Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dam and Bridge 2015 Half Marathon

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds.” Psalm 148:7-10

Pre race pic of our TEAM 413 group

Today was the first annual Dam and Bridge Half Marathon/10k race held in Lake Ozark, MO. And what a day it was! Temperatures in the 30s and a light snow were definitely not indicative of a Spring race. But, no matter. It was a fabulous run beginning at Bagnell Dam at the end of the famous Lake Ozark "strip". The half marathon course took us over the "Community Bridge" which offered a spectacular view of this man made reservoir that stretches more than 90 miles from end to end and includes more than 1,000 miles of shoreline. What a beautiful sight to behold as the snow softly fell around us. 

Sporting an elevation chart not for the faint of heart, this race showed the beauty and difficulty of running the Ozark Hills. Runners jokingly commented that they should have added just one more hill. Actually, the race was perfect. It was very well organized with a great group of volunteers, ample aid stations and medals worthy of the effort to earn them. 

In Ozarks style, this event had such a friendly feel to it as runners cheered each other on and coaxed one another up the hills. By the smiles on the finisher's faces, you would never have guessed they just conquered some of the most challenging hills the Lake had to offer. What wasn't to be happy about though? Creation was singing His praises, we had air in our lungs, strength in our legs and the health to complete one of the best half marathons ever. Thanks to all those who made this race a great memory for me, my friends and all those that took home a medal!!

Heavenly Father, thank you for a blessed day and the gift of running. Thank you for keeping us injury free and allowing us to serve you doing what we love. You are truly worthy to be praised. In your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

Happy Running!!!

Post race and couldn't be happier!!