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Tal Morrison 15k Race Report – 2008

Saturday was the first official race start for the entire family at the Tal Morrison Classic! Wendy was running the 5k and Griffin and I took on the 15k.

Whenever we have something going on early in the morning, Griffin decides to sleep in. Funny stuff. Most mornings he wakes up between 6:15-6:30 am but on race morning he decided to start moving around at about 6:50 am. We wanted to be driving be 7:00 am. Well, that didn’t happen.

After some quick breakfast for Griffin and gathering a few of his essentials, we were out the door at 7:15 am. Drive time approximately 30 minutes. Race start 8 am.

The race took place at White Rock Lake which is a popular running, cycling, and general park in Dallas. The distance around the lake is a bit over 9 miles. Perfect for a 15k event.

After arriving at the race site at 7:45 am, I parked and ran what seemed like a quarter mile to pick up our race numbers while Wendy fed Griffin one last time. Interestingly enough, I was not able to find my number right away, nor could the volunteers. Finally my number was found and I grabbed Wendy’s number and ran back to the car.

After trotting up a nice little hill back to the car I gave Wendy her number and put Griffin in his jogger and we were off to find the race start. I had just heard the horn to start the race at this point.

Like all smart women, Wendy had to use the facilities before she started to bounce that bladder. Griffin and I jogged to the race start. Wendy and I both found each other again at the race start and finally began our races about three minutes (a guess) behind the official start time. I had to run a loop around the lake counter-clockwise and Wendy had an out-and-back run starting in the opposite direction.

This would be the longest run Griffin and I had ever done with the jogger. We quickly started cruising along as Griffin securely held on to my keys and watched the scenery pass by. Fortunately the course was mostly flat with only minor grade changes.

We eventually started catching some runners as I was pushing a fairly solid effort level. Griffin seemed to enjoy seeing all of the people. A few people along the way jokingly said, “Make me feel bad, being passed by a jog stroller”. Sorry.

Every few miles, I would tell Griffin how may miles we have left and would ask how he was doing. I would get a “um” and “guh” (Griffin is almost 1.). I took that as a positive response and kept ticking through the miles. At times I thought he may be asleep so I would slow down and take a peek at his face. His eyes were wide open but relaxed.

At about the seven mile mark I caught up with Stephanie and we jogged in the last two miles. Stephanie was enjoying her longest run since the Houston marathon. Griffin and I were about to complete our first race together and put the running jogger through a pretty good test. I had a great time with Griffin and it was neat to sense that he enjoyed it as well. Plenty more of that to come little G-man.

Griffin’s Ride (with the top down)

Q Series Baby Jogger

Wendy was able to successfully trot/walk her way through the 5k with some tight shins and hamstrings. As with all 5k runs, Wendy’s favorite part of the race is when she crosses that finish line. Good job babe!

The Hanenburgs Post Race

Family Post Race Pic

Results:

15 km

Overall Winner – Alberto Castro – 50:28:20 (5:24 min/mile)

My Official Time – 1:17:38 (8:19 min/mile) 102/321 OA, 7/17 in AG

5 km

Overall Winner – Peter Roets – 16:38 (5:21 min/mile)

Wendy’s Official Time – 40:23 (12:59 min/mile) 207/234 OA, 11/12 in AG

Complete results for both the 15k and 5k race can be seen here.

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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