Scrooge Scramble

Deb, Shep, and I joined 55 other folks for the annual Scrooge Scramble in Rockville, Connecticut today. It was a low key affair. We have done this 5km road race four years in a row. It was almost canceled this year, but some dedicated runners from the Willimantic Athletic Club and the Silk City Striders joined forces to resurrect the event. There were no numbers and no official timing, but we had a lot of fun.
Simple course markings.
Simple course markings.

I pushed Shep in the Chariot and we flew. He finished 3rd, I finished 4th (just a little behind!), and Deb was 7th (first woman). Shep and I ran in 2nd for the first 1.5 miles, only 5 yards behind the leader, Todd Brown (aka Nemesis), so for a while, we had dreams of a jog stroller victory! However, it wasn’t to be. Todd, Shep, and I got caught by a Bentley College Cross Country runner who passed and dropped us like a bad habit. I faded a bit, so Todd stayed ahead of us, and of course, Shep crossed the line before me. It was loads of fun and the race benefitted the Cornerstone Foundation/Soup Kitchen. The entry fee was contributions and donations of clothing and food. We had a full bag of race t-shirts, sweatshirts, and stuff to contribute.

Robert Levy modeling his mitts in seasonal attire.

This race has become a little tradition for us and we were happy that the die-hards came out to run it with us. One regular is Robert Levy, who I remember from his years as a waiter at Rein’s Deli. Bob has been a fixture on the local running scene for decades. He is working on an interesting invention. I’m not exactly sure what it is called, but they are running mittens that you don’t have to remove. They flip back and become arm warmers. Bob says his website, will be live soon! You meet some great characters when you run, especially on Christmas Day in Rockville. Till next year’s scramble…

Bob markets his website on his blinking hat.

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