We got there early and hung out in the gym at Stanislaus State University. They had free food and booths with vendors. They had face painting for all pre-registered kids and were selling raffle tickets. The goal was to raise as much money as last year, which was a whopping $25,000.
The 5K started at 9:15. I wasn't sure how much I had in my legs since it was only one week post CTM. I was shooting for 22 minutes.
There was a significant head wind but my legs felt good. I hit the one mile mark but didn't want to look at my watch. I saw the first place girl in front of me and Steve from our running group slightly in front of her. I just kept my sights on them. I started to close the gap as we hit the 2 mile mark. I had the youngster of the run, she looked over her shoulder twice. I finally closed the gap around the 3 mile mark. I came up along side the young girl and congratulated her on a good job, then I passed her and caught up to Steve. I told him to pick it up and sprint in. Just as he started to sprint and I started to sprint, the young girl blew by both of us! She finished in 21:24. Steve finished 21:28 and I finished 21:29.
I was very happy with my run. My legs felt pretty good. I took second female overall and first in age group. The girl who won, was 26 years old and it was her second organized run. I congratulated her on a nice job with an awesome kick at the finish!
Roos and Connor walked the course with an great time of 46:06.
We hung around for awards and the raffle. It was a very fun day.
The total amount raised for this year was $21,400. Not bad for a crappy economy.
Next up: Lake Sonoma 50 mile on Saturday March 28.