This was the fifth annual Blair Elite Downtown Mile race in Blair, Nebraska. I got an email from the Omaha Running Club that they were going to be nice enough to allow community entrants into the race - normally it is invite-only. I had never done a mile race before and it was only $10 so I thought - why not? I didn't practice 200 meter repeats, or go to a track for workouts or anything... just thought I would wing it.
We all rode a bus from the YMCA to the start line, did some warmups and ran the course once (twice for some people). We waited around a bit more and it got hotter and hotter... for some reason they have the race a little after noon in JUNE when the temperature is close to 90 degrees.
Then we finally lined up at the start and the gun went off:
I ran pretty much as hard as I could - I saved a little for the end though. Got passed at the last second (literally) by a high school kid - you can see me laughing in the picture. He sure snuck up on me - I had passed him about 300 meters before that. Oh well. Congrats to him. Ended up third place - 5:09:44.
I wish I had known that the community registrants weren't eligible for awards - there were some people there that ended up getting money and two awards. At least I got some pizza!
BLAIR MILE June 12, 2010 - Blair, NE Community Mile Results Place Sex/Tot Name City Age Sex Time ===== ======== ============================ =================== === === ======== 1 1/7 Kevin Bane Oakland IA 22 M 4:44.07 2 2/7 Mitchell Martin Milford NE 15 M 5:09.32 3 3/7 Nicholas Hanson Blair NE 27 M 5:09.44 4 4/7 Kyle Hoggi Milford NE 15 M 5:25.09 5 5/7 Sean Fredricksen Milford NE 14 M 5:25.11 6 1/5 Bryli Troyer Milford NE 14 F 5:58.68 7 2/5 Michelle Hall Omaha NE 18 F 5:58.82 8 3/5 Allison Spath Milford NE 16 F 6:02.81 9 6/7 Jared Bledsoe Blair NE 10 M 6:08.08 10 7/7 Ryan Dibben Blair NE 18 M 6:20.00 11 4/5 Brittany Gropp Milford NE 14 F 6:26.76 12 5/5 Maria Bledsoe Blair NE 45 F 6:46.48