What a beautiful morning, and day it was today! It was so nice to wake up race day and have the sun shining and dry streets. The last several of my races all seem to have been in the rain. A nice change to know that the weather wasn't going to be a factor in today's race.
The start of the race at lumberman's arch in Stanley Park saw a small hill at about the 200m mark, and other than that, it was a pretty fast and flat course. This run is part of the timex series of races that has some great races and equally great organization.
The start was narrow as you can tell here:
I placed myself in a good position so as not to be impeded by others, and made my way to the 1K point in 3:34, which was the k with the most turns and grade. I hit the 1 mile point in 5:39 as there was someone there yelling out the time, which was nice. 2K was written on the sidewalk and passed in 7:01, and that was the last time I was to look at my watch till the finish. I finished with a new PB of 17:45 and was happy that I ran hard, and took things to the edges today. The last k was hard, and I found I had little kick for the final stretch-- you could see the finish from about 800m away, as you rounded the light-house at Brockton Point. I finished with little left; it was a very satisfying race.
Graham C. was dominant winning the race, and Patrick finished in 6th; our little city was well represented with two in the top ten, and a total of 6 athletes running (Tyler, Lorne, and Lisa). Our city hauled in 3 medals in total, but zero random prizes (I really was hoping for a gift certificate or watch). Oh well, next time. Best of all was the post-race lunch afterwards at the Sylvia hotel with a great view of English Bay.
17:45 (21st over-all, 4th in age category)
Race results here