This was my second year running the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler and every year, I’m surprised at how cold it is.  It is the end of December.  Of course it is cold!

This race really loves it’s theming, and I love the race for it.  The run is held at Druid Hill Park and is always run right around the time of the solstice.  It felt a bit early this year, but I’m not complaining, as that meant it fit well in my schedule.

I don’t know the director of the race, but he is a hilariously sarcastic man.  The emails that go out before the race are a riot, and included things like “Please do not urinate on the building and scare the people inside.”  At the race, there were even signs with an icon of a man peeing and then a big no symbol atop it.  Ridiculously funny.  And yes, the portapotties were plentiful, so no worries there.

At the race start, there is a lovely tent setup with coffee inside, and food and other goodies afterward.  Definitely a nice perk and a good way to get out of the cold.

The race begins with a bagpiper leading a small parade through the crowd of runners, starting at the back of the pack.  There is also a drummer (this year in a hybrid Bravehart/Baltimore Ravens costume) and people with Irish Wolfhounds.  They are then followed by the people who have run the race every year, a pack that shrank significantly after the race was all but snowed out – only people who could walk to the start were able to run.

And then the run begins!  It’s not the world’s easiest course – it’s definitely got hills.  But what goes up must come down, right?  Betsy and I ran this one together, and it wasn’t my fastest, but we did okay.  She was coming off of a cold and I was coming off of a week of exhausting rehearsals, so neither of us was in top form.  So we just ran and chatted and had fun.  At least I had fun.  I hope she did too.

I have to admit, one of the big perks of this race is the shirt.  This race always has the best shirt (or sometimes jacket, I believe).  And the cost of the race is typically the retail cost of the shirt.  So to get some great new running gear AND a great race experience makes for a worthwhile day.  I hope the race fits into my schedule again next year.

By Megan

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