Last weekend was fairly quiet. Despite a good number of events, there wasn't much racing going on.
Last Thursday, the Three Amigos (Graham Peck, Alex Battaglino and Tim Burns) headed up to York College (PA) to run their Last Chance Meet. The guys toed the line in the 5000m and quickly it was Graham with a commanding lead. He was going for broke; 14:59 or bust. He was on pace through 2400m but then the laps starting taking longer, and he wasn't able to get back into his rhythm. Still, Graham took the win in 15:28.47. Alex B hasn't raced in a while. Months, actually. He's been working back to form and ran a great race, finishing 3rd in 16:05.09. And Tim Burns showed improvement from his last couple of outings, running 16:34.04 for 7th.
On Saturday, Graham doubled down, winning the Preakness 5k in sloppy conditions (17:40). Jason Farber was 2nd in 17:51 and Joel Gladfelter rounded out the top 3 in 18:33. The other Joel (Brusewitz) ran, running 19:25, and Jon Miller was just behind in 19:34.
Everyone discovered that the Maryland Half Marathon was long by 0.4 of a mile or so. Curt Forst ran 1:23:56 for 5th place, which really would have been in the 1:21 range. Cory Donovan and his pacing partner took their 1:40 group into a 1:41:34 finish, which couldn't be helped when the race was long.
At the Hills of Milltown 5k, Dave Berardi finished 4th in 20:04.
Our Purple Drink Athlete of the Week went to Graham.
Plenty more race action this week (and for the next many weeks, now). Triathlon season kicks off in Columbia this Sunday, to all those racing - crush!
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