This was the first race in what they plan on making an annual event, and I think it went well except for a couple of minor snafus mostly having to do with the awards. The awards were excellent -- and unique -- but unfortunately they combined both male and female runners into the same categories, and to top it off there were 10-year age groups. By their reaction to the disappointment with the awards I believe it was more of an oversight instead of trying to penny-pinch and save a few bucks on awards. I think that not being runners themselves they just assumed that it was normal to place everybody (male in female) in the same age groups. After they found out how they should have done it they made an announcement right away that next year they would have 5-year age groups and both male and female divisions. I think that's fair enough and hopefully everybody will be back next year and all of the kinks will be worked out.
|Toni Cruz, Linda Hefner, Richard Hefner, Phillip Straight|
For me it was a fun race. With 180 finishers it's big enough to be exciting but small enough that you don't get lost in the crowd. Just a quarter of a mile or so into the race I could count all of the runners ahead of me. Phillip Straight, who finished 1st overall, had taken the lead right from the start and was running alongside Ashley Baker, who was the women's eventual overall winner. There was a total of nine runners up ahead and I was running just a few feet back in a small group of four. After a while the three who were with me dropped back just a bit so I was in 10th place by myself. There wasn't a lot of switching around after that. I eventually caught the 9th place runner, then the 8th place runner and was able to hold on to 8th place overall. As I approached the finish, about a tenth of a mile out, I could see the clock had already turned to 21 minutes. Lately my goal is to just finish in under 22 minutes. It's been about a year and a half since I've finished in over 22 minutes in a 5k and I'd like to keep that streak going for a while. It's inevitable, I know, but I'd like to fight it off as long as I can. I thought about just resigning myself to the fact that I'd be over 22 minutes but decided to just give it everything I had and see where I ended up, and I made it with a few seconds to spare at 21:48.