I ran in the 27th annual Run for the Roses at Grafton Lakes State Park yesterday. Lots of fun even though the last half of the course is uphill! I only trained haphazardly, but it got me in gear to get more serious about getting in shape. The nice thing about this run is that the proceeds go to the Grafton Community Library and the Courtney Carelli Foundation for Literacy for students at Berlin High School. All runners are given a book and a beautiful long-stemmed rose at the finish line.
Funny things can happen at events like this. After the race, I was looking at the posted results and noticed a name (and corresponding age) of a guy I went to college with 40 years ago. I tracked him down by the assigned number on his shirt and we had fun reconnecting.
Troy Record article on the race (including comments from yours truly).
Race results on the Grafton Community Library blog. Note it looks like no one from Grafton ran in the race. Not so -- many of the folks listed as Petersburgh and Cropseyville are from Grafton because the organizers listed their mailing addresses. I suggest they ask for both the town of residence and mailing address in the application form next year and list town of residence in the results. (Like the Beach Boys tune "Be True to Your Town" or was it "Be True to Your School?"). However, I must say the organizers and volunteers did a truly outstanding job. Running an event like this is hard work.
Next year, I'll try to remember to publicize the race in advance
Here's a scan of the course. It starts at the lake parking lot, proceeds to Route 2, goes up Route 2 and Dumbleton Road, back into the park and finishes up at the lake parking lot again.