Before I get to the relay I want to quickly touch on the race itself. As I've come to expect from races directed by Karen Barnard, it went off without a hitch. Everything from packet pick-up to the awards ceremony was well organized, and I didn't hear a complaint from a single participant. The start was timely, the water stops were well run and the course was well-marked and seemingly accurate. My compliments to Centerpoint Fellowship Church, the Prattville YMCA and all the volunteers that came together to make this happen.
Now, let me state up front I was hoping The Crew could break 1:50. This was based on times turned in at recent 5k races in town, all of which fell into the 25-27 minute range. Knowing it was going to be a little warm and humid (It averaged 62°, 89%), I figured this was a goal within their reach. Anything beyond that would be icing on the cake.
Leg 1 - Madison B. (2.95 miles, 7:43/mi average pace)
|Leg 1 - Madison|
Leg 2 - Lauren C. (3.00 miles, 8:17/mi average pace)
|Leg 2 - Lauren|
Leg 3 - Matt O. (2.93 miles, 8:16/mi average pace)
|Leg 3 - Matt|
Leg 4 - Mackenzie B. (4.07 miles, 8:23/mi average pace)
|Leg 4 - Mackenzie|
|Does It Get Any Better Than This?|
|Caleb's First Half Mary!|
Another shout out goes to Harrison A., who took second place for his age division in the 5k! Woot!
And Savannah M. and Madison C. both looked great in the one-mile event! Nice job, girls!
Finally, I want to thank all the parents and coaches that made this relay possible. I really appreciate the all the support they've give both to me and their kids. If it weren't for them none of this could have happened.
Edit: A huge thanks also to all the volunteers along the course that generously shared thousands of photos they took. All of their action shots and many more can be found here.