Photo by DJ Smith. More here.
Ah, the luck ‘o the Irish was surely shining on the Erie Runners Club on Saturday when we had what is, by far, the BEST St. Patrick’s Day race weather ever. With 65+ degree temps, it wasn’t only the Irish eyes that were smilin’ that morning.
Race Director, Jim Lang, and his volunteers did a fabulous job handling a record crowd. Nearly 1,000 people participated in one of the three events — 5K, 10K or 2 mile walk. There were 633 in the 5K, 15 in the 2-mile race and 308 in the 10K.
Despite the record numbers, the event went off smoothly with registration lines (both preregistered and day-of-race) moving very quickly, the congestion in the Rotary Pavilion virtually eliminated (pre-race) and plenty of post-race refreshments. The only long, slow line was the women’s restroom line and, frankly, we’re pretty used to it (sigh). Story of our lives.
In addition, some runners took R.D. Lang’s challenge and ran both the 5K & the 10K. Those combined “distance festival” results are here (or will be when posted).
Photos, Photos and more Photos!
There are no shortage of race photos to look through thanks to ERC’s DJ Smith and the GoErie StreetView photographer, Mike Conway.
See 123 10K photos from GoErie here. (But for the love of God, skip #56).
And, then, for the photo of the day. A spectator captured this bandit (behind the Tyler Pocsics in the blue shirt) on the 5K race course. I’d have put my money on this gal.
Winter Series Wraps Up
And, as if there weren’t enough going on, the St. Patrick’s Day race was also the third race in the ERC’s Winter Triple-Crown. Those who ran the Turkey Trot, the First Day 5Miler and the St. Pat’s race qualified to receive a special prize — a ERC-blue hooded, zip-front sweatshirt. And, um…if you didn’t do the race, you don’t get the sweatshirt (doesn’t matter if you paid, but didn’t make it there. Trust, me…don’t even ask).
While there are no awards for the Triple Crown, Jim is going to crunch the numbers & give us standings. When they’re ready, you can find those Winter Series results here.
Parting Thoughts — An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.