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October 25, 2009

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Jim's 50th Birthday

My friend Jim is 50 this weekend. Friday October 23 to be precise. And to celebrate we went camping in Big Sur and ran in the Big Sur River Run 10k. We've been doing this every year at his birthday. This weekend was the 29th running of this event and Jim's run in at least 20. I've participated 8 times now.

This is the first time we've both run in the same age division: 50-59. Jim was 3rd in 45:30 (not much quicker than my 46:22 when I was 55). I was really bad at 59:23 - and I sufferered to even get under a hour. My worse ever result! Jim's son John joined us and took some photos. After lunch we climbed a nearby hill and enjoyed an amazing view of the Pacific.

I gave Jim a Sports Kilt. I've been intending to buy one for years and now I have. Jim's tartan is "USA" and mine is "Wallace" (Wallace is the closest tartan to the wallpaper on We were of course the only two runners in kilts!

I'd like to congratulate Jim on being 50 and coming 3rd in his division and to thank him and John for their company this weekend. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the Central California Coast. Big Sur is breathtakingly beautiful and even more enjoyable with great company. Thanks everybody.

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