Northeast Delta Dental Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5k, Wild Rover, Manchester at 10:15. Kilts, Irish music, a Celtic festival with Guinness, Guinness blond, Angry Orchard, bagpipe band, food & drink kiosks, head shave for charity, even a street boxing match put on by Bare Knuckle Murphy’s Boxing Gymnasium. Video
This was the 12th race of 17 in the Millennium Points Chase. Still hanging in there somehow!
Logistics were easy, temperature ideal, related events more fun than I expected. Warming up we even saw the 911 Stairclimb at the Brady-Sullivan building with firefighters climbing 110 floors in full turnout gear/SCBA. Hearing the bell, the American flag hanging from fire truck ladders and watching the firefighters go into the building was moving.
In 2005 when I last ran this race, there were only 233 runners compared to 1060 runners this year.
Millennium Running puts together incredibly high quality races with exceptional details and extras which STILL continue to impress me.
Pre-race, Jim and I warmed up in the downtown, checked out Wadleigh Starr where his wife was starting work the next day and I enjoyed running on familiar Manchester streets. The Elm Street start heading north was visually striking and I felt light and quick during a few pre-race strides. As usual, I tried to catch Greg Audet in the first mile, then Jim Monahan in the second mile, and then reel in anyone I could, particularly women who might be masters. The final shot back down Chestnut Street was nostalgic as part of my old lunchtime route and I focused on the Bridge St traffic light, which didn’t seem to be getting closer. The quick turn to Kosciuszko Street finish is super fun and I gave a strong finish line kick hearing my name being announced by WMUR sports director Jamie Staton. I gathered up with friends and we checked our results at big screens. YAY!!! Surprisingly I was just 14 seconds per mile slower than 10 years ago and pleased being 4th of 206 F masters. (Hey, in 2005 I placed 5th in AG)
Slightest drizzle was no deterrent and after we warmed-down to Verizon Center, the festivity was inviting.
Results link 2015 22:40, 7:18, 4th of 206 Female Masters
Old 2005 Cool-Running Results