Jeanne’s Journey 5k – Somersworth NH
I searched for a race on the long Columbus Day weekend and narrowed it down to a couple of races. In the end I chose the race with the earliest start time, since I preferred to race early in the day.
I headed up to Somersworth for the Jeanne’s Journey 5k which was held before the big pumpkin festival. I arrived at 7:30 for the 8:30 race and was happy to see the registration up and running. The map of the course showed a pretty easy to follow loop with a section of over a mile of out and back. Warming up on the course is always a good idea so I headed out. They moved the start/finish slightly due to the festival using the school parking lot entrance. I wore my Garmin and was happy to see the miles right on. I wasn’t so happy when I got to 3 miles and could see that the finish line was well beyond a tenth of a mile from 3. In the warm-up, warm-down, and race I pegged it at 3.2 miles. Oh, well. The race was the most important part.
My plan was to again test out my calf, hopefully by running right around 5:40 pace. Over 200 folks lined up at the start (facing the wrong way until I got them to turn around). Dave Audet had already won 9 races this year and was looking for number 10. I wished him good luck and we were off. One guy took it out pretty hard but I caught him about 300 meters in and then ran unchallenged.
I hit the mile in 5:33, then at the turn I could see I had about 50 seconds on Dave. It was fun running back through the crowd and I concentrated on keeping the tempo up despite some rolling hills. I hit 2 miles in 11:15 (5:42) and kept working at keeping the pace consistent. Three miles was reached in 16:58 (5:43) and I passed 5k in 17:37. At the finish I clocked 17:53 for the win 1:38 ahead of Dave who took home second place and first in the masters.
Needless to say I was happy with the victory which was my first of 2014. That keeps my streak alive for another year with at least one win every year from 1979 to present. I hung out for the awards since they had a huge table of prizes but it turned out the prizes were for the raffle and age groups got a water-bottle (nothing for the overall win).
1 Dave Duham 50 Ward Hill, MA 17:53
2 David Audet 49 Concord, NH 19:31
3 Andy Stark 33 20:49
4 Tony Martuni 30 Somersworth, NH 21:43
5 Chuck Mantos 57 Somersworth, NH 21:56