Love 'em or leave 'em: that was the question at the 5th annual Valentine's Day Dash around Green Lake this weekend. Peter, Steven and I arrived early Saturday morning to mingle with the hundreds of runners sporting everything from matching pink outfits to huge heart-shaped suits. The idea behind the 5K race is to dress exactly like your Valentine's Day sweetheart, with prizes awarded for exceptional costumes. Once the race begins, you have the choice to stay with your running partner or 'leave 'em' behind.
We spent the morning surrounded by energetic runners and cute couples who stopped to get their picture snapped and share their Valentine's story. Many of the runners seemed eager to set personal-best times, while the couples seemed to be more fixated on finishing the race hand-in-hand with each other.
Here are some of our favorite costumes of the day:
While it wasn't quite the dog days of summer at Green Lake, we did meet some excited canines and their human companions. Mo brought her pack of pooches, Walter, Shasta and Betty to join in on the fun. They all raced across the finish line with impressive times, but more importantly, they finished in impressive fashion - The dogs donned matching pink bandanas in celebration of Valentine's Day.
Canine competitors Walter, Shasta and Betty show off their V-Day style
Our day wasn't truly complete until we spotted a pair of 'Green Lake Power Walkers.' Admitting that they did indeed fit the bill, Ty and Britt proudly showed off their
Northwest Profile T-shirts during the run. Unfortunately, we noticed that Britt left Ty during the race as she cruised to the finish line in under 33 minutes. Ty showed up about 10 minutes later, and they happily reunited. Though they may have opted for the 'leave 'em' route, Ty and Britt blissfully left Green Lake together to enjoy the rest of their Valentine's Day weekend.
Northwest Profile #64 never looked so good!
Though we've experienced our fair share of Northwest runs, this one was by far the sweetest. If you were at the race, drop us a note in the comments section and tell us about your favorite Valentine's Day Dash moment. Until next time, be sure to stay on the lookout for Peter, Steven and me coming soon to a neighborhood near you!