26 Jun Linda’s Race Report: Hog Jog 10K
The Hog Jog is an annual Run Race Walk (10 km or 3.5 km) held in June in Stratford ON. Each year they team up with a local charity to raise funds and awareness for their cause. For 2018 the cause was ‘The Local Community Food Centre’.
The event traditionally starts with a 500 m run for children age 6 and under. Kids register for free on race day.
The Weaner Run is popular with all ages. A life-size pig helps the young runners along and tasty watermelon slices reward them at their Finish.
Before the start I found a shaded area to run a couple of easy kilometres, do some dynamic drills, and a few 60m pickups. Then it was back to the Start area for inspiration from the ‘Weaners’
6:30 arrived soon enough and we lined up. There is no chip timing for this race so I lined up right in behind the speedy runners at the Start Line. (No reason to stand at the back of the pack when every second counts. I am careful not to impede others who fly out of the blocks ‘avec vitesse’.)
Having run this race before I knew what was to come. The beginning heads along pavement, over a bridge, and down a steep, steep hill (by a cemetery no less–shades of Around the Bay folks). That’s not tough as long as you forget about the fact that coming back you will get to see the cemetery again as you climb the hill at the 8k mark. Fun? Not really.
Having entered the trail through the T.J. Dolan Conservation Area the trees provided welcoming shade from the sun. Grabbed water at the 5k turnaround (one to drink and one to pour over my head…did that 3 times during this race…water over the head) and started the route back to the Finish. In spite of having run this race before I had not quite remembered the challenge of the hills. Made good use of a steady even-paced runner right ahead. He didn’t know it but I was tuning into his energy as we ran along the grassy, rooty trail. (I thanked him after the race.)
Up and over the cemetery hill, I knew it was time to get motoring. Focused on breathing, fast feet, relaxed, and ‘don’t-leave-any-extra-gas in the tank’ at the Finish. It was time to tune into my own energy and rev the after-burners as much as possible. (I still enjoy passing runners at this point in a race–a little reward for metering out the effort as best I can.) Ran the race in 57:36 placing 1st Female in Age Category. That was worth $20. What could be more fun? A good time with others, an opportunity to enjoy fitness in the out-of-doors, and a good result to boot. Bonus!
Things I Like about the Hog Jog Event:
- challenging course combo of pavement and trail
- registration and race kit pickup available on race day
- 2018 handy, sturdy carry-all bag
- family friendly event with something for everyone
- lots of recognition for individuals and teams who raise $$$ for the charity
- delicious post-race meal
Thanks Hog Jog organizers. Appreciate what you do.