2010 Santa’s Run

Today was the Santa’s Run in Glastonbury, Connecticut. I ran it for the 7th time. Debbie joined me at the race. I pushed our daughter in the Chariot CX-1, which was a pleasure compared to pushing both of our kids in the CX-2. It was my last official race of this long season and I’m so glad to be done. The Scrooge Scramble on X-Mas day is just for fun. I’m a bit under the weather, but I wanted to really do this one with our little girl. I wanted to see how hard I could go with the Chariot. I felt lucky to be on the start line and I was proudly wearing number 444, which is very cool since my favorite number is four.

I ended up 1:02 behind my best time on the course (without a jog stroller), which says that I’ve gotten stronger since I first did this race in 1989. I was planning to start in the front row, but opted for a safer approach. I started from a driveway about 100 feet in front of the start line. I pulled out when the gun went off and grabbed the holeshot. I came close to catching my nemesis (Todd Brown) on the final climb. We have a fun rivalry. He has been handicapped by injury and I had the stroller, so it was a fair battle today. If the race didn’t finish on a big uphill, I might have had a shot at him, but he pulled away and got me by four seconds, and is probably much happier tonight.

Debbie had a good run, again dressed as an angel, and finished second in her age group. She isn’t much of a road runner, but she gave it a go. Both of us are happy to get off the roads for now. It is fun to do the Manchester Road Race and Santa’s Run as the season is winding down.

This race has an absolute crazy start. They pack more than 1,300 people onto a narrow road that points downhill. There are high curbs on both sides. It is tradition for a bunch of little kids (that’s right, kids) to start in the front row. It is like the running of the bulls. Every year, I wonder why someone doesn’t get trampled and seriously injured. It is like the World Championship of Glastonbury or something. The only start that I do that is as chaotic as this one, is The Great Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon, and that is a mass start on road bikes with 500 riders.

It was great to see so many runner friends in the holiday spirit. I’m ready to just chill out now.

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