So much fun it shouldn't be legal!
Woo hoo! Yippee! Yesterday was the 30th annual Living History Farms Cross Country Run in Des Moines, IA. Without qualification, it is the best day of the year for runners - at least the 7500 who were lucky enough to get a spot in the race.
Not only is this North Americas largest cross country race, it must easily be in the Top 10 races for fun without giving up any of the challenge of a good race course. It is 7 miles of cold, windy, challenging terrain. This isn't a typical cross country course - this is one that requires you to scale many a hill with ropes or a good push on the backside from your running friends. There are 8 creeks to cross, many of which were knee and waist high. Simply said, it is the best race all year. [And kudos to the race director for phenom! organization!!!]
I told you many times last year, but I think I can say it again - this race shows the true spirit of runners. The runners assembled love running. I over heard more than a few runners say that they were new to running and others who said this was inspiring the to keep running. And then there were also many runners like me who use this as a way to "wrap up" their season as well as a fitting last run to our favorite pair of old running shoes.
I wish all of you could have joined in the fun! Put it on your calendar for next year - hope to see you there!