The motto to the Aquarium Run, "This Run Has Teeth," could be a subliminal message, that runners could get bit. Saturday, I met my dynamic dual partner Super Runner Girl Linda to run a local 1/2 Marathon to help support the Aquarium in Jenks. You have to understand, coming from So. California, I was excited that I may get to see a shark and I would not have worry, that the shark was planning to make me its latest off shore morsel.
Now almost a year ago, I had mention to my wonderful and dear fiancee, that I would not be running races sponsored by a particular local sponsor. He was surprised to hear I had actually signed up for this race, remember, I am still thinking about sharks, moray eels, puffer fish, turtles and the like.
The race conditions were wonderful, I ran the first half of the half with Linda, at her suggestion and blessing, she told me to go ahead and run my race. I know, I know... one never leaves their wing man (woman), but she said I could. (She did PR)
I picked up my pace and ran the back half of the race, feeling so good and looking forward to finishing and receiving a super cool medal, that had a shark on it, the perfect medal for this So. California girl. Imagine if you will, when I finished to no fan fare, but just a tired volunteer worker who appeared not overly excited, to still be waiting on runners. And then too be looking around for someone to give me...."What is that...there were NO more medals, you mean none?" But I paid my registration early, the fine print said, that the participants who finished would get a medal, are you sure that there are none left? What about the one around the race directors neck, she did not even run, could I have that one??
Poor form to say the least. I was told, that I could check back in a few weeks for my medal, which led me to wonder...if I was so foolish as to sign up for a race operated by this sponsor again, could I have the option of paying my entry fee weeks after I finished the race? I know, I know...I should have ran faster, at least that is what an employee of the race sponsor allegedly vocalized and that, there is no guarantee for every race finisher to receive a medal.
At least I got to see the sharks, but I feel like I got bit, no wonder why they say, "This Run Has Teeth."