20 Years ago = Sept. 1993 - I “raced’ five times during this month but the final race was just an easy jog at the CMS series race. I started the month with one of the biggest races I’ve ever done, not largest but most important. I went to Gap France to represent the US in the World Mountain running championships. The multi-loop up/down course was very much the type of course I like. The climbs were brutal and the downhill parts were long with great footing. There was a lot of back and forth and it was really hard to tell what place you were in. I thought the lead pack was out of sight ahead of the couple of guys I was with. Just before the end of the final climb I moved ahead of the other two (and would later find out I was leading the race!). We bombed down the final drop and I got passed with about 1 km to go. I crossed the line a few seconds back and asked what place and was floored when I found out I’d finished in 2nd place.
On the medal stand
A week later I hit the trails of Southern NH for the Wapack 17.5 mile trail race. I ran through the turn-around with Tom Buckley then made my move pulling away for the win in 2:26:11. Six days after that I ran the 10.7 mile leg of the Lake W (Fred Brown) relay for Team CMS. I ran the fastest time of the day (55:21) and CMS won. A week later it was off to Manchester NH for the New England 5k championships. It was rainy and 50’s, a lot of us did our warm-up by running up and down the parking garage. The course was fast although it had a lot of turns which weren’t’ that easy to navigate in the rain. I ended up finishing in 2nd place with teammate Eric Morse outkicking me by one second 14:29 to 14:30. A couple of days later I closed the month with a visit to Worcester for the CMS series. I took it easy and finished in 7th place in 19:07. I was working towards getting a series sweatshirt if I got 26 of the 52 races.
At the Fred Brown Relay