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November 29, 2015

A little about the Sights & Sounds 5K

While there were many comments in the media and Facebook postings on how people were going to measure clothes for a fatter waistline after Thanksgiving, there were also many postings about the number of races that were on Thursday.

Races from short and fast 5K races to half marathons were held throughout the central Texas area. Some were actually held on Thanksgiving morning; and some of the more established runs had upwards of 12,000 runners at a few of the events. That is one way to prevent adding inches to the waistline and to get the metabolism revved up for a big meal.

This coming Saturday, runners in San Marcos can join the Sights & Sounds of Christmas 5K & 1K Jingle Bell Run down at the entrance arches to the Sights & Sounds celebration. As of last week, early entries had close to 400 runners registered. This will make it the largest 5K held in San Marcos this year.

All stops are being pulled out to make this a very special run. Brian Olson, race director, has arranged for music to be played over the entire race course distance for runners to listen to while they run.

For people who are not runners, there is a need for volunteers to cover the course at intersections and critical turns. The course is slightly different this year.

David Alexander and I rode the course and had it certified for runners who want an accurate distance. Having the course certified, as well as keeping the start and finish lines close to each other, was a main concern for race organizers.

A GPS reading for a look at how far 3.1 miles would be had the start about two blocks down C. M. Allen Parkway from the finish line, which is located at the Christmas arches at the entrance to Sight & Sounds. That could be worked out; but if the two could be closer together, that would be ideal.

Various modifications to the course were discussed and examined, including running through alleys and a few out-and-back roads, trying to find the extra two blocks. The course was driven several times to see how each would look for a runner in terms of being scenic, as well as not having to dodge garbage containers left out in the path in alleys.

Some additions were a bit long, and others were too short. Since the finish line was the critical component to the race, we rode the measurement course in reverse, and hoped the starting line would end up close to the arches.

As it turned out, the start is directly in front of the finish; and it will be a straight line run down to the right turn on San Antonio Street. Race organizers and the measurers could not have asked for a better location for the start and finish lines.

The course has always been a flat course in runner’s terms, with only a few slight inclines that might be found on Belvin Street; but the new course has a hill. One block before Belvin becomes Hutchison, runners will now take a short run up the hill on Endicott Street to Burleson; then a fast one-block run on Burleson and a quick right turn downhill on Scott Street back to Hutchison Street.

The short hill comes in at about the 2-1/2 mile mark; and it will be a challenge for the runners in the front of the pack to see who will reach the finish line first. The last portion of the race is a slight downhill where runners will be able to stretch out their legs and pick up the pace to the finish.

The San Marcos Police Department, the Parks and Recreation staff and the Park Rangers are all on board with helping out at critical intersections and in setting up the registration area.

The race is the result of many months of planning and coordination between the City of San Marcos, the Sights & Sounds committee and the San Marcos Runners Club, all coming together to make this one of the best races for local and area runners. Jill Holechek has even arranged for a pre-race packet pick-up as a drive-through on Friday, so runners will not have to even get out of their cars to get their packets.

All in all, it should be a fun morning for runners. Come out and join the runners, joggers and walkers next Saturday morning.

Moe Johnson
Dr. Maurice Johnson - better known around San Marcos as “Moe” - is a professor in the Department of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance at Texas State University - San Marcos. Moe has been a fixture in the San Marcos running community - both as a runner and race organizer - since way back when Moby Dick was a minnow. His column on running and fitness appears each Sunday in the Sports section of the San Marcos Daily Record.

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