A few weeks ago a big group of us ran Pleasant Grove's annual Beat Beethoven 5K. (The idea is to run the race in less time than it takes to play Beethoven's 5th Symphony, roughly 32 minutes.) There were some early grumblings in the ranks about a higher participation cost this year, but after some savvy PR work by Melody, they actually offered a group rate without a shirt for a much lower cost, though Julie and I opted to pay full price to get the shirts, which were pretty nice this year. Dad, Amber, Cami, Melody, Jonny (and Gabe and Julia), Julie and I had a good time and everyone beat Beethoven. Dad's running speed is increasing at an alarming rate, Amber is getting right back into the swing of things, Cami is doing better than ever, and of course no one can touch the Rejholecs (but watch out when the race directors try to pronounce their names to collect their awards), Julie always shows a remarkable final burst of speed in the last stage of the race, and I did better than last year (21:16, 5th place in my age group--which I still think is too broad, 20-29--and 13th overall).
Notice Beethoven himself in the background.
It was great fun, and I'm glad everyone was able to participate. There are quite a few 5Ks coming up in the fall, so we look forward to those.