Monday, June 11

Band on the Run 2012

The racers starting the half marathon. The sky was overcast but the air was muggy and heavy.
Runners, supporters, volunteers and sponsors filled River Mill Park in downtown Huntsville for the first Huntsville Half Marathon - Band on the Run. The event offered three race distances--5k, 10k, and half-marathon (21.0957km in case you're wondering)--and with over 300 racers total, it was a huge success for the first year.

Next, the 10k runners start out. That's Jim wearing #142.
A few canoe-heads and a troop of firefighters begin the 5k run.
Some of the highlights of the 5k run were the "canoe-heads", including our friend Randy Mitson and two of his colleagues from Algonquin Outfitters, portaging (yes, carrying a canoe!) the entire distance and a group of Huntsville firefighters running in their heavy bunker gear.

The 5k finish line. Cheers to the Huntsville Fire Department!
Now that's determination. The firefighters ran the full 5k together in their heavy gear under a blazing sun. It was 32°C by the afternoon and it was hard enough to stay cool in shorts and tees!

Our very own Jim ran the 10k and came in 9th overall out of 108 runners and 2nd for his age group. I'm so proud of him! Next up for Jim: his first try-a-tri and eventually a triathlon.

Overall, the event was a great day filled with music, food and community spirit. The organizers have said they'll do it again next year so we hope to see you here!

Back at home, Jim with his medal and prize. The next day he was walking a little slowly...

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