No fewer than 638 local runners completed the Badgerland Striders South Shore Half-Marathon on Saturday, April 11th. My son came home from college for the weekend and ran the race with me. I should say he ran the first half of the race with me. After the half-way point, youthful energy beat out middle-aged wisdom and I did not see him again until the finish line! My son finished in 2:01:30 (two hours, one minute and 30 seconds) and I finished in about 2:16. This was a great father-son activity and I really enjoyed the opportunity to spend some quality time running with my son.
The weather was perfect. I have done this race for the past four years and this year had the best weather by far. In every prior race it was cold, windy and wet. There was standing water and mud on the course which meant after a certain point you were running with wet feet. Not optimal conditions for a 13.1-mile run! This year, however, the course was dry with no standing water or mud. The temperature was in the 30's but it was sunny and the wind chill was not nearly as severe as prior years.
The Patrick Cudahy Park Friends is busy at work and involved in several events for this spring. First, the Friends Group will be having a clean-up of Cudahy Park on Saturday, April 18th from 9 am to noon. (Ok, I know I'm a little late with this news, but it has been a super-busy week and I was late checking my mail). This clean-up will be held in conjunction with the Great American Clean-up.
Secondly, on Sunday, May 17th, The Park People will be hosting a Sunday Fun-day Membership Recruitment Event from 1-5 pm. Admission is $10. The admission price includes four beers, a Collectors Glass and a tour of the brewery. Musical entertainment will be provided by our home-town favorite Celtic band The Garlic Mustard Pickers. Raffle tickets will be sold to help raise money for this worthy cause. Sounds like a fun time!
Here comes the sun ---- it's been a long, cold, lonely winter ! ("Here Comes the Sun" from Abby Road by the Beatles). Are you sick and tired of winter? Are your thoughts turning to summer and gardening? If yes, then you are in luck because the South Milwaukee Middle School will be holding a Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9th. The sale will start at 9 am and end around noon. The location is Door 49 at South Milwaukee Middle School.
Mother's Day is just around the corner and plants make great Mother's Day gifts! The cost starts at only $1.00 per plant so even if you are on a limited budget there is something here for you. Many of the plants actually cost less than if you purchased them at a Garden Store so make sure to mark this date on your calendar.