It was raining when the alarm went off at 5 AM. I knew that was going to dampen the turnout of the Angelo for Mayor 5K Family Fun Walk & Run, but I rolled out of bed and prepared the materials for the mornings race nonetheless.
I love that feeling of lacing up the shoes for an early morning run. I loved it even more when I was 10 years younger and 50 lbs lighter, I have to admit.
Brad Ruszala did a great job as race director. He set the course, measured it, and basically did everything. Thank you, Brad.
Right before we started I gave an emotional, moving speech. Yeah, right. At 7 AM? I just thanked everyone for coming and for showing their support and asked them to help me become the next Mayor of Saipan.
Then we were off like a herd of turtles! Nobody was going for a personal best. In fact, I think more than half the people weren't even standing at the start line when the race started. It was a rainy morning, can you blame them?
Brenda Schultz and Kathy Pagapular reach the Turnaround for Change. The race started at 13 Fishermen Memorial, headed south and then turned around in front of where Flair Bar used to be.
There's my campaign manager, Thelma Cabrera, with the top three finishers. I was a close fourth.
And here Matt Smith celebrates after defeating his daughter Madison. Something tells me she wasn't trying very hard...
Thanks to everyone who came out in support. Regular 5Ks are definitely something my administration will support. I would like to create a series of perhaps 10 races where competitors would get points for each time they placed overall or in their age group, which would be tallied at the end of all the races to determine an overall winner. The series would be mostly 5Ks, but could also include a half marathan and a few 10Ks. Perhaps we could call it the Mayor's Grand Prix.
More photos of the race are posted on the Angelo for Mayor Facebook Fan Page.