While the morning air was perfect for a 5K race, breezing comfortably at about 65 degrees, the course that lined the streets of one of Atlanta’s most picturesque neighborhoods was eager to consume the field of 300+ runners in its series of unforgiving hills. Personally, I don’t recall running a course that was almost completely uphill or downhill. Unfortunately, having run much of the course in reverse direction for a cool down, my Boomeragnar teammate and I acknowledged the race course to have considerably more uphills. Maybe next year we can reverse the direction. Nevertheless, the Boomeragnar team had a strong showing with lead-off runner, Rob Scheinman making his running debut since officially joining the Boomeragnar team. He paced himself with fellow teammate, Lisa Cohen. With a sub-18 minute leader tackling the hilly course with ease, the rest of the field fought hard for second place, including Boomeragnar teammates, Phil Finley and myself. With Phil on my heels this race, a reversal of sorts from last week, we managed to move into second place briefly before relinquishing it on the final hill to two other young bucks. For Boomeragnar, we’ll take the Master’s title and highly respectable fourth and sixth place finishes. On to next week’s next race.
Rob and I are happy to report that we made a nice new friend on one of the hills, chatted with the volunteers at the water station and had a wonderful latte following the race. We are going for first and second place in congeniality…I think we have a very good shot at it.