I’m a bit behind in posting blogs – this one is about a race that occurred about 3 weeks ago. The race was short, and my blog will also be short.
Valentine’s Day for a running couple often involves a run together. Let’s face it, people in love don’t mind getting a bit sweaty around each other, and a good workout increases endorphins, which enhances…but I digress.
The Fine Valentine Couple’s Relay was a low-budget, high-fun event held on the University of Arizona campus. This year it was a morning event, two days before Valentine’s Day. The first member of each relay team started, along with some runners who were racing the entire route. I ran the relay with my wife, Pam, while my son, Jason, ran the full course. The start was just inside the main gate on University Blvd:
The course consisted of two loops around campus, including some ramp climbs. At the halfway point, relay runners had to show “signs of affection” and hand over a candy bracelet, which made for some really fun mid-race activity! Here is a picture of my friends Jeff and Dianne in the relay transition area:
And here’s one of Pam and I in the transition, notice I wore red for Valentine’s!
Jason ran a nice fast pace, here he is after completing the first lap:
The final stretch was a slight downhill which felt pretty good. It turned out that the course was considerably shorter than the advertised 4 miles, but I don’t think anyone really got too upset about that.
Pam and I finished first place in the “Married > 10 Years” category. Other relay categories included Combined Age groups and Parent/Child teams. This made for some challenging results-figuring by the timing team but the runners all enjoyed hanging out for a while after the race while the results were being compiled. We won this nice picture frame:
This race has been around for a while, but has undergone significant changes from year to year. It’s small and very fun, so I hope to see it continue!