Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ribfest 5 mile

I headed up to the 3rd USATF New England Grand Prix race in Merrimack, NH (Ribfest 5 miler) with Nakri and Krissy. It was cloudy but warm and humid. I met up with new CMS racing team member Ben Fazio and DJ Raboin to get some team gear to them. That was followed by a half mile bus ride from the parking lot to the race. The layout was easy to navigate so getting the race number and shirt was easy. I warmed up with Nakri and Kevin Gorman covering the 1st and last miles. I ran a mid-27 minute race back in 2014, thus familiar with the course.

I got to the starting line and settled in next to teammates about five rows deep. Getting a clean start with a few quick turns in the 1st 300m was the goal. I did hear someone go down right behind me at the first right turn up the hill. My first two miles were decent, around 5:45 pace and I was in CMS master company with Josh Perks and Arthur Besse. Kevin Gorman and Jason Dunklee were about 20 seconds ahead on the lollipop loop. I came out of that loop into 3 miles very flat and that set the tone for my last two miles milking 6 minute pace from there into the finish. I got a net time of 29:54.5, 96th place, and 14th in the 40-49 age group.



Passing mile 4 at the Ribfest 5 mile
Photo by KrissyK
Finish line video, thanks to the Millennium Running crew who put on a 1st class event. Wish I stayed around for the post race festivities.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Scamper for the Campers Camp Fire North Shore 5K

I got a flyer on the car at the Lynn Woods race for a local race on Saturday for the Scamper for the Campers Camp Fire North Shore 5K. The course map was on the back of it and was surprised to see that it ran through the Fays Estates neighborhood. I decided not to attend the US Mountain Running Championship at Cranmore Mountain so my Saturday was open for this as I was curious. I emailed the race director, Laurie Hamill, early in the morning and she confirmed that I could sign up at the race. I ran about a mile to the race and signed up 25 minutes before the start. It was a small field, over 30 entrants. 

I ran as hard as I could from the start getting the police escort through the streets that I train on (also Matt Veiga lives in the area too). The course was flat with the exception of the downhill start to Fays Ave and the hill to go up Western Ave to the finish where it all started on Belleaire Ave. I took the win for the 2.9 mile course in 17:16. It was a new course for the race. The post-race pizza, beer, soda, and awards were at the Camp Fire North Shore grounds a quarter mile up near the Salem/Lynn line. I would like to see the race get more runners next year. Overall, it was a decent low key event that for the entry fee, you get fed, a race shirt, and an honest 2.9 mile course through the flat Fays Estates. Yeah there is a hill at the end, but that is offset with the downhill start. Results