2019 Scrooge Scramble

Our Christmas Day tradition of running the Scrooge Scramble 5K in Rockville continued. Debbie and I have run this classic 14 times since 2004. Once again, Shepard and Dahlia joined us for this festive affair that benefits the Cornerstone Foundation.

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As usual, we saw many old friends. The Silk City Striders and Shenipsit Striders always have a good turnout. Todd Brown and the Wilson Family have become an integral part of our Christmas morning celebration.

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This year’s course as again a loop affair. We lapped it six times. The twist was that they started the “elite runners” 15 minutes ahead of the rest of the pack so that we had more open road to run. That made me chuckle since the only elite runner I saw was the winner (aka Santa). The rest of us in the first wave were good, but hardly elite! We did have fun.

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It’s true that with a 1/2 mile loop and 200 people, it can get crowded, but that’s all part of the fun. Shepard and I stuck together and didn’t have to weave through the crowd until our last lap.

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Debbie wasn’t far behind us in group one and Dahlia ran with group two. That meant we could cheer for her. After the race, we mingled a bit and then I changed into my cycling kit. I took a lovely 30 mile route home and nailed my 4,000 mile 2019 goal with a week to go.

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Now, I can shift from riding to running and see if I can hit a distance milestone on my feet. Debbie and the kids returned home and they spent some time with their gifts. Debbie and I are grateful for the ability to provide for our family and to support organizations like the Cornerstone Foundation.

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