Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Miracle Miles 5k (Race Report)

What has quickly become a Memorial Day morning tradition for local runners, the Memorial Miracle Miles 5k, which benefits the Children's Miracle Network, returned again for 2016. As always, the event took place on the rolling, grassy trails and many foot bridges of the Satterlee Creek Environmental Center in Litchfied Township, which is just across the Susquehanna river from Sayre Pa. I've run the race all three years that its been held, and plan to continue the tradition as long as I am able.

I did not run well on Saturday in the Pound the Ground For Ultrasound 10k (race report) and had little expectation that today's shorter, faster run would be any different. Much to my surprise (and delight), a half mile or so after a conservative start, things began to click and I found myself moving up the field in route to a 23:56 9th place finish, which was good enough for 2nd in age group and a great local prize (16 oz of local Raw Honey that will go great in my next home brew).

The real thrill of the day was seeing so many young runners out on the trails, especially the 8 year old with impeccable form who out kicked me to the finish.

Nothing like a little sunshine, trails, charity, running and good folks to cleanse the spirit. I'm ready for the new week.

Recent Race Reports
Carantouan Cloverleaf 4k (2016)
Jean & Pete Memorial (2016)
Hyner View Trail Challenge 25k (2016)
Chief Wetona Challenge Half (2016)
World's End Ultramarathon 50k (2016)
Pound The Ground For Ultrasound 10k (2016)

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