Sunday, October 12, 2008
R.I.T. Brick city 5K -Oct 12
O.K. -admittedly, this wasn't the first race I would pick this weekend (Staten island 1/2 or great train race to name a few would be before) -however, I was thrilled when i read that R.I.T had an on-campus 5K Sunday morning of parents/homecoming weekend.This was the 3rd annual 5K, and this beautiful morning brought out 200 runners! A mix of parents, students, alumni and townspeople. We arrived on campus about 9:15, and as luck would have it, the race started right under Andrew's dorm, He didn't have too far to walk to see his mom and grandparents. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out a $20 bill and they said the race was free! Plus, we got nice grey t-shirts (no orange -the school colors are orange and brown) an they had an extra for andrew. The boys x-country team was volunteering on course, and the girls' team was away at a meet.
I felt good, but decided I wouldn't kill myself -just run easy. At the start, I had a chat with a local couple who had run part of the Canandagua 50K the day before!!
They announced that they would have prizes for first student, non-student and alumni; male and female. OK, good -I decided to try for first non-student. I started slowly, and pulled ahead of about 5 women -first mile 6:45...kept pushing and passed 2 more women (both young)..second mile 6:50?? Beautiful course through the quarter-mile walk and the quad, and then last mile very fast around the outside of campus --as I was finishing, someone said 'first woman' --the clock said 21:09, so I was pleased.
My parents were waiting and confirmed that I was indeed first! The irony of it. The first boys, they said, finished in 16 minutes! My parents then took andrew to the book store while I jogged 2 miles and came back -my prize was a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. We said goodbye to andrew and hit the road... I changed clothes in the car and when we stopped for coffee and gas in Binghamton, i did the driving...
hard to believe as I write this that we were at R.I.T this morning! Oh, and Hank did a 14 mile hike this weekend but doesn't want me to mention him in my blog:)