The Summer Beach 5K & 1 mile race was held Saturday at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian, MS. The race was presented by the Gulf Coast Running Club and included cash prizes for overall winners.
I have run this race a few times in the past years. It is by far the hottest race on my calendar, but always a good time.
The race was a last minute addition for me but I was excited to get out of bed bright and early for my first race in a month.
We finally got a break in the rain that had been blanketing the southeast for three weeks. The temperatures already had a real feel of 90 degrees plus by the time the 5k started at 8:00am.
The competition is tough at this event due to cash prizes so my strategy was just to run as best as I could to earn an age group spot.
The first half mile was pretty crowded and the second half mile was straight into the blazing sun. Even with the crowd and heat I finished my first mile in 7:15.
The temperature was already starting to wear on me into mile 2 and the turnaround. My mile 2 split was 7:49.
The last mile did offer some shade, but I was exhausted. At this point I was by myself on the course. I really had to push myself because all I wanted to do was stop and find a swimming pool to jump into. I toughed it out and finished the 5K in 23:44.
Like I mentioned before, the competition was really tough because the top three finishers won prizes of $150.00, $100.00, and $50.00, respectively. I knew I was nowhere close to the top finishers but I was hoping for an age group award.
I finished 14th overall and 3rd in my age group. Interestingly, the top 15 places seemed to be my age group, 30-34, or high school aged.
Post race refreshments included Domino’s Pizza, fruit, water, and Michelob Ultra Beer.
The overall winners received cash and beach towels and the age group winners received trophies.
It was a fun, but tough, hot summer race. I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and Fall races in the next few weeks.
Next up for me is the Gleaux Run 5K for the American Cancer Society on August 27 at the Mandeville Lakefront. Until next time!