our inaugural event — 17 in the 40 mile and 8 in the 25K. I’m hoping to grow both those numbers next year. But I’m happy with them for this year, especially with our 40 miler turnout.
I ran too fast and too much in my first loop. Couldn’t help myself. Got caught up chatting with various runners throughout the first loop and a half as I slowed down and they never seemed to.
I didn’t mind. I was enjoying myself and really just wanted to make sure others were as well. I also wanted to capture as much of it as I could and simultaneously pull off RD duties.
I got in a bunch of cool course shots of dirt roads that never seem to get old — to me, anyway.
I got in a couple shots with some friends.
Some shots with no one.
Oh, and of course I had to grab a shot with my favorite co-race-director.
I got word well before my day ended that we had our winner. He actually passed me at the aid station of my second loop — his third. Yeah, he lapped me. With several miles to go. He’s a fast human.
He was almost twice as fast as I was. Lol. I’m not even mad, I’m just impressed.
Believe it or not, I eventually crossed the finish line.
All in all, an incredibly fun, rewarding day. I’m so thankful for all the people who joined us and hope many of them will be back and bring some friends next year.
I had the course marked a bit long (better than short) at 40.76 miles, which was good for… well, a whole lot of steps on the day. Thanks for that exhausting information, Garmin.
Already excited for next year — race day March 6, which is ON my birthday this time. Speaking of next year, registration is open!
If you want to see more information on this race, check out our page on Ultra Signup (link above) which also has results uploaded — link here. And don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page — link here.
Next up: (I have had two races, a 5K and 50K, canceled over the course of the next three weeks) — Flint Hills 50 Mile — Saturday, April 18 — Manhattan, KS