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4/27/13 12:04 P

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EMILYJEN - Did you run Pike's Peek? How did it go. Conditions were ideal so I'm hoping you had a fun time. Where I was at the bag check, we had police dogs sniff every bag individually!

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2/26/13 9:14 A

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I rarely use bag checks myself but if the weather is iffy, I'll bring alternative clothing and it's handy to be able to check that. The bag check is free and there's no tipping. (Actually, you've paid for it already as part of your registration fee. Our biggest expense is that we have to buy about 1000 Hefty garbage bags for each race.)

Sure, stop by and say hello! Your best bet is to look for me after the race when things are calming down (rather than before when we're frantic). I'll be the one standing around eating while everyone else is working.

The name? "Pike's Peek" is meant to sound like you're getting to see (i.e., "peek" at) Rockville Pike in all of its loveliness. Cough, cough. As for Pike's Peak, that's a mountain in Colorado. :-P

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2/26/13 7:49 A

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Holy cow, Pasta! That is a lot of work! I'm sure the runners very much appreciate it. I've never taken advantage of a bag check service. I'll be sure to stop in and say hello. How will I recognize you? I don't think I've seen your picture on here.

So why is it Pike's Peek and not Pike's Peak? So as not to confuse it with the mountain? Anyway, it sounds like a great race. I'm really looking forward to it. And it gives me a solid goal for training. Thanks for volunteering!

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2/22/13 9:19 A

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I'm doing it - sort of. Instead of running, I'm in charge of the bag check.

Just to entertain you with a tiny bit of what goes on behind the scenes: I'll get up at 4am so I can go down to White Flint and start setting up, laying out the finish/food area, unloading huge jugs of water, getting a truck for later, etc. It's a surprisingly complex operation. Just the bag check alone requires a dozen people who take bags from frantic and somewhat suspicious runners at one place and then magically transporting the bags before you're done running) to the other end and all sorted so we give it back to you in seconds. We almost never lose a bag :-P

I say "magic" because we continue collecting bags for about 15 minutes *after* the race begins (since people in the late waves are still stripping off warmup clothing at that time and stuffing into bags. But the first runners are crossing the finish line in 28 minutes which is less time than it takes us to pack up and drive down the Pike (and stop for all the lights). And traffic is especially slow during the race since the west side become shared by drivers in both directions. My head hurts to think about all this. But the runners have fun and that's what counts!

PS: Note "correct" spelling: Pike's Peek

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2/22/13 7:30 A

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I'm planning to run Pike's Peak 10k on April 21st - who's in? My first 10k was back in Nov - the Turkey Chase in Bethesda. I'm not a great runner but this gives me a goal to work towards. I understand this one is mostly downhill and a lot easier than the hilly Turkey Chase. Starts at Shady Grove metro and ends at White Flint metro. Time to get running! If only it would warm up a bit. I'm a little tired of (but always thankful for) my treadmill.

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