Starting yesterday, over a thousand bloggers are blogging daily in the #AtoZChallenge throughout the month of April (except on Sundays), starting with A and devoting each consecutive day to another day of the alphabet.
My theme is "Days of our Lives". It encompasses anything that touches my life, or the lives of those I love. Ideally, it must have at least one of my iPhone photographs in it.
My spouse won it one year - sort of. But, before I tell that story, a little about the race.
It is called the Chris Thater Memorial Race. This year it will be held August 27 and 28, once again in honor of Chris Thater, a 23 year old cyclist who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 1983. It's a series of races - bicycle races, a 5K run, a fun race for kids.
The event has been held for over 30 years now. It's a wonderful way to honor the memory of a young man taken from us too soon.
For the first 25 years, it was held in a beautiful West Side neighborhood near Binghamton's Recreation Park, near where Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame grew up.
The races were held during the day, and there was plenty of room to park, walk around and enjoy the races. For several years, there were live rock performances by local bands. You could even get close up to the racers, as they prepared to race. Some were amateur (I know one of them at her day job), some from this area, some were professionals from all over the world.
Here, one of the racers describes her experience in 2012, when these pictures were also taken.
We would walk along the race course, and finally take our places near the finish line for the last race, the money race with the professional racers.
And then someone would cross the finish line.
And with that, it's time for the story of how my spouse (sort of) won the 2012 Chris Thater.
Several minutes before the final race ended, one of the announcers would poll the crowd, asking who they thought would win the race. In 2012, my husband named someone.
And he won!
What did he win? A chance to meet the winner, here (spouse is on the right) as I stood by, thrilled. One of his 15 minutes (well, more like five minutes) of fame.
In our house hangs his other prize - a poster, signed by the winner.
Alas, in 2014, the race was changed - moved to downtown Binghamton, the races reconfigured, a Cross Fit challenge added, the music and greenery deleted. A new generation of race goers will treasure their own memories.
But I will always remember the year my husband, by a lucky guess, won a bicycle race.