This morning we headed out early to run the Applefest Scenic 5K in La Crescent, Minnesota. It’s a small town race, which makes parking easy and registration pick-up a breeze. Sometimes, those are the best races…you know, low stress fun runs with no start line corrals, where you don’t feel like you’re tripping over everyone else’s feet for the first half mile. There were a little over 500 runners. There was a great view of the surrounding bluffs throughout the race. This was our view from the start line with the moon still peeking through the clouds a bit.
Start time was 8:30 am and it was a chilly 50 degrees outside. We started on Main Street for this point to point race and immediately headed up the first hill. The hills in this course were unreal. I’ve never seen a course with such steep and long hills within such a short distance. Even the hills through Iroquois Park in the Papa John’s 10-miler in Louisville has nothing on this course’s hills. We knew we were in for a tough haul.
The race fee was reasonable, which is another perk of small town races. And this is probably one of my favorite race tees.
Finishers also received a bag of apples from the “Apple Capital”. We were told at least a handful of times that if we did’t wear our bib number on the front of our shirts, we wouldn’t receive a bag of apples at the finish. Hah! These people take their apples very seriously. 😉
After the race, we were going to head over the bridge to do a couple more miles around Riverside Park in La Crosse along the Mississippi River, but we were both spent. So, we headed home for a quick shower before going to brunch at Maggie’s in Onalaska. We’d been wanting to check it out, and good ole Maggie didn’t disappoint. I ordered the veggie All in One Skillet Scramble and coffee. Nothing beats veggies, scrambled eggs, cheese, hash browns and a buttermilk biscuit. Am I right?!
Did you run a race this morning? What’s your favorite fall race to run? Any other brunch fans out there? Where’s your favorite place to go?