Yesterday's new thing was participating in the Meet Me Downtown 5k night run and walk. I've never had a lick of athletic ability so the run part was not going to happen, but I did take a crack at the walking part.
Heather, one of the hosts of the TV show, put together a little team of people from the show and TV station as well as a co-worker of her's from the Gaslight Theatre -- along with a few significant others. Heather arranged to get matching shirts made for all of us and we looked like a real team.
I've walked that far a few times in my life but it's been years. I'm not that far from 50 years old and figured there were a number of possibilities that would be the outcome of participating: I'd have a heart attack and die, I'd be so awesome that out of our group I'd be the only one that finished, a giant meteor would strike the event route and I'd be the only one there with a camera and get photos that I could sell for millions, or the most likely outcome would be that I would finish it pretty effortlessly (along with my teammates) and be able to say I did it. That's exactly what happened.
The side note for this -- is that yesterday was the first 100 degree day we've had in Tucson this year. It increased the difficulty level slightly but other than my legs being a little stiff in the last mile I did just fine and had no problems. It would have been more fun if a meteor had landed so I would have an epic story to tell, but it wasn't meant to be.
The complete set of photos that I shot can be seen by clicking this link. Here are a few highlights:
|Start / finish line in front of the
Children's Museum Tucson
about an hour before the
Meet Me Downtown 5k
was scheduled to start
|People getting massages.
Woman on the table on the left
looks like she was waiting
to be mounted.
|Tucson's finest providing security
for the event across from the
San Carlos Apartments
|Calm before the storm...
looking north on 6th Avenue
|Lawn in front of the
Children's Museum Tucson
|Cool sign on a 6th Avenue building
near Armory Park
|My teammates begin to arrive.
Tina, Brin, Alex, and Jacinda
|Of course there's a beer garden
at a fitness related event.
|The Morning Blend team assembles:
Brin, Alex, Tina, Jacinda,
Heather, Aaron, Summer
|Alex chats with Daniela
of the Children's Museum Tucson
|Participants of the kid's run line up
at the starting line
|Children's Museum Tucson was one of
the beneficiaries of the funds raised
from the Meet Me Downtown 5k
|The Educational Enrichment Foundation
was another beneficiary.
That's Randy Accetta of the Southern
Arizona Roadrunners in the
|The kid's run gets underway.
It was a one mile course and
if I could have gotten away with it
I would have participated
in that instead.
|About 3000 runners and walkers
participated in this event.
Photo of the crowd as the
sun sets on a hot day.
|Heather winks, everyone else
waits to get started
|We get in position
|I brought up the rear of our team
so I could get a photo of
|Behind Greg, Heather, Summer and Aaron
one block into the course
|Action photo of the participants
In case you're wondering, they
all passed me shortly after this
photo was taken.
|A few folks in the downtown neighborhoods
sprayed people to keep them cool
as they went by.
|Tucson Firefighters going by.
Yes, they also passed me.
|A squirter behind a fence
|Heather dances in the water
|I finally know where KY is made.
|"Ugly But Honest"
That should be my slogan.
|We made it one mile!
|Live music performed at various
locations throughout the course.
|I tried one of these cups of water.
Best described as "warm"
|Ken Carr Photo Art:
I call this "Four guys on a roof"
|Tucson has drive thru liquor stores.
Here's one of them.
|One block from finishing the 5k.
|Summer and Aaron lead the charge
to the finish line
|If you pretend you're running at
the end of a 5k, will anyone
|Waiting for noodles
at a food truck
|This food truck had a flat screen TV
In unrelated news, this guy is missing
a shirt and I was worried he'd catch
a cold in the chilly 95 degree
I asked him, he said he was ok.
I tried to be helpful.
|Table in the beer garden.
Runners / walkers are apparently
a thirsty group of people.
|Tina, Alex, Greg sitting on a chair,
and Heather pose for a photo
|Team Morning Blend at the
Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk
We did it!