I took this photo as we arrived at Presque Isle at 9:15 a.m. — blue skies and sunshine, but….by race time (10 a.m ish):
Rain and dark skies, but….it didn’t stop 386 people from kicking off the new year right.
I don’t know if 386 is a record attendance for the New Year’s Day race, but I’ve been doing it for at least 10 years and I don’t remember a crowd that large before. It may be that the early morning weather (sunshine, blue skies and 40+ degree temps in the morning) drew the crowd, or it could be that attendance has improved since this race was made part of the ERC’s winter “triple crown” series, regardless it was sure nice to see that many people racing.
The rain held off for the first 1/2 hour of the race, but it was coming down pretty steadily by the time I finished. Despite the herniated disk in my back (been meaning to write about that…yes, I have a diagnosis now!), I ran a great race (for me), with an under-40-minute finish. Woot! I never expected to run less than 42, so I was thrilled with under 40.
I was also thrilled with the hat (though, I thought they’d be embroidered, but they had a patch on the side… kinda strange)…anywhoo, I was plenty happy to have that hat come race time as I had only brought a baseball hat with me and the weather had turned cold, windy, and wet.
As you can see, my sister-in-law, Jodie Livendoski, was happy with her hat, too.
For once, we had solid footing for the New Year’s Day race, and we weren’t trying to race on snow, slush, or that gawd-awful black ice we usually experience out there on the park this time of year.
The strong wind that made the first two miles of the race a challenge made the last three miles a breeze — literally — the tailwind provided a fast finish for many of us, I think.
Complete race results are here.
Happy New Year everyone. Here’s to another great year of running and racing!
Santa brought the Cass girls a portable
babysitter DVD player that Kelly was happy to share with little Emma Lang.