Summer Beach 5K

August 10, 2016 | Comment

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post race refreshments included Domino’s Pizza, fruit, water, and Michelob Ultra Beer.

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The overall winners received cash and beach towels and the age group winners received trophies.

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It was a fun, but tough, hot summer race. I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and Fall races in the next few weeks.

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Next up for me is the Gleaux Run 5K for the American Cancer Society on August 27 at the Mandeville Lakefront. Until next time!

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