Today was the Cincinnati Redlegs 5k run.  It was a beautiful morning for a run.  The sun was shining and it was in the mid-60’s.   The race is downtown Cincinnati by the Ohio River, so there are some decent views at the start of the race.

Alex and Tanya came down to watch the run and enjoy the sun.  Alex took the pictures of the bridge.  Here she is waiting for the start of the race outside the home of the Cincinnati Reds- The Great American Ballpark.

Here’s the start of the race where you have the bridge and river as a nice back drop.  I like doing runs that have something to offer in terms of location.

Like most fun runs there is usually something unusual to see.  In this case its this racing cow.  The cow was pretty fast, too.

One of the cool aspects of this race is that you finish at home plate in the ball park.  Kinda cool.  So, here’s the cow coming to the finish.  He actually beat me.  In fact he beat a lot of people running the race in about 18 minutes.

Well, I didn’t beat the cow, but was happy to finish in 23:57.  Two seconds faster than the Flying Pig 5k I ran a month earlier.  Overall 387th over nearly 3,000 runners and 27th in my age group putting me in the top 20%. Complete results for the 2009 Redlegs 5k are available HERE.

Alex and dad after the race.


This is an outbreak year for the 17 year cicada here in Greater Cincinnati.  These creepy little (1 1/2 to 2 inches) buggers emerge after 17 years in the ground.  This years “brood” hatched an estimated 2-3 billion cicadas in the Cincinnati Metro area. Yes, that was BILLION with a “B”.   This is a follow up to the brood that emerged in 2003 when approximately 7-8 billion hatched, so this time around is considered minor. Hah!

They come out of the ground in masses.  Since our home is newer with no older trees we only get the odd one (like the guy above on Tanya’s hand bag).  If you are unfortunate enough to live in an older area you are facing massive numbers of cicadas. We have friends who nearly filled their 30 gallon garbage can with the carcasses and shells of the emerging cicadas.

Besides the sheer number and creepy look they are very noisy.  The sound is somewhat eerie if you have never heard it before. It reminds me of something you’d hear in a sci-fi movie.  One cicada can make quite a racket, but when you get thousands in a single tree you get a nearly deafening sound.  I can hear them quite clearly in my office which is behind closed windows. You can hear them clearly even in the car driving down the street with the windows up. If you are on foot, you will have to raise your voice for your companions to hear you speak.  One of Taylor’s friends commented that she can’t hardly think when she is walking in her neighborhood.  While we don’t have masses in the trees at our house I can still hear the buzzing clearly from the older trees down the block.

From the College of Mount St. Joseph here in Cincinnati:

The emergence is now at midpoint in parts of Greater Cincinnati.  Madeira choruses were measured at between 85-90 dB.  The nymphs have completed their emergence in many areas and a massive die-off is now taking place.  Four inch deep mounds of dead cicadas have been observed in Mariemont.

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