Next Sunday, April 15th, a party will be held for the 29th time in Town Center Columbia. It is a unique event in that it is basically over by noon on a Sunday. This is due to the fact that the party really gets going around 9:30 AM as the last of the runners straggle in. Clyde's American 10K race has been held in mid April every year for the past 29 years. More than just a race, it is a free community feed. Clyde's gives everyone who shows up plenty of food and beer. By 1:00 PM little evidence remains of the 1200 runners and at least twice as many spectators who filled the Town Center plaza only hours earlier.
For runners it is a tough 6.2 mile course. The reward they receive for punishing themselves on a cold spring morning is Columbia in all of its spring glory. It is a very rich reward indeed.
Wordbones is running this year. I expect to finish in about an hour. I'll wear my black wordbones ballcap if anyone would like to say hello at the party afterward.