Friday, December 27, 2013

'tween the Holidays- 3 Bridges Marathon Alert

Things have been pretty quiet here at the JBar Bunker as we drift from Christmas to New Years. The Bartons are pretty well scattered, but Diane's family gathered en masse as her four sisters and associated brothers-in-law and nephews descended on the Hannah homestead for an extended celebration of food, eggnog, fellowship, gift-giving and general mayhem.

It is a bit of a tradition for Diane to lead her clan on a hike up Pinnacle Mountain during the Christmas holidays.

It has also become a tradition for me to ride the 16 miles to the in-laws' house for Christmas dinner, some years being much better than others. Last year's crazy 10" Christmas day snowfall precluded the ride, but I usually manage to deal with the elements and show up in time for the gift exchange and dinner rosy-cheeked and hungry.

The BDB crowd was surprisingly sparse on this beautiful Christmas morning. It is usually teeming with folks showing off their new bikes and puppies.
OK, I stopped for selfie since there was not the usual Christmas Day dog show.
3 Bridges Marathon- Saturday, December 28, 8:00AM
The Christmas Day crowds were thin on the bridges, but that Saturday morning will be different as the inaugural 3 Bridges Marathon starts and finishes at the Two Rivers Bridge. The marathon immediately sold out the planned 200 slots, so logistics were re-evaluated and the race was expanded to accept 400 runners.
The course will cross the BDB, follow the River Trail to the Clinton Park Bridge, then retrace the route before crossing the Two Rivers Bridge for a loop through the park before returning to the start/finish area.
Saturday promises great weather and many of us will be out on bikes, so be aware of this event! Do not plan to access to Two Rivers Park or the River Trail by car via River Mountain Road. Parking at the site will be very limited and shuttles will carry runners and spectators from designated parking at nearby churches. Check out the event home page via the link above for details.

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