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3rd Annual W3 Be Active Today! 5k & Fit Kid Shuffle
Saturday September 22nd, 2012
Bill Thom & Rich Limacher
Runners were greeted by angry clouds, intermittent rain, and raw temperatures in the lower 40°F range... but the annual "W3 Be Active Today! 5k & Fit Kid Shuffle" would not be dissuaded nor delayed, as intrepid runners took on the challenge to race the streets and trails of Whitewater, Wisconsin.
Congratulations to overall winner Andrew Vos of Fort Atkinson and multi-year repeat winner Jennifer Taylor of Madison for finishing first in their respective gender divisions of the 5 Kilometer road race.
Kudos to Race Director Jen Kaina, Rich Jazdzewski, and their army of volunteers for conducting the only race in Whitewater that has permitting privileges to close streets of Whitewater!
Timing and finish-line scoring was provided by RunRace.net.
Results on RunRace
Click the "View Photos" tab above to see a gallery of photo images taken at the 2012 "W3 Be Active Today! 5k & Fit Kid Shuffle".
These photos have been optimized for display on the internet... if you'd like a "high-resolution" original contact me and I'll send you a copy.
Congratulations to all who participated in the 3rd Annual "W3 Be Active Today! 5k & Fit Kid Shuffle"!
Further Fanfare From a Fun Fan (Rich@runrace.net)
Oh yea, as my partner Bill noted in his report, or as I myself might put it (borrowing from Gordon Lightfoot's most famous 'Edmund Fitzgerald' song) "the gales of November came early!" It was positively FREEZING on Saturday morning in Icewater (excuse me, Whitewater) Wisconsin. ;-)
Nevertheless, folks showed up, ran well, (walked a little, maybe :), and gathered round… wishing to goodness, perhaps, for a campfire. No need! The warmth of fellowship prevailed despite the gales. Or the ice. Trust us, nobody but nobody got overheated in the race!
I'd just like to add here how very impressed I was--and always am--with the stalwart character of Whitewaterans (and Wisconsinites) in general. Everyone bundled up (except the amazing winner of the women's race ;) and had a great time despite the weather. (And I am pleased to note that Jen Taylor DID put on a sweatshirt afterwards. :) I had the privilege of meeting the men's winner, Andrew Vos, beforehand--as he was the FIRST to show up and register on raceday, also dressed for summer. I guess when you win races, putting on all the clothes in your closet isn't necessary. But the rest of us, to be sure, were wearing much of our closets!
It's also always a joy to see all the kiddoes. And there may even have been more of them than runners in the regular race. I was so pleased at THEIR stalwart character! It seemed to me those kids ran well--and quite far!--to win their medals in their event. Take a look at the photos Bill and I took. Those delightful children had no idea that they were supposed to be freezing!
And oh, in keeping with the host's theme of Working for Whitewater's Wellness, I was completely pleased to see the children in the first place NOT being at home in front of the TV. I'm thinking Whitewater (as well as the rest of America) just loves to see their kids active and excited and "out there" exercising, showing all of us "old folks" just how it's done. Thank you, kids!
One last note: I'm actually glad the course was changed this year, because this year The Train Did Come! Yes, it just so happens that the main entrance to Whitewater's lakefront park has a railroad crossing and, gosh, right before the children's start, here came the train! This year, however, no one involved in either race needed to cross the tracks, so everything was "cool" and we all waved to the smiling engineer. But last year? Whoa! The runners all started on one side of the tracks and finished on the other and… oh my gosh! …I recall how last year a nice orange extension cord went across those very tracks to bring power to the finish line.
Wow. If it was the same this year as last? Ha! That cord would've been sliced into three easy pieces just as nice as you please. ;-)
Good work, Director Jen and all volunteers, for saving the day (if not an extension cord or two, or three)!!!
And you know what? The weather did get a whole lot better afterwards! So the accompanying festivities in the park must've gone well, too. A splendid time was had by all!
Mark this one on your calendar for next year!!
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