I went and ran the Half on the Fourth half marathon again this year. It was a lovely morning for it,
although a little hot towards the end.
I got this t-shirt. Aha, something to wear now for the fourth. The race was sponsored by HuHot Mongolian Grill, so the full name was the "HuHot Half on the 4th", which is kinda fun to say.
Anyway, it was a fun way to start the holiday. Last I checked, there were 406 finishers, so not a mega-race, but enough to make it feel like an event.
And it's a fundraiser for The Home Front Cares, so a good cause.
Anyhoo, here's the quick race recap:
The first coupla miles were reeeaaaallly slow as we were pretty bunched up and the trail was narrow for that many of us. As expected, things eventually opened up and I continued to gain more elbow room as we plodded along.
As I was about 2 miles or so from the turnaround point, the first place guy passed us going the other way. He was doing what is technically known as "hauling ass". There was quite a lag between him and second place guy, and it was nice to see the third place "guy" was actually a girl. Way to represent!
So yeah, it was a foot race so not a whole lotta play by play. Just left-foot-right-foot-left-foot-right-foot and so on until the finish line. I did manage to not get lost this time like I briefly did last year.
About 100 yards from the finish, there was one woman ahead of me, giving me motivation to catch her. I was gaining on her, then she somewhat surprisingly stopped running and slowed to a walk. I was all thinking, "but... the finish is right up there, you can walk after", but she did look a bit wobbly.
Anyway, the stats:
Finish time: 1:49:47
55th place overall
12th overall for the ladies
1st for the old ladies
My ensemble included my Pedal Perks freebie top and my new not black hat. They did their jobs nicely. All finishers got lovely HuHot medals.
I entered the finish chute to hear my name over the PA, cheerfully mispronounced. Figures.
Yay for a Mongolian Fourth!