Camp Watchaug, Charlestown, RI
Results here. 3rd overall out of 96. 20:17. 1st in age group.
It was a good day for the Walkers. We had just hustled in from URI, where my oldest son Mark took a 1st in the Super Kids Tri (scroll to bottom). He had a tough time in T1 and was behind coming out of T2 onto the run, but had made up enough ground that you could tell it was all going to unfold in the run, which he dominated.
|Back Road Ramble: start|
Mile 1: Stayed in the shade as long as I could, until SNERRO called us out in the sun to start the race. The first mile cuts from Watchaug quickly to the Burlingame Picnic Area parking lot and then follows Li'l Rhody course down Sanctuary Road and onto the short trail to the camping area. I followed just behind Jonny (as I did most of the course) and somehow ran a 5:49 first mile.
Mile 2: Hot, twisted, and confusing mile. Ran directly under the sun across the Burlingame fields and part of a paved road before hitting a shady area. Trail markers and course marshals were way too few, and trail marker arrows hard to read. A course marshall we had passed yelled repeatedly "Turn right!" and I looked up and saw a faint right turn marker on a tree. Jonny had gone straight ahead of me (missing the right turn), so I yelled to him, and he turned and came back. We ran most of the next mile together, helping each other trying to guess where to go and decipher the few signs we saw. When we came out by the finish of the Brrr-lingame 15K, neither of us had any idea which way to go, and I think we got lucky with Jonny's instinct as we could see a marshall then in the distance. Slow mile of 6:33.
|Slight uphill to the finish; nothing left|
Finish: I'm still following behind Jonny, but between the heat, trail turn confusion, and now long course, I've lost any desire to push a hard finish. I actually slow down to finish the last section at a 6:28 pace.
Next after me in 4th is Mike B finishing I believe his ever trail race, followed in 5th by the Rhody Seth, whom I finally just met, and 6th place is Matthew having run an awesome run beating out mostly older kids to take 1st place in his age group.
|Getting age group award (gift certificate to Breachway Grill)|