Race History


It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit. – George Sheehan

It’s a short list, but that’s fine by me. I’ve got nothing but time!  Here are the recaps of my past races.

Virtual 5k cropped for website

Independence Day Virtual 5k Run/Walk, July 4-6, 2014- I organized this race in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life. What started as a humble little race that I hoped would raise a couple hundred bucks, ended up as an international event, reaching two countries and more than 16 states. We raised over $1,000 and I met some great people along the way. I can’t wait to see what next year’s race will become. http://runwritedig.com/2014/05/18/independence-day-virtual-5k-run-walk-relay-for-life/

Urbanathalon


 

UOP Urbanathalon, Stockton Ca., March 30, 2014- This was my first obstacle course race; a lukewarm introduction into the world of challenge courses. UOP’s inaugural 5k fun run/obstacle course along the Calaveras River was banal and even a bit boring. With only two obstacles, the course was predictable and uninteresting. The field of runners was only 100 strong. I dearly love the good people of UOP and I will run the event next year, holding high hopes that they improve the field and enhance the challenges. http://runwritedig.com/2014/03/30/uop-urbanathalon-race-recap/

Megs bibVirtual 10K for Meg Menzies, Lodi Ca., January 18, 2014- At the end of this race, there were no high-fives. Nor were there medals, photos, chip-timing, or cheering fans and noisy fanfare. Instead, thousands dwelled in deep reflection and gratitude for a woman we never met, but to whom we shared common ground and kinship. Meg Menzies was a runner and mother of 3, killed in early January while on a Boston Marathon training run; her life was cut short by a drunk driver. Subsequently, a sincere and heart-felt international groundswell of runner love erupted. Thousands   of athletes across the globe chose to dedicate their solo runs as a tribute to Meg and her life as a runner. This is my tribute.  http://runwritedig.com/2014/01/19/more-questions-than-answers-megsmiles/

ACS ceremony Relay For Life 10K, Stockton Ca. June 9, 2013-  To be fair to the American Cancer Society (ACS), I’m taking some liberties by calling this national fundraiser a “race”, because a race denotes a start and finish line, but it works for me. It works because I have found a way to blend my new-found passion for running with my new-found reason to Relay. Enjoy the recap: http://runwritedig.com/2013/06/09/relay-for-life-stockton-california-solo-10k/

Urban Cow Half Marathon BannerUrban Cow 5K/Half Marathon, Sacramento, CA. October 9, 2012- This was my first-ever HALF! A huge accomplishment, one I first thought I could never do. I killed it.  I trained hard for this and wanted to quit more than once. Perfect conditions and a mostly-flat course made for a great venue and I finished in 2:44:20. http://runwritedig.com/2012/10/08/urban-cow-half-marathon-recap/

ACS Relay For Life, Stockton, CA. June 9, 2012- Up to this point, I had been running- and racing- for myself. Then came this unexpected little jewel. The ACS Relay for Life was actually a “sponsor-me-to-walk” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. I decided to run, and I made it 4 1/2 miles, my longest race to-date. At the end of the day I officially completed my very first (and only) 7.25K race. LOL. I met some amazingly brave and deeply generous people at the event. Here is the recap: http://runwritedig.com/2012/06/10/relay-for-life-stockton-ca-2012/

Pink October, 5K Race for Awareness, Lodi, CA. October 19, 2011- I originally heard about this race in my freelance capacity as a journalist, and had been assigned to cover it for Examiner.com.  I decided that I would run it and cover it at the same time. I finished in 32:40, a PR for me. (Considering it was only my second real race, a PR wasn’t that big of a deal, really) Here is the story, featuring a local Girl Scouts troop. http://www.examiner.com/article/girl-scouts-support-2011-geweke-pink-october-race-for-awareness

Avenue of the Vines 5k/Half Marathon, Lodi, CA. May 15, 2011 – This 5K was my inaugural race and I was lucky enough to run it with my youngest son. One year earlier- to the day- I decided to stop watching life pass me by, and decided to start running. I couldn’t even finish a quarter-mile on my first outing. I managed a 33:20 finish for this, my first race. Not bad for a 50 year-old first timer. Here is my recap of that race: http://runwritedig.com/2012/02/17/i-killed-the-waterboy/

 

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