Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 28, 2013
I’m pretty sure my Run for the Water was colder than yours.
Unless, of course, you’re the guy from Alaska.
The temperature was 38 degrees Sunday morning when I pinned on my race number, zipped up my jacket, queued up the Map My Run app on my smart phone and set out from my mother’s house in South Haven, Mich., to run 10 miles in the global version of the Austin race.
My route took me across a drawbridge, down a pier where waves were crashing, past a lighthouse, over the sand of a Lake Michigan beach, through a covered bridge and beneath red and gold falling leaves on the Kal-Haven trail.
I thought about the runners in Texas - and the people in Burundi, where money from the race is being used to deliver clean water - as I trotted along. Every $25 the race raised provides clean water to one person there for life, according to the Gazelle Foundation, the non-profit organization that puts on the event.
In all, more than 70 people signed up to run the race remotely. Someone ran it from New York. Another ran it from Alabama. I ran it from Michigan. And yes, someone ran it in Alaska. (And if temperatures were in the 30s here, I wonder how cold it was there?)
I love the idea of participating in an Austin event when I’m not in town. I’ve always wanted to do the Run for the Water, but I always seem to be traveling. This way, I could be part of the event even if I wasn’t there.
My only complaint? I’m technology challenged. It took me a while - and some coaching via telephone - to figure out how to get my route to show up with all the others running the race remotely. Now that I’ve done it once, though, I know how to do it. It’ll be easy next time.
How was your race?