As we all know, there are NO TIME OUTS in running, so before I lose track of where I’ve been and where I’m going, I’ll continue on my merry way, so please forgive my indiscretion if I seemed to lose my train of thought for a day or two.
Actually, things are starting to get interesting for the first time in a while. After almost two years of pain-free running over which time I’ve never missed a race because of injury, it’s looking like Race #97 won’t happen as scheduled, but I’ll talk about that in a later post.
Morganton’s Athletic Quilt Street Light 5k is a race I had heard quite a few people talk about as one of their favorites. I’m not a huge fan of the nighttime races since I don’t like running in the dark and it seems to mess up my running schedule, but this looked like our best option for the week and except for it being a rainy night in Morganton it turned out to be an enjoyable experience. Linda and I both finished in 1st place in our age groups and I won $50 in cash in a drawing after the awards. That’s something this race does that makes it stand out from other races. Each year part of the money taken in for the race is given back to the runners. To encourage people to hang around for the awards, the drawing is held after the awards are given out. I’m not sure if it changes from year to year, but this time around they drew six names who each received $50 in cash and also picked two winners who won $100 each, giving back to the runners a total of $500. Great idea, and it attracted more than 400 runners to this small Burke County town.
A couple days before the race I had to cut one of my training runs short because of a nagging knee pain that was developing, but during the race I felt fine, at least as far as my knee was concerned. My time was 21:48, which is maybe 15-30 seconds slower than I have been running lately, but I won my age group and the trophies were really great! My good buddy Michele Hoheiser, that speedy and loquacious Lolita from Long Island, surprised me by finishing just 1 second behind me and finished as 3rd female overall. I have a feeling that next time I’ll be chasing her. The overall top 3 as well as the Masters winners received really nice plaques instead of trophies.
With the race beginning at 9:30 at night and about 75 miles from home, I ended up getting in bed at 2 o’clock in the morning, knowing that I had to get up and meet a couple of friends to run an 18-mile long run at 6:30 on Sunday morning. I didn’t have any problem making it to the Sunday morning run, but a few miles into the run the knee pain that had bothered me a few days earlier came back and over about the next 5 miles I would be in pain for a while then it would get better, then it would happen again. At about 11 miles I had had enough and had to call Linda to come pick me up. As I write this it’s Thursday evening and I’ve already made the decision not to run a race this weekend, and it will be the first time I’ve missed a race because of an injury. Hopefully it will just be a temporary setback and I can get back on the road in the next week or so.
Click Here for Race Results (Partial list of age group winners only. If you know where a link can be found with full results please let me know.)
1 – 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.) 8 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10) 8 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10) 3 – 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10) 7 – 1-10 T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average) 4 – 4/6 Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No) 0 – 0/5 Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No) 4 – 4/6 Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No) 7 – 3/7 Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No) 8 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average) 9 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average) 5 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average) 10 – 0-10 Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups) 0 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided) 5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities 10 – 0-10 Other (Gave $500 back to runners in drawing — I won $50)
TOTAL – 89
The race director, Robert Murray, sent me the following information including full results and age group winners a week or so after the race…
Light rain and somewhat cooler temperatures greeted a record number of runners at the 16th annual Athletic Quilt Streetlight 5K last Friday in Morganton.
The twilight race drew 393 registered runners with 373 finishers.
Matthew Elliott of Green Sea, S.C., led one of the most competitive fields in years across the line in a blistering 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Close behind Elliott was 20-year-old Justin Gragg of Lenoir (15:47).
Former Freedom High and UNC Charlotte standout Josh Baker rounded back into shape with a third-place overall finish and a time of 15:51.
Another former Freedom High runner led the ladies across the finish. Erin McKee, who now resides in Durham, destroyed the field by almost two minutes, with a time of 19:39 in the 3.1 mile race.
Melissa Darling of Granite Falls (21:34) and Michelle Hoheiser of Lincolnton (21:49) placed second and third respectively in the women’s race.
The masters division, consisting of participants age 40 and over, was won by Jeff Larson. The Connelly Springs resident ran a speedy 17:46 to win the group by nearly one minute.
George Patterson of Kings Mountain (18.44) and Bob Heck of Charlotte (19:01) went second and third.
Angi Hendley of Marion (22:34) slipped past Morganton’s Donna Thackwray (22:55) to win the female masters.
Adam Freudenthal of Spartanburg, S.C., ran a time of 15:58 to break the previous record in the 19-24 age male group.
The race also saw its first ever contestant over 80, as Dawson Hunter of Black Mountain finished with a time of 40:00 at age 81.