I actually arose very early for me at about 8:00 a.m., so I could view Cuenca's Ten Kilometer Race on May 14th, particularly with thousands of runners making their way down the narrow avenues of Cuenca, and running in the high altitude of 8,500 feet. My Ecuatoriano amigo encouraged me to come out and see the race. I brought my camera, hoping to catch a shot or two of him somewhere along the racing paths. Needless to say, I never spotted mi amigo once in the mob scene of racers. However, he did swear he not only was there participating in the run, but also completed the race as well.
As mi amigo got into shape for the race, he ran the ten kilometers one night. The next night I went with him on the promise that we would walk the ten kilometers. We accomplished the walk in about three hours late at night around midnight. Walking through mi amigo's neighborhood areas was a challenge, not from fear of any humans. I discovered what all those dogs do that sleep all day sprawled on the sidewalks and don't bother anyone. They are in packs at night. Four times we were surrounded by dogs who barked and growled. I had my pepper spray ready, as we walked very slowly through each pack we encountered. As close as the dogs got to us within inches, not once did any of them try to attack or bite us. Neither did we make any quick moves. Once we were out of their territory, the dogs backed off and left us alone.
The photos of the race can be viewed here as a slide show or you can control the view of each photo. Either way, you need to click on the first photo for enlargement of all the photos. Almost all of the enlarged photos contain a commentary about the race and where the racers are running in Cuenca. You'll see some nice views of the city as well as its colonial architecture.