Not exactly the same Mr. Ed. Image: glyphjockey.com.
For a runner, there's no better way to celebrate a holiday than by running a race. We do Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving and Hangover Runs on New Year's Day; we run on the 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There are, believe it or not, even a few Christmas Day races out there. Why should Super Bowl Sunday be any different?
Tomorrow at 11:30, Mr. Ed's Athletic Club (sorry; not the horse. I just couldn't resist the picture) will host its 21st annual Superbowl Warm-up in Middleport, New York. The course travels along the Erie Canal towpath, with the Middleport lift bridge acting as the site for the start and finish.
Registration opens in the Middleport Fire Hall (28 Main Street, Middleport, NY) at 9:30 AM and lasts until 11:00. The fee for signing up on race-day is $25, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund established by the volunteer firefighters.
The registration form promises "5-K Awards Galore." In addition to the usual 5-year age groups, categories include Masters, Grand Masters, and Firemen. Ribbons will go to participants in the 1-mile Fun Run, which begins at 10:00, and the 5K Walk, which starts at 10:30. Last year, 271 runners finished the 5K race, with winning times of 16:22 for men (Mark Hryvniak) and 20:54 for women (Courtney Laderer).
According to the WNY blog Running With Nut Jobs, "The post-run food excellent - roast beef, chili, macaroni salad and lots of beer."
Yup: that's a Super Bowl party.