Today, our whole family ran the 7th annual Bobby’s Run in Rockville, Connecticut. Each year, the Silk City Striders honor long-time member, Robert Bonadies, who died in a tragic skydiving accident, by running this race on his favorite training loop. The circumnavigation of Shenipsit Lake is a classic eight mile loop through the towns of Rockville and Ellington. Bonadies was a professional skydiving instructor and died trying to save a student in a 2002 accident. He was able to deploy the student’s parachute, but ran out of time to deploy his own.
Proceeds from Bobby’s Run go to the scholarship fund named after Bonadies and benefits students at Rockville High School. In addition to being an avid skydiver, he was an avid runner and often ran the Shenipsit Lake loop with his friends. It is an all Shenipsit weekend, with Bobby’s Run today and the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races tomorrow. Debbie is the Race Director, so she wanted to run today since tomorrow it will be all work. She was first woman in today’s small race, and then she promptly went back out on the course and ran the loop again. It was a good 16 mile day for her.
I had a strong run, finishing first overall while pushing our two kids in the Chariot CX-2. That stroller is a beast and it was buffeted by a stiff crosswind that blew the whole time. The CX-2 performed admirably on the combination asphalt/dirt road course. There are a few punchy hills, but the course is mostly flat and fast.
I went out modestly, staying tucked behind a group of four runners. Just before the two-mile mark, there was a downhill and I just let the Chariot roll ahead. I kept up with the stroller and they were all of a sudden behind me. I kept my pace steady, without pushing too hard. It was a small race, but it was still fun to be out front with the Chariot. I slowed on the dirt road climbs near the half way mark and my seven month old daughter began to fuss a bit when the road got bumpy. I was worried that I might have to stop, but she settled down with the help of my son’s soothing.
I looked back at one point and the second place runner had closed the gap a bit on the hills, but once we hit the pavement again, I was able to extend my lead. It was fun to cruise through the old section of Rockville past the mills and to the finish at Northeast School. I ran 53:30. Debbie ran 1:00:13. We are Silk City Striders and were happy to hang with the other club members after the race. Bekkie Wright had given a nice tribute to Bonadies prior to the start and everyone enjoyed the awards ceremony. We earned a couple of hats for our efforts. All runners got a mug for finishing.
After Debbie’s second loop and a little fun on the cool playground, we drove up to Shenipsit State Forest to put up directional signs for tomorrow’s race. From there, Debbie took the kids and I got a couple more hours in on my bike, stopping at the Journal Inquirer Track Meet at Manchester High School to take in the scene. It was a great day.