Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prairie Pursuit 5K/10K

Last Saturday we went back to the in-laws for the community picnic. Although the logo doesn't indicate it, there is also a 10K run as well. This is my wife's hometown and we were back visiting for the local town "celebration". They have the ususal small town fun stuff; softball tourney, bar fights, wet t-shirt contests, parade, street dance, kids fun races, and a 5K and 10K race. I didn't fully commit to running it until the morning of the race and my wife and I went into town and signed up about 10 minutes before the start.
To give you an idea of how small this town is, the race had to run north out of town for about a half mile, then east for 3/4 of a mile, and then back another half mile. The rest of the race was zig zagging through the mean streets of Chokio. If than doesn't give you an idea of how small the town is, the 2011 graduating class had 12 That's right, the entire senior class consisted of 12 people!
In any case, it was a lot of fun as there was only a couple dozen people combined in the 5K and 10K and to say it was a relaxed atmosphere would be an understatement.
I finished the 10K in 46:20 and was actually the overall winner. I've never won a race (unless outrunning the cops after snowballing cars when I was 15 counts) and it was kind of fun to be someone not carrying a gun.

Also, my wife did outstanding and exceeded her own expectations. She beat her time from last year by 8 minutes! Great job Dear and we're going to rock Ragnar!

3 days until Grandma's and the weather looks decent; chance of rain and temps in the 50's.



  1. Good luck on your marathon this weekend!
    And, nice blog!

  2. Congrats on taking first overall!!!

    I love small town and small races, they are just more fun