Sunday afternoon when it seemed the rest of the world was putting up holiday decorations and Christmas trees (at least based on what everyone was posting on Facebook), 19 of us were running from a Harborcreek winery to a Lawrence Park tavern…for a beer tab necklace.
The 3-mile downhill run was the first event in the 2013/2014 winter series cooked up by our fun-loving, lollygagging, lovin’-life, stop-and-smell-the-roses friend, Eloise (she’s in the orange vest in the group photo below). Last year we ran from 6 Mile Cellars winery to all the other area wineries listed on the directional sign out front.
“The Six Pack will consist of six different runs, beginning Thanksgiving weekend. The runs are planned for Thanksgiving weekend, January, February, March, April, and May. Each month distance will be added.”
Then she teased us with this: “Prizes will be awarded for each run, and a grand prize will be given for those completing the entire Six Pack.”
With Eloise, there’s always a twist. She’s probably one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. I don’t know when she sleeps and still manages to work full time, raise three kids, take care of the lamp post, dream up creative winter series runs, and make Scrabble boards from Pinterest for her renovated bathroom:
But….I digress (which I know Eloise would totally approve of). But…back to Sunday afternoon….
Nineteen of us are running in clumps toward Route 5 on a gray, but otherwise, perfect running-weather Sunday afternoon. Cars honk. People wave. Shoppers rush by with their treasures.
Two guys standing outside of Bootlegger’s Bar (destination for run No. 2 in The Six Pack) watch use stream by and shout, “What are you guys doing a race or something?”
“We’re running to the bar,” I yell back.
One of the guys who is holding a 12 pack, yells back….”Well, alright…now that’s a good reason to run!”
We thought so.
But, it’s not about the drinks…or the destination…or the post-run chicken wings…or the bragging rights…or even the beer tab necklaces that Eloise awards to each of us (collect a tab at each run), it’s about the camaraderie and friendship of shared experience. Making new friends. Catching up with old friends. Hooking new folks who may never have believed that running could be fun.
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