|several of the volunteer pacers for this event|
A good opportunity to redeem myself for not bringing my peeps in "on time" at Tobacco Road. I still have a hard time with that one, but am ok with it only because I was still able to bring in a new runner who otherwise might not have finished.
Pacing is something I love to do. Is it easy? For me its not hard... It takes some work but I love doing it. For me its about giving back to a great running community and helping many first timers through a tough race.
Race morning dawned with good weather. A little warm but not too bad.
|Justin and I|
Umstead is a tough course to pace. Lots of hills to take into account. Last year there were no mile markers so I had to rely on garmin only for distance but this year they had mile markers so it was much easier!
We started off with a big group of folks. I did my usual thing with the runners and Justin and we laughed and joked and kept a good pace going. For a while we didn't have anyone running with us so it was just him and I talking and checking up on folks who were walking or having a tough time. Gotta make sure that the runners are doing good!
Water stops were energetic and had great volunteers!
|Brought in the first timers! :D|
The last few miles we had a good group of folks. Many first timers. Together we talked them through it and got them to the finish - 2:18 and change. Not too bad considering the hills :) Its tough to pace!