Gulf Coast Classic 2015
The 37th annual Gulf Coast Classic was set for Saturday April 18. With the monsoon drenching our area all week and continuing Saturday morning, the race was postponed until Sunday.
I did not plan to run this weekend but since I was up at 5:30am anyway Sunday morning I decided to make the drive to Pass Christian, MS.
The race was held at War Memorial Park on the beach front. The 10K course and the new 5K course took runners out and back along the beach front.
Since I did not pre-register I had to decide between the 5K and 10K about fifteen minutes before the start. I saw the top three finishers for the 10K received prize money so I went for the 10K.
I spent the first mile in 4th place trying to stay pace with the top three females. My 7:15 pace was good, for me, but the top three continued to pull away in the second mile.
As I passed the 1.55 mile turn around for the 5K runners I wished I would have signed up for it instead of the 10K. I would have been in first and this hot and humid race would have been over a lot faster. Oh well, 4.5 miles, to go.
Miles 3 and 4 took us on the beachfront. The scenery and breeze were nice but my pace fell to the 8 minute range.
I was tired and hot and just focused on staying on pace until the finish. I trudged through the last two miles and finished the 10K course in 49:55, 5th overall.
The post race festivities included water, Gatorade, Michelob Ultra, fruit, and Domino’s Pizza.
The 5K awards were held first, followed by the Senior Olympics awards, and concluded with the 10K awards. The cash awards for the top three were impressive: $250, $150, and $100. I did not win any money but I did win a trophy for 1st in the 30-34 age group.
It was a beautiful day and another great race presented by the Gulf Coast Running Club.