Posted by: David Stewart | September 22, 2010

How to win an age group award – Corporate Division

Short version: 3rd lifetime 5K, 2nd AG, 5th Masters male, 15th overall, 21:00 minutes, 6:46 pace per mile, a Personal Record

Intel run finish line

My company hosted a "fun run" today. To me, a fun run is when you just get out and run and nobody cares who wins or loses. But something else is clearly at work here:

  • Chip timing
  • A race expo with such companies as Fit Right Northwest and Pop Chips
  • Technical running shirts
  • Three-deep age group awards and awards for top three men, women and masters

Yeah, that’s not a "fun run." There is a little seriousness here.

So I strategically chose the 5K race rather than the 10K, since I figured the faster runners might want to do the longer race.

 Intel run - aftermath

The race was well attended, and there were plenty of decent runners in the 5K. The setting was the Hillsboro Stadium, and the weather was perfect. I wore my singlet and arm warmers (which Deb calls my "sock puppets") but I could have skipped the arm warmers.

Intel run - Band and finish line

There was a reasonably good band both before the race and for the after-race. So for my own run?  It was OK.

Age group medel, Intel 5K

I actually started thinking at one point that I might actually win the race itself. That is, until the race started. There was just no way I could keep up with the winners, who averaged under a 6 minute mile.

But the second place finisher was in my same age group, so my medal says on the back:

1st Place Male 50-54 5K

Nice. It was a PR for me, but a really flat course. And it’s only my third lifetime 5K race. I would love to finish under 20 minutes at some point, but this would require a full 20 seconds per mile faster. That’s significant.

My battery was dead in my Garmin GPS, so I had no idea how fast I was running during the race.

I’m a little embarrassed to have set a PR, since my training this summer has been pretty bad due to injury. Maybe it bodes well for the marathon in two weeks, also known as "a very long training run"

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Responses

  1. Great Job. It was a fun race. My wife and I both placed in our age groups!
    We have been looking for the results, where did you find them?

  2. Good job, Jarod!

    Results for the 5K are at http://results.racecenter.com/2010/res_e210.htm

    … and the 10K results are at http://results.racecenter.com/2010/res_e110.htm


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