Run To Remember 5K

June 17, 2014 | Comment


The Run to Remember 5K was held Saturday at the Terra Bella Village in Covington, LA. The race was presented by Dynamic Physical Therapy and benefitted the Wounded Warriors Project. The race also featured the Wall of Warriors with pictures of active service members submitted by their families.

Race morning started off warm, foggy, and muggy. Of course I am on night shift which means I woke up at 3:00am after only sleeping for 4 hours. I made it Terra Bella about an hour before the start and the parking lot was nearly full. I spoke to one of the race volunteers while I was getting my registration and she said they had a lot more participants than expected, 400 runners! I collected my race goodies and found my co-workers, who I was going to run with.

My fellow officers and I decided to run this race and represent the Mandeville Police Department. One of our officers, Adam Smith, was an Army Ranger and a Purple Heart Recipient. Pictured below is Team Mandeville PD (Sgt. Mike Ocman, Sgt. Fred Fath, Officer Becky White, Officer Adam Smith).


After a moment of silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the children’s 1 mile race started at 7:45am with the Chick-Fil-A cow. The 5K started right after at 8:15am.


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The course took us around the streets of Terra Bella Village. The first mile was all on pavement which made for a fast start. I finished in 7:01. I was about 10th overall and 1st female at this point. We ran for another half mile before the course took us into the grass by the lake behind the neighborhood. The grass was somewhat wet from the morning dew but it was bearable. The uneven turf did slow me down some, I am not a great trail runner, and I finished mile 2 around the 7:30 mark.

As we made our way to the back of the lake I assumed we would be turning around but we never did. We continued to the other side where a construction zone was set up. I will sum it up in one word: MUD. Let me reiterate, MUD. The crew was in the process of expanding the street so a nice thick layer of mud awaited the runners. You could not run to the left because of the wood line and to the right was the lake. I just sucked it up and ran through trying not to slip, fall, or get my shoes stuck. I slowed down to a 9:00 pace and prayed for pavement.

Finally at the 2.5 mile mark the sun came out and shined upon the cement, glorious beautiful cement! I picked up the pace and tried to run the mud off of the bottoms of my shoes. I was still in 1st and trying to muster up some energy for the final kick.

As I turned the corner and saw the finish line I realized the course was ending early. I finished 1st overall for 21:38 for 2.85 miles. So yeah not the sub 22:00 PR I have been dreaming of since my Garmin told me the course was short. I will take it though. My co-worker said his Garmin measured 3.06 miles, so maybe mine was off.

I turned in my score tag, tried to kick some more clumps of mud off my shoes, and headed back out to the course to run my co-workers in.

Team Mandeville posted some great times and we basked in a post-race glow as we traded race stories and tried to clean the mud off ourselves. The post race refreshments included smoothies from Smoothie King, coffee from Abita Roasting Company, beer from Covington Brewhouse, as well as yummy red beans and jambalaya.

The race featured an impressive raffle. Participants were given a ticket with their entry and there was an option to purchase more raffle tickets. The list of prizes were so amazing so I purchased about 10. Some of the items were gift cards to Target, Five Guys Burgers, Smoothie King, The WWII Museum, 9 Round Fitness, Freedom Fitness, and Chevron. A signed Saints football and yearbook were also up for grabs as well as a signed Pelicans basketball. I won a gift card to Five Guys!

The awards ceremony followed. All of the award winners received beautiful gold “challenge” coins with the Run to Remember logo on the front and their division place on the back. In addition to my coin I won a gift certificate to Massage Envy.


Here is a link to the results:

After the race my co-workers and I headed to a BBQ at a friend’s home in the neighborhood and had a great afternoon.

I had such a great time at this race and Dynamic Physical Therapy gets an A+ for their effort. I look forward to running again next year and supporting the Wounded Warriors Project.

Next up for me is the Varsity Sports Mandeville Summer Series July 9 and 23. For more info go to I am still working on my Hot 100 points as well. Until next time!



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