BY NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER
YORK, PA--Looking for something memorable to do on New Year's Eve? My family decided to trek to York to run in the Double Deuce 2-Mile Run that began at 11:55 p.m. on New Year's Eve. We made a pact to run it together as a family, which we did, finishing in a sterling 19:46. We got into the millennium spirit by wearing silly, oversized, fake 2000 glasses. About 45 minutes before the start a newscaster from the local ABC affiliate asked us to do a live interview, which we willingly obliged. So far, only Mike and Sue Witter from Chambersburg saw it on TV. Unfortunately, they did not tape it so if anyone out there in Runner's Gazette Land taped it please get in touch with us via Runner's Gazette. We are curious how the interview went and the girls want to prove to their friends that they were indeed on live TV.
The event itself was very well run and a lot of fun. Since we just jogged it, it was a nice twist to the usual race strategy of warming up, stretching, prerace nerves, and bathroom stops before the race. Everyone around us was yelling "Happy New Year" and gabbing away. Nice spiffy Tyvek jackets were given out and the course was well manned and monitored. Afterwards, there was plenty of sparkling cider in those plastic champagne glasses and a big tray of tasty baked ziti. All in all, it was a fun way for our family to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event.