Level Renner 10k:
I got a free entry to the Level Renner 10k as a contributor to the magazine. It is rare to get a freebie so I like to take advantage when I can. I wasn’t feeling great during the week and the hot and humid weather predicted for race day wasn’t helping me to feel any better.
I hadn’t raced in Brockton since 2009 but looked forward to going back to DW Field park which is a nice traffic free loop around a couple of small lakes. It is scenic (although a bit rolling) and shaded for the most part as you loop through the 250 hectares of fields and woodlands. My original goal was to run under 6:00 pace but considering the weather I thought aiming for right at 6’s might be do-able.
I met up with CMS teammates Joe Shairs, Jim Pawlicki, and Dan Vassallo and headed out to check out the first shorter loop of the two loop course. The hill at the start of the race would be climbed three times which would be tough, it was only about 1/10th of a mile but the grade was as steep as 10%. I don’t do well at switching gears, so I knew that part of the course would be my major weakness. The field was pretty stacked as there was some open money in addition to some team money and masters cash.
The field of 200+ seemed to blast out at the start. I went out conservatively (3:06 for the first ½ mile according to my Garmin). As we rolled down the hill I started reeling in some of the quick starters. By the mile (just under 6) I was in the middle of a group that was also running just under 6’s. It was nice to have company but I was also looking up ahead to a couple of “older” CSU runners and especially to teammate Arthur Beesse. I was pretty sure Arthur was 5th man so I was gunning for him to score for the team.
I passed through the 3 mile mark just under 18 minutes (17:58) which put me 15 seconds behind Arthur. It was really hot and humid over the next 2 miles which were mostly unshaded. I caught up to him at 4.5 but just like the Hollis 5k he was not done. We had a good back and forth over the next mile and just before final climb up Castle hill he moved ahead (5 miles in 29:59). I had no response and just hung on hoping to make it up the hill without collapsing. I crossed the line in 22nd place running 37:22, glad to be done.
Level Renner put on a nice post-race spread and a big award ceremony and raffle. I hung out for most of it, spending some time chatting with teammates and other long-time running cohorts.
1 31:15 GLARIUS ROP 31M W SPRINGFIELD 5:02
2 32:50 DAN VASSALLO 30M PEABODY MA 5:17
3 33:17 BOB BOND 26M BRIGHTON MA 5:21
4 33:39 JOSE ORTIZ 26M METHUEN MA 5:25
5 33:54 SAMUEL FAZIOLI 23M SALEM NH 5:27
6 34:24 JOHN GREEN 23M QUINCY MA 5:32
7 34:27 GREGORY PUTNAM 45M STONEHAM MA 5:33
8 35:27 JOE SHAIRS 47M PEABODY MA 5:42
9 35:35 ROSA MORIELLO 23F BOSTON MA 5:44
10 35:42 PHILIP GINGRAS 27M PLAINVILLE MA 5:45
11 35:48 JASON EDDY 35M E BRIDGEWATER 5:46
12 36:05 STEPHEN CURLY 23M NORWOOD MA 5:49
13 36:11 KYLE POND 42M NEWTON MA 5:49
14 36:14 ISSAM KRIECHE 45M MARLBOROUGH 5:50
15 36:30 JAMES PAWLICKI 40M LYNN MA 5:53
16 36:43 JOHN SULLIVAN 54M WEST ROXBURY 5:55
17 37:02 PATRICK BUGBEE 32M CAMBRIDGE MA 5:58
18 37:04 DANIEL GREEN 23M QUINCY MA 5:58
19 37:09 MEGAN NEDLO 32F SALEM MA 5:59
20 37:15 ARTHUR BESSE 42M TEMPLETON MA 6:00
21 37:17 KEVIN DELANEY 46M ARLINGTON MA 6:00
22 37:22 DAVE DUNHAM 51M BRADFORD MA 6:01
23 37:26 BEVERLY ANTUNES 32F SOMERVILLE MA 6:01
24 37:33 LANDIS HUFFMAN 33M SOMERVILLE MA 6:03
25 37:56 ALEX ELD 26M BOSTON MA 6:06
Top Ten 50+
1 36:43 JOHN SULLIVAN 54 WEST ROXBURY MA 5:55
2 37:22 DAVE DUNHAM 51 BRADFORD MA 6:01
3 38:46 GARY CATTARIN 52 MARLBOROUGH MA 6:14
4 38:53 E.J. HRYNOWSKI 52 ARLINGTON MA 6:15
5 41:28 TED COYLE 51 SCITIAR MA 6:40
6 45:54 JOHN SAVILLE 55 BROCKTON MA 7:23
7 47:16 MICHAEL QUINN 51 ARLINGTON MA 7:36
8 48:36 JIM SHIMBERG 57 CAMPTON NH 7:49
9 50:36 NOEL CLARKE 51 SOMERVILLE MA 8:08
10 51:48 KEVIN MULLEN 57 FAIRHAVEN MA 8:20