May 21, 2017
I always have fun doing these but I got started a little late from my house and arrived just as they were doing the drawings for the teams. As usual, I got picked last (meaning I have to run the longest distance (first teammate runs 1 mile, second, 2, third, 3, fourth, 4)), but I am on a team with Jim Kelley, so maybe we will be fast.
It is a bit warm out (nearly 80) and I am not the same runner I was the first time I did this relay a dozen years ago.
The best part about this run is getting to see a number of people I don’t see all that often, as well as the kids that keep coming back to these events, but are starting to grow up. Sandy Draper’s daughter used to watch the runs, and now is a bit of a powerhouse in the mile sprint (think she is a decent 5Ker as well). The littlest kids from 12 years ago are all in their 20s (kids of Beverly Andrew)!
After our first three legs are run, we are in 5th place and it is my turn to run. Course is a little different. We used to run straight up the hill, along Ellis, left on Goldenwest to the edge of the park, but now, they want us to turn around sooner, so we do an extra little loop by the lake on the uneven pedestrian path.
We are just behind 4th place and I easily pass that runner, but I know that behind me, probably 45 seconds to a minute back (at the handoff) will catch and pass me just as easily.
I manage to stave off the passing until midway down Ellis (and that included walking up the hill on Edwards) and then I was walking and running alternately trying to stay ahead of the 6th place runner.
I feel like I am not running that well (evidenced by being passed so easily by certain runners), but I manage to finish the 4 miles in 33:24 and basically maintain the 5th place finish.
They have a good post-run brunch and I also win Horton Hears a Who in the post-race video raffle drawing. Pretty good run and pretty good haul for “free.”