|Rockin Rabbit Half Marathon|
Every April, the industry in which I work has a huge trade show in Las Vegas and I get to spend a week there. Some would think that's fantastic. I, on the other hand, find it a huge grind, just waiting for it to end. Each day is a 10 hr marathon of booth duty, mostly standing, talking, hyping my company's latest wares, greeting customer, discussing their issues, suggesting solutions, and ultimately losing my voice in the dry air. This is followed by late night dinners with clients and business associates, then back to the hotel for an hour or two of email. (Doing email is a poor substitute for real work. It does, however, make you think you've done something.) Then there's the time shift from the East coast, so I wake up 3:30am Vegas time for 3 or 4 days. As you can guess, my running definitely suffers during Vegas week.
|Running with Blue Suede Shoes|
Rockin Rabbit Half is a small, local race that is run to help raise money for a charity called Hope4Lives. It certainly has a good dose of fun personality with several quirks that set it apart from your typical half. The race was quite enjoyable, meandering through open red rock nature, providing wonderful views of Lake Mead and even runs through some old railroad passes cut through mountains.
|Starting point, landmark Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino|
|The very bunny Start director|
|Nancy Dickinson gets everybody moving|
|What a great name! CoreHore.|
|Follow the rising sun|
The path slowly curved back and forth next to the rocky hills. This seemed to prevent you from noticing any of the incline in the first few miles. It was such easy running.
|Amazing views behind us.|
|Where's the men's room?|
|Hawaiian skirt Nevada style|
|Boulder City's version of Hollywood Hills|
The first 4 miles went by quite quickly. When mile 5 rolled around the course immediately started the decent. At times is seemed steep and you started to pick up speed. With the downhill came the first views of Lake Mead, which seemed far off in the morning sun.
|Lake Mead in morning light.|
|Getting closer to to the lake|
|Kimberly, my passing partner, says hi|
As we descended towards the lake, we zigged up towards the hills for about a mile and I was surprised to see some houses tucked high in the rocks. The brief up hill felt good after 4 miles of decline.
|Houses with lake views.|
Again the down hill slant started and it was easy to pick up the pace. Not for too long as I stopped for some more pics.
|Brief shade in the rock canyon|
|Hemenway Harbor on Lake Mead|
We got to run through two of the five rail passes carved out of the rock mountain, before turning around and heading to the finish.
|Warning! GPS devices may loose signal|
|And now I am a tunnel runner|
After the turn around it was a slight down hill to the finish. I put in a 1:46 time, with Kimberly coming in soon after me. Though not a fast time, it was good enough to capture a 2nd place age group award. Ahh, the small race surprise! (The 1st place in my age group was 1/2 hr faster!).
|Kimberly finishes strong|
|Rabbit awards for the fleet of foot|