I picked the Cool Kids 5k in Billerica since it was close by and the DRC group was also running and celebrating dads birthday (75th) afterwards. My goal was to run 6:00 pace which I hoped was a reasonable goal. The last few years Pat Fullerton had won running under 5:00 miles, but 2nd place was typically 3 minutes back. I chatted a bit with race timer Dave Camire then saw Pat heading out for a warm-up (that took any pressure of winning off). It was cloudy and perfect temps for a race when I headed out for my warm-up preview of the course.
The race director did a great job of marking the certified course with the only exception being a lack of mile markers. No matter, I had my Garmin. The warm-up went well and I switched into racing flats and headed out for a few strides before heading to the start.
Miss Massachusetts called the start and a very small field (50) headed off with about 200 walkers to follow. Pat took off with local William Curra (in a Captain America costume) in tow. I was on my own right away and by 1/2 mile had moved into 2nd place. Pat was out of sight by the mile and I just tried to concentrate on putting in a strong effort. I was happy to come in under 18 minutes and surprised to run 5:46 pace, happily surprised!
This little race does a really nice job. A $25 day of entry, big post-race feed, well marked course.
23rd NEW ENGLAND PEDIATIC CARE COOL KIDS 5k - BILLERICA, MA
Place Time Pace Name Age Sex Bib# City St
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1 15:55 5:08 Pat Fullerton 27 M 159 Bradford MA
2 17:51 5:46 Dave Dunham 52 M 158 Bradford MA
3 19:37 6:20 William Curra 45 M 113 North Billerica MA
4 19:50 6:24 Ania Meichsner 36 f 163 Belmont MA
5 20:54 6:45 David Murray 51 M 155 Burlington MA
6 21:37 6:59 Meghan Bailey 37 f 162 Arlington MA
7 23:32 7:36 Stephen King 35 m 173 Georgetown MA
8 24:24 7:52 Zachary Ehrhardt 30 M 115 Woburn MA
9 25:16 8:09 Kyle Proehl 30 M 130 N. Billerica MA
10 25:40 8:17 Lindsy Connolly 29 F 109 Wakefield MA
|Post race pic: Dad, John, Denise, Greg. Front = Mom, Rose, me|