Almost 400 runners conquered the 10K course at Saturday's Coast Guard Festival Run. (Tribune photos/Matt DeYoung)
It's fun to check out the coverage of the Coast Guard Run every year, knowing I can count on seeing the familiar faces of so many "old timers" and dedicated runners who've been pounding the pavement all over the Tri Cities since back in the day. I'm sure I've passed by some of these folks at one time or another on the deserted streets of downtown GH in the pre-dawn hours of some long forgotten Saturday morning. The Tri-Cities (and to some degree West Michigan in general) is really a runner's paradise between the rail trails, bike paths, decent amount of open space everywhere, and the strong tradition of public access. The problem with running in a lot of areas always seems to be the lack of softer surfaces. If I could send a message back in time, it would be "Sell everything you own and buy Apple stock!" If allowed to send a second message though, it would be to stay the heck off the concrete and run on softer ground whenever possible.
It's nice to see the GHHS XC and track teams well-represented both at the Coast Guard and the Memorial Day runs. It can be a little tough to figure out whether the person listed in the results is one of my old teammates, one of their relatives, or (nowadays) even one of their kids!
Soon I'll need to take the t-shirt I got from my first Coast Guard 5K out to the Tip-A-Few for its 21st. I remember it clearly though, because the first time I ran the Coast Guard 5K was the year that there was some sort of unrest going on in the Middle East around that time. Who could forget? That was also the year the Lions weren't doing so well, and if I recall that November, that guy with a Dutch-sounding last name was elected to the Ottawa County Commission.
So just to recap:
The runners - Thumbs up!
The Coast Guard - Thumbs up!
The march of time - Thumbs down!
GHHS athletic teams - Thumbs up!
Airline peanuts - Who even knows?! How the h%&l are you supposed to open these things?!
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