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.