Location: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY
Benefit/Cause: Community Center of Northern Westchester
Weather: Temperature 45 degrees Fahrenheit and drizzling.
Results: Personal Best for this event (First time is always a PB!)
Notes: I ran the race with several old friends and met some new ones. This is believed to be the largest trail race in the Northeast US and it did not disappoint. Meadows, a massive amount of mud to run through, steep inclines, rivers to forge and single track trails all greeted the almost 2,000 runners.
March 23, 2019: Voorhees High School Unified 5K (First Annual)
Location: Clinton, NJ
Benefit/Cause: Voorhees High School Unified Program (Special Olympics Initiative)
Weather: Temperature 35 degrees Fahrenheit, 20 mph sustained winds, damp from rains the day before.
Results: Personal best (Charlie)
Notes: I met several nice folks including a guy that moved from Syracuse to the area and a veteran who served multiple tours in Afganistan (I told him about The Secret Marathon). As we were waiting at the starting line, he showed me hiking pictures that he had taken when he was stationed in Hawaii.
Weather: Temperature 25 degrees Fahrenheit and snow.
Results: CPB (Couples Personal Best)
Notes: This event was held in 16 cities across Canada and has virtual participants globally (17 countries). In 2019, the event had 1,170 participants and raised over $15K. Everyone should be free to run!