2016 Mother’s Day Dash

For the third time, we completed the Wapack and Back/Mother’s Day Dash “double.” There is no special a prize for this, as it is a creation of our own! Despite another cold and rainy day, we made it to Vernon to run the 43rd annual Mother’s Day Dash 5K road race. Surprisingly, everyone woke up refreshed. Yesterday was a long day, so I was a bit surprised that we were all in a chipper mood. I grew up in Vernon, so it is always fun to do this event, and it was my 11th time. I know the course well.

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Debbie jogged with our daughter, who was thrilled to win the award as the youngest female finisher. Our son earned this distinction three four years ago, so she was excited to earn a trophy. Kudos go to the other two six-year olds. They just happened to have a birth month a bit closer to the race date than she did. The award was presented by our longtime friend and fellow Shenipsit Striders club mate, Tom Curtiss. The youngest male trophy is named in Tom’s honor. He has been a tireless volunteer for the local running community. It was great to see the Debbie and our daughter running together on the course. Our son had a very good race too. He knocked 24 seconds off his best 5K time, and then he won a $20 Garden Barn gift certificate in the raffle, which he wisely gave to his mom for Mother’s Day.

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The course was slightly different than in past years and I ran my quickest time, which bodes well for the upcoming triathlon season. I faded in the third mile after trying to hold on to Brett Stoeffler for the first two, but that’s OK. For my efforts, I earned a $20 gift certificate to Rein’s Deli, one of our favorite local restaurants. So, all in all, it was a good race with good swag. The recreation department always does a good job with this event.

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The winning time was a stellar 15:33, laid down by Derek Jakoboski. That’s a whole two minutes faster than my time, and a 5:00 per mile pace, which makes me shake my head. It would be nice to run that fast for one mile, never mind 3.1 miles. Second place was Ben Joyce and third was Bryan Murray. On the women’s side, it was a tight battle. First place was Linda Begley in 19:50. Second was Ariana Pike, only five seconds back. Third was Julie Jakoboski.

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It’s also worth noting that Patrick Halgren, the son of one of my Horst Engineering colleagues, Peter Halgren, completed the race using his crutches. Several years ago, Patrick lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, but he has been more active than ever. He skis, he hikes, he plays competitive basketball, and now he runs races. I checked in with him after the race to congratulate him and he told me he much prefers the trails. I told him, “I agree.” Smart kid! I’m going to invite him to run the Sampler at the the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races next Sunday. I challenge him to take on the sand pit.

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Thankfully, Vernon added a pavilion to Henry Park. It was cold (only 46 degrees Fahrenheit) and rainy with a stiff breeze. We call this hypothermia weather. I’m already on my second cup of tea for the day. The only request we have for the remaining time during this “active” weekend is that the sun comes out, at least for an hour.

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