|Runners lined up at the starting line for the Ridge Run 10K|
The Ridge Run is a race in Beverly that has been around for nearly four decades but that I just found out about last year. And after loving it last year (despite dealing with an injury) I couldn't pass it up this year (now that I'm not dealing with an injury). Basically, it's a normal race day with two separate distances: a 10K and a 5K. The unique thing here is that the races are spaced out enough so that you can do both of them. And they actually have a name for doing both of them: the Ridge Run Challenge.
On Saturday morning, Fuzzy and Erica picked me up at 6:00 and we headed to Beverly. Turns out there's no traffic at that time so we actually got there pretty early and had some time to walk around after packet pick-up but before the race started. This also gave us time to debate whether we should wear both race bibs for both races or just the appropriate bib for each race (as a Ridge Run Challenger you get a bib for each race - with a fancy gold sticker on it too!). We settled on just wearing one bib per race to make sure our times didn't somehow get screwed up. Not sure if this mattered or not.
The 10K kicked off on time at 8am down the fancy streets of Beverly. It was a pretty warm morning and there were a lot of residents out with their sprinklers or hoses spraying the street (thank you!). Also, this guy figured it was too hot for shoes:
|Minimalist shoes are too much for this guy running the Ridge Run|
|Finishers of the Ridge Run 10K|
|The starting line for the Ridge Run 5K|
I had more fun at this Ridge Run Challenge than I did last year - based partly on the lack of rain (it rained a lot during last year's), partly on the company of Fuzzy and Erica and partly on not having an IT-band injury to deal with. So, overall it was a super fun day of running and if you haven't made it down for the Ridge Run Challenge yet, I definitely recommend it.
I even remembered to get my Challenge medal this year (last year I didn't know where to claim it but they kindly mailed it to me after reading my blog post about it).
So here is a photo of two champions (one is an Iron Man and one is not - hint: the one wearing the hat IS).
|Ridge Run Challengers (Photo from Fuzzyco)|
And here's my (super cute) parting shot:
|Erica waves to Fuzzy as he crosses the 10K finish line|