Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Race That Almost Wasn't: Mount Mourne Elf Run 5k

This morning marked the completion of the 2009 Mount Mourne Elf Run 5k and fun run, held to benefit the Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department.  But wait, today is Jan. 2nd, 2010 - what's the deal with the year?

The Elf Run was originally scheduled for Dec. 19, 2009, but along with a couple of other local races was postponed due to an ice storm.  So, under sunny skies and cold conditions the race took place two weeks later.  Oh yeah, windy too.

Despite the later date and possible post-hangover effects of New Year's Eve,  117 hardy souls toed the line and took off from the fire station across highway 115 and onto Langtree Rd.  A left turn onto Transco Rd. for 1/2-mile and then back made the course.

There were not only local runners in attendance but several folks who made the trek from Charlotte and beyond, which is a testament to the popularity of such a great small race.  Mercifully the fire department was heated, making the post-race events much more enjoyable.  There were doughnuts, fruit, coffee, and water aplenty, along with a plenitude of door prizes.

Some of the DARTers in attendance were Bobby Aswell (18:38), Jim Crotts (19:30), Allen Strickland (20:22), Todd Hartung (20:36), Theoden Janes (21:08), Chad Randolph (aka Yours Truly, 21:40), Tony Read (23:57), Michael MacIntyre (28:37), Laurie Randolph (28:40), and Beth Garren (30:51).

Race results can be found on the Queen City Timing's site.
Photos can be found here.
Theoden Janes put up a good recap of the race as well.  See it here.

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