RACE RECAP: Last Race of 2015 & First Race of 2016

A few weeks ago, my friend Ruth told me about the “double 5k” on NYE.  My first thought, “okay, that’s a 10k, not 2 5k’s”.

I soon learned what a double 5k would be.

A 5k before midnight + watch the fireworks + a 5k after midnight.

That makes sense and sure sounded like fun!

My brother and I signed up, immediately.  The more opportunities he can race, the better.  And it’s a 5k!  You know how I love my 5k’s.

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The race was sponsored and managed by Cadence Nevada Master Planned Community in Henderson, NV.  I had no clue where it was, but it promised to have a spectacular view and course.

Doesn’t everyone color-coordinate their race fueling with their outfits?!?!?

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Ruth met at my house around 9pm and the 3 of us were off to Cadence.  My vehicle was packed with warm clothes and blankets.  In typical NYE Las Vegas fashion it would be cold.  I wasn’t worried about the races, but the time in between the races, concerned me.  I was overly concerned with my brother’s leg muscles tightening up in the cold.  The temperatures were to dip into the high 20’s at midnight.

We were met with this spectacular view upon our arrival.  Yep, we were going to have a great view of the fireworks!

 

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The Las Vegas Valley with The Strip, in the horizon.

Waiting for the race #1 to begin (I didn’t wear the puffy coat during the race)

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Ruth, Kirk and myself

The first 5k started at 10:30pm.  Bro and I decided to run together.  This was the first time my brother would attempt to run a mile without any walk breaks.  A big test.  Unfortunately, the day before, I started to have stomach problems, so I wasn’t feeling my best.

We started off at a moderate 9min pace and picked up the pace to 8:15 rather quickly.  At the mile 1.25, I had to take a walk break as my stomach was revolting again.  My brother and I celebrated he ran a full mile without having to walk.  Yay for Bro!  After a few minutes we started back up and came flying into the finish. The course was great.  All residential streets were closed to vehicular traffic and we had the beautiful calm of the winter night as our back drop.

In between the two races, I walked around with my puffy coat and blanket around my legs.  Cadence did an outstanding job at making us feel welcomed!  Tables, chairs, heaters, hot beverages, water and more.  In addition, we had our awards ceremony.  I earned 1st place in the Masters Division and Bro earned a 1st in his AG. 

At midnight, we were able to see the fireworks throughout the valley, not only on the Strip.  It was time for another leg warm up and then we were off on the 2nd 5k, but in the opposite direction.  My stomach was still acting up, so I brought down the pace to 8:30ishy.  Bro decided to kick it up a notch to see what he could do.  He and my friend, Ryan were in the front of the pack for the race.  It was so good to see him way out in front of me, again.

Temps took a big drop and I was running with my neck gaiter covering the lower part of my face.  I almost wished I had a second layer of a headband to cover my eyes.  I cannot remember the last time I was this cold during a race.

Around Mile 1ish, the lovely lady who earned 2nd in the Masters was coming up on my shoulders.  I could see she was really hustling (I love it!).  Sadly, she couldn’t pass me but she was an excellent competitor and I am proud to have shared the course with her!

At Mile 2, on a short out and back part of the course, my brother comes from BEHIND me and passes me.  WHOOOOOAAAA!  How is he behind me?  Well, he took a wrong turn, so he was in catch up mode.    A few more feet and my friend Ryan passes me, I almost freaked out!  Both ended up taking the wrong turn.  (The course was not very well marked and very difficult to see the cones, so I am not surprised a few took wrong turns.)

I passed a few more ladies on the last mile, so I knew I was near the front.  My guess I was 4th Overall.  As I was coming into the finish, my brother was standing there screaming “2016! 2016! 2016!”  It felt so great to be in a new year and moving onward to a better year!

It seemed like the Awards Ceremony took forever and I was honored to have earned the 1st place in Masters, again but BEST part is my brother earned 3rd Overall!  Welcome back to running, Bro. Ryan earned 1st in his AG. Both averaged a 7 minute pace.  Sweet!

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Kirk, myself, Ryan and Ruth (sadly, the Finisher Medals did not arrive in time. How many times I have heard that excuse and Ruth was empty handed.)

This was a great event for their first time, despite the cold, several race management glitches and my stomach acting up. There are some things that need to be changed for future years, but I am sure we will be back.

Thank you, Cadence!

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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RACE RECAP: Las Vegas Great Santa Run 5k | My Team Triumph Debut

A few months ago, I saw a great group of people at a local 5k.  They were pairing up to push a wheelchair through the race course.  That chair had a disabled child, who would of not had the chance to participate.  I watched them and liked their “vibe” and presence at the race.  That was in early October.

A few weeks later, a FB friend (Ryan) told me he was coming to town to participate in a local Halloween run and he was going to be part of that group.  That got my attention! I have known Ryan for years and when I see him that excited about something, I take notes.  In addition, I have another FB friend (Teri) who is involved.

For years, I wanted to be a part of a charity group.  I didn’t want to fundraise (not my thing) I wanted to participate in an event, where I could give back, on the spot.  I applied and was accepted into the group.  Ryan invited me to run an upcoming Half Marathon with him in April and I thought that would be my first race with TT.  Well, TT was in dire need of “Angels”, so I opted to register (despite my dislike of the Santa Run event, on a whole).

Bro and I arrived Saturday morning in Downtown Las Vegas (Fremont area).  Roads were closed off everywhere, so it was not very easy to get to our parking or meet up place, but we got there.

As a new “Angel” – we were given an orientation on the safety features of the chair. I met my Angel Partner, Kim and we waited for our Captain (the person who was in the chair).  Christopher arrived with him family, including his adorable brother, Mickey, who would be running with us.  Kim is an Angel Veteran so I was grateful for her expertise!  We opted to run a run/walk interval. This was all about Christopher (and his Brother) we could of walked the entire event.

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We had a very short walk to the Finish Line. Were instructed to start in the front and the RD would start us about 5 minutes before the official gun time.  Note: This was not a timed race.

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As soon as we started, I realized this was not going to be easy!  With my recent back pains, I hoped I wouldn’t let Kim down by not doing my share of the pushing.  Having Christophers brother with us was special!

This is my favorite picture of the morning.  Go #TeamChristopher!

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When Kim was pushing and I was keeping an eye on Christopher, his brother told me they wanted to go FAST.  So, I offered to Kim to sprint the last half mile to give Christopher a chance to go “fast”.

As we reached the 2.60 mark, I took over for the last time and turned the corner. What I saw ahead of me was a wall of Santa Suits.  The 1 mile walk was merging with us.  I knew at that point, I couldn’t sprint, but I could go as fast as I could.

Once, a gal cut in front of me and stopped in her tracks!  I almost ran into her and she would of landed in Christopher’s lap.  Luckily, that didn’t happen!

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Right behind me was Kim and Mickey.  We all received our medals, hugged and parted ways.  Now, I was waiting for Kirk to finish his 1mile walk. Yeah, you read that right – a WALK.  He has had a setback since RnRLV 10k, so he was gauging his hip and knee to see how it would feel.  He said it felt great!  YAY!

We walked back to the car and met up with Ryan and we headed our separate ways.

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I enjoyed being a part of this team and appreciate their warm welcome.  Hope to see everyone again in 2016!

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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