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Georgina 10 miler race report

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My friend Erin told me about this race, and since I was already planning on being in the area, decided to go for it. Sam J. came along to keep me company. It was an early morning and a LONG drive (130k). We got to the start and there's no inflatable start thingy, just a Sportstats truck. The race was supposed to start at 8 but at 7:57 people were still milling randomly in the parking lot. Finally, the RD made an announcement that the race would be starting late (really?!), that there were no road closures, and we'd be starting with a Zumba warmup (shudder of horror).

My goal for this race was sub 1:30, which I've run during ATB, but needed to make official. Erin the speedster took off and Sam and I ran our 5:25/km pace, dodging cars and occasionally having to run on the sidewalk.
If you don't like to read about Sam and my favourite race pastime, making fun of sketchy race outfits..skip ahead...

There was a teenage boy, with the most epic mullet and swim trunks, slightly ahead of us. Around 5K he and his friend in the cotton T and basketball shorts went to the side and started walking, Sam and I figured they were done.
The route was "fairly" flat, as advertised, and marked only with pylons and the occasional marshal. At one point, we made a turn and ran about 20 m before Sam realized the lady in the green shirt in front of us was no longer there. We had missed a turn! We charged back to the previous intersection and I yelled at the poor woman (spectator or marshal, hard to tell) "WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US WE WENT THE WRONG WAY?!"

Around 9-10K I was very, very tired. Not surprising, considering this was my 3rd race in 3 weekends. In 2009 I ran 4 races in 4 weekends, but I was 4 years younger and dumber then and someone please smack me if I ever decide to do races on more than 2 consecutive weekends ever again.

At this point, it was clear that we'd get sub 1:30, provided nothing catastrophic happened. The last stretch was on a busy road, it was either run on the gravelly shoulder or risk being clipped by cars! We couldn't see anyone behind us at turns and wondered if the field was somehow SO stellar that we were DFL, at a sub 1:30 pace. At 15K, we got passed, it was Mullet Boy, obviously young and vigorous enough to gut it out.

Erin (who was in the lead pack) said they got misdirected and only ran 15K. Even with the wrong turn, I had 16K bang on the Garmin..10 miles is 16.1K! but I'll still count it as an official PR.
I think next year, I'd rather do Ragnar for my birthday!

Official chip time: 1:28:11
Field Placement: 31 / 55 (56.4%)
Age group: 30 – 39
Group Placement: 7 / 13 (53.8%)
Gender Placement: 13 / 31 (41.9%)
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    I'd really like to know the name of that race - so I can avoid it! Please, join the 10M spark team. You'll fit right in!

    2781 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4199227
    great job on the race........ sorry about the poor race support. I would address the race director. knowone needs to run further than they need to and more importantly it was not SAFE!

    Aim towards that Ragnar!
    2837 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    You have shaped up, and judging from your lack of presence, here (nothing wrong with that -- given your success), shipped out.

    >Lee emoticon
    2838 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Imagine what your time would have been without getting misdirected!
    2845 days ago
  • no profile photo HANSBRINK
    Boy oh boy are those unmarked courses annoying. Glad that no one in your group got hurt either by stumbling over uneven terrain or hit by a passing car.
    2858 days ago
    Wow I can't imagine a race withou road blocks and closures, also race personnel at every intersection. Good job
    2860 days ago
    Boo for the wrong turn stuff. That is just ridiculous. :P
    2860 days ago
    Glad you were able to get sub 1:30, but man that sounded like a nightmare of a run!
    2860 days ago
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