2008 Scrooge Scramble

Running the Scrooge Scramble has become a Christmas Day tradition. The 2008 edition was run on the same 5 km course as last year, in Rockville, Connecticut. The only entry fee required is a donation to benefit the The Cornerstone Foundation, which supports the Community Center located in downtown Rockville. The Center (shelter) is always the site for the pre-race registration, the start of the race, and the post-race awards and refreshments. Runners mingle with the residents and share stories. After the race, most of the runners head off to see family and friends as part of their holiday festivities. It is the residents who stay behind. The experience makes you grateful for your situation, especially when it is a good one. The organizers of the Scramble donate all proceeds to the Cornerstone Foundation, which has put a specific focus on educating youth in an effort to help them create better lives.

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The race is always fun. This year, the weather was chilly, but pleasant, with a mix of sun and clouds. Since Debbie pushed Shep in the Chariot three weeks ago at the Santa’s Run, it was my turn. I went out hard and maintained a good pace through mile one, then I had to slow to accommodate my passenger’s “strong” wishes to be with his mother. This was a royal bummer because I had just nosed ahead of my “nemesis,” Todd Brown. Todd and I always battle and I’ve been trying to “Shep” him for more than two years. One of these days, I’ll give him a run for his money…with the stroller. It wasn’t to be, and I was fine with that. I waited for Deb and we got to run as a family. At the post-race awards, she scored a cool Santa trophy for being first woman. Then, we were pleasantly suprised because Shep was awarded the first trophy of his short career. He was honored for being the first boy finisher (even though I did all the work!). It was a nice gesture by the race directors and will be a fun reminder of the 2008 Scrooge Scramble.

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