It’s State Fair time in Syracuse, and the topic came up last week when I spent Sunday morning playing golf and eating breakfast with my daughter Elisabeth and Georges Three and Two.
I told her my dear wife Karen and I planned to attend both Sundays. It’s a shared interest, that dusty collection of food and fun off the highway a couple of miles west of the city.
So no surprise that I received a mid-week text alerting me that my 25-year-old would attend too on the first Sunday of the fair’s 12-day run. Her focus, though, was a bit different this time around. She’d be running in the Bubble Blast 5K with three of her classmates from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Onondaga Community College. Expected arrival time: 9 a.m. at the main gate. The race starts at 9:30, she said.
Karen and I shuttled our normal plans of an early afternoon arrival. I told Elisabeth we’d find her before the race to say hello, and that I’d be on duty to take photos with my iPhone 6.
Karen and I left the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood early enough to travel a traffic-less highway all the way to the fair exit, bypassing our usual routine of parking at the Regional Market and taking the bus. We pulled into the Pink Lot directly across State Fair Boulevard some 10 minutes after we left the house. It was a sweet spot. In fact, we were inside the main gate before Elisabeth and her three friends.
Elisabeth got the runner’s gene despite the fact that I’m a dedicated walker. I’m quite impressed at this difference. But I hung back and merely took a few shots, giving she, Kelly, Scott and Derrick their space.
They chose the fake Chevy Court rock pile scene for their group photo. Maybe the fact that this second of two years in their study major has already started has made them yearn for the opens spaces already. Or maybe it was our trip to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado a month ago that drew Elisabeth toward the mural …
Karen and I hung around the starting line hoping for a good view. Local radio morning show host Amy Robbins got the runners stoked about the Bubble Blast Run, which raises money for the Central New York ACR Health organization. The young runners reacted with joy when organizers turned on the bubble-maker under the arch.
Farther back, my gang of four runners were taking it more in stride as I stealthily moved in for a candid shot.
They started the race in two waves. I caught the first group under the cascade of namesake bubbles.
Karen, poised in the opposite side, got the best shot of Elisabeth racing past in wave two.
Afterward, she said the adventure points included a ladder too slippery for her to climb and a slip-and-slide that was just perfect.
Tomorrow, I’ll have an account about our time at the fair here and at Syracuse Public Media site waer.org.
Have you every participated in a bubble run, and if so, how did you handle the slippery parts? Have you ever participated in a benefit race, and if so, how far did you run and for what cause? Do you prefer to run, walk, or drive?