Unlike the weather, our Memorial Day Weekend of racing did not disappoint!
Dave Berdan, just a week off his Poconos Marathon win, scored double victories at the MCVETs 5k and 10k, in ridiculously fast times: 14:55 and 32:22. He was sitting a few seconds back of the two leaders at mile 2 in the 5k before unloading on them, burning them to a 15 second win. He was pretty tired heading into the 10k, and didn't want to have to run any faster than necessary. I thought 32:30 would be good enough to get the win, and I was right!
Steve Febish also doubled, finishing 6th in the 5k at 15:55 and 4th in the 10k at 33:18. In any given year, those times could win the race! Joel Gladfelter ran a 2 second PR in the 5k (17:08). He really had to dig for it. I see a sub 17 in his near future. Megan DiGregorio couldn't beat the Cali swag of Heather Tanner, but she was able to take the easy win in the 10k. Becky Parks also doubled, finishing 3rd (18:59) and 2nd (40:36). And of course Big D, Denise Knickman, doubled, finishing 4th and 3rd.
In Memorial Day racing action, Terry Decker finished 4th in 18:01 at the Special Ops 5k. This first year race was put on by Boston Street Running Company and got a solid showing! Terry broke 18 on the Shamrock course in March but was psyched about this "real course" PR. The day before he ran the BRRC Patapsco race, getting lost and running about twice as long as the actual race! Scott Boylan (15th) and Aaron Tripp (22nd) also raced Special Ops.
Andy "Drew" Thivierge and his wife recently moved to New Freedom, PA, which means we don't get to see him as much, but he at least let me know that he raced! Drew finished 3rd in 17:50 at the York Gold Star 5k.
Out in Colorado, Brennan Feldhausen was running the famed Bolder Boulder 10k. This is a super competitive event, but it's also a big one (like Peachtree) that attracts runners of all shapes and sizes. Brennan ran 38:35, but we figure that if it had been flat, and at sea level, he probably would have run 10 minutes faster and maybe been in competition for the win.
Our Purple Drink Athlete of the Week award this week went to Tom Stott, who ran his first race back since fracturing his foot earlier this year. Tom suffered a bad break (pun intended) in the trails at Patapsco on the FIRST weekend of the year. He was slated to run the Charlottesville Marathon in April, but that was out. So Tom's been working to come back and ran the Memorial Day 4 Miler in MoCo, running an awesome negative split race (5:40 last mile!).
It only seems right to honor the 6th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise that opened to huge box office numbers over the weekend with a NOS Button winner - and that's Dave Berdan. Dave sat comfortably in 3rd at mile 2 and pushed his NOS button at the right time to go flying by and take a huge win at MCVETs 5k!