|Another nice race t-shirt for a worthy cause.|
The David McKannan ALS Run is a worthy cause and I was happy to see that almost 250 runner registered according to the RD in only its third year. Unfortunately, it appears only 140 or so runners actually finished the race, but it is definitely a success in my book, since 250 folks donated funds through their registration to this worthy cause.
I didn't decide to enter this event until Saturday morning. My buddy Ed Johnson had mentioned that he was registered during our trail training run the day before and while I had no plans to race initially, I needed to gauge where I was. I wanted to do well at Cotton Row and this would be a great tune up race. Ed and I stayed together for the first 1mile or so. I was able to maintain target pace through the first mile and while I did drop of during mile 2, it wasn't as dramatic a drop as in previous races. Unfortunately, I slipped a little further during the third mile as well. Overall, 8 seconds per mile faster would have gotten me the sub 20 minute finish I seek so desperately. While there are some small hills, this is a rather fast course and folks should sign up for this one next year as a perfect place to see the Old Towne neighborhood and challenge a PR at the same time.
When I crossed the finish line in 20:26, I had missed a PR, but I had won 8th overall and first in my age group and that is fine by me. Hopefully, some actual track work will help me improve. Thanks to all the volunteers and the RD for putting on a great event just 5 minutes from my house:-)