Running a race of any distance always takes preparation, physical mental. Add in a Sunday race on time change weekend and that adds a whole new level of complexity.
Such was the case with the Bosque 10 K, a Spring season race. It is a very flat and fast course along the Rio Grande. Sponsored by Albuquerque‘s elite running group, the Dukes Track Club, proceeds from the race went to benefit youth running programs.
The headlines and news of the day help to guide my intention for this race. Santa Fe police officer Robert Duran, 43 years old, husband, and father, was killed in the line of duty responding and lending assistance to what turned out to be a hoax call. With family in law enforcement my heart sank hearing of the officers passing and anger quickly welled up when I learned it was a prank call. I tend to hold things in. In this case, the incident created a bit of anger which I left out on the course where I was able to get a personal record for the 10K distance.
The finishers award for this race was a nice beer mug with the event logo on the side. After the race I had a chance to present the mug to a Deputy Chief of the Santa Fe Police Department. If you’d like to contribute funds for the officer’s family, a GoFundMe account has been set up. Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-wife-and-children-of-fallen-sfpd-officer-duran .