Santa Run For Hunger 5k Run/Walk in Mt. Ulla, NC.
Only in it's second year, the Santa Run For Hunger 5k Run/Walk was put on by the good folks at Salisbury Rowan Runners for the benefit of the Rowan Helping Ministries.
The event's location was in western Rowan County, between Mooresville and Salisbury. It's rural farm country with livestock and cotton fields dotting the landscape. Scenic indeed, but hardly what might be called a hub of running. I expected to know very few other runners, but boy was I surprised. There were many of the usual suspects of area races, some from the Mooresville area, some from the Salisbury area, and a large contingent from the Charlotte area.
Although it rained prior to and afterward, we were given a respite during the race itself. The course consisted of an out-and-back, climbing quickly within the first 1/2-mile and topping out at the turnaround. From there it was mostly downhill. No traffic control, as there was no traffic to speak of. One aid station around the one and three-quarter mile mark.
I'll spare you the details of my run, other than mentioning that I started out nearer the front than usual and tried to hang on. The runners in front of me pulled away despite my best efforts and no one was right behind me to prod me on, so I ran within my own sphere. Twenty minutes and forty-five seconds later I was done.
The awards presentation was held in the Ruritan Building and the awards consisted of Santa trophies. Laurie missed third place in her age group by 30 seconds or so. Since they were giving out toothbrushes Laurie claimed one as her "trophy", which come to think of it is a pretty practical thing.
Davidson Area Running Team
Wayne warming up
Me and St. Nick at the finish line