Sat Aug 6th
How do I start? So many clichťs, so little space. The Captín Fun Runners had the misfortune (opportunity) of replanning a race. I am sure everyone is aware of the difficulties hurricanes have inflicted on this area over the last year. I realize that in the big picture scenario, putting on a successful race is very insignificant. However, we as a group decided early on against canceling the race. So we plodded on.
After obtaining all of our permits
for our usual course from Gulf Breeze to the once beautiful
Enter Bob Kelly, PRA board member
and Captín Fun Runner. I contacted Bob and asked for his help. He laid out a course
in his head, yes in that head. He and I met on a Friday morning and wheeled out
the course and low and behold he was within about 200 feet of a perfect 5K.
Next step, we called in the big gun, Mike Bowen. Mike measured the course a
couple of times and provided us with an impeccable map, including not only mile
markers, but also Ĺ mile markers. So now we had the perfect alternate course.
Now we had to get approval from all of the key players in
What next? The party of course. Our
loyal runners know we Captín Fun Runners take great pride in making sure our
running guests are rewarded for their efforts. The party is usually easy to put
on. The Boardwalk, the beach, Main Street Band, and the GREAT hospitality of
the employees at the Captín Fun bar. What else could you ask for? Well, we set
out to keep as many of these ingredients as we could.
Finally, race day was upon us. We
were hoping for at least 700 runners (about Ĺ the number we would have expected
at the beach). We ended up with 874 runners and walkers. So far, so good. The
morning started out pretty smooth. We started setting up at about 5AM.
Everything was going pretty smooth, until about 7:20. Then came the rain.
Logistically, the rain was a nightmare, but I am sure the runners loved it. The
race went off on time and by all accounts it was a good course. Our male
overall winner was Samson Kipchirchir of
Considering everything we endured,
I think the race was a success. I want to thank all of our runners, our
sponsors, Running Wild, Dominoís Pizza, and Captín Funís, and the City of
In closing, I would like to invite everyone to next yearís run back at the beach Hopefully, things will be back to somewhere near normal and all of our out of town running friends will be able to return to Pensacola and join us.††