Nadia Excels in First 10km in Japan

Nadia ran a 55:02 10 kilometer race on Sunday in the Suita Bampaku Marathon race. This was her first competitive race here in Japan. The race took place in the Expo ’70 Park in the nearby suburb of Suita. Our school’s biathlon team participated and Nadia joined several of the faculty. We all had a fun day with an exceptionally beautiful autumn sunshine and fall colors.

The race differed from others she ran in that the crowd was very quiet and the only people cheering loudly were the family support for our us. Usually in Europe or America, strangers cheer on the runners to give them support.

She was a bit nervous because of her back, but it did not give her problems. Nadia wanted to be under an hour so she completed her goal.

We would like to thank Marcella, Dawn, and Tara for inviting us to run with them. We are planning to all run as a family in January for our next race.

Great Day in Košutnjak

Finish, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

I ran yesterday in the Košutnjak Challenge Race here in Belgrade. Košutnjak is a large park near our apartment that used to be the hunting grounds of the Serbian Royal family before World War I. Today it is still mostly forest with lots of public recreation areas.

The race was 5 kilometers with an obstacle at every kilometer. The obstacles included a narrow, deep ravine, hay stacks, ropes, even an old carnival ride we needed to climb over. I finished in 29 minutes. I didn’t feel great yesterday, but it was fun, barelling through the forest. There were about 100 runners and we had a good day with my friend Michael and my family. I would like to thank the running club of Serbia, trcanje.rs for organizing the run and for having a calendar of runs in the area.

Owen runs down the hill at the Cafe

Later in the day we went back to Košutnjak to meet up with friends at Alexander’s Cafe and Ski Hill. It was the first time I went there, and the views of the city are spectacular. I highly recommend the place for drinks and we’ll definitely go back this winter for some skiing with the kids.

Bill & Nadia’s Hot Date: “Run Your Bass Off”

Bill & Nadia Warm Up, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Sunday Nadia and I ran the 28th annual “Run Your Bass Off” 10 kilometer road race in Crystal Falls, Michigan. The race is part of the Bass Festival held at Runkle Lake. We were unsure of going when we got up Sunday morning as it was 50 degrees F and drizzling. We powered through however and got the kids up and packed and drove the 15 miles to the other side of Iron County. We dropped the boys off with our good friend’s the Bonetti family and dropped Ocean of at my aunt Ione’s home in Crystal Falls. It was great! We felt like we were on a date with no kids. As you can see, I was a bit more excited about running in the cool weather than Nadia.

Most of the 279 present were running the shorter “Half Bass” or 5 kilometer run/walk. Crystal Falls should be renamed Crystal Hills as there were killer hills throughout the race. There were some nice scenic spots as we ran by the Paint River. Nadia and I ran together as it was a rare opportunity for us to do something together sans offspring. Nadia started off slow but then got her second wind and we passed some runners. There was a large hill however at the 4 mile mark that took the wind out of her sails and she slowed a bit. In the last 2 miles she recovered and we finished strong together at 1 hour and 2 minutes. We didn’t win but that wasn’t the point. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and got out and did some exercise.

Kralovec Family Success in “Run For The Earth” 5 KM

Escuela Anaco hosted yesterday the “Run For The Earth” 5 kilometer race. The Kralovec family did extremely well. Above, Owen and I ran together in the 1 kilometer race. Owen needed a bit of encouragement not to stop and look at all the people behind him. He was a tough trooper however, and finished with a time of 7: 48. He would have had the fastest time of any younger student, but the others cut corners on the inside of loop of the course while Owen and I ran the proper course. I was so proud to be running with my son. It was the first time we competed together. I hope we can continue to compete together in sports in the years to come.I kept going after escorting him to finish the 4.8 kilometer course around the school grounds in 28:09. It was extremely hot with temperatures in the mid to high 90’s. I couldn’t quite catch Mr. Flinn’s friend Leo who was visiting from England. I finished with the silver medal.

Nadia was the true hero of the Kralovec family however. First she ran hard and won second place in the women’s race with a time of 31:59. She then entered the 100 meter dash for adult females. She was having trouble with her hat and fell behind early, but came from behind to beat ninth grade student Francesca. Owen finished tied with his cousin Sebey in the Kinder 100 meter dash for second. Even little Oliver got in the act and did some running with the day care personnel. So overall it was 3 silver medals and a 100 meter championship for our family. This is our last fun run at the school as we are leaving next month.

Below, Nadia wins the 100 meter dash, with hat in hand and Ollie enjoys the run too. You can see these and more photos on the run by clicking on the photo above to take you to our flickr.com set.

Nadia Wins 100

Ollie Runs Too