2010 Scrooge Scramble

Today, our family continued a Christmas tradition by running the 20th annual Scrooge Scramble in Rockville, Connecticut. It was our 7th year in a row. We started as a family and finished as a family, though I had some catching up to do (with the kids) after I took it easy in the first few miles. Debbie went out a little harder than I did, just for the fun of it. This is a race, but it is self timed and has little importance for the competitive athlete. What it has is great holiday camaraderie and it benefits a great cause. There is no entry fee, but donations are welcome and all proceeds benefit the Cornerstone Foundation which operates the local shelter, teen center, soup kitchen, and clothing bank.


The strong turnout of more than 120 runners means that it is likely that a sizable contribution (cash, food, clothing, etc.) was made to the foundation. This is the only race we do that starts at a shelter/soup kitchen, but it is one of the most meaningful and we wouldn’t miss it. Everyone in the household was a bit under the weather, but we were able to dress warmly and get out for a little 5K run through the historic streets of Rockville. The race is carried forward by two dedicated race directors: Janet Romayko and Mary Lou White. Our two favorite running clubs, the Shenipsit Striders and Silk City Striders, were out in force. The Shenipsit gang would have loved some rugged singletrack, but settled for a few potholes instead. Debbie picked up a little ornament for being first woman and 4th overall, though this was more about exercising the legs and running for a good cause.

I was glad that I made the effort to catch up to Debbie so that we could all finish together, though she was able to “out-kick” me. Pushing our Chariot CX-2 isn’t as easy anymore. During our warmup, I had to stop to adjust the suspension. I remarked that it was “bouncing like a Buick.” It is nearly 80 pounds with both of our kids and I am dreading the day that we can’t use it anymore. We have time, so I don’t want to think about it right now. I’ll deal with a little back pain between now and then! I had a very nice warmdown with long time friend, Ken Clark. Ken doesn’t run as much as he used to, but he is still fast. He is also a super-commuter, which I love. He has put more than 20,000 commuting miles on his bicycle in less than three years. I love hearing his war stories. He is one of the only guys I know that rides to work in December in “Sorel” style boots. I love that conviction.

Some folks ran in costumes. There was a Christmas Tree. There were reindeer. Bekkie Wright, who has a wardrobe full of great running costumes was dressed in a festive color. I think she was going for the “Grinch” look, but to me, she looked like a fake putting green. She noted that her borrowed outfit had a bit of an odor to it since it was last worn by someone in July, and I’m sure it wasn’t the smell of fresh-cut grass. After the finish, everyone went back to the shelter to share good cheer. It was great to see our friends and meet new friends at today’s “scramble.”

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