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A race that anyone can win. Your speed doesn’t matter

Monday, February 25, 2013

This is not a deceptive title hiding some deep philosophy. I don’t mean the “race of life” or racing to a “new you.” This is a real road race - a 4 mile race where you “predict your finishing time” on your registration form.

Awards are given according to whoever comes closest to finishing in his/her predicted time. I’m going to do this. I understand it’s a tough hilly course and I suppose anyone who lives in the area of the route will have an advantage. I hate hills, but I still think it’s a great idea.

No watches of any kind are allowed.

Instead of all starting together and finishing one after another as in a regular race, it’s like a “pursuit.” There’s a countdown clock and each person starts off according to his/her predicted time. Then theoretically we should all finish together. It’s all just for fun and the minimal entry fee of $7 ($5 for students) is to support the local HS’s running program and encourage fitness in the community as a bonus.

No one is "straggling in" at the end and at the finish line no one knows how much of a "headstart" anyone had. We're all in this together.

I think it will be a great experiment in knowing and listening to my body. Do I know what a 6.0 pace feels like without the treadmill display staring me in the face? If I take my customary 1 min walk break per mile, am I really at 4.0? Can I gauge my heart rate without that Polar strap around my chest or manually checking my pulse against my watch?

I’m going to predict 42:15 since I’ve been told to expect some serious changes in elevation. If I’m slower, I’ll know what I have to work on. If I beat the time, I’ll be very happy and if I’m really close to my prediction, I might get an award. How can I lose?
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_LINDA 2/26/2013 12:48PM

    What an interesting concept and great idea!! Good luck with it, I bet you will do fine!!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/25/2013 9:55PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up!

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FITFOODIE806 2/25/2013 9:21PM

    Such a fun idea! I'd love to do that.

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ARW715 2/25/2013 7:35PM

    Man, I love this idea!

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WOLFKITTY 2/25/2013 5:26PM

    Sounds neat!

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DONNA5281 2/25/2013 5:19PM

  Good Luck!
That's a nifty idea.

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SMILINGTREE 2/25/2013 4:25PM

    One of the things I dislike about running in organized races is the element of competition. I run alone and compete only against myself, so a race like that sounds great! Have fun!

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CHANGINGHORSES 2/25/2013 4:21PM

    Nifty idea.Hope you do well!

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SYNCHRODAD 2/25/2013 3:48PM

    If everybody is correct, it should be a very interesting finish. As for the award, did you see the original "Christmas Story"? emoticon

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ONYX_SHADOW 2/25/2013 3:35PM

    So cool. Have a great race. emoticon

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BOILHAM 2/25/2013 3:35PM

    Sounds like a really fun race. I hope you enjoy it. Good luck!


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NYS_EMT 2/25/2013 2:08PM

    Sounds so cool!!!!! Let us know how it goes!

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KANDOLAKER 2/25/2013 1:59PM

    What a great idea for a race! Great fun not wearing a watch, but trying to figure out your own pace. Have fun and looking forward to hearing your review afterwards!!

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KANSASROSE67 2/25/2013 1:55PM

    That sounds like tons of fun!

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HAYBURNER1969 2/25/2013 1:32PM

    anyone in the Central VA area can find a downloadable application here

http://riversiderunners
.com/Applications/13Apps/Goode%
204-Miler%202013.pdf

It is a fun race and last year I was 4th! About 2-3 seconds off my predicted time. Best finish I ever had.

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DAISYBELL6 2/25/2013 10:52AM

    What a nest idea!

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PMRUNNER 2/25/2013 10:43AM

    I have seen that format before but have not run in one. It sounds interesting! Good luck!

One race I did in WA had weight groups instead of age groups. At packet pick up, they stuck you on a scale (in kg so people wouldn't get too embarrassed I guess?) and we were put in 5 kg brackets. It was a small race, so there were a lot of awards since they had top 3 finishers in M/F for each weight bracket.

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DR1939 2/25/2013 10:37AM

    Sounds grand. I love events where everyone has a chance to be successful.

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SOUTH_FORK 2/25/2013 9:59AM

    Interesting- I bet it feels awesome to cross the finish line en masse! Have a blast!

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WILSONWR 2/25/2013 9:37AM

    That is a great idea for a race! It sounds like fun and you don't have to worry about everyone leaving you in their dust. People of all fitness levels could participate in this one!

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AUGUSTDRAGON 2/25/2013 9:32AM

    What a cool idea. Would love to hear how it turns out. Have fun! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 2/25/2013 9:30AM

    What a great idea!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/25/2013 8:57AM

    I really enjoy your blogs. Thanks!

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GINIEMIE 2/25/2013 8:55AM

    I'd say that you can't lose, you are doing for your body and you are doing for the community. Win-win all over. The rest is bonus.
Good luck

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ONMYMEDS 2/25/2013 8:50AM

    What a great idea for a race. Even the distance is unconventional. I like it. Good luck!!

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