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This page is meant for folks to post their thoughts on the Saturday group run. I (Neil) will post a blurb about who showed up and where it was held. From there, I hope that other runners will share their thoughts since we often have different experiences on the same run. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

34th Annual Run for the Magic Half Marathon and 5K

As this was my 10th year directing the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff Half Marathon and 5k, I was ecstatic that we had a record turnout for the 34th Annual Run for the Magic. There were so many highlights that separated this from years past. Randi Rolle, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff, who is blind, ran her first 5K! And we have come a long way.

Mike Smith winning the race and honoring his "Little Brother's" first day at college! Sara Wagner hanging on to win one of her favorite races. Arne sandblasted mugs for division winners. SweatVac shirts. Girls on the Run aid station. Free Fratellis Carbo-Load dinner. Automated timing by Jaguar Timing Systems - no more pulling bibs and missing numbers. The Junction Aid Station Keg. M and Ms. Halfway aid station cup voting - Medicinal Marijuana or not. Dry feet. No mud. Cloud cover. No baking sun. Oddest statistic: ever women finishers outnumber men 247 to 192. I found the results online of the 1999 race at Fort Tuthill. 117 finishers in both races. 75 men and 42 women. We have come a long ways!

Please order or visit Fratellis on Tuesday, August 16th. 10% of sales will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff!

If you participated please share your thoughts on the race! Cheers from the race director.

1 comment:

  1. It may have changed a lot, but it is still the same spectacular event every year. You are the very best, Neil.