There are tons of walks and runs to participate in during the summer in Iowa. I recently walked in the The Bix. 2008 marks the 34th anniversary of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 – in fact it’s known as one of the United States most prestigious and challenging races.
Here’s a recap of my walk…
Of the people I know about, I brought up the rear. By a lot. About 2:18 for me. That’d be two hours and eighteen minutes to walk seven miles. My 60-year old father in law ran it in just over an hour. Small children and old folks alike giggled as they passed me by. But there’s a reason! Really!
First of all, I started waaaay in the back. So I started off at a disadvantage.
I was near the Army guys in fatigues with 100lb packs on their backs. They started up Brady St. hill walking, and I kept pace. Woot!, I thought, I can keep up with these guys, and they train and like, lift weights and stuff.
Then we got to the top of the hill and they started running.
I never saw them again.
Then I got passed by Tinky Winky.
Then I got passed by the chicken man. But you know, he’s probably a runner in all the getup.
Then the pregnant gal breezed by me. Very pregnant. Maybe 7 months. But she was probably a runner before, so she doesn’t count.
Then the lady in the wheelchair passed me.
Then our inspirations passed me (and his wife I presume). They were getting cheers the whole way. Truly amazing.
However, all is not lost. I did totally crush this guy in the Monty Python outfit.
So when I got home and Mallory (age 4) asked “Did you win?” of course, I said Yes!
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