|Finishing the Quebec City 10km Fun Run (5th, 33:50)|
while touring Canada in 1985
|A steady run through the field yielded|
a win in the 40+ age group, and 2nd
overall in a trail Half Marathon
while working in Germany
If you have hopes of a podium finish - open or age-group - there is a frisson of excitement in being the unknown quantity or dark horse in the field, especially in small local races where everybody knows the fast runners. I have been in races where the fast early starters drop rapidly away and you find yourself in front, others where the pace seems slow and you can't believe how easy it is to get away, and others which became duels to the finish. I have also been left in the dust by clearly superior athletes.
|With the winner of the 60+ age group (I was 2nd) in the|
2012 Orange County 10km Santa Run in the US
I have always sought out races in places I have visited while touring or working over the years and often tweak my schedule to fit them in. Almost all have been cherished and remembered experiences. Even now, when I travel on vacation (unless it is a hiking or biking trip) I scan the web calendars and try to work as many runs into the itinerary as possible, always with an eye on those age group podiums. It doesn't always happen, but when it does you can score nice little trophies to accompany those eye-catching race T-shirts.