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10 Years Ago This Month – November 2000

Walk in the Woods

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2000
Time: 7:00 AM
Place: South Carolina Welcome Center
Members Attending: Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Kurt Breitinger, Tony Cappucci, Judy Creer, Carol Haff and John Haff.

Karen Breitinger, one half of the event organizing team, had another thing to attend to, so she sent husband Kurt in her stead. Carol Haff, the other half of the organizing team, brought her better half as well as a guest, Don Patterson.

Brian & Donna were going to meet everyone in front of the Stoplight Deli, the proposed after-walk food stop. Kurt had never been to the Stoplight so when he got to Laurens Street in Aiken, he zigged instead of zagged and parked on the south side of Richland Avenue. Brian & Donna could see them about a 100 yards away and it was easier for them to go there instead of the others coming their way, so that’s what happened. This actually made it a shorter walk to the start.

After registering we all headed down into the woods to the start line. The fall leaves were great. A couple of weeks ago we drove all day to get to northern South Carolina to see the colors, this weekend the peak beauty had moved south almost perfectly in time with our event. Next year maybe we should save the drive. I’m not so sure the horses would appreciate sharing the paths with Miatas.

The event was billed as a 1.2 mile fun run/power walk. There were a lot of elementary school kids in for the fun run. They were going for prizes depending on the total for a school or something. At the start gun, the fast five took off into the woods with the pack. Brian, Donna and Judy struck with the back group at a pace that could be described as a meander.

There were no awards given out to individuals for this event (that is why it is called a “fun” run,) but the 5.4 cross country runners got cool trophies of a genuine Hitchcock Woods pine cone under a glass dome.

When we were done we were still two hours away from the opening time of the Stoplight Deli, so instead we headed to south Aiken and the Best Bagels & Deli to satisfy our exercised enhanced appetites.

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