After a few years hiatus, the Gaston Community Foundation Run returned, this time at the FUSE district baseball park. Also different was the opportunity to raise money for the F3 Foundation. Any event in the community where F3 has the chance to shine is good exposure for our organization. This was yet another opportunity for Speed For Need to be on display as our Track Commanders enjoy the chance to feel the wind in their face and the accolades that come along with their being featured. Purple Haze was the Q for that portion of the event putting three chairs on the course. Several of our PAX ran the choppy 3.1 (-ish) course attempting to achieve PRs. Round-Up was one of those who pushed under his goal of 20 minutes with a 19:55 good enough for 19th place overall and first in his age group. Ball Joint was hot on his tail finishing at 20:08 but at 41, he’s among a competitive age group. To no one’s surprise, Dr. Seuss sped in 3 seconds later at 20:11 which won his age group (55-59). However, none of those men won the F3 award. Why do you ask? They chose to run for other organizations. As far as F3 goes – JJ registered and ran under the F3 Foundation. He crossed the line 35th overall (21:48).
We had a tent at the event to increase awareness for F3. We gave out a few fliers of information but difficult to tell if we’ll get any new PAX. Maybe the muscle in addition to the speed of our PAX scared away any future FNGs? Hopefully with the pandemic behind us, we can turn our attention to 2023 and having more Track Commanders and participants. Maybe even ride for the brand next time.
Thanks to Virus and Wirenut for helping me shutdown the tent and take all the stuff to my car.