Know Your Pace Race

Today, we did a race where finishing first meant nothing and guessing right meant everything. What kind of event was it? Well, it is called the Know Your Pace Race, and it is the only other race permitted on the famous 4.748 mile long Manchester Road Race course. Hosted by the Silk City Striders running club, the race is to see who can run closest to their estimated finishing time. Whether you run fast or slow, you have the same chance to win. Watches, iPods, and GPS’s are banned. You have to right down your estimated finishing time on your race application and then go out and run.

The winner was our friend, John Collins, Jr., who ran :06 faster than his estimate of 32:32. The real race is on Thanksgiving Day, so unless you were racing for one of the coveted seeding cards, you were taking it easy today and just trying to run your pace. John scored some nice home-baked brownies. All of the winner’s took home-baked goods. Barbara Dell was second at :07 seconds off, and Manny Madalena was third at :08 off. Full results here.

Debbie and I ran with the kids. Since our Chariot CX-2 hasn’t arrived yet, we were forced to use two jog strollers. We ran together and we were way off in our estimate. We thought we would run 53:00 and we were more than 11:00 minutes faster than that. Oh well! Our guess put us third from last, which is kind of funny. Fortunately, the rest of the races we run favor the fleet of feet!

An even 100 people ran the course today. There were dozens of other folks out “training” in advance of Turkey Day. 100 runners heading up Highland Street, adorned in reflective orange vests (for safety on a busy Saturday morning) was a cool site. On Thursday, there will be more than 10,000 runners on the course…but no cars.

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