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At the Races

Beavertown 5K Fall Classic Run/Walk, Lincoln Park, Nov. 2–Ed Trieste

I’ve run this race the last three years.  It’s a nice race in a nice town. The course begins and ends in Lincoln Park’s business district and zigzags though a residential area. The hill at the beginning is a bridge over a railroad, the rest of the course is very flat, almost as much as the Run for Marge course in neighboring Pequannock. The final half mile is on one of the main roads in the area.
I will always associate this race with Hurricane Sandy.  It was scheduled last year for just five days after the hurricane…and was successfully held as scheduled despite everything.
Since this course is flat and I’ve been running well lately, I was particularly optimistic about this one.  I was wondering how the weather would be – it’s sometimes been cold – but it was quite mild.  The other thing that sometimes throws me off is that they don’t have mile markers. They’re shown on the course map and the two water stops are approximately at those spots, but I always like a clock or someone calling out splits or at least seeing a marker.
Anyway, things went well.  I almost had a mishap early on, as at the first turn onto the bridge a couple of people collided and someone bumped into me as I tried to dodge (and in turn bumped someone else)…but I didn’t fall. The rest was uneventful.  Since I knew about the missing mile posts, it didn’t bother me. On the last half mile we ran on the side and shoulder of Beaverbrook Road, which made for a little crowding.
I needed a late kick to do it, but I (just) got myself a PR, my first in a 5K since Labor Day 2009.
They had massages here one year.  I miss them!
About 230 people ran and at least half of them are from Lincoln Park.  I didn’t see anyone else from Essex.
Ed Trieste 26:59 (PR)
Congratulations to everyone who ran New York the next day!


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