We have volunteered for lots of activities in the past, but this week held a “first”. We volunteered to help at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. They have had activities all week long, ending in the ½ and full marathons on Saturday. Friday the organizers held a pasta meal and the William Irvin 5k run. We joined the traffic control group for the 5k, and held posts at the sculpture garden, where the runners got their first view of Lake Superior. Our job was to make sure the spectators didn’t get in the way of the runners. Just past our location the course dropped to near the lake level and turned back along Duluth’s Lakewalk and then back to Canal Park.
This race started at 6PM. The first runners came by about 15 minutes later and kept coming for over ½ an hour. There were more than 2400 participants, most of whom were enjoying themselves. The crowd included a number of “characters” (like a Forrest Gump look-a-like, and a couple of ballerinas).
Meanwhile, at the lake, we think summer is about to arrive. We have had a lot of cool and damp weather, and now the forecast is for warmer and damp. Our 4-legged guest has been having a good time with walks around the point nearly every day and swimming in the lake to retrieve her tennis ball on most days. And now that the weather has improved, we plan on getting some projects done – sealing the dock, washing the RV, improving some landscaping, etc. Need to get the place spiffy before the Fourth of July when we’ll have the family here.