Rodeo Run Half Marathon
Half marathon #27
July 20, 2019
My seventh time directing the Rodeo Run was a success yet again. Proud of the event and what it’s become, as we’ve raised a good chunk of change for the Pretty Prairie High School cross country and track & field programs over the years.
In the first three years, we had a 5K and 1-mile, then in 2016 switched to 8-mile/4-mile/1-mile for another three years. This year, I opted to swap out the 8-mile for a half marathon, which is always a popular distance. We also added a bike option this year, which was a fun twist.
Participant numbers were down this year, especially in the 1-mile, but our profits were up. When you add a longer distance and charge just a little bit more, it really adds up.
Participants this year:
Half marathon RUN: 53
Half marathon BIKE: 8
4 mile RUN: 52
4 mile BIKE: 9
1 mile run/walk: 53
Results link here: 2019 Rodeo Run Results
Anyway… Always cool to participate in an event I host and get rid of at least a little stress by taking off for a run with my friends.
Love the shirts this year — and picking my own bib number.
Here are some photos from throughout the day, as I will try to limit the wordiness of this report. Mostly because, well, we have a Facebook page, you guys. [here]
Selfie in the shade after aid station at the end of my childhood driveway at mile 7.
Chris Wilson ran Rodeo Run each of the last two years. He died at another race in September, wearing bib 1082. I carried this with me throughout our race this year.
Love hosting and running a race back home. Cool to run by the old water tower, which will be coming down in the near future.
I finished with my slowest half marathon time ever, but I wasn’t even upset about it. I had a steady pace until the aid station at mile seven, where I took a little break and sprinkled in some walking the rest of the way — not to mention fixing a couple turn markers and all that jazz.
Got the chance to run a few miles with my friends Wyatt and Kristina Clifton, along with meeting several other cool people throughout the morning.
Crossed the finish line, grabbed a root beer (yeah, root beer) and the stroller to push Bryant in the one-mile event.
Spoiler alert: That would also be slow/fun.
Rodeo Run 1-mile
July 20, 2019
We rarely jogged and only in spurts. We mostly walked and talked and made animal sounds. Zero hurry in this one. Just hanging out with friends and moving a bit (more).
My legs were pretty gassed after finishing the half marathon run maybe three minutes before starting the one-mile run/walk. Oh well.
With a block to go in the race, we stopped the stroller so I could get the kid out and walk with him to the finish — well, sort of. He only enjoyed it for a bit. So we had a pick-up break in between, before walking again to cross the finish line.
The kid finishes!
And a hug from mom!
I love hanging with the kid. If we hadn’t started so early (had to with the summer heat), I would’ve pushed him in the half marathon. I would’ve been quite a bit slower still, but man, it would be fun. Always is with that boy.
Pretty cool seeing him walk around like he owns the place back in my old stomping grounds.
After the races were over, I walked downtown to eat some post-race breakfast and mingle. By that, I mean chat with and thank as many people as I could for participating. This is such a humbling endeavor. I’m always immensely thankful and appreciative to all the people who take time out of their days and pay money to travel to Pretty Prairie, Kansas and participate in an event that I host. I absolutely love it.
Thank you once again to all participants, volunteers and sponsors involved in this event. I couldn’t do it without any of you!
My crazy fast friends, Sheila and Lisa. They rock!
My friend Cynthia skipped out on the 4 mile (quitter) but still came for the 1 mile and even helped out at the breakfast. She’s the best.
After the races were over and clean-up was done, we got cleaned up and drove to Pizza Hut, where we gave shirts to the store manager and his wife, who are big supporters of our event. They provided a ton of cups to us for the second year in a row. I can’t tell you how valuable such a small thing is.
They have expressed interest in continuing to help us out in the future. It’s become a traidition in the past two years to go to Pizza Hut in Kingman for lunch. What a delicious tradition, you guys.
Oh, did I mention we got Bryant his own shirt this year? It’s a little big — for now.
All in all, a very successful Rodeo Run yet again. Already looking forward to next year.
Custom race medals to boot. Get it? Boot? It’s a rodeo joke, you guys.
Next up: Urban ICT 50-mile — Friday/Saturday, July 26/27 — Wichita, KS