Not one to turn down a last minute invite to walk for charity, I headed to south Denver for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk. I joined up with Katie, who was ready to top her walk time from the Rockies run, and another friend at a parking garage near Fiddler’s Green for the walk, which would take us through picturesque streets of… an Englewood office park?
Okay, so it wasn’t the best course. A fact which frustrated us more than a little since we were trying to keep a good walking pace. For one, some places were extremely narrow – like when we had to navigate between parking lots via a small pedestrian bridge. And speaking of parking lots… Most of the course was either through parking lots or through the office park streets. I get that other parts of the city might not have trails and parks, but it still felt like more thought could have been put into making the course interesting. As it was, we barely spent half a kilometer on somewhere other than tarred pavement.
Overall, though, it was a nice walk. There were a couple bands along the course singing and playing music to keep us going, there were full water bottles handed out at the halfway point, and there were people to cheer us on along the course. Including an actual cheerleading squad, at one point; in fact, they lined the sidewalk and it felt a little awkward to be walking through them. And even though we finished going uphill, Katie still managed to improve her time. And it was my first time using a port-a-potty that flushed! I’m used to the older ones that are just a glorified hole in the ground, so I was confused about what the big button was for at first. But – yay, flushing! One of the tents at the finish line also had my favorite granola bars (Nature’s Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Peanut Granola Bars, if you’re doing any food shopping for me in the future), so I consider it a win.
And it was for a great cause, which never goes out of style.