After a few days of rain, the weather turned perfect (OK, maybe it was a little warm for the runners) Saturday morning for the 2009 Lighthouse Run in Downtown Racine. Here are photos taken before, during and after the race, which featured four-mile and 10-mile competitive runs and tw0- and four-mile fun runs and walks. (These photos were taken during the four-mile fun run.)
A huge crowd mills around the starting line waiting for the cannon to announce the start of the 10-mile race.
And they're off!
Hundreds (thousands?) packed Lake Street for the fun run and walk.
Team ORZC starts the fun run. The Zen meditation center's motto was, "When we're not running, we sit."
A runner cross the Root River ...
Leaders in the four-mile competitive race were coming back while the fun-runners turned the corner onto Main St.
Another four-miler ...
One of the youngest competitors gets a cool down from volunteers spraying a hose near the Racine Zoo.
A few costumed characters took part ...
... that's a giant bee!
Here's a 10-miler cruisin' with about two miles to go.
Working hard ...
Ah, the finish is in sight!
The crowd cheered for the 10-milers crossing the finish line.
Afterward, people milled the streets and enjoyed a brilliant summer day! See The Journal Times' for stories about race winners. We were too far behind to keep track of them!