Miller Marut Memorial 5k
run this morning in Concord. This is the 3rd. year in a row for this run and all the proceeds go to a scholorship fund set up at Riverside High School, so this is a very good cause. My Cousin Jeff and his wife Jenn lost their son 4 years ago, so what better way to remember his short life here with us than a sporting event. Today was the largest field ever for this event with between 350-375 runners and walkers, Scott organized this run in the begining and it really has gotten big in a few years, very awesome indeed. The course is probably one of the toughest 5k courses that you could run too due to the hills. It is downhill to rolling to the turnaround and then a tough climb back to the finish. We started out very fast with the top times being in the low 5 minutes per mile. I hit the 1st mile at 5:48 and seemed to be feeling pretty good. The half mile to the turnaround was a little harder cause that's where the rollers kicked in. I came through the 2 mile marker at 12:15 and now the uphill to the finish comes in. I ran at an above anerobic pace back to the finish with Scott catching me with close to a 1/2 mile to go. My hr monitor was telling me that I was above my old man pace but hey, it's cyclocross season and cross is all about being above your anerobic pace. Scott and I ran together to the left hand turn to the finishing area where he said to me, "how do you want to do this" I said you go, you are running strong, he said "no way, were running in together" Scott deserved to go ahead of me, he's really fit now and has really upped his training this year, Great job Scott. We finished 6th and 7th overall with a time of 19:10 and 1st in our age groups. Tony finished 2nd. overall with a 17:50, wow, thats fast on this course. The winner went 16:55, double wow and Congrats go out to him.
Great Job Jeff and Jenn and to all of our family members that supported this race and who were at the water stations and mile markers yelling splits, Lynn helped with scoring, Aunt Sue was the emcee and all the kids handed out awards. What a great race and a great morning. Aunt Sue is hosting a pig roast this evening, so it's more good times.