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Fun Run Under
the Lights – A Wintery Adventure Run!
Many local runners look to the annual Walden Fun Run Under
the Lights as the final ‘hurrah’ of their race
season. This unique run is held in the dark on the lighted
loop of Walden Cross Country Fitness Club’s ski trails.
Late planning this year meant the date shifted from early
November to late November. The later date, combined with
a very early start to winter, meant that runners were facing
a new challenge. The normally muddy conditions were replaced
with a deep snow base. “It was like running in sand”,
exclaimed many of the participants. Despite the slow conditions,
an enthusiastic group of runners finished with huge smiles
on their faces. Let’s face it – runners are
a tough bunch, and we thrive on new adventures.
This run is a fundraiser for the Walden Nordic racing team,
and the team was out in full force. They happily exchanged
their running shoes for ski boots, and lead the pack of
runners through the 6k course. Skis were definitely a faster
way to go, with Liam Marcolini finishing the 6k race in
a lightning fast 22 minutes! The top runner was 11 year
old Isabella Mastroianni! Isabella’s love of running
has rubbed off on her Mom, who started running a year ago.
This run also marked the very first race for Sudbury’s
Glenn Woods! Glen had an amazing first race, and I hope
to see him out at our other local events.
Runners were welcomed back to the chalet with well deserved
home-made treats and hot chocolate. Neil even had a surprise
‘draw prize’ to give away. We had forgotten
to bring the main draw prize to the Turkey Gobbler, so it
was given away at the Fun Run. The grand winner was our
first place runner, Isabella. She was definitely ‘surprised’
by winning the grand prize – a TURKEY! While Isabella
may not have been as excited with the turkey as she was
with her win, I’m betting her Mom is pretty happy.
While conditions were not ideal for a running race, the
participants finished with a sense of accomplishment and
pride knowing that they just took part in Sudbury’s
toughest run of the year! Often the tough runs are the most
Next year, the Fun Run Under the Lights will return to
an early November date, and with a bit of luck, we will
be back to running in mud rather than snow.
A Blast In Vegas
Most people go to Las Vegas to gamble,
see shows and party, but my daughter Debbie and I headed
there to run. I was at the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Series
Las Vegas event in 2009 with quite a few Sudbury runners.
It was my first half marathon and I had a great experience.
While in Las Vegas again earlier in the year the idea
of coming back to run this race again was presented to
me so I asked my daughter if she wanted to go and I received
a resounding "Yes." She would do the marathon,
her first. The race has changed since I participated -
it now goes out at 4:30 p.m. rather than first thing in
the morning. There were about 35,000 registered for the
half and full, however there was also a "Half of
the Half" race that went out an hour earlier. Debbie
and I participated in the 5k run the night before so we
also received a medal called the "Remix Challenge"
medal once we completed our longer distance run on Sunday.
The weather was chilly, good for a run, but not for waiting
to get to the start line. A lot of energy was used to
keep warm. Being in coral 27, it took me about 35 minutes
to get to the start line, but once I got running it didn't
take long to warm up. Running the strip at night (Las
Vegas Blvd) is a lot of fun with the hotels all lit up,
the Bellagio fountain doing its dance and, of course,
the run-through wedding taking place at one of the hotels.
There were just over 70 couples participating. It gets
a bit dark past the Stratesphere, but the organizers put
up huge spotlights to help light the way. The marathon
runners go underneath the light show on Fremont St (old
Las Vegas), which was a highlight for Debbie. Heading
back up Las Vegas Blvd, you can see The Mirage hotel where
the finish line is and once you spot the finish line lights
it's a sprint to get there. Aaaah, the finish and food.
And, of course, being in Vegas, it's time to collect your
post race free beer! I finished in 2:21:06 and Debbie
was happy with the result of her first marathon at 3:50:46.
We had a blast!
Linda and Debbie Celebrate Success in Vegas
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