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Finished fifty-fifth overall, seventh in my age group–ran the course in 26:37 (not bad for lots of hilly, slippery mud!)

It’s been a few months since my last race (the half marathon back in June, to be exact) so I decided to do something fun to get back into it. I found The Great Pumpkin Race and decided to sign up.

This sweet little goat just laid around on the platform, waiting for people to bring her handfuls of oats. That’s the life…

We got up a little earlier than we normally do on the weekends and went to the sprawling orchard where the even was being held. I was shocked how many people participated or were there to cheer for people running.


After parking miles and miles away (at least that’s what it felt like trying to drag three little kids all the way back to the packet pick up), I got my stuff and anxiously waited for the race to commence. We visited the play area for a while then headed to the startline.

Mile three!

The course was really fun–through fields, around lakes, into a corn maze, through a forest and over bridges. If the hills weren’t challenging enough, most of them were covered in slick, wet, Indiana clay that made me slip and slide in a few spots.

I want a pony!

I waved to Jack and the girls near the end then kicked it in for the finish. It wasn’t a PR, but I was happy with my time, given the terrain. And I managed to finish seventh in my age group, fifty-fifth overall–not bad out of about eight hundred runners.

Got our cider!

We got our free cider and pumpkin, visited the petting zoo and played a little more before heading home. It was a beautiful morning for a race and a fun one at that!

Got our pumpkin!

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