The Ross Bridge 8k is usually a race I do ever year to celebrate my birthday. The race is held usually the weekend following my birthday (Sep. 3), so it has always been a big treat for me. Unfortunately, this year I won’t get to run this race because I have some previously scheduled commitments that I must honor. Believe me when I tell you that I really wanted to and tried to get out of those obligations, but honor and commitment comes first, even if it’s over my undying love for the running lifestyle!
However, this 8k race (approx. 5 miles) is an easy one, although a bit hilly out there at the Ross Bridge complex. But what’s guaranteed to distract you from those hills are the absolute most gorgeous homes you have ever seen! So as you’re trumping up yet another hill as the sun glares down on you, just focus in on the million dollar home that’s either to your left OR right, and you’ll quickly forget about it. Maybe you will.
The Ross Bridge 8k is sponsored by Alabama Teen Challenge, and the folks who organize the race are very professional and quite nice. They are very helpful with any questions you may have and really, really want people to sign up and become active participants in this race.
Another feature of the 8k race day that I liked was the health screenings that were given on site at the race expo. For the last few races that I’ve done there, AND since it was my birthday celebration, I’ve had my glucose levels checked, my blood pressure checked and got to meet and talk with several vendors in the health and wellness industry who had valuable information to share with runners. Here is some information found on their site:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
8:00 A.M. – 2101 Grand Avenue, Hoover, Alabama 35226
The Ross Bridge 8K is a race experience like no other! Our aim is to create a family friendly atmosphere while at the same time conduct a competitive 8K run. Snacks will be available as part of your race registration. Medals will be given away for the top three finishers in each age category plus grand prizes for the top male and female. The professionally measured course includes a scenic route starting in the Ross Bridge Village Center, carefully patterned after historic resort style living of early America, and crossing through the six distinctive neighborhoods of the classic American resort town. The route also takes advantage of just some of the five miles of activity trails that criss cross a slice of Civil War era history, with a grand finish at the vintage train station and welcome center!
Packet pick-up will be the Friday before the race, at the TrakShak in Homewood at 11am-5pm or at Ross Bridge on race day at 7:00 am. Please join us for the Ross Bridge 8K Run/Walk & Health Expo! Proceeds from the events will benefit Alabama Teen Challenge. For more than 50 years Teen Challenge has been providing quality residential, low-cost drug and alcohol recovery programs for individuals of all ages.
Suzanne Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org – 205-789-0120
All in all, this run is another very good one for both beginners and even advanced runners who maybe want to add a few miles to their long Saturday runs. Visit their site at Alabama Teen Challenge and sign up, or contact the race organizers for more information. Although I won’t get to run in the race that morning, I still hope to possibly stop by there later and see some of the vendor booths or maybe even schedule a massage at the Ross Bridge spa. The spa is spectacular, but that’s another post for another day.
See you on the roads!