Saturday, July 30, 2011
Moonlight Madness 5K
I've done this race three times before, in 2008, 2009 and 2010, which I think is all the times it's been run. The first two years it ran in December, when it was actually dark out in the evening. Last year they switched it to July, and the race started while it was light and ended at dusk or just after, depending on your speed. Most of those first three races, the moon was covered by clouds, but peeked out for an appearance now and then. This year, though, they chose a date for the race that was only one day away from a new moon - so there wasn't much more than a silver.
To add to the "Madness", some of the front runners got themselves off course. As they came past the start line area on the way up the hill, a few people peeled off to the right instead of continuing on the path straight up the hill. As I came by that point, paced by Chris, somebody yelled at us to "Go straight up the hill." Of course, it wasn't at all apparent what they meant by that. Really wish there had been some better signage there. Since I had run the course before, though, I just stayed on the path I knew and ended up running exactly 3.1 miles. When I got home, I compared my watch data to the courses from previous years, and it looks to me like I ran the exact same route.
We bailed out of the zoo that the finish pavilion turned into, with everyone huddling out of the rain, and came back to my house for a Team Library Dork beer tasting and pizza. The results got posted at Active.com pretty quickly, and I see that after all the mess, they have me as 10th overall in the 5K, and winning my age group. (And finishing right behind 1st female, my usual spot.) Dave toughed it out for a strong, soggy finish too.
Wonder if they'll get around to sending out awards to people who didn't stick around in the rain after the race?