Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

ReeseStrong 5K


YHC arrived early to secure AO and set up informational booth strategically next to TGIFridays booth, only to find that Phonics and family had the place on lock-down well before the RatMobile rolled up. YHC, along with the assistance of Mighty Mouse, planted a couple shovelflags and put out a table with some propaganda for the sad clowns and waited for the pax to arrive.

First on the scene was Offshore, who used his scholarly talents to check Lab Rat’s work on the white board.  Unfortunately, Lab Rat received a C- for misspelling both “exercise” and “complete”.  It’s good to know smart people.  DK showed shortly after with 2.0’s, who were ready to take on the kid’s run.

The rest of the pax plus family members came busting down the doors after  Swirly released this morning’s Dogpile session.  The pax spent the morning EH’ing various people and pressuring other pax into signing on to the “5K the hard way” board.  Rules were discussed and logistics worked out on how to do this with no watch.  Then it was time to hit the course.

5K The Hard Way

So the highlight of this event for the pax was the 5k, which could either be run regular or “the hard way”.  About 8 pax members took whatever color pill makes you a badass and opted for the latter.   The hard way is running a regular 5K, but every 5 minutes you must stop and complete 25 Merkins and 25 Squats.  Several pax performed this together to share a timer, and Saab unofficially did it at a blistering pace.  But it is a race, and so there must be a winner:  Dream Liner came out of nowhere to secure the best time out of the hard way participants!  Great job, Dream Liner!  This really worked out well, as the winner was to receive a specially made hot pink shovel flag (in honor of the race’s namesake).  Dream Liner is currently working his ass off to get F3 to Hampton, and as of this morning did not own a shovel flag.  We could not have scripted this any better.

Other TClaps:

Anchovy:  This is one fast dude.  He took down 5th place overall and 1st in the 40 year old age group.

Spike:  Although not “on the podium”, any 5K time under 20 minutes deserves recognition.

Chapstick:  Happy Birthday!  Still has a long ways to go to escape triple hate, but he’s making progress

Phonics:  Seriously well run event with tons of free food.  If you left hungry it’s your own damn fault.

Any and all double dippers.

Final Thoughts

One of the things YHC immediately fell in love with about F3 is that this is a YES group.  If you throw out an idea that’s worth doing, somebody will do it with you.  Tclaps to all those that commited this race to their calendars months ago, and to those that showed up for Dogpile this morning and said, “let’s go” on the spot.  That’s the BANG.  Thank you all for supporting this awesome cause.


Lab Rat out


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  1. Swirly (F3 Corporate) on

    Very well done LABRAT !
    Awesome job everyone who participated in this event !
    See y’all in the gloom !

  2. Terrific event and participation to all. It was great to see everyone with their 2.0’s. Lab Rat passing the shovel flag on to Dream Liner really topped it. Well done sir!

  3. Thanks for the props guys, glad to do it.

    Side note: I came home with a tumbler that isn’t mine. If you ate missing one, let me know.

  4. Ate? I’m chalking all this up to you honing your espagnol to graduate this semester, so it’s ok to let the English go a little bit.

  5. Terrific event. Very impressed with how well organized it was. TClaps, Phonics! We’ll definitely do it again…maybe Ellie will finish the 1/2 miler next year!