SPECIAL AWARDS: Participant goody bags for Kids Events. 2-Mile, 5-Mile, and 10-Mile Run events, the optional Clydesdale for females 160+ lbs. and males 200+ lbs. finishing first in this special division - Clydesdale award winner may win age division too!
10-Mile RUN, 6:45 AM
15-19 (5) 30-39 (5) 50-59 (5) 20-29 (5) 40-49 (5) 60-OV (5) Clydesdale (1) - Must enter weight: _________
Females 160+ lbs;Mmales 200+lbs MUST mark age division too!
First of all...I have lost nearly 80 pounds in the past 18 months. Its been a fairly slow progress for me but I am proud of where I am today and finally have self confidence and feel comfortable in my own skin. Even after losing all that weight- I still qualify to be in the Clydesdale group by just a few pounds. I have about 30 more pounds until I'm at my goal weight, but I am committed to my new healthy lifestyle and am not 100% concerned with the number on the scale as much as I am about my health and fitness. Sorry- tangent.
Alright- so heres the deal. Do I sign up for the Clydesdale category or sign up as a regular runner??? I'm on the fence. I've contacted the race director to ask specifics but haven't heard back from him yet. On one side- I can see how its nice to offer this option because it's kind of cool that they would honor/award runners who carry a few more pounds- because it really is harder to run carrying extra weight. Its nice to have the option not to just compete against ultra athletes without an ounce of bodyfat. On the other side- how rude!!! I mean- will I have a different bib, signaling that I'm one of "those" fatty runners?! Will I be called up on stage (obviously, if I won) and have my weight read aloud as they hand me my medal? What business is it of theirs how much I weigh? If I won in the Clydesdale category, I think I might feel like I got second best- like I'm not worthy of the award. Kind of like when you feel bad for the kid at the party who can't win any games, so you just give him a prize anyway.
I'm torn- I really am. I need YOUR advice. The deadline to sign up (for the early registration fee) is tomorrow. Nothing like waiting til the last minute, right?! But I've seriously been thinking about this for almost 2 weeks and I can't decide what to do. I'm running the race no matter what- I just need thoughts and suggestions about what you would do. Please please please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
In case you want to see the entire registration form, you can do so my clicking on this link: 2012 Shinzen Run & Walk