Keystone, a substance abuse services company. Melissa is a local runner and she encourages all the local groups to participate. My wife is a part of Fort Mill Fast feet. All of her friends were doing it, so she invited me to come along and join in the festivities.
So another 10K, much like the final leg of the Thunder Road Marathon Relay that I ran back in November. Better than doing 5K's like I usually do this time of year. You don't have to leave early for an 8am race that is 5 minutes from your house. So that's nice. We parked over by the credit union and walked over. There isn't much parking right there, but plenty in the surrounding areas. They were expecting 700 people between the 5K and the 10K.
|We made the local rag|
After my warmup, I stripped down to my running singlet, but opted to wear some gloves. I got to the start line with about 10 minutes to go. We got some photo opts with the Fast Feet people. Then it was time for the national anthem and the gun.
|Don't forget to start your watches|
In the this race, you start at the top, go down to the bottom, and then wind your way back up to the top. So as we're winding our way back up the the top, I find myself in 4th place. There are 2 guys out front and then a women who is running strong. The 2 miles climbing back up to the top really weren't that bad as I split 6:04 and 6:07. I came through 5K roughly about 18:55.
|Elevation and Pace|
Mile 5 did me in. I died to a 6:21 (after running a 6:04 on this stretch on the first loop). He got a little bit ahead of me and I couldn't quite close the gap. I pushed a 6:11 on the last mile, but didn't close at all. The hills had gotten really tough at that point. The last stretch after 6 miles I ran at a 5:23 pace! But that didn't catch him. I had to settle for 4th, finished 7 seconds behind him. Full Results Here.
But the good thing about being old is that if you just miss the overall podium, you are guaranteed First Masters. So I congratulated the guy on a great race. I grabbed some water and talked to a few people. I decided that it was my civic duty to inform the timers of the woman cutting the course. I just said, did anyone tell you that the first woman cut the course? They're like, no? I said, well she was number 327 and she skipped the out and back on Ardrey. The volunteer told her she had to turn, but she didn't. To their credit they wanted to talk to her and not just take my word. So we went looking for her but couldn't find her.
|Laura and Patricia|
When they did the 10K awards, she was not mentioned. So whatever happened they eventually DQ'd her. Start2Finish Events handled it very well. They listened to what I had to say, investigated it, and then made the right decision. I have done a few S2F events, and they were all handled flawlessly. This race had volunteers at every corner. They had cones setup on the road throughout the entire race. I've never really seen that before. It made it (almost) impossible to make a wrong turn. But with a course with all these turns, maybe they deemed it necessary.