Parades and Races

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Jim and I survived the constant barrage of precipitation as we joined our friends to support and promote Clean Ocean Access in the annual Newport St Patrick’s day parade. While we were out on the parade route I realized that walking in a parade has a lot of similarities to running a 5k.

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Of course there is the obvious, both have a start and a finish. At both the start and finish of a parade and a race you will find spectators who cheer for you as you go along the course.

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The next and maybe a little less obvious similarity is the beer. Many of the races Jim and I did over the years were accompanied by beer either during but usually after the race. This similarity could be because this was a St Patty’s Day parade but there was definitely lots of beer and other beverages which Dionysus would approve.

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Finally and probably the most important similarity was the sense of community. One of the things I love about road races is how it brings people together. Even though there was rain falling from the start of the parade to the finish, people still came out to the streets of Newport to celebrate this fine holiday.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day.

A Running Tradition

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Many cities around the country host a Thanksgiving race. It is a wonderful pre-meal celebration where you get to burn calories in preparation of the pending meal. Families kick off their festivities by gathering for a run. Friends come together for a morning run before they part ways for their own holiday celebrations.

I can’t think of a better way to start the Thanksgiving holiday than to go on a run. It’s nice to know, I’m not alone.

Yesterday we joined hundreds of other runners converging in Newport for the annual Pie Run. This race does bring out the competitive spirit in some, but for others it is a way to be with family. Lots of parents bring their kids to do the five -mile course. Some walk, some run, and some get pushed in strollers, but they do it together.

Our family wasn’t a running family until a few years ago. But after we started running we started this Thanksgiving tradition. We started with a Turkey Trot in Miami and we make it a priority to do a run every year. It might not be an official race, but it doesn’t matter. We even get our non-running but very talented at running daughter to join us.

This Thanksgiving was no different.

We don’t run to win the race. We do it to spend time together as a family. We do it to spend distraction free time together, no cell phones, no iPads, no laptops, or television. We try running together but our daughter is pretty fleet of foot and now she runs ahead of us. Unlike when we started and we had to encourage her from start to finish. But I guess it is to be expected, it’s time for her to run ahead and run her own race.

At the finish, we say hi to friends. And we are reminded that we have so many things to be thankful for, like the huge meal we are about to eat.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, even if you didn’t do a race yesterday, don’t worry there is always today.