At the end of March Sparkers from all over the country (PA, OH, NY, MD FL, SD, LA, IN, IA, KY, WI, IL, NE, TX, VA, OR, off the top of my head) and Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Nova Scotia) will be heading to Pittsburgh for Just a Short Run on 3/31/12. The event has a 5k and 8.1 mile for runners and walkers, a half marathon and 30k for runners. Currently we will be booking 24 rooms for 35 sparkers and several will be coming with their spouses. We started this event in 2010 with 11 sparkers, 2011 brought us 50 sparkers and 2012 ???? I am guessing it will be 75 to 100 when all is said and done.
Sparkers will begin arriving on Thursday 3/29 and some will stay thru 4/1, Friday we will do dinner then head back to the hotel to hang out for a while before hitting the sack. Saturday morning we will arrive at the race around 7 am (which it will probably be about 20 degrees), do our event and hang out to cheer on other sparkers as they finish their event. Lunch is next, then late Saturday afternoon we are trying to arrange a mixer and food at a local running store then back to the hotel for a big social (and a drink or two). Sunday some will depart for home while other will head into Pittsburgh to visit the city.
Many of us met for the first time, some of us met at other spark events in the past but each time friendships have been forged. These friendships are what will drive you to organize or go to another spark event. I know last year there were several of you that felt intimidated or too shy to introduce yourself or even come near the group, but for those of you that did realized that this was something you will remember for a life time, we are just like you with a common goal to live healthier. There will be a maximum of 2300 runners/walkers (the event will sell out no later than mid February), you don’t have to be fast, just come to do your best and have a good time.
Do you want an experience of a life time? Join us!
part of last years crew
Coach Nicole at JASR 2011
Sparkers Miamia7 (PA) and Suezette414 (FLA) teary good byes
We shall just leave these ones name less :)
Friday night dinner taking up 2 huge tables at Olive Garden
Coach Nancy entertaining some of the girls
and the race begins
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