|The heat and humidity at Sweet Dreams certainly didn’t stop
the many folks that came out and ran, pitched horseshoes and tossed
corn hole. At 7:00 am it was already in the low 80’s. As race time
approached I asked Sonny Cubbage, the race director, how many runners
had entered. “Over 150 and still counting” he said. The final tally
was a total of 169 runners, 23 more than last year - this race just
keeps on growing and growing.
The race started right on time, and Sonny issued instructions
to the volunteers about what to do when the runners came back to
the finish line. Several clumps of runners crossed the finish line
with numbers missing and the volunteers did their best to get their
attention but seven runners out of the day are missing finish times.
We don’t know if they crossed the line or dropped out along the
way. All of the photographs were scanned to see if we could find
the runner numbers, but can’t.
If you ran the race, did cross the line, but are missing in the
chart below, drop me a note and give me your time if you have it.
Or, if you see yourself in one of the photos, give me the photo
name and number and I will correct your time and inform Augusta
County Parks and Recreations of the update.
Jackson Farney (18:38) finished first in the Men’s division,
with Lucas Moffit, a previous champion, a mere 10 seconds behind.
Last year Lucas surprisingly crossed the line in 10th place pushing
a stroller. It looks like Lucas was a bit more serious this year
trying to regain his title.
With the 5K race completed around 8am, I checked in with Jeremi
Skillman, horseshoe tournament director, several had already signed
up, but he still had an hour to go. I wished him luck and took off
to the main park to help get the Corn Hole tournament started.
Arriving at the park 45 minutes ahead of start time everything
had been set up by volunteers led by Mark Frazier from Nibco. The
courts looked fantastic! I thank each of the volunteers for their
extraordinary. Arriving at the desk, Mark told me the morning rounds
were almost maxed out. Just a short time later, with 24 teams, we
were full, so started the morning tournament a few minutes early.
The scoring started using “accelerated play” or “count-all” until
only 4 teams were left. After that we switched to “cancelation play”
It all boiled down to Sullivan and Fortune against Curry and
Curry. The Curry’s lost in there first attempt coming out of the
winners bracket forcing a final play off. The Curry’s won the match
24 to 13.
Several teams that missed the morning tournament signed up for
the noon event. At noon we were 4 teams short and held the start
a little bit to try and entice a few more teams. With four teams
less, the decision was made to run the second flight as all “cancelation
play”. It was extremely hot tossing, but the shade from the tent
and the fans blowing provided the pitchers some relief.
It was in the finals that the heat may have had some effect on
the pitchers. With the score at 17-16, the team of Mull and Coffee
thought they had the final game 21-16. Raised their hands, shook
hands and thought they had won. The bags sat undisturbed when someone
noticed the total missed by one point. Actually making the score
20-16. We all joked about how simple math combined with heat makes
your mind do funny things. The team of Lowery and Boserman had one
final chance to redeem the win, but couldn’t quite get it done.
I enjoyed the long day and I hope you did too. Come back next
year and bring a friend or two, to pitch, run or toss! And thanks
again to the many, many volunteers and Sponsors that make Sweet
Dreams what it is! Kevin
P.S. Sweet Dreams is always looking for sponsors. Add space is
available on many of the corn hole boards. The nice thing about
becoming a “Board” sponsor is that your ad lasts a full year. These
boards are used at many company picnics and local tournament events,
even the local Children’s Miracle Network fund-raiser day. Become
a sponsor today and join the fun!