Saturday, March 27, 2010

Results Report, March 27

I think my race result receptors turn off during the winter. I barely followed the Ironman races down under and in China, only asked how some athletes I coached fared in their winter half marathons rather than check myself or run, and I couldn't recite 5Ks from my internal race calendar to share with a friend. But last weekend's big running events close to home--the Shamrock Shuffle 8K and Cary's March Madness half marathon boasting a combined 26,000 finishers--brought me back to the routine. This weekend isn't quite as busy close to home, aside from the Lakefront 50K ultra race on the city's Lakefront Path and the final race in Fitness Formula Club's indoor triathlon series. But that doesn't mean a shortage of races to follow, and wish to run in the future. See how fellow runners and triathletes fared at these well-known races across the country, but don't get too jealous of those in locales warmer than what's out your door (or maybe that's just me being cold in Chicago).

Ironman California 70.3. Michael Raelert pushed a 2:15 bike pace to get ahead of the pack and maintained his lead on the run to beat Matty Reed, 3:58:27 to 4:01:17. Rasmus Henning finished third in 4:02:07. For the women, Mirinda Carfrae motored to the front with a 1:17 run to win in 4:20:29. Lesley Paterson finished second in 4:24:31 while Samantha McGlone took third in 4:26:43.

Cooper River Bridge Run. This popular race welcomed runners to Charleston, South Carolina. Featuring an international elite field, Simon Ndirangu (27:49) of Kenya won the men's race while Mesekerem Assefa (32:31) of Ethiopia won the women's.

Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K. Voted one of the country's best races by USA Today, this 10K sends runners out and back on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va. The field reached a record high this year with more than 37,000 registered for the 10K and an additional 2,016 registered for the kids run.

Lakefront 50K. To avoid too much congestion on the Lakefront and to keep the race a pleasant experience for participants, this race caps registration at 200 participants. This spring tradition filled before event day and had runners pacing the path on a three-loop out and back course.

Run to Register 10K. While Washington, D.C., was flooded with runners last weekend at the National Marathon and Half Marathon, races continued in the area this weekend with this 10K and Irish Sprint taking place in Quantico, Va., at the Marine Corps base.

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