Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Into Action 5K

Well, it's officially spring in Reno. Apparently, this means sleet and slushy snow down here on the valley floor, and snow in the upper elevations - enough that I-80 was actually closed for awhile today.

This didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the runners who made it out to Cottonwood Park in Sparks this morning for the Spring Into Action 5K. At the start, it was barely drizzling, and it increased a little while we were running along the Truckee River. By the time the last people came in, there was actually some slush falling from the sky.



Fortunately, there were some big trees neat the start/finish that provided nice cover. The race organizers (Ryan from Renorunning.com) were thoughtful enough to have a big charcoal fire going in one of the grills, and people gathered around that to warm up a bit. In fact, this was a very well-organized race - got started right on time, great (and accurate) course, good timing system. Kudos to all involved.

Personally, I managed to finish in 20:03, according to my watch. Right in between two fast 14 year-olds, and in fourth overall. Now, I'm not sure if this counts as a PR or not - it's the fastest 5K time I've ever had the timers report, but I did have one race a couple years ago where my watch read faster than that, but the timing system had me way off. And that was a short course, too. I have yet to see "official" timing on today's race, but I'm going to count it as an official PR for now. Not going to treat myself to me traditional PR beer until I break 20:00 for real, though.

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