After a 3 year hiatus, my uncle's race was back on! In the past, the crowd has topped off near 1500-1800 runners total between the wienie run (4.8 miles) and 10 mile race. This year it just reached 1,000. I am hoping that the word will get out that the Run thru Hell is back and we can double that total next year!
I got to the race location 2 hours before the start. I had assumed I would need to help set up or hand out registration packets. They didn't need me to do a thing. I was there to be food for the humming bird sized mosquitoes though. Holy moly, these things were awful! I was getting eaten alive. I tried to hard not to use insect repellent, but finally broke down and sprayed myself from the waist down. so instead, they bit my face. I had 3 very large welts on my forehead and side of my face. Guess that is what happens on a damp morning out in the country!
3 runners from my gym were running this race as well. We met up at the start line, waited for the gun to sound and off we went. I took off on my own. I may run with them during the week, but I like to race alone. My goal was to finish in 1:15, which would be a 7:30 pace. This course sticks to mostly dirt and gravel roads with lots and lots of hills. Definitely a great work out! I kept leap frogging this younger woman. She would kick my ass on the up hill but I passed her every time on the down hill and flat ground. About 2 miles left to go, she passed me one last time and I never did catch her. I tried. Afterwards I thanked her for the push. I ended up crossing the finish line in 1:17:05 with a 7:43 pace. Good enough for a 3rd place finish in my age group but 2 minutes off my goal. I looked up the results of the woman I ran with and she finished in 1:17:10. So although I had not caught her in the end, I ran the course 5 seconds faster. Feels good to know this 32 (almost 33) year old body can take on a young woman who is 23 years old!
AG place; 3rd/22