The third race of the Varsity Sports Summer Series was held yesterday at Varsity Sports Mandeville. The theme for the event was the “Shirtless Shakedown” and was presented by Newton. Many of the men went sans shirt and the women donned variations of sport bra tops.
My co-workers and I reported for duty at 5:00am yesterday but somehow I talked them into running the race with me when our shift ended at 5:00pm. Talk about some tough guys and gals. This is the third race “Team Mandeville Police” has participated in since May.
Luckily for the runners the rain cleared up and the temperatures were not as hot as usual…….but that humidity…ouch. The kids half mile race started at 6:15 followed by the 2 mile at 6:30.
I was determined to beat my time from two weeks ago, 14:51. I was pretty confident I could since I ran that race in the rain and while still battling food poisoning.
I started out at a 6:30 pace and tried to keep up with the super fast high school girls. Well that didn’t last long. I finished mile one in 7:03. I eased up on mile 2, as I usually do, and finished the 2 mile race in 14:29. Not my best time but I was happy with my effort. One day I will return to my early twenties glory of a sub 14 minute 2 mile. I know breaking my personal record, 12:45, will NEVER happen again.
After I finished I went back out to the course to cheer on the rest of Team Mandeville Police. Officer Scott Thomas finished in 17:15, Sergeant Fred Fath 19:29, Officer Chris Pittman 19:30, and Dispatcher Vickie McCain in 22:20.
We took a post race picture to celebrate.
Newton was present to give awards to the best dressed “shirtless runners.”
The final race of the Varsity Sports Summer Series will be held Wednesday July 23. The theme will be “Run Like You Stole It.”
Next up for me is the New Orleans Bull Run this Saturday. Hope to see you there!