In October We Race in Pink
Some of my favorite races raise money in support of a cause. It's pretty obvious if you look at my schedule. My next 5 races are for rescue pups, K9 officers, a nature preserve, a charter school, Make a Wish, and mental health and the homeless.
Each year when October rolls around there are plenty of walks and runs in support of breast cancer research. This year I picked a race I'd never run before. I'm so glad I did. Sunday morning I ran in pink with a bunch of other people in the Pretty in Pink 5K put on by Premier Racing Institute.
It was my first race with this organization. Even better, it was my first time on the Ream Wilson Trail in Clearwater. This trail is awesome. Lots of BIG shade trees. I'll be back to workout on the overpass bridges. Del Oro Park (start/finish line) has basketball and tennis courts and a shady playground.
Pretty in Pink Shirts and Bibs
The race shirt made me unexpectedly happy. There are caricatures of Duckie and Andie from the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink on it. Past images from the race included a Pink Panther figure. Maybe they do a movie theme each year, I'm not sure. I'm just glad I scored this shirt. It's a clean, fun graphic. Kudos to the designer. The matching bibs were well done, too.
Why I Enjoyed This Race
I found more hills, gorgeous old oak trees, bikers, and dog walkers. The trail winds through parks with tennis courts and disc golf. There are bridges and ponds. There are trails in the shade. It has some elevation. You can run 5-10-15 mile routes on the trail from here.
I walked another 50 minutes on the trails after my race. I saw runners finishing the 10K, bikers zipping down hills, and softball players competing. By the time I returned to the finish line everyone was leaving.
Pretty in Pink Race Details
Scene on a Run: I saw a couple of very cool bike repair kits along the Ream Wilson Trail. The permanent stations have tire pumps and tools for bike repairs.
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Feb. 24-25, 2024