Monday, July 11, 2011

Bay Days 5 miler Race report

This past July 4th I ran in the Bay Days 5 miler.  I decided to do this race for 2 reasons.  The first was I had heard it was one of the flattest races around.  Second, I had never been to Bay Village and wanted to check it out.  The race was 5 miles in distance and was hosted by the Cleveland West Road Runners Club.  This was my 3rd CWRRC race i've done and they always host a great event.  My only complaint on the first 2 were the lack of a computer timing system.  They did have a timing system at this race and will at future races.

I made my way up too Bay Village the morning of the race and was impressed to see someone riding a S-Works Shiv.  For those of you not familiar with cycling.  S-Works is a high end division of race bike made by Specialized.  You don't see too many S-works around here apart from mine and fellow buddies Jeff and Kent.  I was also impressed by how nice the area was.  The start/finish line was at the highschool and it was nice to have access to an actual rest room before the race versus a port-o-pot.

I made my way over to the start and the race quickly began after the national anthem was played via a trumpet.  As the race began, I established a fairly easy pace.  I had been riding a lot and the legs weren't rested.  The race itself was a winding course through some pleasant neighborhoods.  I was surprised at the amount of support from the town folk.  There were lot of of people on the route cheering us all on.  Even a few people had sprinklers out for us to cool off if we wanted.  Yes, it was hot and a lot more humid than I had anticipated.  At the finish, we completed a lap on the highschool track and that was a nice finish.  As it gave all the people a good opportunity to see everyone finish.  I ended up with a time of 41:55.  Not too bad considering the amount of running and riding I had done the 3 days leading up to the race.  They weren't lying about how flat the course was either.  My garmin showed a total elevation gain of 26 feet!  Now that's flat.

Overall, this was another great event by the CWRRC.  I had a great time at this event and will do it again in the future.  I was also very impressed with the area and how well the supported us runners.



Heather said...

Wow, great pace! Nice work.

Matty O said...

26ft?! ARE YOU SERIOUS??? haha, man, that would be nice.

Nice job man, keep up the good work. Races are great speed workouts. Always nice to have other people around you to push you a little harder.

big-daddy-diesel said...

Wow, 26 feet!! I would love a course like that.

The Maumee Bay tri had a total of 22 feet on a 40k bike, that was nice, though you had to battle the Lake Erie winds

Congrats on the race

mojamala2 said...

Wow, awesome job on the race. It was hot that day so I can't imagine racing 5 miles.

Colleen said...

Holy flat is right - my kind of race! Great job.

Oh... and we just signed up for Akron... we'll see you there!!!