The Dead marathon went until 3 AM, but by 11 PM I had enough and went to sleep. I was briefly awakened by fireworks, just the unofficial type my neighbors conducted. Luckily by the next morning I was all good again. The sore throat remained but that's all. Time for PPTC Harry's Handicap!
In a typical race, everyone starts mostly together. Surely the faster runners are placed in the front so that the slower runners don't get in their way. In a handicap race, the slower runners get to start earlier, with delayed start for the relatively faster ones, based on the pace runners indicate when they register for the race. Sure it is not fair to the faster runners but that's why it's called a handicap race. I think of it as a fun run. As a slow runner, I got to start earlier. I even passed a runner or two then in turn got overtaken by others behind me. One fellow was panting heavily behind me and eventually left me behind, still panting his way to the finish line. I sprinted for the finish but couldn't overtake him. I didn't look at my time on the official clock and my Garmin wasn't started right at the time when I started. Without looking up the official time, I'll just go with my Garmin time of 32 minutes for a 5.3K distance. It's a fun run, that's all, something to kickstart the new year.
|Thanks go to my new, good friend Patty C for taking photos at the event.|
|I picked up a bunch of PPTC clothes after the event, at discounted prices, I will be all red at the next race.|
|Medals for all finishers, which technically means everyone, the course is only a little over 3 miles.|