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At the Races

Cure for IBD & Crohn’s Disease 5k–May 3, 2015 by Aubrey Blanda

I ran the Cure for IBD & Crohn’s Disease 5K in Basking Ridge this morning, and discovered what is apparently one of the best kept secrets around. The race was very well organized, with easy packet pick-up at the start. Plenty of water, breakfast bars, and bananas at the post race table. Very convenient indoor bathrooms. The course consisted of 2.5 loops of a flat, fast, mostly shady, asphalt path in a large park. The weather was perfect, sunny but not yet hot at the 9:30 start. Though very small (71 finishers), both runners and spectators were very enthusiastic. Timing was by Compuscore. I was very happy with my time of 26:15, especially for my first 5K in 2 years, and having focused on ultras for a while, and I was happy when I saw that I was first in my new age group (50-54). But I was shocked when the RD called my name for second place overall female. I asked him to check the results to be sure that wasn’t a mistake, and it wasn’t. I was so far behind first female it was ridiculous, and it made me wonder where all the women were! I usually run larger races, and so almost never get hardware, but it’s always nice to be reminded that showing up is half the battle. This race is a keeper and I hope to see some ERC peeps out there next year! 

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