Sunday, March 12, 2006

Hardly a gallop

After a couple of years away from the event, Ann and I on Saturday ran the 25th annual Gaelic Gallop road race in Dyersville, Iowa.

The organizers always put on a good event, which starts and finishes by the National Farm Toy Museum and Recreation Center. We entered the 8-kilometer (5-mile) race, which sent us onto the rolling hills just outside of town. (The event also includes a 2-mile race, primarily for the walkers and joggers, and a short event for kids.)

It is fairly obvious that, for a hundred or more locals, the Dyersville race is their only compeition of the year. People were there to have fun!

As could be expected with a race in the Midwest in March, the weather is always a roll of the dice. It has been contested in the snow and, as was the case Saturday, in springlike conditions -- sunny, breezy and with temps in the 50s (on their way to a record high).

Oh, and by the way, though we were hardly galloping out there, Ann and I managed to make the Top 3 in our age groups. In fact, Ann was the winner of her group. Way to go!

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