Race 8: Brazen Racing Hellyer County Park 10k

We started this fundraiser seventeen days ago, and fifty-three people have helped us reach $6,150 for the GBS/CIDP Foundation.

Working up a small hill at the Hellyer 10k
Working up a small hill at the Hellyer 10k

It’s an amazing start and they’re amazing people — but we’ve still got a long way to go to get to our goal of $52,000 in 2015. I’d be thrilled if you’d join in donating — just head over to http://igg.me/at/fiftytwofives and then give us a Like over at http://facebook.com/fiftytwofives.

Race medals and bibs. The Hellyer bib is in the middle at the top, number 2862.
Race medals and bibs. The Hellyer bib is in the middle at the top, number 2862.

Today’s race was the Brazen Racing Hellyer 10k. It was time to step up from the 5ks to a 10k, and see what we could do. It turns out that the 10k distance is pretty competitive — I came 21st overall with a time of 46:46, and that only got me 5th place in my age group. My speedy wife Selina came 1st in her age group, and 5th overall in the women’s division.

The Hellyer 10k. A lap around the lake, and then an out-and-back on the paved trail
The Hellyer 10k. A lap around the lake, and then an out-and-back on the paved trail

While Brazen Racing is best known for their trail runs, this was a flat and fast run on a shared walking and cycling paved trail. The race starts with a lap around a small lake, and then it’s an out-and-back on the paved trail for the remaining five miles. The last mile and half was a little crazy — I was cranking along passing tens of the 5k runners who were mid-pack, and dodging hundreds of the back-of-the-pack 5k runners coming the other way. Kind of like playing chicken, except I weigh more than a chicken and I’m racing like a NASCAR truck.

All up, a fun race and it felt good. I can’t decide whether or not to race tomorrow. Let’s see how the legs feel in the morning.

I’ll update the post with photos when they’re published.

 

 

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