Race Report: 2017 Red Beard Rally (or All I Want for My Birthday is an Ego Boost…)

Race Report: 2017 Red Beard Rally (or All I Want for My Birthday is an Ego Boost…)

So…I turned 45 the other day.

It’s not 50 – but it’s creeping dangerously close – and while I don’t really feel 45, it always hurts just a little when you have to check the next age block up on a form or race registration.  As Samantha in “Sex in the City” said for Carrie’s birthday one episode, “Honey, welcome to my box.”  In my case, that’s the 45 – 49 box.

Except it's 45 - 54 for me...

Except it’s 45 – 54 for me…

I’d had 2 pretty good races the last few weeks in my 40 – 44 box.  A 3rd place in my age group at my local 4th of July 5K and a 5th place finish at a notoriously early (start at 5:05am), hot (was 98 at 4:30am), and hilly (out and back course, so NO breaks) local 5-miler.

The 5th place finish was actually the sweeter result for me – as I just wasn’t feeling “it” that day and was pretty sure about 3,000 people finished ahead of me.  It didn’t result in an actual award, but 5 out of 32 did make me feel better (especially since it was my last race in my 40 – 44 box).

On to my first race in my new 45 – 49 box…

Pre-race Swag

Pre-race Swag

The Red Beard Rally take places in the Sonoita Arizona Wine Country and offers both a 5K and 10K distance.  The race honors local track coach and Arizona Wine Pioneer Al Buhl, who passed away from cancer several years ago.

Packet pick-up was available race morning at the local community center and included a technical race shirt and tote bag – with separate spacers for up to 6 wine bottles – we were in Arizona wine country after all….

Post-race swag was the race logo wine glass. The race logo water bottle and medal were given to the Age Group winners.

Post-race swag was the race logo wine glass. The race logo water bottle and medal were given to the Age Group winners.

Both the 5K and 10K courses included include paved roads, vineyard trails, rolling hills, and all the heat and humidity southern Arizona could throw at you at the start of monsoon season.

I had been warned by my running friend that you do the 5K at this particular race for two very specific reasons: the race starts relatively late and it’s WAY too hot this time of year to run a 10K in full sun and, [most importantly] if you run the 5K, you get a head start on all the 10K people at the post-race wine tasting.

You had me at first to the wine tasting…

 

We all had really good runs (everyone I came with placed in their Age Groups!) and we eagerly picked up our “finishers medals” – which were actually run logo etched wine glasses and allowed you to actively participate in the wine tasting hosted by several local wineries following the race!  Post race fun also included a live band, the awards ceremony, and lots and lots of raffle prizes.

We're ALL winners here!

We’re ALL winners here!

It was awesome to start out my new Age Group with a win AND get the chance to spend a fun afternoon hanging and drinking wine with my running friends – all while supporting the memory of someone who gave so much to the local area.

The stats:

  • 1st of 10 in my Age Group [45 – 49]
    • 9:32 pace
  • 45/146 Overall
    • 13th Overall Female
  • One VERY happy 45 year old ego…

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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