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I’m Not A Runner, But This Half-K Race Would Have Been Right Up My Alley

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I’m not a runner, by any stretch of the imagination. I mean, I CAN run. If my life depended on it. But for fun? Or for exercise? That’s a hard pass for me. I am, however, endlessly fascinated by people who DO run for fun. Like, it’s not … fun? It’s actually pretty miserable. All the runners I know hate it during, but love it after. So just know, if you’re a runner, I am jealous of you and also confounded by you. But there is one race I would be able to do, no doubt. The Boerne 0.5K was held this past weekend, and yes. I could run a Half-K race. Especially because there was beer at the start AND finish, and it raised money for a good cause!

The Half-K race in Boerne, Texas is sort of a tongue-in-cheek race for the severely underachieving set. Like me!

The race for non-runners sounds doable. It’s literally 500 meters, which most of us could finish at a brisk walk. The first one was held on May 5, and it looks like a great time was had by all! But really, the race wasn’t about getting a medal or being able to brag. The organizers call it a chance to “Join your fellow underachievers for a day (actually more like 10 minutes) of glory, celebration and participation trophies to raise money for a great organization, Blessings in a Backpack!”

That woman is holding a beer and a small child dressed as a taco. So yeah, this is definitely the race for me.

The registration fee was $25, and proceeds benefited an organization called Blessings in a Backpack, which “mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.” Participants got a t-shirt, a medal, and a complimentary pint of beer AT THE START OF THE RACE. There was also a coffee and donut station halfway through the Half-K race, LOL. There was also a party tent for after the race, and prizes for the best costume. Amazing.

The race was a raving success, too. They raised over $30,000 for Blessings in a Backpack, which is just outstanding. It looked like so much fun! If you’re in the area and interested in partaking in the leisurely 0.5K next year, keep an eye on the website for forthcoming details.

(Image: Facebook/Boerne 0.5K)

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