The second annual JackRabbit Battle of Brooklyn was held Sunday in Prospect Park. It was a fun and productive day all around, with strong performances from the City Coach team as well as our JackRabbit Beginner Running class and the Run for the Rabbit crew.
For the team, Bonnie Averbuch finished 2nd overall among the women, and Jean Cassandra was 9th. Chris Solarz was 4th in the men's field.
The Run for the Rabbit runners each ran well as they continue to improve on their way to their goal race at the Hamptons Marathon next month. It continues to be exciting to see their progress.
The Beginner Running crew also perfomed admirably. A few of them did the full 10-miler, while most opted for the three person relay. Regardless, it's always rewarding to see folks enjoy their first race.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I ran dressed as George Washington, complete with powdered wig and a musket. It seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, what better way to commemorate the original Battle of Brooklyn? I learned a few things in the process. First, someone needs to make wigs of more breathable, wicking materials. I was sweating like a pedophile on a playground. Second, muskets are heavy and unbalanced. (Insert joke here.) Definitely not ideal for running ten miles. Third, you get lots of love if you overlook the first two items and run the whole damn thing with your wig and musket.
For the record, the best comment of the day came from the race winner, Lauren Perkins, who shouted "that's the spirit" (get it?) as she lapped George. I also appreciated the guy who asked "do you have a license for that?" George responded "I'm the father of your country, I don't need a license for a gun", to which he responded "I was talking about the wig!"
The photo gallery (courtesy of our friends J. Geoff Badner and Brian Cristiano) is available for your viewing pleasure. Special thanks to Gail Myers for the musket, and Paul Leone for George's wig.