April 1, 2000
Tried out a new Finishline race in Compton called the Ulis. C. Williams “Run for Education.” Ulis C. Williams, the president of the school, was also a member of a U.S. Olympic team. The run starts and ends on the Compton Community College campus, runs through the neighborhood (mostly industrial) and finishes on the track. The only major downside of the race is speed bumps when entering or leaving the campus – makes you break stride.
I felt really good in the first race, managing 20:28, and so-so in the second race, with splits of 23:15 and 23:05.
Of my last 3 running events, ALL have been back-to-backs.
One item of note: My friend Karine, who had only recently started running, decided (with my insistence) that she would run her first 10K on this course. I pointed out an interesting fact, that Finishline typically indicated Age Group Bests in their Registration form. I pointed out to Karine that in the last few races, there had been no F50-54 competitors. If she finished and was the only one (no guarantee, but a good chance), she would be the record holder. She did finish, and the following year, her name was listed in the registration brochure as the F50-54 Record Holder.