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A fun, healthy fall activity: the WNCC Fall Frolic

October 12, 2015

I am thrilled to see how 5K and 10K races have proliferated in Wyobraska (not to mention the Monument Marathon). I think that having events like this commonly available in the community helps to promote a culture of activity and health. (It does for me, anyway – it’s a constant motivation to get in shape.)

I need to get my act in gear and do a repeat of what Bugman and I did when we lived in Iowa: run a race pretty much every weekend, and make a t-shirt quilt out of all of our race shirts. It’s a great way to remember all that activity and to make space in the t-shirt drawer for more race shirts. (A good resource for finding Wyobraska races is the “Local Race Calendar” document on the Western Wind Running Club Facebook page.)

An image of our race shirt quilt, taken in our last Illinois apartment.

An image of our race shirt quilt, taken in our last Illinois apartment. This quilt represents at least 180 miles of racing.

Speaking of race shirts, TODAY (October 12, 2015), is the last “guaranteed shirt & size” day to sign up for my favorite fall race, the October 24 Western Nebraska Community College Fall Frolic (title sponsor: Valley Bank), which benefits the WNCC Foundation.

You can still sign up for the race on the day of, but you may not get a a shirt, and these early sign-ups REALLY help with planning for the event! Also, in addition to guaranteeing a t-shirt, you are eligible for additional raffle prizes by signing up NOW!

Here’s what the newly-designed logo on the race shirt will look like:

Nice, isn't it?

Nice, isn’t it?



You won’t regret it!

This race has a professional timing company coming in to chip-time the race, so it’s a great race for the speedy-minded. But there are also a significant number of walkers who just come out to have fun, as well as a kids’ run and costume contest.

Here are some Mark Rein pictures from last year that testify to the fun of the Fall Frolic:

You look mahvelous, dahling!

You look mahvelous, dahling!

Tutu fun!

Tutu fun!

Go, Team Minnie!

Go, Team Minnie!

Every race needs a superhero!

Every race needs a superhero!

And, a few pictures I took from previous years, of event volunteers getting into the spirit:

Heather clowned around at the kids' check-in table.

Heather clowned around at the kids’ check-in table.

Bugman and I got up at like 4 am to make sure we had time for pumpkin makeup before helping to set up for the race.

Bugman and I got up at like 4 am that year to make sure we had time for pumpkin makeup before helping to set up for the race.

Here’s a summary of the other benefits of the Fall Frolic:

  • cash prizes for the top three overall placers for men’s and women’s 10K and 5K
  • 5K/10K division prizes, with some fun stuff including WNCC gear
  • medals and a prize bag for the kids’ fun run winners, and a medal for the costume contest winners

And, importantly for me:

  • there will be a vendor selling breakfast burritos and coffee
Coffee is important!

Bugman and I are big into coffee!

Also have to give props to the other event sponsors, who help to make this wholesome fun possible. If you do business with these folks, and with Title Sponsor Valley Bank, please thank them for their sponsorship!

Elite Sponsors: Regional West Physician’s Clinic and CARE Chiropractic

Kids’ Fun Run Sponsor: Webb Orthodontics

Kilometer Sponsor: Print Broker

Other Sponsors: Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods, Panhandle Coop Main Street Market, Pepsi, Gatorade, City of Scottsbluff, Valley Ambulance, Advance America.

See you on October 24, Frolic-ers!

Copyright 2015 by Katie Bradshaw, except Mark Rein photos

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Farinosi permalink
    October 12, 2015 9:55 am

    What a great idea – your quilt! I just love it!

    • October 12, 2015 6:16 pm

      Thanks! Though I have to admit that I did not make it, as my patience and skill with needle and thread are limited. I sent the shirts to a company to have the quilt made.

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