Sunday, May 31, 2015

Meet Me Downtown 5k 2015

Once in a while I like to try something I've never done before. I figure that if I don't try new things before I'm dead that it will be much more difficult to attempt when I'm six feet under in a box without a shovel to dig myself out of a grave.

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

Food trucks

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
yellow hat.

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
their rears.

Behind Greg, Heather, Summer and Aaron
one block into the course

Action photo of the participants
behind me.
In case you're wondering, they
all passed me shortly after this
photo was taken.
I'm slow.

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.
I'm slow.

Another squirter

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
believe it?

Waiting for noodles
at a food truck

This food truck had a flat screen TV
showing sports.
In unrelated news, this guy is missing
a shirt and I was worried he'd catch
a cold in the chilly 95 degree
night air.
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!