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Not as much fun as last year since I wasn't able to train for most of the last 5 weeks. Hopefully will get in better shape for the next race.
On the UA campus. Took a lot of effort to get the details of this race. Very low key and not well attended. No age groups. Last male finisher.
I "ran" up the ramps this year. Felt better than yesterday's race. Talked to a couple of SAR members. Award was a movie ticket - whoopie!
Very hot - 2:00PM race. Started in the last 100 but finished (chip time) ahead of 600. Mostly a party atmosphere - got 2 KiltLifters! First race in the Phoenix area.
Very low key event for the men (primary focus was the Be Tucson Women's 5K). Only award was $50 for the man who beat the first woman.
Very cool for Tucson this time of the year. Rain earlier in the day. Wind in my face all the way back - added 1.5 minutes per mile! Only male over 60 in the 10K again this year. No parking at the school this year so I parked over a half mile away at Fry's. Later start this year. Couldn't stick around for my award as I had to drive to Phoenix to pick up Zann at the airport.
Both Dave Mellady and Don Branaman have aged up. Gary Giese is now the one to catch. He beat me by 7 seconds. Great day for a run. Insignificant awards - not worth waiting for.
Took a conservative approach to this trail race. Not many rocks in the trails but lots of sand. Had hoped for a faster time but once I saw the course, my 12 minute pace was as good as I could do.
Very tough run - had to walk the last half mile going up and the last 100 feet of the last hill coming down. I'm not "mountain man" qualified yet!
Another race mostly in the desert. I have no endurance except on flat, solid ground. Bill Hill was first by about a minute and Don Branaman was about 30 seconds ahead.
First Cinco de Mayo race! Challenging course (some long grades). Able to break 60 minutes. Beat Don Branaman and Bill Hill this time.
Reid Park - flat and on streets. Had hoped for under 9 minute pace but could only manage about 9:15.
Downtown Tucson - RRCA National Championship. Parking was easy ($5). Explored downtown area, found Maynard's Marketplace. Awards took way too long.
First 6:30 AM race. About an hour away. Light traffic so no problems. Unexpectedly mild temperature and overcast skies. Decent parking. Very low key awards. Asphalt path and partial trails - best mile was the last.
Earliest time ever for a race - 5:05 AM. The sun was just peeking over the Tucson Mountains at the start. Seemed like the course was uphill the whole way but we ended at the starting line. Had the great surprise of meeting Betty Funkhouser's sister Patty Sommers and her husband before the race.
Second 6:30 AM race. About an hour away. Light traffic so no problems. Unexpectedly mild temperature - 67° at SaddleBrooke Blvd on the way south. No logistics issues. Interesting run through a pecan orchard - bought a pecan pie to take home!
Only 35 minutes away at Rillito Park Race Track. Low key event - good cotton shirt. Soccer fields were in the middle of the race track and Tucson soccer clubs were having a breakfast followed by a couple of meets. Lots of kids in the run. 2/3 of race on dirt.
Arrived early (5:00 AM) because of parking issues. Very congested starting area due to chip pickup for half the runners. One of the toughest races I have ever run. Up and down hills the entire route. Walked on several occasions. Did manage to get 2nd place plus 2nd place in Grand Prix.
I was given the wrong award (1st instead of 2nd) and it was dated a week earlier than the race. Large medal but only touting "Everyone Runs" - the organizer of the race.
On the UA campus. Easy parking in the Cherry St garage. Best pace in awhile. I passed Gary around 1 mile and then he "sprinted" past me with a half mile to go.
At Buckelew Farm 20+ miles west of Tucson on Ajo Hwy. Course distance was not even close, poor awards and refreshments - think hard about doing this one next year.
Downtown Tucson start. Parking was easy - meters are free on the weekend. First 1st place finish in a SAR Grand Prix Race. Tough run up and down A-Mountain. Finished within my 15 minute window. Very rough streets for the first 3 miles.
Another hilly course! Very low key but easy to get to for me. Shirts have print of original painting by a local artist (much like the Gallery Gallop back in Gary IN). Beat Gary Giese and also for the first time Paul Robillia. One of the hottest days for this race.
Very low key event along the Canyon del Oro River Wash. 2nd behind Dennis Brewer. No age group awards.
Slightly less than an hours drive. Nice shirt, finisher award and Mexican breakfast. Course has a few inclines that slowed me down but still a minute a mile faster than the A-Mountain half. 2nd in 70-74. Dennis was about 15 minutes ahead of me!
Low key event (cheap too) with tech shirt. No awards and minimal refreshments. Easy to get to with ample parking at Sliverbell Park. Saw Earl Evans for the first time in several years.
Reid Park - European style cross country. Two water jumps and 4 hay bales on each of two loops. Made it over the water without getting wet and over the bales without tripping. Gary had a terrific race - was over 3 minutes ahead.
Thought this would be an interesting race. Didn't know that it was a trail race and it rained just a few hours before so it was muddy. Also open to runners with carts and dogs so it was congested. Fortunately the weather cleared by the time of the race and I was overdressed as the sun came out.
Grand Prix Competition
Paul Robillia 1st 400 Points
Gary Giese 2nd 305 Points
Mike Wilson 3rd Place 294 Points