Today Dick and I ran our 5th 5K race this year: the 5000M event at the Bay Area Senior Games on the Stanford University track. We were both a little apprehensive about this one because we suspected the participants would be far more "professional" than we are. We did get lapped multiple times by the best of the bunch, but we had a blast and even got 2nd and 3rd place medals in our age categories.
People are always so friendly and supportive at these running events -- it's always an inspiration for us. One 85-year-old runner even competed in the 800K (not an easy distance) and was welcomed at the finish line with enthusiastic clapping and cheering.
Other races we've been in during the first half of the year are one on New Year's Day at the Palo Alto Baylands, the Bronco Bench (sports booster club) 5K at Santa Clara University, the Big Bunny 5K just before Easter in Cupertino, and Goldy's Run on the University of Minnesota campus. That last one was a first for us: running in the snow in April! The weather made it unusual, and the fact that the whole Blomquist family was involved was very special.