Friday, June 22, 2007

St. Andrews Father's Day Race - race director's cut

Sunday, June 17th, 2007 was mostly one big blur. When you are co-race director, even in a small one like this with only about 100 people entered there are so many small details that keep you distracted and the whole thing just flashes by.

We had a perfect St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea day. Sunshine, mild temperatures, light breeze and lots of happy smiling faces.

The 1.5 mile kids lined up. Isn't that little guy so cute? They all managed to complete the distance in very impressive style. One little girl was late for the start and then ran it with her Dad and submitted the time after. She was very disappointed to miss her start but happy to participate.

And they're off! I love the way kids can run so freely.

Their effort and determination was amazing to see. The overall winner was not the older kid too. The results are here on the RunNB website.

Next up were the big people, no less intent and determined but still smiling and happy.

Here's a great artistic shot by my co-director showing off a runner and the Algonquin resort hotel which was also one of our larger sponsors.

A scenic shot around the 1/2 way mark. Remember this race is run entirely inside the town of St. Andrews.

A shot down the 'Back' Street just seconds after the race start. Did I say it was a perfect day? Except maybe for the fact that I didn't get to run it. Maybe another year but I found it was too much the one year that I tried to do both. Just have to grin and bear it; besides it's a little giving back to the race community that I like to do.

Race wise we had no glitches at all. It was a good race but the overall leaders separated quickly and were more or less decided after the 2nd mile. The 5 mile results are here and the winning time of 26:46 was quite impressive but well off the course record of 25:33 (amazing with the crazy hills we have in the middle). We took a ton of pictures and they are also posted on the RunNB website. The timing and race results were all available within 1/2 hour of the last finisher using our old manual system of recording times and then entering them in a computer. We had a ton of prizes and lots of trophies and ribbons with most everyone going away with something of value.

It was a great day but I was glad it was done. I took some time later in the day to get my run in but was too late to do a long run. More on that later. Have a good week!


Jamie Anderson said...

Very cool. You live in a beautiful area! Looks like a great time and a great way to celebrate running.

Michael said...

Congratulations on what looks like a great race, well done!

Dawn - Pink Chick Tris said...

Congrats on a great job Mike!

Thomas said...

Cool stuff, and a fantastic way of giving something back to the running community, I agree.

Looks like a good time was had by all.

Olga said...

Great job on RD'ng, and congrats on your daughter's acceptance!!

Phil said...

Great race mr. Director. The only thing that confused me was the folks with the poles in the last shot ... folks in training for cross country skiing?

Great job again. You've got more courage than me. Congrats to your daughter in her acceptance into Vet school. I know she must have been anxious.

Mark Bell said...

Cool shot of the Algonquin and nice job putting on the race. It looked like a well run effort.