Saturday, January 8, 2011

Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K

Even the cold spell in Arizona couldn't keep us Arizonites from running together in the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K put on by Adam.
A virtual race for the rest of the world, about 20 runners met at Papago Park for one of the most fun races in the state of Arizona.
"Coolest" Bib Ever in Arizona History
Adam and Lauren arrived early and marked the course to ensure none of the runners got lost or disorientated. Bib's were handed out, race instructions were given and we were off.
While waiting around for the race to start and freezing our thorns off, we introduced ourselves and asked if they had a blog (after all, many of us recognize each other by the name of the blog).

Bib's were handed out, race instructions were given and we were off.  Before long the fastest runners with Adam in the lead were heading back on the out/back course. (Rumor has it he won with an 18 something time)
Adam with Travis right behind
At the finish line two finisher medals were available along with goodies bags, complete with junk mail and chex and possibly expired GU.

What makes this race so cool is we were a bunch of random runners that have become virtual friends through our blogs and we met to share in our running passion.  Everyone got involved, even Adams new baby wore Puma's and Johnny Cactus wore his cactus socks and posed in front of his license plate.

Many people brought additional contributions to the race: goody bags with hand drawn running cactus, homemade cookies and bread, fresh picked oranges and two kinds of finisher medals complements of Adam and Demi. Many thanks to everyone who came out and ran and a giant thank you to Lauren and Adam.  This was one of the best races!

Here are more pictures from the race. (I'm sorry that I don't remember everyone's name.  Please let me know and I'll update the caption)
Adrienne and Travis


Ron, was a day early for another race and joined us
Dan and ??
Demi and John
Adrienne and EMZ

I missed taking Brian's picture during the race so I made him run a little extra to get his picture.

John and Christina
Christina, Adrienne and Adam
Adrienne and Travis


Emz said...

Great post.
Great morning.
Great to meet you.
Great time.

Thanks Adam & RL!

BTW, I'm the "?". ;)

Ax said...

That sure was a lot of fun! It was nice to meet so many new people. Can't wait for the next one.

By the way, I am bib # 11. :-)

Adam said...

Love it!!!! Great post, you got a LOT of really awesome pictures.

Anonymous said...

What a fun report! It was a good time...sorry I had to leave before coffee. Hope to see you at a future event!

Adrienne said...

So fun. So good to see you again Christina. Loved it.

Andrew Opala said...

many more smiling faces than I had!

... race report ...

Giorgio said...

Beautiful post and great group, Christina!

I'm so sorry for the man who shot Gabrielle Giffords and others, including a child who died,
at a public event in Arizona.
Six have been declared dead!

Molly said...

that is so cool you got to actually race this one with other bloggers! I did it virtually : )

Black Knight said...

It looks like a very fun day.
A lot of beautiful pictures to "celebrate" the event.

Jamoosh said...

Great pictures. I am inviting you to my next event!

ajh said...

Great pictures. How neat that you all ran together!