Mackley's New Friend
By Mackley Q. Greene (as told to Kim Andres)
PLOP! And just like that an infant squirrel entered my life and that of my runner, Kim. This bit of a hairless thing attracted my attention when she fell from a big tree in our front yard after a particularly windy day. Rather than chomp down or viciously shake her(as Quincy would have done), I stood there looking at her until my owner, Marc, saw me acting excited and came over and scooped her up and brought her into the house.
So, now were are bringing up a baby squirrel - but that's not the purpose of my column. Rather, I write to relay a few running experiences that Kim had on her recent trip to Tucson while visiting her parents. Over two weekends, on Sundays both, she ran Tucson races in the desert. The first one, with a valentine day's theme, was a four miler. It was two mile course done twice on the University of Arizona campus that included running up the football stadium ramps, then across the stadium at the top and back down the winding ramps on the other side. The challenge was doing the ramps twice for the four miles. There was also a relay but I did not have a sweetheart to split the course with (besides, my sweetheart was back in Irving, and is not a runner). And the award for her age group? A potted cactus. (see photo) - which her dad promptly planted in their back yard.
The next race was a women only 5K - something she has never seen in the Metroplex. If guys wanted to run, they were relegated to the one miler - which started 30 minutes before the all women 5K. The race venue was a women's maternity hospital and benefited a women's cause. The course was somewhat confusing because it was two loops and my mother should have paid more attention before the race to know that since she found it confusing catching up with walkers at some point and wondered if she was still on the course. But it ended well and again, the awards were interesting - they were given using the "stack 'em" approach. For the age groups, third place got a wine cup, second the wine cup and branded m&ms in a heart shaped container and first place, the wine cup, the m&ms and a head band! Interesting!
For those who happen to travel to Tucson, know that the running community is pretty great, although there is only one running store (the Running Shop). Races are not every weekend (Kim got lucky to race back to back) and the area running club is known as Southwest Arizona Runners (SAR).
Your favorite canine contributor,
Mackley Q. Greene