I was looking for a final race before the Manchester marathon and came up with the Wicked FIT 5k in Concord NH. The 5th annual event had a good entry fee($25) and an early start time (9:30am), it was not just a costume race but also a serious race with a Certified course that had only 3 turns and just 10' total climb/descent. I wanted to get some leg turnover and this would be the place to do it.
I showed up and hour before the start and bumped into former Mt Washington Road Race director Bob Teschek who was doing the race timing (Granite State Racing). It was nice to catch up with Bob before heading out to preview the course. Conditions were great for racing with temps in the upper 40's a little drizzle and no wind at all. I was hoping to run around 17:40, I haven't done anything quick for a while and hoped for a good shock to the system.
Nearly 400 lined up, with a large contingent wearing Halloween costumes. I went out with the small lead pack of Trevor Taylor and Dylan Tuttle. They pushed on the only little uphill of the race 1/4 mile in and I was off the back. By the mile mark I was 5+ seconds back. By 2 miles Taylor had broken it open and was 15 seconds up, but I'd closed the gap on Tutttle. I caught him by 2.5 and we ran together until the turn into Rollins park at 3 miles. He kicked but I had nothing left losing 3 seconds in the final 100 meters. I can't complain as I was under my goal pace and "raced" it well never giving up.
Bring on the marathon!
1 1 MOPEN 17:15 5:33 Trevor Taylor 24 M 1938 Manchester NH
2 1 M1319 17:32 5:39 Dylan Tuttle 18 M 1950 Alton NH
3 1 M5059 17:35* 5:40 Dave Dunham 52 M 2065 Bradford MA
4 1 M3039 18:50 6:04 Aaron Monier 33 M 2092 Concord NH
5 2 M3039 19:06 6:09 Jared Fortier 36 M 1646 Concord NH
6 2 M5059 19:10 6:10 David Audet 51 M 1519 Concord NH
7 2 M1319 19:13 6:12 Eben Bragg 14 M 1552 Concord NH
8 1 M2029 19:15 6:12 Tim Kneuer 21 M 1728 Laconia NH
9 3 M1319 19:29 6:16 Trey Fortier 13 M 2096 Concord NH
10 3 M3039 19:41 6:20 Grant Fortier 34 M 2097 Concord NH