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38(?)th Annual Human Race

By: ycd0108 , 2:12 PM GMT on May 26, 2013

It's not really a Race and a number of the participants wear collars and leashes but this event has been celebrated since about 1975.
Though just now it is cloudy and cool we are supposed to get some sun later.
We will bring the electric scooter in the pickup so Tloml can "pace" the few people who actually run. I will probably be tasked with lighting the "infernal flame" (kindling in a bucket that runners leap over at the finish line) as I did last year or maybe "Walkin' the Dog".

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13. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:20 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
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12. ycd0108
5:01 PM GMT on June 02, 2013
This morning:
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11. Ylee
4:31 PM GMT on May 31, 2013
A lot of projects on my wish list involve spending relatively large amounts of money, which is a no-go since the vast majority of my in-come is already on the out-go.

It's still fun planning, though! My wife chides me for being a dreamer, but if you can't dream, then what's the point? :' )
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10. ycd0108
4:23 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Since I spent most of my "useful" years building stuff for other people I tended to procrastinate on projects at home.
Now that I'm semi-retired I still find it difficult to "get 'er done" around here.
Most of the time I was foreman, partner or boss man so with just me to boss around things go a lot slower.
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9. Ylee
2:13 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Voila! Customization of one's home is truly neverending; that's what makes it so (mostly) fun! Alas, I'm in "working huge OT so I can pay everything off" mode, so practicing "Zen and the Art of Home Improvement" is limited at the moment! :(
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8. ycd0108
2:03 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Good morning:
Found out last evening that I'm not required in Victoria till Friday morn. Oops - that's early tomorrow.
Yesterday was somewhat productive:
I had installed another handrail for the stairs up to our second floor bedroom,computer and sewing room. There is a landing near the top and two more steps at 90°.
The problem was to mount an handrail on the short flight which blended somehow with the handrail on the main flight. Keeping in mind that a weakly mounted handrail is worse than no handrail at all I bought the shortest wall mount Grab bar I could find:
Ground one flange off of one end mount, cut the longer wooden handrail back to flush with the wall at the landing, screwed the grab bar at the wall and the fresh cut, shaped the top of the wooden rail to match the modified mount, filled, sanded and varnished the joint et voila.
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7. ycd0108
6:05 AM GMT on May 30, 2013
Looks like I'll be lost in the ozone for a day or so but trust me - I'll be watching.
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6. ycd0108
3:23 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Good morning:
It's about 11°C overcast here.
I've been looking for an appropo photo from the "Hugh Mann" Race and sending particular photos by email to "whom it may concern".
No photo stands out to be posted here because unless you know the people or happen to be in the picture yourself the photos might as well be wall paper.
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5. ycd0108
3:02 AM GMT on May 27, 2013
It's kind of a cool spring around here but the birds don't seem to be worried. They prance and call late into the evening and get started very early in the morning ~0430.
This year's Hugh Mann Race was somewhat reduced in attendance. A couple of people mentioned that. I'd guess there were maybe 20 persons. Many of the stalwart originals have left us but the children today enjoyed the lowest tides of the year finding Moon Snail egg cases and fiddler crab under rocks.
Rehydration is going well now that I'm back home.
B.C. officiated Blood Alcohol limits for drivers down to .05% a couple of years ago. That changed my world.
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4. shoreacres
11:39 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
I remember last year's race, too. I also remember laughing - with delight, I might add. Such a good idea. It's one of those traditions that doesn't need a marketing team or corporate sponsors. All to the good.

The big excitement around here is that the copper-colored boy pigeon seems to have attracted the attentions of a very spiffy black and white pigeon with white wings. I'm not sure we have a couple, but I've got my fingers crossed. That boy was about to wear himself out with all his dancing around.

I trust you're well-rehydrated at this point.
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3. ycd0108
11:06 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Good for you, BriarCraft, for finding that story and video.
Our little get together is not on that scale though. I don't expect that any search will find it.
Maybe the elusive Salish Sea Sam knows something I don't.
All I know is that there are some very loose traditions:
1) Participants should at least have some connection with at least one human.
2) participants should bring food and beverages of their choice.
3) Last Sunday of May 11:00 mill around at the entrance to Yellow Point Lodge till someone starts moving toward the finish line at Yellow Point Park (about 1 kilometer).
4) The Infernal Flame should be lit and tended at the finish so those "runners" with gumption left can "leap" over it.
5) Repair to local "Blue Heron Park" and rehydrate.

I had to go back to last year's post to see what I said there. Some of today's walkers and runners saw their first "Hugh Mann" Race through the
"Belly Button Window":

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2. calpoppy
9:45 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Hi ycd! I remember you talking about this race last year, I love the finish. Actually I like the whole idea of the race.

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1. BriarCraft
7:34 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Okay, so YCD said just enough above to get me curious. Which resulted in me frittering away the past hour or so, wandering around lost on the interwebs. I found lots of stuff about the Human Race 10K and lots of non-profit organizations have events by that name at various times. Some have been going on for a few years; others since the beginning in 1986. Or at least, that's the earliest reference I found.

Originally, it was called Sport Aid -- The Race Against Time.

Now, it's called Human Race Day -- Humanity Organized to End Poverty and it seems to take place on different dates in some places.

From 2008, when NikePlus started sponsoring this event:

I learned something new today. Thanks, YCD! It sounds like a good way to spend your day and a good cause to support.
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