[image credit Greencastle Flyers running club]
On Saturday for the first time is probably 7 or 8 years I ran a road race; this one was a local 5 miler, the 2013 Martin's Mill Covered Bridge Challenge. I only ever run trail races nowadays, and very few of them. But this race was close and I just felt like it. Plus it crosses the now-closed-to-traffic bridge at about Mile 4, which is way cool.
When I looked over the app I noticed that for the first time I would fall into the last age group, 61-69. The last age group. Now, that's a bit disconcerting.
The final first this day was that I managed to actually win said age group, with a smoking hot time--wait for it--of a mere 45+ minutes! My shoes practically ignited from the friction.
Of, course, the depth of the 61-69 field was small; in fact, I don't recall seeing any other old guys around, so maybe I was the age group.
Nevertheless, I am happy to admit that it was a cool experience to snag the trophy. The victory was all the sweeter because I was able to share it with my good running buddy Jody, who unexpectedly showed up to run the race with me. So technically I had a pacer--hope they don't strip me of the trophy when this gets out!