Touchstone runners have been spotted in some very far-flung places lately.
Jean Hobler is left, wearing the Elvis glasses and Touchstone shirt.
On August 8, the anniversary of Elvis Presley's "alleged" death, Fleet Feet Chicago hosts the "Elvis is Alive 5K". Jean Hobler, a Touchstone climber, who was in Chicago for work, naturally had to run it. Jean described the race saying, "It's a very fun race (my second time running it), in large part because of the copious Elvii. That's right - people dress like Elvis: I saw mother/daughter Elvii, father/son Elvii, Elvii in red, in black, in white. Elvii with polyester and plastic hair and fabric pompadours exceeding 1 foot tall (no, I am not exaggerating). The race starts with Blue Suede Shoes ("a one for the money, a two for the show, three to get ready, now GO CAT GO!") At the end there was a beer garden and an Elvis impersonator concert! We had post-race beer and some good food, but most importantly the whole group I was with (runners and spectators) had Elvis glasses to show our support for the King."
On the other side of the continent, away from all the aspiring Elvis runners, Sacramento Pipeworks manager Vaughn Medford and his wife Kristen Venditelli (pictured above) participated in the "Common Fence Point 5 mile run" in Rhode Island. Said Kristen: "Before our trip to visit my family, we decided to commit to a 5 mile run so that we didn't back out of getting in miles while on vacation. And we are glad we did. The heat and humidity on the morning of the run was crushing. Let me say that again - CRUSHING. We joked in the car on the way that if we had not already paid our entry fees in advance, we wouldn't have made it to the start line. But once there, among fellow runners and members of the community, the excitement and adrenaline got us to the finish. The course was pretty, flat and right near the ocean. And humid. How humid could it be you may ask? It was like running in a sauna - we were DRENCHED by the end. We would have been drier had we put all our clothes on and ran around in the shower for an hour! It was a well-run event though, with a beautiful course, enthusiastic volunteers, and support from the neighbors cooling us off with their garden hoses. All-in-all, a fun way to represent Touchstone in a far away state!"
Labels: Elvis is Alive 5k, Touchstone Running, Vaughn Medford