One of the things I find I miss from my earliest days of running are the small-town races. Every town had its festival and a race (usually a 10K back then) to go with it. Some of my favorite race shirts come from these, like the Great Lake Sakatah Bullhead Run from Waterville's Bullhead Days - the fish are no better looking on cotton than in real life, but I got a kiss from Miss Bullhead (actually, Miss Waterville, the Bullhead Days queen). How jealous I am of my brother who managed to get a Sand Burr Days T-shirt! I've managed to do the Montgomery Kolacky Days Bun Run and the New Brighton Stockyard Days (won that once), but I'm thinking that next year I'll start a circuit of small-town races.
I'm checking to see if Minneota's having its Box Elder Bug Days 5K this September. I also want to do Cohasset's Blackwater Barge Festival Run, Henderson's Sauerkraut Days 5K (imagine the aid stations) and Crookston's Ox Cart Days 10K.
So, loyal minions, what silly-named races am I missing?
Lovin', touchin', squeezin'
1 week ago