Last summer, we ran a 5K beach race in Galveston, and when we arrived to pick up our packets, there was momentary confusion because someone with the same first and last name as me had already picked up her stuff. It took us all a few minutes to realize there were two of us!
And this isn’t the only time she and I have run the same race. Every so often when I check race results on Athlinks, I have to pay close attention to hometown and age group information so I don’t accidentally claim her races for my own. This is a new experience for me. Despite having one of the most common names of the 1970s, growing up I never actually knew too many people with the same first name as me, and never the same first AND last names.
So imagine my surprise when, after I got an email from the Austin 10/20 offering text tracking, I went to sign up so my husband (the guy with the super-common first-last name combination) could track me during the race. I entered my name, and two of us popped up in the search results.
I beat her in the 5K, and now I’m tempted to sign up to track her just so I can stay ahead of her this time too.