Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Ever noticed how the wind usually dies down just before the run starts? Back in high school I used to go sailing on Mobile Bay with an older gentleman who had a passion for sailing his Lightning Class sailboat on weekends. One of the things that he taught me was to be back to the boat slip around 5pm, because the wind will be slowing or dying from 6pm to 7pm. He was right, too. I've always remembered that. And, as you know, it applies on land as well as on the water. So that makes our summer runs even tougher, as was the case yesterday, with little or no breeze. Thankfully everyone made it back okay in pretty good shape. I noticed that we drank about twice as much Gatorade as usual. Glad to see you taking care of yourselves, keep it up! Many of you noticed we had a visitor last night. Grace sets the record as our youngest "participant" ever at the age of 1 week and 1 day. Congratulations to Liz and Steve on the birth of their daughter! Also, welcome to Precious for her return, and to Kimberly and Caitlin (Carmen's family) for running with us. Here are the results for run 8. Heads up, we will have our watermelon run on July 12, and our pizza run on the last run (August 2). I'll feed you on those runs, so plan to be here. That's it for now - stay safe and run smart this summer. See you next week. Doug
Posted by DougU at 6/22/2022 10:47:00 AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Here are the results from run 7. It appeared that we might have a weather problem, but things cleared up and the temperature dropped 25 degrees after the thunderstorms passed. Thank goodness! Welcome to our 5 new runners (although some have run in previous seasons) - Dozier, Winston, Vera, and Joanne Smith T, and Matt Carter. Great to have you and hope we will see you in future runs! We are halfway through our schedule and have the coolest months ahead of us (LOL). If this week is any indication of summertime heat to come, we are going to need to take precautions in July and August, as always. Keep in mind we have our pizza run and watermelon run ahead of us. I'm looking forward to them. See you next week, Doug.
Posted by DougU at 6/15/2022 10:30:00 AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Six down, 8 runs to go. Off to a great start! Much thanks to Bob Banks for his help at the finish line. That's what happens when you get a quad injury, you are relegated to helping out! Just kidding, but glad to have his expertise on the line. Also, a big welcome and THANK YOU to Meredith Avera, who surprised us with a box of homemade chocolate chip cookies. They were excellent! She set the bar pretty high (that's a discreet challenge to our other runners - hmmmm?). Hey, goodies are ALWAYS welcome at our runs! Good to have our other new faces and some previous participants - Pete, Nicole, Timothy, James, Molly, Katie, Cal, Jonathan, Kanon, Patrick, and Thomas. Hope to have you back next week. As you check the results of this week's run, keep in mind that if I made an error on your time, I'd like to get it corrected. There is contact information in the "run details" link in the top right margin, or you can comment right here at the bottom of this post. That's it for now, see you next week. Doug
Posted by DougU at 6/08/2022 11:30:00 AM
Thursday, June 2, 2022
We are cruising along, 5 runs in the books! We had a good crowd of about 30, counting all the kids. Welcome to our newcomers and visitors - Robert and Oki, Stephen, Cody, Tate, Knox, and Carrie. Here are a few stats for the series: average timed participants per week - 24, strollers this week - 5, total participants for the series so far - 43, participants with "perfect attendance" - 10. Now that school is out we may have a few more joining us, we shall see. Invite a friend, any and all are welcome. As some of you read on AORTA's website, Misty Carroll was in a serious car accident earlier this week, and has had surgery on both her ankle and arm. Thoughts and prayers go out for her, and we wish her a speedy recovery. Here are the results for this week. See you next week, Doug.
Posted by DougU at 6/02/2022 09:49:00 AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Click here for run 4 results. We were lucky last night. Pretty soon after everyone was in, we were pounded by an intense thunderstorm. It's hard to get through the entire Summer Swing Series without some weather problems, but maybe this will be the year that we do. Keep in mind that I usually post information here, on the day of a run, if the race weather is threatening. Welcome to Phillip, Tim, and Craig, good to have you there yesterday. Hope to see you in future runs. Always good to see the rest of the crowd, too. We have 12 runners with "perfect attendance" so far! I look forward to seeing you each week. Doug
Posted by DougU at 5/25/2022 10:14:00 AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Great to see everyone yesterday afternoon at run 3. Weather is still pretty cool, at least compared to what is coming in a few weeks. Welcome to those joining us for the first time this year - Win, Audrey, Valerie, Greg, Frank, Triston, and Russ. Hope to see you next week! Be sure to check results in the link in the right column "2022 Summer Swing Results". Eleven runs still ahead of us - one of them will be watermelon day, and then pizza day following later. Lots to look forward to! With school winding down for many families, I'm hoping for an influx of young runners to join us. It's great training, with opportunities for personal records since it is such a FLAT course (LOL!). See you next week - Doug
Posted by DougU at 5/18/2022 11:39:00 AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Great evening for a run! Somewhat cool (for May), low humidity, nice breeze. Had a good turnout, and a good time. Welcome to Summer, Alice, Thomas, Misty, Banks, Rachel, Jay, and Bob. Good to have you back, or as a first time participant. See you next week, I hope, and bring a friend. Lee-Scott Academy Jazz Band had the concert, they sounded really good to me as I was packing up after the run. Next week is Bill J. Brooks, Elvis impersonator. He's also very good; take in the concert after the run. The concerts start at 7pm. If you are interested in the concert schedule, see the link in the right column. Also, you can find race results in the link named "2022 Summer Swing Results". Hope to see you next week. Doug
Posted by DougU at 5/11/2022 10:06:00 AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022
I'm running two days late on results, sorry about that! But I did catch some fish yesterday, and they are cleaned and frozen, good to go. So now, about run 1. It was good to see everyone, and I was happy to see a few new faces, as always. Welcome to Gary, Jeff, and Brenna - hope to see you regularly, and please bring friends if you like. You can see results by clicking on the "2022 Summer Swing Results" link in the right column. Let me know if you have any problems getting to the results page. We will crank it up again next Tuesday, don't miss. A word about weather - the run goes on rain or shine - UNLESS we have lightning in the immediate area. In the case of "iffy" weather, which we are bound to have sooner or later, I'll communicate here on whether or not the run is cancelled, prior to the run (usually by 5:30pm). In the 18 years we have had the run, we probably have had fewer than 10 cancellations. Another concern - when it gets really hot in July, runners need to take extra precautions - slow your pace and/or walk when you need to. Don't want anyone hurting themself! See you next week - Doug.
Posted by DougU at 5/05/2022 12:45:00 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Running late on posting results from last night's run, sorry! Had a chance to go fishing this morning and jumped on it. I will post results Thursday morning. Did I catch anything? Shoot yeah! Some crappie and a nice catfish! See you next week!
Posted by DougU at 5/04/2022 09:11:00 PM
Monday, April 18, 2022
Time to get rolling - our first run is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd. Hard to believe, but this is our 19th year of enjoying these spring and summer runs. Quite a history! If you are new to Summer Swing 5K runs, be sure to visit the top 5 links in the column to the right titled "2022 Summer Swing 5K Series". All the race details can be found there. Pretty much everything is the same as last year. Runs will start at 6:15pm as usual, so be there early enough to complete your registration information. Once registered for the series, you will only need to sign in for subsequent runs. Fees will remain the same - $10 for the entire 14 week series, or $1 per run if you would rather participate piecemeal. And, as always, 18 years old and younger fun for free. This year there will be 14 Tueday night Summer Swing Concerts and runs, from May 3rd through August 2nd, straight through. If you have any questions please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Bring a friend!
Posted by DougU at 4/18/2022 10:39:00 AM