Friday, June 12, 2009

On Gallop Eve//update: race report

Update: At Saturday's race, Claire seemed a bit overwhelmed by the proceedings. She walked (slowly) with her Mom (and sister) a while, and that was enough. She later said that she did "some" of the race. And that was good enough for her! Meanwhile, her Dad got third in his age group!

My right knee has not recovered adequately for me to defend my age-group title in the Grandview Gallop, a four-mile road race in Dubuque. The fourth annual race is tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

However, I will be there in an official capacity -- starter and announcer. The Telegraph Herald is a major sponsor of the race.

Meanwhile, 2½-year-old granddaughter Claire is excited to be entered in her first race, a one-mile for kids. At packet pick-up this evening, she gave us a little preview of her run -- huffing and puffing no extra charge -- but seemed more interested in the playground equipment at Murphy Park.

Focus, Claire, focus!


Josie said...

Why does Claire look terrified and about to cry in the picture?

Brian Cooper said...

I think she's feeling the pressure after all the training her parents put her through.

wch said...

I think that it's because her aunt Jo wasn't there to protect her from the "Pop-arazzi."