I found out about this race from flyers being passed out at another race. It was more like a brochure and it told the story of a young man who had a lot going for himself when suddenly he became ill. His name was Johnny and he was diagnosed with Lymphoma at the age of 24. After a long and hard battle he passed away the day after Christmas at the age of 26.
The story behind this memorial race was moving enough to add onto my race schedule. The added benefit was the location being at one of my favorite “woosah” spots, The Falls of the Ohio State Park. It’s the closest I can get to the Detroit/Windsor ambiance. The park was also the backdrop for a Trash the Dress Photo shoot I did back in 2009 for Panache Louisville Photography.
It was relaxing to arrive at a race 30 minutes before the start and be amongst a small and friendly group. Johnny’s family members were present and helping out with last minute registrations and packet pick ups. I was able to speak with a lady named Lynn who often places in the top 3 overall at the local races. She is 52 and one of the fastest women in the area. I also ran into Rhonda who I first met at the Polar Bear Grand Prix. She had her 3yr old daughter decked out in running gear. So cute!
The race started with beautiful, clear skies. It was a little warm for my taste, especially trying to PR, however, running along the river was a nice experience.
After the race there were tons of door prizes being given out for $25 gift cards to various restaurants. One lucky guy won the grand prize of a flat screen tv. Another gentleman won a gift basket for finding the stuffed cat along the route. Johnny’s cat is being taken care of by his family and is featured on the race logo every year.
★Official time was 22:27.
★1st place 30-39 age group.
That seemed slow considering my 1st mile split was 6:28. I’ve ran sub 22:00 practice runs in the last week so no telling what happened. So disappointed at that time. Next year’s race will be moved from June to October. I plan to run this again. They have raised over $20,000 for cancer research at IUPUI.