Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Early-Rising Birds & Other Overachievers

For millions of people across the United States, the focal point of February's first Sunday was Super Bowl 50. However, for a much smaller but equally passionate group of approximately 10,000 people, the focal point of the day occurred almost twelve hours before Lady Gaga lent voice to the National Anthem, which performance was to my ear and to my eye pitch-perfect.  

February 7, 2016 was Registration Day for the 2016 Spring Lake Five Mile Run.  This year's edition of the Spring Lake 5 is the fortieth.  It is an event that heralds the beginning of summer at the Shore.  It is an extremely popular race for it is one that - once you participate in it - seems to envelop you and seems to almost command your participation on an annual basis.  

Due to the popularity of the Spring Lake 5, registration for it begins at 5:00 a.m.  You are not required to register an hour or so prior to the first appearance of dawn's ass crack but it is - shall we say - recommended that you do so.  It is advice that I, for one, take to heart.  My running companera, Gidg, is of a like mind.  After all, there is a reason why the expression, "Better safe than sorry" has lasted long enough to breathe in the rarefied air of a cliche.  It contains more than a mere kernel of truth.  

Sad to say that in spite of my adherence to the 5 P's, I was not the first person registered for this year's Spring Lake 5.  However, my 5:05 a.m. registration time was early enough to secure me one of the 10,000 spots in the field.

"Registered:  February 7, 2016 @ 5:05 am EST"

Good thing too.  It turns out that being a pin-up model is not enough to clinch a spot in the field...  

Spring Lake Five Mile Run Official Calendar
January 2016

...not even when you are Mr. January 2016 on the Spring Lake Five Mile Run Calendar.


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