I headed to Tewksbury for the GLRR winter series Fudgcicle 5k for the 20th time since 1988. This series is a classic going back to the 70's. The short drive and the $1 entry fee were the main draw for me. I was hoping to put in a good effort in prep for the New England (and Northeast) masters track champs next weekend. Last year I had a less than stellar run with an 18:37for the slightly long 5k distance.
Conditions were very good for a late January road race with temps in the mid-30s and overcast skies with no wind. I ran the course for my warm-up and felt a bit tired. My ankle was still sore from last weeks snowshoe race and I felt kind of flat. After saying hi to some old friends (including Aims Coney who I hadn't seen in a few years) I changed into racing flats and a very old GLRR singlet (I'm a lifetime member).
129 lined up for the start (actually maybe a dozen headed out early for the sunshine start) between cars turning into the high school and off we went at 8:00 am.
I was in the lead at the start but could hear footsteps right behind me. I thought if I ran well I'd be able to muster 5:45 pace. My Garmin was set to beep every half-mile and I was 2:50 through the first slightly downhill first half. I heard the footsteps fade and kept the pace honest. I reached the mile in 5:45. Soon after I caught the amazing 92 year-old Lou Peters who was chugging along. I gave a thumbs up as I went by, I wasn't able to muster any encouragement as I was wheezing from the effort.
I was happy to hit the 2 mile mark in 11:30 (5:45 2nd mile) and kept working it. The little uphill, maybe 10' of climb really hit and I was running out of steam. I managed a 5:50 last mile (3m in 17:20) and kicked hard for the line as the clock was nearing 18 minutes. I barely tucked under with a 17:55. With a win by 1:04 over the strong finishing "Burger King".
The win kept my streak alive. I've now won at least one race every year for 39 years (1979-2017).
Full results: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/17/ma/Jan21_2017Fu_1_set1.shtml
8:00 AM January 21, 2017
36 degrees and overcast
Timed by the Greater Lowell Road Runners
Place Name No. Div/Tot Ag Div City St Time3 Pace
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1 Dave Dunham 803 1/22 52 M5059 HAVERHILL MA 17:55 5:46
2 Burger King 725 1/13 36 M3039 LOWELL MA 18:59 6:07
3 Eric Beauchesne 755 1/26 46 M4049 SOUTH CHEL MA 19:09 6:10
4 Colin Loghin 795 2/26 41 M4049 Westford MA 19:40 6:20
5 Michael Luebeck 772 2/13 31 M3039 MAYNARD MA 20:02 6:27
6 Ashley Figucia 741 1/1 18 F0119 TEWKSBURY MA 20:50 6:43
7 Jim Rhoades 615 3/26 48 M4049 Lowell MA 20:53 6:44
8 Tom Phair 627 2/22 54 M5059 BURLINGTON MA 21:17 6:52
9 John Feeher 629 3/22 52 M5059 GRANITEVIL MA 21:20 6:52
10 Brad Pechalek 712 4/22 55 M5059 LOWELL MA 21:24 6:54