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Nov 9 / Jane

Haunted Harvest 5k 2014

This race wasn’t originally on my radar, but my office offered me a free entry, so I figured why not? Being Halloween themed, they encouraged costumes. I dressed up as the Running Cow again and arrived in time to grab my shirt and bib, meet a co-worker in the parking lot, and run into Bill at the starting line. I wasn’t planning really race this, just run it since the next day was the Perfect 10 Miler.

Bill and I stuck together as the course went around some sports fields in Veterans Park, then onto a bike path. The bike path looped to another park entrance then back towards the start. It was uphill coming back and I started feeling a little taxed. Out of the woods and back onto the road, Bill started pushing me to the finish. I picked it up and we finished at exactly the same time.

Crossing the finish line with Bill. (Photo: Isles)

Crossing the finish line with Bill. (Photo: Isles)

Our official time is 25:18, placing 33rd and 34th out of 145. Due to the small field, we both placed in our age groups as well. I came in 1st and Bill in 2nd. There were also a decent number of costumed runners, and the race directors had an award for pretty much every one. There was another guy (who finished right ahead of me) wearing a cow costume: they thought we were together. The race director marked how odd it was to have two separate cows show up at a small race, among other funny comments that made the awards very enjoyable. I ended up with $20 to Small World Coffee in Princeton. Mmm… Coffee.

Bill and I with our awards.

Bill and I with our awards.

So, this race was definitely worth getting up early for. I got the entry for free and went home with a nice long sleeve t-shirt, an AG award, and $20 to a local coffee shop. It was a well-run race with a fun, family-friendly vibe and nice goodies. I had a great time.

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  1. Awesome!!! Totally worth getting up for. And you make an adorable running cow. 🙂

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