The Gideon Welles 4-Miler at Cedar Hill

Today, our family ran the traditional Hartford Track Club Winter Series Race at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut. I did this race once before, back in 2008. That day, the race was known as the J.P. Morgan 4-Miler at Cedar Hill. The HTC has an annual tradition of naming the race after a different person.

The Race Director advertised this year’s race on the club website with this quote, “This year, I wish to honor Gideon Welles, an editor of the former Hartford Times newspaper and Secretary of the Navy under President Abraham Lincoln. In keeping with tradition, we honor another person who lived in Greater Hartford and whose remains are interred in Cedar Hill.”

The cemetery is quite beautiful. The website boasts that 30,000 people have chosen Cedar Hill as their final resting place since 1864. I wanted to run the race and then get out alive! All of the ponds were frozen and covered with snow, but the roads were clear. I rode my bike to the start from Bolton, and it was a chilly 12 degrees F when I left the house. My feet were OK at the start of the run, but I chose gloves and not mittens for the run. That choice left my hands cold. I pushed the Chariot CX-2, which is a lot harder than the CX-1 that I pushed two years ago. With two kids to deal with, running these races is a bit more challenging now. Debbie continued her comeback and was not far off my pace. I ran 27:38, which is respectable for a winter race with the stroller. Debbie ran 28:28. My 26:15 in 2006 proves that running with one kid is a lot easier than two. The short hills were brutal. We estimated that the load I pushed today was 25-30 pounds heavier. No matter, we had fun and we are looking forward to some of the bigger training races coming up on the schedule.

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