Thirty years after my first “men’s pie”, this year my goals were (1) to be healthy enough to race it (2) fast enough to get a pie and (3) stretch goal to run under 33 minutes for a young men’s pie. Yes, “men’s pie” sounds funny… here’s the translation:
General (Students and graduates prior to their 25th reunion – Class of ’88 or younger)
Females 40 minutes / Males 33 minutes
Masters (Graduates beyond their 25th reunion – Class of ’87 and prior)
Females 45 minutes / Males 38 minutes
I graduated class of ’84, so technically I was allowed additional 5 minutes (masters), but I really wanted to hit the fastest time necessary for a pie (33 min), just like 30 years ago.
Race day temperature was warm for this time of year (60’s in Concord) but perfect for running and enjoying being outside on campus. Pre-race nerves, even though there wasn’t huge pressure. Noticed fresh apple pie scent as I climbed the steps inside the gym… here’s a video about making the pies! My ’84 classmate, Marggie Slichter, is the cute blonde near the beginning, talking about the pies. And here’s a video from the 2010 Pie Race.
Being uncertain how Newton shoes would be for grass and x-c trail section, I covered those sections during 20 minute warm up. Fortunately, Newtons were fine. We lined up on the field in front of the gym and the headmaster fired the gun. The kids went out really fast! The video at the start, I look like I’m almost last 😉 I wound up 62 of 311, so passed a lot of people.
Maintained a strong, even pace, and I was ready when we hit the trails. I was near some boys who were also shooting for pie time and I actually nimbly handled the rocks, roots, inclines really well, total focus, arms everywhere!
Several times on trail portion I was in a position to pass and I was so impressed to hear the boys yelling to each other “let her through!” One boy called out what we needed to run the last mile for pie, losing another dude who apparently stopped to throw up, and several strategizing to “kick at Tron” (they still call Overtoun dorm “Tron!”) Surges, I’d stay with them, but I didn’t wait until Tron to kick. I saw another alum and went after him, passing him at the chapel. Rounded near Tron, straightaway by gym and kept strong to glimpse the clock, 31 minutes!!! Thrilled !! It would be a young men’s pie!! Hit my watch at 31:07!!! Safely ahead of my stretch goal to be under 33… young men’s pie!!!
We stumbled through the finish chute all congratulating each other, attached placement stickers to board and making our way to the pies. Proudly, pie winners cradled their prizes as runners continued coming in. Alum friend and running talent Ellen McCurtin was right behind me. I carefully transported a couple waters, an apple and my pie to the car before my 15 minute warm down.
Here’s a link to school website with race write-up and Full results which were published a few days later (they apologized for the delay in posting, explaining “it is an antique timing machine that we use. Very functional but the data conversion takes a while.”)
And, I received email confirmation that I was first female master!!! woot woot!!!!