Monthly Archives: September 2011

Race Recap, Runners Point of View

September 20, 2011

It’s always interesting to hear how the event went from the eyes of a participant. We had some great feed back from the fans, and cheer crowds that gathered throughout the course; but our main goal was to give the runners a personal best time peppered with an experience that will want them to anticipate next years’ event.

We recently found this re-cap from Jeff Rowell, a Rock The Road 10K participant, but also an active social blogger.

You can read the full story on his blog – Radical Running.

“The section along Regent Street flew by and in no time I was cruising down the hill on William at Cowbell Curve and the 5K mark. Runners Feed Coach Guy Shultz was standing in front of the race clock, he looked at me, then back at the clock and incredulously back at me. The clock showed elapsed time of around 21:30 (my watch was 21:19). I had just PB’d my 5K time by over 20 seconds!

After a quick high five with the police officer controlling traffic at Adelaide and Fanshawe, it was time to push in the last two kilometers. I could see a runner in front of me who I guessed was in my age group. As I was trying to close the 100 meter gap, he surged up a bit of an incline. I pressed but didn’t have enough left, kilometers eight and nine were my slowest. I couldn’t close the gap until we got within 500 meters of the finish. Narrowing the gap to less than 50 meters I opened it up for the finish. Leaving that final surge just a bit too late to account for the double-turn jig-jog in to the finish I wound up 3 seconds behind my quarry and fourth in my Age Group.”

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