What: 26th Delaware Classic Distance 15k
When: 5.10.2008, 8.30am
Where: Frawley Stadium, Wilmington Riverfront, Delaware, USA
Result: 1:21:35, Overall 149/248, 5th in 25-29 F age group
More info: races2run
Complete result: http://www.races2run.com/HallofFamefastestrunners.htm
It is my new experience to participate a local road race in foreign land. The weather is cool at Wilmington, the race has to start as late as possible to get warm from the sunshine. I was there early to register on race day, paid $25 registration and got a T-shirt. The t-shirt is the only souvenier I got from the race, there is no medal for finisher :(
Although weather is as low as 18 degree celsius, most runners wore the running vest and short, so were I. The day was clear, sun was right top but weather still cool. Water served also chilled and made my lips freezing and nose sneezing, haha... The distance markers were writing in miles, so I have to do a bit calculation how many miles is equal to 15k.
I was suprise there are many veteran runners and they are strong. I was really slow and I could feel I was running weak. It has been a long time I din do such a 'long' distance. It was really exhausted, but I'm quite happy with my result in such form, I thought I would do worse. But I were to do a bit harder or if I were in my top performance, I would be in top 3 of my age group and bring back a plate, but too bad, I was late by 1 minute.
Overall the race is well organised, with traffic control (in fact not heavy traffic there), live road marshalls and they talk, simple but healthy after race refreshment. Good run indeed!