In case you missed it – this past Thursday was Hug a Runner Day!! Freya and I celebrated with some morning miles and a runselfie.
I was particularly excited for this year’s festivities when I learned that Kara Goucher would be coming to Boulder Running Company Cherry Creek (aka my work) for an event in the evening hosted by Run the Edge and Girls on the Run …commence the fangirling!!
The event included a fun 5K that you could choose to participate in virtually…but really, who wouldn’t want to come do the actual run with Kara?? …and as it turns out A LOT of people wanted to come run with Kara
Can you guess who?
There were LOTS of hugs and Kara even demonstrated proper runner hugging technique which apparently ends with a fist pump of sorts (sorry for the link to a facebook video – wordpress isn’t playing nicely with uploading/embedding video right now)
The event was a huge hit and we had a great turn out – so many people wanted to meet Kara. Luckily, she still had time to indulge this fangirl with a few pictures, hugs and I honestly don’t even remember what I said, I hope I introduced myself… I think we talked about her high school cross country team doing the Colfax marathon weekend this coming year and her coming back if we get Sketchers in the store. Random, right?
Oh and then I pulled Adam (aka Mr. Kara Goucher) in for a Goucher sandwich picture. Colt was too interested in the hot chocolate to make a photo appearance and I don’t blame him!
And then just one more with our Head Coach, Joey.
Also, how cute are the medals for the run?? Girls on the Run did a great job handing them out after the run!
Oh and my coworker wins best shirt ever. Way to get creative with Newton Running’s Lug it Out shirt! (that’s blue masking tape turning the L into an H)
So yeah, this was basically the best Hug a Runner Day ever (so far!). I’m sure how next year will compete – unless maybe Meb shows up to BRC! hint hint
Did you celebrate Hug a Runner Day?
If you could hug one elite runner, who would it be?