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Salt Lake Track Club Winter 15K

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Salt Lake City,UT,USA

Member Since:

Sep 25, 2007



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

All running accomplishments are Post Teenage Years:

17:06 5K--Murray 2014

16:58 5K (aided)--Running of the Leopards 2010

34:41--10K Deseret News 2018 (aided)

1:16--(aided) Hobble Creek Half 2009

2:43--St. George Marathon 2012

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 2:50 Ogden Marathon

Sub 17:00 at Draper 5K

Long-Term Running Goals:

Sub 2:40 Marathon



Married to Elizabeth (she got me running in 2003). We have three boys, Lucas (12) , Sam (8) and Ollie (5).

Many years ago, I read that the AVERAGE male is capable of a 2:40 marathon.  I decided to test that theory.  I began running in 2003 with Top of Utah as my first marathon (4:24).  I need 3 more minutes.

"Life is short...running makes it seem longer."--Baron Hansen

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Race: Salt Lake Track Club Winter 15K (9.32 Miles) 00:56:18, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

Last race of the Winter series. Finished 4th master overall (1st age). Series awards bumps so Master 1 and 2 moved to overall winners (1 and 3) and I became 2nd Master (awarded a running jacket). 

My fitness level is close to a few other master runners at the series (Chad, Sasha and Dennis). I was able to stay ahead of Sasha and Dennis for the 5K and 10K, but both are much better distance runners and easily beat me in half and full marathons., so I knew the 15K would be very close. 

Mile 1: 5:56. Sasha was running with Chad and both took off very quickly. I followed Bill who measured/certified the course. Sasha and Chad were already several seconds in front

Mile 2: 5:58. Running with Dennis and a few other younger runners. Sasha and Chad extending their lead

Mile 3: 5:56. Still running with Dennis and Sasha/Chad extending their lead

Mile 4: 6:02. This mile was easier, but Dennis had surged ahead and Sasha had lost contact with Chad, so Dennis was going to catch and run with him

Mile 5: 6:03. Dennis and Sasha running together 6 seconds ahead. Chad was almost 30 seconds ahead

Mile 6: 5:58. Caught up to Dennis and Sasha and envisioned a finish line sprint

Mile 7: 6:11. The pack slowed down and we caught another runner. It also appeared that we were gaining ground on Chad. I was disappointed in this mile, but once we caught up to the younger runner, Jon he began running harder and speeding up the pack

Mile 8: 6:04. Our little masters pack started to break up some as I went with Jon

Mile 9: 6:03. Jon put in a good surge to gap me by 10+ seconds, but I was still racing Sasha and Dennis who were just a few seconds behind

Mile 9.33: 2:00/5:45 pace. Ran hard the last 0.3 in an attempt to hold off Sasha and catch Jon. Jon crossed several seconds before me and then a few seconds later Sasha then Dennis. 

Planter's Peanut man was at the finish giving out high fives--funny. It was a good race for me and a 15K PR thanks to Sasha and Dennis. Chad easily won 3rd master (beating me by 32 seconds, but I didn't lose any time on him the 2nd half of the course), with Melchor 2nd master at 52:19 and Teren 1st master and overall at 49:56. It is hard to believe that Melchor ran almost my exact same time last year and improved by 4 minutes! I helped out at the 15K awards while the MC prepared the series winners. Lots of 80%+ age grade finishers this year. 

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