There’s something to be said for the “non-race” race. You know, those fun road races that are more about a good time than PRs. They welcome non-runners and runners alike and promise a few laughs along the way.
Elote, a Tex-Mex restaurant in downtown Tulsa, hosts the annual Luchador Run 5K, which paces its way through downtown and ends with a block party that includes music, food, beer and lucha libre bouts.
So here’s what I did during the Luchador 5K:
I got to slide through wet pasta on a slip ‘n’ slide during the first mile. Gross, but fun. And slimy. That slime stayed with me for the rest of the race.
I got stopped by a train. Yep, a whole group of us in the middle of the pack got caught on the wrong side of the tracks as a train passed through downtown. It’s not the first time a train has impeded my running path, but I can’t say this is a common thing on official races.
I got to throw Frisbees through a target while running. I was unsuccessful. I guess Ultimate Frisbee games are probably not in my future.
During the final mile, a group of roller derby girls swatted me with pool noodles. Loved their outfits.
Crossing the finish line, I climbed into a wrestling ring and struck a pose. Afterwards, I got to sip on a couple cold ones while listening to a band play some good music. And of course, the lucha libre wrestling matches.
Plus, I got a workout in, as did a number of people from pretty much every fitness level. Even little kids (I swear one kid no more than 3 crossed the finish for the one-mile fun run).
Best of all: The money raised in this run will go toward providing funds to help kids go to YMCA summer camps in Tulsa. The Y takes its mission of helping those, even those who can’t pay, seriously. So I consider my entry fee money well spent.
Not a bad way to spend the day. I’ll be doing more of these in the future.
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