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Examiner
  • Courage to start – strength to cross the street

  • The first Lake Lotawana .01K Run/Walk Benefit was a hugh success!



    Almost 300 athletes turned out for the most grueling Mini-thon of the season on March 2. All of them had the courage to start and somehow found the strength to cross the street.

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  • The first Lake Lotawana .01K Run/Walk Benefit was a hugh success!
    Almost 300 athletes turned out for the most grueling Mini-thon of the season on March 2. All of them had the courage to start and somehow found the strength to cross the street.
    Lake Lotawana has always been known for its vigorous lifestyle, athleticism, noodle floating, and philanthropy. Those worlds recently collided and exploded in the most grueling street crossing race in the world. Athletes from around the ZIP-code had been training for minutes to test their physical mettle. Terry Gammill, President of the Lake Lotawana Ski Club stated, “I’ve crossed streets in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but nothing compares to this street crossing race. I planned to make a good showing, but really, just finishing was an accomplishment.”
    This premier event, to benefit the Lake Lotawana Water Ski Club, lived up to its promise, rivaling some of the greatest athletic cross-street traverses ever held. Craig Davis, Vice President of the Ski Club stated, “This was not your Grandmother’s street-crossing, this was the real-deal. Hundreds of thousands have participated in Marathons, Iron-Man Races and Obstacle runs, but few have perambulated Colbern Road… for a cause.”
    Now among our very own Lotawana residents, many have joined that elite group.
    The “Crossing for a Cause” began on the north side of Colbern Road at T-Bones Deli & Meat Market and ended at the Canoe Club on the south side of Colbern Road in Downtown Lake Lotawana (Gate 2). Sarah Frashier observed, “I was just grateful that we started on the north side of Colbern…. at least we were running down hill…”
    With T-Bones and the Canoe Club providing appropriate pre-race hydration, athletes, philanthropists, spectators, the bored and the lost, all stretched their muscles to the tunes of live music provided by Mike Mayowski and his All Star Band. Starting in appropriate pace groups between 1 minute and 5 minutes was critical, as runners lined up based on their abilities, conditioning, and self expectations. The only alcohol permitted to cross the road was that already sloshing in the bellies of the runners, as no containers could be carried along this course of champions.
    When the starting horn sounded following the national anthem, the run, walk, saunter, promenade, amble, mosey, meander and ramble began. For safety of the runners, the Lotawana Police Department was kind enough to close the Colbern Autobahn. For those who needed it, a water stop was located midway through the course. Within just a few minutes, all athletes were able to sprint, stagger, or crawl across the finish line at the Canoe Club, a true testament to the condition of these iron men, women, and children.
    While this Lake Lotawana Walk/Run was not a qualifying event for the New York or Boston Marathons, it did provide training credit for endurance activities on St. Patrick’s Day and Lotawana Day. Crossing guards, cat-herders, and kindergarten teachers were all welcomed, to help provide crowd control.
    Page 2 of 2 - A huge thank you to all of the sponsors and donors who contributed to the success of this run.
    With the success of this year’s first annual event, plans are already under way for next year’s race.  So begin your training now, and with self discipline, perseverance, and a little luck, you too will be ready to enter next year’s Second Annual Lake Lotawana .01K.
     

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