10k: 34:00 35:21
I also won two masters 5000m races on the track, which were frustrating wins, since I arrived at the races really ready to compete and run a fast time, but sadly had no one to run with/against at the same general pace, and instead lapped the entire field in both races (Prefontaine Masters Classic in April and the Portland Masters Classic in June).
|Heading for home and my first ever win in the Rogue River Half Marathon in February.|
With my move to Everett in May, I tried something new, making a once a month attack on the local Forest Park Hill Challenge. With the record standing at 12 completed laps in the 30 minute race window, I managed to equal that 4 out of 5 times and finish 1st, 4 out of 5 times. The one time I did not make 12 laps it was raining and I made a blood sacrifice with a hard fall on the 2nd lap and instead covered 11 laps and came up about 20 meters short of a full 12 that day. My only loss of the season on the hill climb was to a speedy high school stud who went on to represent his team at the state Cross Country meet. As the reigning overall season champ, I've got my work cut out for me next year and already know that a few local runners will be gunning for me in the hill climb.
|Cranking out the laps on a solo 5000m effort in the Prefontaine Masters Classic in Coos Bay in May.|
|Plugging away up a hill in the Yankee Doodle Dash 5k in Everett.|
|Slogging through the mud with my fellow masters runners in the|
Club Northwest orange and blue at Club Cross Country Nationals in Kentucky.
|Gritting my teeth through the pain of a strained achilles to cross the finish line|
at Club Cross Country Nationals in Kentucky in early December.
|Crossing the finish line after not letting down at the finish |
and running down fellow masters runner Neil Olsen in the Pear Blossom 10 miler in Medford.