I checked out the course as a warm-up and found it to be flat and fast. It also had each kilometer marked which I think ALL kilometer races should do. I love the feedback. I felt typically lousy while doing strides and headed for the line as the clock was down to 3 minutes until the start. They had a full road but chose to stick us all under the archway which was less than 1/2 the road wide (like Rhody). 500 people and stanchions in the way, what a recipe for a lawsuit. I lined up next to a couple of very young kids who were right on the front of the line. The little girls parents were telling her to make sure she "stake (d) out your position on the line". Talk about aggressive, I showed her....I have her an elbow to the head as I passed her (kidding!). Actually she was the top WOMENS finisher in 18:20!
I felt lousy right from the start and settled into 10th place almost right away. After the kilometer I moved up and led a couple of guys as the top 6 pulled away. I was in 7th place through the next 3 kilometers. I never felt good but thought I was doing well as 5th & 6th "came back" by the 4km mark. The 4k split was very slow (3:37) and maybe a little long (?) but the course is a certified 5km so no complaints about the overall time.
In the last k I got my lunch handed to me as three guys went blowing by and I had no response. One of the guys was a master, but I just had nothing when he went into a kick (beating me by 2 seconds). I ended up taking 10th and third 40+ in 17:22. The only good I'll take out of it is that it is my fastest 5km in trainers, I've never raced in trainers until this race.
Next up will be the Baystate marathon, my goal is to survive.....
SM run for Hope
1 Sean Sweeney 15:45 Toronto
7 John Cusato 17:16 1st 40-44
9 Peter Von Euw 17:20 1st 45-49
10 Dave Dunham 17:22 2nd 45-49 CMS
The DRC took the top 5 places for US runners and all seemed to have fun.