Old Mountain 5K Trail Race.
Sunday, December 16, 2013
7th overall. 1st in age group. 19:53. Full results here.
The second annual "4th Season" Trail Race series kicked off with 135 runners. Temps about 40, and threatened rain held off until awards ceremony, making the race itself fine running weather, especially compared to the brutal cold we had at last year's race. Arrived about 8AM and helped Mike G with course marking and then joined together with Jonny and his kids to finish up marking. Jonny, Muddy, Mike B, and I then ran almost the full course as a warm-up to get the lay of the land.
|... and we're off!|
|Still 1/2 mile to go; not much left in the tank.|
Finished just under 20 minutes!! Jonny led the way for WTAC in 5th place, followed by Justin in 6th, and me in 7th. Tried to catch my breath as I watched Seth and Mike B finish, followed by my two boys, and then Carol Ann, John, Mike C., etc. Short cool down while picking up flags, and then awards. The older David Principe had taken1st place in our age group at the sweltering Run 4 Kerri this summer, so I was especially happy to regain 1st place age group this time. For my prize, I actually took the same New Balance backpack that Mike G won as his age group prize at Run 4 Kerri, and with the same selflessness as Mike, I gave it to son Matthew, who had been coveting the backpack ever I since I picked up for Mike that summer day and it sat all summer in our dining room until I gave it to Mike when I saw him in the fall. What goes around comes around! Matthew was very happy, and I was just happy overall with my performance and the team's.
My 38th and final race of the year is in the bag. Looking forward to 2013 races, especially with my WTAC teammates, with the kickoff at Resolution 5K on January 6. GO WTAC!!!