I was very excited leading up to this race for several reasons. First of all, this was my first 5k ever just one year ago. I was looking forward to enjoying the race that started this lifestyle. Secondly, this is the only 5k on my schedule due to 3 back to back marathons on the horizon. Finally, I was set to run fast, push 20:00 on the clock and PR.
I started the race strong and kept up with the lead pack, pushing a solid 6:30/mile pace heading into the last half mile of the race. Coming around the corner of a building racers in front of me went two different directions! Some turned left, some right. I called out across the course to officials asking which way to go and was directed right then around a loop and across a sidewalk to the finish. Clocking an overall finish time of 18:25… for a 2.72 mile run! I was furious to say the least. I put forth a lot of effort and training only to have it washed away by poor organization and race officials and volunteers who were not in agreement. After the first 10-15 runners came through the chute the race organizers fixed the problem for the rest of the field, but we were put out in a bad way. The 18:25 official finish time put me first in my age group and third overall. I was given a medal that I would have more than likely won anyway, but soiled none the less. I emailed the race director after crossing the finish… no response.
On the bright side following the race Anna & I made the trip to Cleveland for a Delta State football game and visiting with old friends. A great way to fix a spoiled morning.
Full race results can be found below