Rodeo Run 8
July 21, 2018
2018 shirt design
The 2018 Rodeo Run was a success once again. We had a great turnout, though down slightly overall from 2017.
Purple shirts were a unique touch that made some of my K-State friends happy.
I was able to get back to town in the afternoon on Friday, which made the set up less stressful. We sorted shirts on Friday, marked turns on the course. As a result, I was less stressed going into Saturday morning.
The 8-mile started at 7:00 this year — earlier than in the past, which went over well with participants. The cooler temps (low-mid 70s at race time) didn’t hurt matters. It was pretty humid, but a gentle breeze helped combat that.
We had 32 runners at the start line and all 32 finished the 8M race.
Getting ready for the 8M start.
I pushed Bryant for the first 4-mile loop. This was another decision made with the intention of minimizing stress a bit. Worked like a charm.
He was ready.
How awesome is his shirt?
I thought he was in his stroller and ready to go, but he was not…
Sorry for holding up the start of the race, you guys!
We had some fast folks this year — particularly the women. Bryant and I were a bit slower, but had a great time.
Bryant and I ‘zoomed on ’em’ on the pavement and slowed a bit on the dirt. We got a chance to chat with some friends along the way and I handed him off to my mom at the completion of the first loop.
He got grouchy for about 30 seconds right before the aid station. We stopped and chatted with the EMS volunteers and took a little snack and water break.
Gotta stay hydrated, you guys!
After Bryant finished 4 miles in right at 39 minutes (23rd place for him — out of 72 in the 4M), I continued on by myself for the second loop.
Bryant was a champion.
This is his champion pose.
I ran a quick mile 5 to catch up with my friend Kristina Clifton, with whom I would run the rest of the way. She might be the most steady runner I’ve ever met. Chatting away, we still maintained a super even pace. I don’t know how she does it. But it was good to run with a friend and have a good time.
Me and Kristina nearing the finish.
Overall splits — 8:45 | 9:23 | 10:21 | 9:54 | 8:25 | 9:35 | 9:43 | 9:40 | 9:40 = 9:28/mile
I finished 23rd overall (same as Bryant) in the 8M race — out of 32. I was the last place finisher among the males, but whatever, man. My slowest race in this distance, but I genuinely did not care. I had a great time.
My shirt, 8M bib and finisher medal.
James White and Melissa Hartman were the 8-mile winners.
I was not present for the start of the 4-mile race, but my wife, Kami, did a great job of getting them off and… well, running.
Josh White and Sharon Ceja won the 4M event.
Time to get prepared for the 1-mile.
Rodeo Run 1
July 21, 2018
1M start line
We had 190 finishers in the one-mile in 2017. I knew we’d be short of that this year by quite a bit. Still a good turnout with 125 finishing this time around. I’ll take it.
My friend — and incredibly fast human — Javier Ceja joined us this year. He was on hand to promote his new coaching business, Basher Endurance. But he also ran the one-mile race after his wife (also a very fast human) ran — and won — the 4M race on the women’s side.
Javier, of course, won the 1M. I’ll let you guess which one is him. He ran it in 4:57, topping our course record by less than a second.
I ran the 1M as well, though not hard. Just hard enough to break a sweat while still chatting and having fun.
I finished in 8:29, though I never pay attention to time in this one. It truly is just a fun run for me, as I just like to get out there with all our other participants and enjoy myself.
Nearing the 1M finish line.
After crossing the finish line, I doubled back to meet some friends and eventually my mom, who was pushing Bryant.
Congrats to my mom for completing her mile, despite her doubts that she’d make it. Bryant, meanwhile, slept for this one.
Then, time to enjoy some company with friends.
Then… Downtown for a delicious breakfast at Graber Mercantile, courtesy of Karin Allen with Locoflavor Culinary Adventures.
Breakfast was a big hit!
Of course we had to get a family photo to commemorate a successful day and Bryant’s first Rodeo Run.
I’m already excited about the changes I’m making to the Rodeo Run moving forward, as well as the new Christmas event I’ve added for later this year.
But for now, I’ll enjoy a successful event — my sixth and try to rest a bit. LOL. Yeah, right.
For real, though…
For more information on Christmas Corral Half Marathon + 4-mile and/or Rodeo Run 4 + a Half, visit our Facebook page and check out the events — HERE.
You can also see lots of information on those events, plus past results, course records, etc. on our website — HERE.
Thanks again to all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers for a great Rodeo Run!
Next up: Run for Your Momma Half Marathon — Marion, KS — Saturday, August 11