The mascot adorns the website, the shirts, and the finishers pint glasses for that year's race. Also the top 15 male and female finishers receive a hand made wooden plaque in the shape of that animal.
so far we have had:
- 2004 - Horse fly
- 2005- Flying squirrel
- 2006- Turtle
- 2007- Fish
- 2008- Turkey vulture
- 2009- Frog
- 2010- ????
So every year we try to guess what the animal will be. Every year I guess a deer, and every year I am wrong. Of course it should be a deer, because when you';re running out in Umstead what animal do you usually notice the most? That's right, deer!
I got an inside scoop from Dr. Ken that once again it is not a deer.
So my new theory is this:
We have had 1 invertebrate, and 1 each of the well known classes of vertebrate :
That's right. My guess is an opossum! (pictured below: opossum at the Wake County Animal Shelter, taken by Shannon). In a few hours we will head to packet pickup, and see if my theory is correct. Though, I think a more appropriate mascot would be a pile of horse manure.