Saturday, August 2, 2008

2008 Kingston Volunteer Fireman's 5 Miler

This morning was the third race for me this week as I ran up in Kingston, NH at the Fireman's 5 Miler (results). This was my 24th race of 2008 but only my 2nd 5 miler. There are actually 2 races that go off at the same time (just about 300 yards apart from each other)...a 5K and a 5M. The 5k is actually more of a trail race with some road at the beginning and end. The 5 Miler is rolly and somewhat slow....but its all on nice back country roads around town and through neighborhoods. Lots of shade but unfortunately today, lots of humidity. This race is usually very small with around 40-50 runners in the 5 mile (with generally more in the 5k). The mile marker for at least the first mile was way off, as Craig Fram and I went through together at a blistering 4:56. Mile two was a Newburyportesque 5:38...I believe 10:24 through 2..but not with those two splits... Mile 4 was rolly but I kept chuggin at a steady pace...enough to get the win but missing the CR by 8 seconds officially... $50 for the overall, 2 t-shirts, and a $35 gas card for the age group win (yes, they let you double-dip here)... Three bright spots came out of today... 1) Rebounding from the 10 Miler and running this well on a somewhat hilly course felt good. 2) Technically this is my 'old man' PR (over 30) for a 5 miler, by 6 seconds. Again, I've only done 1 other 5 miler this year, and 2 last year (but they were all disasters)... 3) I know I can go under 26:00 with some help... I was able to do 26:16 on a hilly course, running the last 4 miles alone.

5 Mile Splits (26:16 - 5:16 pace):

4:56 (markers had to have been off)
5:38 (again, mile one was off) (10:34)
5:08 (15:43)
5:19 (21:02)
5:11 (26:13)


Stopped my watch after the mat (the race was hand timed) and was at 26:13. They had me officially at 26:16. Generally I get ripped off by 1-2 seconds...this time it was 3...but no matter... I missed the record anyways...maybe next year.


Past 5 Mile winning times (14 year history...incomplete):


2008 - Jim Johnson - Salem, NH - 26:16
2007 - Tim Rider - Dover, NH - 26:08 (CR)
2006 - Patrick Ard - Kingston, NH - 26:45
2005 - Randy McNeill - Epping, NH - 27:29
2004 - Weston Forsblad - Danville, NH - 28:46
2003 - Weston Forsblad - Danville, NH - 29:40
2002 - ?????
2001 - Craig Fram - Plaistow, NH - 26:24
2000 - Jim Van Cleave - Jacksonville, FL - 29:14
1999 - Ross Huntington - Hampstead, NH - 32:08
1998 - ?????
1997 - ?????
1996 - ?????
1995 - ?????


This race was part of Kingston Days, which looked to be a cool little town festival right in the town park in front of the fire station... Too bad the weather wasn't going to be the greatest today.

Now on to Bridge of Flowers next week...ho hum...

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