I’ve already saved all of my photos from the Believe! 2013 10K onto the blog’s Facebook page but these are many of them, auto-adjusted, and resized to fit on the blog.
The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was held on Friday night. It was difficult to get a shot of the goings on. This was my best. Using the flash only ended up giving me a shot of whoever was closest to me so I had to accept a slightly blurry image. The ceremony started a little after 6 PM. The children sang several Christmas songs and then they turned on the tree.
A friend and I walked down to the square around 7:30 Saturday morning to be in line for the 10K that was to start at 8:00.
The crowd for the 10K seemed smaller than I’ve seen it in years past but, back then, I was standing on the other side of the line, looking at a solid wall of the runners getting ready to start. This year, I was in the back … with my camera, a little point and click that’s not too uncomfortable to carry on a long run.
When the gun went off, we started down Benge Street, heading towards Finch Park.
We skirted along the edge of Finch Park, going from Benge Street to Kentucky Street.
I think that we actually ran right by one of my co-worker’s houses.
Then we turned onto a hike and bike trail that I did not know existed. In fact, I saw a lot of things along this route that I didn’t know anything about.
It was a beautiful trail.
I wish I had a trail like this in my back yard.
The trail led straight to the Wilson Creek Softball and Baseball Complex.
We crossed over the footbridge into Towne Lake Park.
Many of the leaves have fallen since my recent visit to Towne Lake Park.
It’s still a beautiful run through here though.
In 2009, I stood along this part of the path and clapped for the runners.
After looping Towne Lake Park, we headed back to the tunnel that runs under Wilson Creek Parkway that let the runners safely cross traffic.
The crowd had thinned around me by this point, indicating that I was falling behind. I didn’t want to push myself, so I was kind of amazed when I saw, up ahead, a glut of runners. I thought that I was catching up. In fact, before I realized that this was the 5K turnaround, I thought that this was a loop of the 10K’ers.
Then, I remembered the 5K route. This was the turnaround point for the 5K runners who, essentially, started from the finish line and ran to meet us before turning around.
We had one more water stop before heading into the final leg of the run.
And then we turned onto Louisiana Street for the last stretch to the finish line.
Up until this point, there hadn’t really been too many hills. That was about to change.
The hills on Louisiana Street don’t look bad under normal circumstances, but seem like real doozies when they are part of your 6-mile finish.
Someone ran by and said that there were two more hills before the finish. I thought that they were just being cruel. I live here, after all. I would know if there were two more hills. Turns out, he was right. There was one by Caldwell Elementary.
And then there was another that led up to the finish line.
In fact, the finish line was at the top of the last hill.
But, as far as being hilly, this run is nothing compared to the invisible mountain down in Dallas. If you have run any of the longer races in Dallas, like the Hot Chocolate 15K, you’ll know about the mountain to which I am referring. The topography just keeps going up. Still, that’s an exceptionally beautiful run, mountain or not, and I’ll do it again. Just like this one.
I caught up with Frosty, the mascot of the Believe run, and my friend got my picture with him. I had a great time and my official race time wasn’t too bad either. This was my second best finish at 1 hour and 11 minutes. (My best finish ever was 1 hour and 9 minutes in the Run For Cover race last April).
What a great way to spend my long weekend!
For more great shots from downtown after the race, be sure to check out Toni Andrukaitis’s blog.
Until next time,