A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to a 10K

running a race

Several years ago I had some friends that decided they were going to run in the Charleston, SC Cooper River Bridge 10K Run.  Since we live an hour away from Charleston, they were going to stay at our house the night before the race, and we would go to the race in the morning.

I knew about the race in advance, and I had prepared for it to some degree.  But, me being the procrastinator that I can be at times, I had not signed up for the race beforehand.  So, we were just going to sign up before the race.  No big deal, right.  Well, that is what we thought.  But the day of the race was not exactly as planned.  First of all, we left a few minutes later than expected, and then the traffic to the race was busier than expected.  These two things put us at the starting line just a few moments before the race began.

My friends had pre-registered, so they really did not need to do anything.  For me, though, I had not registered, and registration was not really a choice at this point.  Then it occurred to me, this is a public road, so why not just run on it without registering?  And that is exactly what I did!  Yup, I ran the entire 10K race without registering.  I know, that was probably a bone-headed thing to do, and I know I probably should not have done it.  I am not sure why I did it, or what I was really thinking.  I would not do that again, but I admit it is kind of funny to remember that day.  The interesting thing about it is that I do not think anyone really noticed that I had not registered.  I guess I just sort of fit in with the crowd.

I hope that the race administrators do not come and track me down now that I am sharing this story.  Maybe I should register for that 10K race and not run in it.

What do you think?

Do you think that was a complete bone-headed thing for me to do?

What is the funniest story that you have about running?

2 Responses to “A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to a 10K”

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  1. Ted says:

    Tim-read your blog as part of a blogging cosure I am taking. Caught your post about the marathon! I ran this race in 1985 and it was one of my favorites. It is absoultely the most beautiful cosure, as advertised. Best of luck on the last 10 mental miles you will do great! Your miles are behind you only have to run and enjoy.


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