Somerville, Tennessee Sept 8, 2012.

Diana was the first ever international competitor in the Cotton Pickin’ 5K and placed first in her age group!

This was the most unique race I have had the pleasure to be part of. We were planning a trip to Tennessee and I came across this fundraising 5k/1km fun run close to our destination.

The run was part of the Cotton Festival day’s events to raise funds for an organization that works with families in their county who need assistance, so the enitre town was out.

During the week prior to the race, temperatures were over 100 degrees (Fahrenheit), and luckily a thunderstorm rolled through just hours before the race and broke the heat and humidity.

The race was led off by a 1927 Model A car with 500+ runners in pursuit. The course itself was very scenic filled with historical homes, churches and a path throught the local cemetery. Unique cotton bale trophies were awarded afterwards at a ceremony in the center of the festival. I did win my age category and stepped up to the podium with the announcer indicating that this trophy was going to Canada!

Afterwards we stayed to enjoy the live music, corn dogs, and checked out the antique car show. Everyone was extremely friendly and if it wasn’t such a long drive, I would return again next year.

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