Friday, April 30, 2010
Now for all you folks living anywhere else but the Pacific Northwest, this title probably means to you ~ flowers, Springtime, etc. But for my family it means ~ the Biggest Dogone Running Race in the area. When we moved back to Montana 20 years ago, we started attending this race (in Spokane, Washington) because my old man, is a very FAST old man. He has been running for over 40 years and does it very well. In the past 10 years we have made this a mini-family vacation and have included our two daughters. Both girls and myself have competed in this 7.46 mile race from time to time, and all I can say is that it is the biggest HOOT! Over 60,000 people converge on this lovely town, ready to have a wonderful time shopping, eating, wandering about Riverfront Park (site of the 1974 World's Fair) and oh yes, running the race on Sunday....LOL Spokane has alot to offer and we have a regular schedule we stick to for ultimate enjoyment. First off, we check into our lovely hotel and then it is off to get tickets to the latest IMAX movie. One year we caught Spiderman, and all I can say, no one should see a face enlarged that big. We wander thru the park, enjoying all the crowds, the vendors and the sound of the Looff Carousel in the distance. Off to pick up our packets and to the "shoe"fair where you can get lots of freebies and buy anything related to running. We are partial to Cool Max socks and caffeine laden jelly beans....LOL Now we head inside Boo Radleys (the ultimate toy store) for unusual items, and then it is time for our movie. This year I hear Hubble is being presented. Even with pop and popcorn we are starving and the only place to go in this town to carbo load is The Olive Garden. What a great atmosphere and the food is incredible. After such a meal, the only thing to do is walk it off a mite, straight to Aunties Bookstore. Where the girls search for their favorite authors and I pick up magazines I can't find in Montana. By this time we are about to drop, so it is back across the park to our warm room to read, snack and off to bed early. The main event is coming up!