Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2009 Corporate 5K

The finish line around the time I finished - crowded the entire race!

As busy as life has been for me lately (Lately?? Always...but especially lately), I have a couple of running commitments in addition to the races I run. The first is something I have done for the past 6 years - I am captain of my corporate 5K team. In 2003 we started with a humble 8 runners. This year we had a very respectable team of 66 people.

As team captain - I work with a small committee of volunteers to order the tent, order and bring the food and drink, order and distribute team shirts as well as the race provided shirts and numbers. We also set up and tear down before and after the race. I collect the fastest runner scores and turn them in to the race organizers to see how we did against the other companies.

This year's event attracted over 11,000 runners. As you can imagine, the course was crowded for the entire 3.1 miles. Most of a runner's energy is spent dodging around other runners.

I had not been training well lately, so I didn't expect a PR - but I tried to get to 30 min anyway. My first clue that it wasn't going to be my race was my HR monitor reading over 90 bpm while waiting for the start. I pushed and finished in 31:25 with a max HR of 190 bpm. It was fun and my team placed 2nd in our division.

My daughter also ran and completed her 5K in under 40 minutes!


Rural Runner E said...

Sure wish I lived somewhere wehre I could participate in these kinds of activities...i am jealous of the team, of the work, and of the running....please, enjoy some for me. I will live vicarously (sp?) through you....LOL.

Tammy said...

Way to go, I love the idea of teams, I can't begin to imagine 11,000 at a 5K race... Amazing!, I'm glad you all came in 2nd place congrats.

Susan said...

Yay for your daughter! And I am very impressed with how you managed ALL of those people -- wow.

Serious Running: Chris Barber said...

11,000 people in a 5K is a lot. How were you able to get accurate times for all of the runners in your corporate team? With that amount of runners, it seems moot to collect middle of the pack finishers' times because of the time spent dodging each other.

MarathonChris said...

To Serious Running: This is a type of "fun run" so there is no chip timing. People turn in the time on the clock when they cross. Only the times from the folks up front are really worth counting toward our fast time. It took me 4 min to get across the starting line - and I dodged people the entire time.

When folks get back to the tent, they record their time on a table I prepare.

ShirleyPerly said...

Wow, a new venue and an even bigger race turnout! Congrats to your daughter and your team on their accomplishments!!

lizzie lee said...

Nice running with your daughter!