5th Year Runniversary at Mardi Gras Mambo 10k/15k

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Yes, “Runniversary” is a word (in the runners dictionary)

If your a runner you know its a special celebration. Every year running is a personal celebration of YES I am still out there, I am still part of the cool kids club, I don’t need an artificial hip yet and when you hit “5” years its indeed quite special 🙂

For me it started February 5, 2011 at the Mardi Gras Mambo 10k among 890 runners in total on a very chilly morning.The first time putting on a race bib, first time crossing a start line and by the time I crossed the finish I knew I would be ready for the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half two weeks later which would be my first Half. (Shout out: Both of these race distances I was joined by my friend “Laurie” whom I will be eternally grateful for in getting me into running 🙂 )

Fast forward five years later, back where it started this past Saturday morning awaiting the start of a race distance recently added at the Mambo the “15k” with my daughter Alaina who would be doing the “10k”  her 4th. This would be considered a training run for me to prepare for my 21st Half at Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans coming up this month on the 28th. (Cue the song “Reunited” by Peaches & Herb)

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Race Start of the Mambo 10k/15k  2-13-16 

This race has grown in numbers each year due largely to the festive theme, post race awards, bling and yummy treats from cake balls to subs. Today’s count of participants: 10k=1306, 15k=665 plus a 1 mile fun run=286

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2016 Race Bling for the 10k, 1mile fun run & 15k

We got a quick pre-race pic by a gorgeous oak tree before starting with my daughter Alaina and my running buddy Francine. (Both will be joining me in New Orleans for RNRNOLA)

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Alaina was genuinely excited for the 10k even though she hasn’t really been training much. She loved being out on a beautiful morning in the race atmosphere with so many friendly faces. I have to say we shared in her excitement. I found out in advance that the race course started both distances off together and would veer off at a couple points and line back up again so I told her I would look for her towards the last mile of the race since my distance was longer. We started with a bit of congestion due to some unexpected road construction then smoothed out for a single loop for both races that takes runners through the LSU campus, past the LSU lakes, through the Garden District and back to downtown Baton Rouge for a finish party at Town Square. Francine has done really well with her training this fall so I told her that I would meet up with her at the finish to not hold her back. I surprisingly felt really good this morning and kept a decent pace with my endurance that has been improving the past few months. I was anxious to get to the last part of the race course to see if I could find Alaina which I did and she was still smiling and even encouraging others on the course. At the finish I put on her medal and she quickly turned around to put medals on two other ladies that joined her on the course but to her surprise they had followed behind her on the sprint to the finish.

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The post race was busy with participants awaiting the costume contest, prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers and of course the race grub from various sponsors including Raising Cane’s. We met up with Francine to get our times which we were very happy with (me for the 15k 1:34, Francine 15k 1:29 and Alaina 10k 1:35)

A great Runniversary indeed!     #RunMardiGras    #MoreMemoriesMade

Until Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans…… 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

A race morning at the Finish – Amedisys Mardi Gras Mambo 10k/15k

This past Saturday morning was like no other. The 7th Annual Amedisys Mardi Gras Mambo 10k/15k was going to be going on Downtown and this race morning I decided I wanted to go down and volunteer. My husband and daughter also came which was an added bonus.
We got there right before the kids 1 mile Mambo Fun Run started. I always love to watch the kids races. Their energy never fails to inspire me. Right after they finished crossing the start line I saw the race director Eric Engemann unwrapping the kids medals and asked him if he needed a hand and he said sure. So we went to work getting the finisher medals ready. We had to work fast. The first kid “Michael Lee -Age 13” crossed the 1 mile mark at 6min:22 seconds! Before we knew it it was time for the 10k & 15k to start which both groups would be starting together. I saw many familiar faces of running friends in the crowd. They asked why I wasn’t running and I told them I would be ‘Medal Girl’ today. I would be there to cheer for them as they crossed the Finish line. They all said they were looking forward to it. Once again we went to work getting the 10k/15k medals ready. (Fortunately we had a bit more time for this race.) The 15k medal was larger than the 10k and the bibs were different colors so it would be easy to see who needed what medal although some registered for the 15k turned off and did the 10k during the race so we would still have to ask as they finished. The weather was perfect this morning with blue skies and approx 42 degrees. Part of me wished I was out there running but I was in the next best spot especially with my family by my side.
The 1st 10k Finisher “Conor Doan” came in at 33:24 (5:23pace) WOW!
The 1st 15k Finisher ” Kevin Castille” came in at 48:34 (5:13pace) Double WOW!
To give medals to many friends and new runners was a very rewarding experience. If I wasn’t running there was no other place I would have rather have been. After a couple hours we got relieved to get a bite to eat at the after party which was just a short walk to the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium. Most of the food was gone by that time but Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze was still serving up brisket. There were a great variety of vendors to choose from if you had gotten there just a tad earliar. As I congratulated friends and said our goodbyes my daughter told me that next year count her in for the 10k. I have to say that yes, I will be joining her as well.
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For more information on this race visit: http://www.runmambo.com/
When was the last time you volunteered at a local race?