Monday, September 21, 2009

Not going to do the steeple chase fun run on Saturday

I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to do a 5K fun run this coming Saturday. I reread the race pamphlet and discovered it is a 5 mile run not a 5K run. I could handle the 3.1 miles in a 5K, but I'm not ready for 5 miles.


  1. Well, at least you found that out BEFORE the fun run, not during! :)

  2. Yeah, BB, it would have been funny if I started the run thinking it was a 5K. I would run and run thinking I'm almost there but wondering why the Jordan River Temple was still in the distance.

    In earlier times, runners went from one church to another church, hence the name steeplechase. South Jordan is the only city in the world with two Mormon temples, and the fun run will go from the Oquirrh Mountain Temple to the Jordan River Temple. Proceeds from the run will go to Christmas Box International.

    I should be ready for the run next year.

  3. No kidding! Well how funny - I've heard the term "steeplechase" my whole life, but had no idea how the term came about. I notice the starting temple has the word "mountain" in it, and the temple where the race ends has the word "river" in it. Is it a downhill run? Five miles downhill might make for a nice run! Well, not nice on the knees, but nice for the lungs...

  4. BB,

    The Salt Lake valley is in a bowl that is formed by the Wasatch Mountains on the east and the Oquirrh Mountains on the west and the Jordan River at the low point. The Oquirrh Mountain Temple is higher than the Jordan River Temple, but the difference in elevation is only about 800 feet or so, and that amount spread over 5 miles means the downhill run won't be a knee-challenge for most runners.

    Steeplechase races usually have obstacles, and the obstacles for the fun run will be a busy highway, several canals, and lights at intersections. There is a bridge over the highway, and that bridge will act as a small hill. The bridges over the canals are level and won't be a problem. The biggest obstacles will be the traffic lights. But, since this is a fun run and not a race, people can catch their breath while they wait for the lights to change.

  5. Anonymous9/27/2009

    Good for you! It's better not to try to take on too much before your ready. I don't know what I'd do if I got into a race like that and discovered it was longer than I'd expected.

  6. I have to chuckle, Matt, when I think about this. In January, before my blood clot attack, 5 miles was my rest runs. My regular runs were 7-10 miles. Now, I can't do 5 miles. But, I'm getting there...