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Should'a preregistered
for LGRAW 10K

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By Charles Clines

See Slideshows Galleries 1, 2, 3

Well, sometimes it pays to preregister. By the time I registered for the LGRAW's 10th Anniversary 10K on July 4, the 200 commemorative shirts were gone. On top of that, by not preregistering, I didn't get a ticket for one of the home-made beers that were available. And I needed some carbs.

But honestly, I didn't expect such a crowd at a race that didn't compile results and handed out only medals to the finishers. Maybe the hotdogs were the draw, or the fact that a cheap-race day $10 entry fee was appealing.

Whatever, it was just a fun event over the fourth course designed for the race as the other three were scrapped because of recent heavy rains and flooding near Lake Grapevine. This course on an overcast, humid morning wound through nearby neighborhoods. There also was a 5K for those who didn't want to go the 10K distance, which according to an announcement before the race was a little short.

Because the race wasn't competitive, the four 10K leaders crossed the finish line together by treating the race more of a training run.

Some of the highlights: The Grapevine Fire Department, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, sent a truck to help with the playing of the National Anthem; previous race directors were announced; Terry Marcott, one of the better runners in the area before moving, was introduced (he's on the microphone in the first slideshow). Marcott, now living in North Carolina, has returned from a stint in Iraq; and Molly Tucker, the 10-year-old who has been quite a sensation at area road races, made her 10K debut and finished in just a little more than 44 minutes. Read about what Molly had to say about the race in Side Trips.