17:33, 5:40 pace. 4th overall, 1st in age group. PR! Full results here.
I've run this race most years, including back when it was run in August. Billed as "the flatest course in RI". I think the Avondale course might be slightly flatter as the Ninigret has max elevation 39' and min 10' (29' difference), whereas Avondale has max 23' and min 0' (23' difference), but certainly both are very flat. Arrived one hour early, and gradually saw my WTAC teammates piling in. Ferocious winds from yesterday were gone, and it was looking like a nice sunny day in the 50s.
|Odd mix at the starting line, but soon thinned out|
Mile 1: After about 1/4 mile, the dust had pretty much settled. I passed Action Acton, then Jay Seekell, and remained in 4th for the rest of the race. Until just before the mile mark, I was pretty much on Jonny's heels, as were the two behind me on my heels. Mile 1 split: 5:39.
|Checking my Mile 2 split:|
Greg H is shaking his head, telling me to throw the Garmin away and focus on the race
Mile 2: This is the section going out to Route 1A, and then back into the park. Distance is widening between the top guys. I can no longer see the lead vehicle nor The Colonel in 1st place, and can only see FiveK (2nd place) on long straightaways. Mile 2 split: 5:49.
|FiveK in nice smooth form finishing up|
|Jonny in short efficient strides|
|Not sure that my bounding arms and legs are efficient,|
but it gets me there
|Matthew finishes up breaking 19 minutes|
|Now this Critchlery dude is just way too serious;|
we'll allow it as he's en route to another killer PR