Sunday, September 7, 2003

Bank to Bay 10K Tacoma

I don't think I have ever actually been to downtown Tacoma. This race is supposed to showcase the downtown renewal and raise funds for the public schools. Sponsored by Keybank and others we will start "downtown", which is really uphill from the bay. So this race will be downhill to start, flat along the water, then uphill to the finish. Weather is cool, but no rain.
Start - Lots of runners here. I was not expecting such a big event.
Mile 2 - Nice run down the hill and onto Ruston Way where I have driven before.
Mile 3.1 - Turn around at Puget Creek. The creek is underneath a very long culvert here and not visible.
Mile 4 - It has been a good race so far, but now I am tiring and I dread the hill to come.
Mile 5 - Going up the hill, I feel like I am running in slow motion. The 5K race started 30 minutes after the 10K and the leaders of the 5K are zooming past me.
Mile 6.2 - Hit the flats and picked up the speed for the finish. Pleased with time. Stayed for some great raffles, but with so many runners I had little chance of winning.
190th of 645

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