Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Conquer the Bridge Race Report

Sep 8, 2010 9:25 PM

This past Labor Day weekend I ran a 5.3 mile event in San Pedro. The highlight of the race was that the route took us over the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge. If you don't know the VT bridge, it is a pretty cool LA landmark spanning over the LA Harbor.

I ran the first half of the San Francisco Marathon earlier this year, the half that takes you over the Golden Gate bridge. After running over the VT this last weekend, I believe bridge running is my new favorite route. Going to research this and see what other events are run over bridges. If you know of any off hand please let me know.

It looks like the Golden Gate, doesn't it?

I took this one at the SF Half earlier this year

Anyway, the Conquer the Bridge run was a small fun local event. The swag was cotton t-shirts in XL or XXL, no real goodie bag (probably because I was a late entrant) and medals only to the top finishers (that'll be the day). There were about 2000+ people running/walking, but I arrived separately from my support group and we easily found each other in the crowd. So 2000 runners must not be a lot of people.

Local news channels were there covering the race live-ya, big deal. Actually, 'BD' who was waiting for me at the finish line with my baby CocoPuff , said the overall first place finisher was asked for a live interview on camera and he just waved off the reporter. Who wants to be on TV looking all red-faced and out of breath?

The post race food was bananas and bagels and there was plenty of it. Nice job organizing the event, late registration was fast and easy and the shoe timer went off without a hitch.
I finished the 5.3 mile route in 52:36 according to Guther the Garmin. Here is a pic of me crossing the finish line. I wish for more finesse, better form and less body fat. Next breath: I am grateful for a body that allows me to run.

I will definitely run this race again, because the bridge was way cool. And to make sure that my times are improving.

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