A blue crayon, some fairies, a zombie and a jester raced through Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday morning.
It sounds like the makings of a silly animated movie for kids, but the scenario was real. During the 5K/10 mile Evergreen Pumpkin Run benefit Air Jordan CDP for the Jacksonville Historical Society, real Air Jordan DMP people were sporting some really weird running get ups to celebrate Halloween. In the air was a definite holiday spirit as in a festive mood, that is. Not a ghost. (As far as we know).
Then again, lugging a big pumpkin in both arms or atop the head is probably also not conducive to making record time. That’s how some people crossed the finish line. They Air Jordan 4s picked them up along the track, which was lined with pumpkins free for taking.
Despite being amid thousands of graves and under a canopy of old trees strewn with Spanish moss, many runners said it didn’t feel strange or morbid.
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Randy Henke, who ran the 10 mile race in pink fairy wings and a purple and black tutu, had a good point: “It would be creepier if it was night. That would be very creepy.”
The winner of the 10 mile women’s category, 37 year old Kim Pawelek (not in a costume), runs a lot of races in town, and said this one is especially popular. Running a route not on city roads, which can get monotonous, is a nice change, she said. Plus, it’s nicely shaded, the weather is typically cooler than it has been for months, and “where else Air Jordan 2011 are you going to run and then walk away with a pumpkin?”
Pawelek and the 10 mile Jordan Pro Strong men’s category winner, 34 year old Chris Mutai (not in a costume), said they don’t even see the gravestones when they’re running.
So much focus is required that, no matter how unusual, they take in the surroundings only before and after a race.
Similarly, David Moritz (also not in costume), a frequent race runner, said he noticed only a couple of gravestones in the 10 miles. Runners’ minds don’t tend to wander much during a race, he said, but later he did reflect on being in Evergreen Cemetery, which dates to the 1800s.