Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Red Bridge Rambling...

This past weekend was busy. I ran (long) with our group at Clinton Lake in Lawrence on Saturday morning. Post-run, I had an enjoyable breakfast at Wheatfields. Then I drove straight to the storage unit, and picked up the signs needed to mark the course for the next day's race that we would be putting on in Missouri, the 6th Annual Red Bridge Ramble.
Rich, Shane and Shane's son Jackson met me at Minor Park to start marking the course. It went well, despite having some course changes, and I got to get a bit more running and exercise in for the weekend. After marking the course, I drove back to the storage unit and loaded-up my trusty vehicle with all of the race supplies that we would need for the next morning. From there, I zoomed home, disrobed in the garage (because I was covered in mud), showered and got ready for a party that evening for a friend (that I was supplying homebrew for). We got home from the party at about 11 p.m. I got to bed slightly after midnight.

Me (on left) giving pre-race instructions, with Kyle and BJ
I had to get up at 5:30 a.m., but with the time change, it was actually 4:30. The race went well...I had a lot of great help from the Nerds. All of the runners had a fun time and liked the new course. After the race, I went to Borders Books. I sat in their cafe area and went over race data. I had results posted later that night. Whew!
Below is my race report.

Race Details:
Vasque Red Bridge Ramble 8-Mile Trail Run
03/09/2008 (Sun)
8:00 a.m. Shelter #1, Minor Park, Kansas City, MO Trail run with river crossings.
This is always a low-key, high-fun family event, all for just an $8 entry fee.

2008 Race Report
Ben Holmes, RD

This year's Red Bridge Ramble was a little different. We had to re-route the course and eliminate our usual crossings of the Blue River, which was flowing fast and deep. The course was a Garmin-305-measured 6.84-miles, so we'll call it an "even" seven.

The participants feet still got wet at "appropriate intervals." Just as your feet would start to dry out, you would hit another water crossing. There was no was cold and "crunchy" on the trails.

We had the same number of entrants as last year...80; even though the weather was colder, there was a time change, and the course situation was "tentative." Everybody seemed to have a good time!

Thanks again to our sponsors:
Vasque, GoreTex, Garry Gribble's Running Sports, and Dr Jesse Walden, DC.,
Dick Ross (

And thanks to our wonderful volunteers:
Course setup: Rich Stigall, Shane & Jackson Jones, and me.
Course check-out: Kyle Amos, Caleb Chatfield
Course cleanup: Kyle Amos, Caleb Chatfield, Josh Pool, Emily Horn, Gabe Bevan, John King, Rick Mayo.
Finish Line and Pre-race: Kyle Amos, Caleb Chatfield, Dave Suptic, Ann Kohn, Kevin Pinkowski, and me.
Cheering section: Pat Perry and kids.

Dick Ross' Photos:
Action Photos are here
Fun Photos are here ..
Photos by Dick Ross,

Race Results for 2008


Strawberry Hill Runner said...

Thanks Ben.. it's was fabulous fun! As always you put on a stellar, enjoyable race.. can't wait for the next one!

Ben, aka BadBen said...

Thanks, C.
The Trail Nerds are all about fun, as you know. We also raised $242 for those trails, despite our low $8 entry fee.

Happy trails,
Bad Ben

Shane"CRASH"Jones said...

Jackson was pretty psyched about those crocs! He really liked that bag too!

Ben, aka BadBen said...

Cool. Crock'o-doodle-do!