Sunday, November 23, 2008

Orange, Orange, Everywhere.

I took a ride down to Charlestown, RI this morning for the Li'l Rhody Runaround to watch some of my teammates run this trail race. It was a cold morning, right around 30 degrees with a brisk wind and lots of sun. Not to many runners in shorts today, kind of wimpy if you ask me. Anyway, this race is just short of 8 miles, being listed at 7.9 and mostly singletrack, although the last mile is on paved road with a downhill finish. This is a well put on race, hosted by the Westerly Track Club and timed by SNERRO. You get an orange t-shirt with your entry fee that comes in hand, seeing you must wear orange because of hunting season. There wasn't much drama in years race as the mens race was led wire to wire by Greg Hammett in 46.31 @ 5.49 pace followed by Ben Nephew in 46.50 @ 5.51.
First place female went to my teammate Michaela Driscoll  in 54.45 @ 6.51 pace. Other Tuesday Night Turtles were Bob Jackman in 6th overall and first 18-29 @ 50.39, Dave Principe in 10th  place 4th master @ 52.23 and "Cousin"Rich Northup in 29th @ 56.37. Ex-Turtle Zak Kudlak ran 53.02, just beating out Stormin' Norman Bouthillier at 53.16.
 Norm was running well until rolling his ankle with less than 2 miles to go, he wasn't too happy leaving the race but had to be feeling better after the Patriots beat the Dolphins. 
It was just plain cold after the race as runners huddled in the hut for hot soup and cider. The wind was coming across the pond, right in the front of the open  hut, but there were fireplaces at either end of the hut with fires roaring to help everyone stay somewhat warm. It was nice to get to the local swillhole afterwards for a beer and a bite to eat, and some warmth.   


day-v done 'em said...

I remember doing the Rhody race many years back and hearing guns firing the entire time.

Now I know why Inov-8 has Orange singlets!

Nice pics.

s p running said...

Good stuff, Scott!