Frankenmuth “Volkslaufe -The Peoples Race”: Random Distance PR!
On the Fourth of July, Lexington has one of its biggest running events, the Bluegrass 10,000. And it is a popular race in town as well as with most of the Skortaholics – including me. But, I’m always out of town on the Fourth. Every summer, my family and my sister’s family spend 3 weeks traveling through new states in our RVs. I hate missing this race, but not enough to stay home from our vacations!
To make up for it, every year my brother in law, Bob, tries to find a race for me to run on the Fourth of July. What makes this funny is that Bob HATES running, but without fail he sends me a link to a new and interesting race.
In 2012, we were going to be in Michigan. We were able to find a great race in Frankenmuth “Volkslaufe -The Peoples Race”. There was a distance for everyone (except for Bob):
- A 2K for the little ones, a 5K for the teenagers,
- A 10K for my husband (who was just getting back to running after a stress fracture), and
- A 20K for me.
(This left my sister Dawn in charge of wrangling the kids.)
At packet pick up the night before the race, my husband decides to be a badass and run the 20K. This sounded like a very bad idea to me. I mean, he’d been injured. He had not trained. There are RULES about these things. But I kept my mouth shut.
The morning of the race, it is 100 degrees by 9 a.m. 100 degrees. 9 a.m. WHAT?! This is Michigan! But once I adjusted my expectations I was fine.
The course traveled through a beautiful park with a few hills. The crowd support was awesome — People were out with spray hoses and ice. And the race was very well organized. There were bands, cheer stations and plenty of water stops along the course. That let me cross the world’s longest covered bridge at the finish with a PR (I’ve never run a 20K before!). My husband, however, crossed the finished and collapsed.
Of course, he HATED the race! Of course, I LOVED it!
Of course, the kids weren’t happy, but they did it and there really wasn’t much complaining. There was a great party afterward, but everyone just wanted to get back to the air conditioning.
If for some reason you find yourself in Frankenmuth, Michigan on the Fourth of July, don’t miss this race. At the very least, you can guarantee a PR!