> Thanks Rob for the heads up! I was planning to go downtown after work
> tonight to get my packet. I appreciate your posting.
No problem. Glad I was able to help. How did the race go for you?
For those of you who might be interested, here's my view....
Race day was cold - 19F. Packet pickup went smoothly, with the
ChampionChip system being used for timing. Pittsburgh EMS had a truck
standing by at the start/finish, and another one at about the 1/4 mile
mark. At least one Pittsburgh paramedic was running in the race.
The course itself started out on a mild uphil toward Grant street,
dropped down by the PNC building onto 1st street and then cut back
behind the County Jail to pick up the Eliza Furnace trail. At the 2.5
mile mark, the race turned around and came back the way it went for
total of 5 miles. The course was fairly flat, especially for Pittsburgh,
although not as flat as the Homestead Waterfront 5k last week.
Crowd size made for some interesting strategy. There were 813 runners,
not including at least 1 dog and one baby carriage. Position really
helped in the 1st half mile, as it will in any race, but then it became
an even bigger problem when the race got down to the Eliza Furnace
Trail. The pack had not thinned out enough by the time we hit the fairly
narrow trail. About the time the back of the pack (where I was) thinned
out, the cyclists coming the other way were herding everyone over to one
side for the front-runners. Just after the 2.5 mile mark, things seemed
to thin out enough where I was.
During the race, there were people with plastic reindeer antlers on
their heads and some others with tossle caps done up to look like
The race course that was on local streets was held secure by the
Pittsburgh Police, County Sherrif's people, and the Pittsburgh Emergency
Timing was by S. Mark Courtney and the Runner's High.
After the race, the YMCA had bagels, bananas, and apples, bottled water,
and hot chocolate. The bottled water (which someone had the sense to not
chill, thankfully) ran out a little early - I was probably one of the
last runners to get a bottle.
They had nice plaques for the winners. The T-shirts were nice, with a
cartoon turkey by a local editorial cartoonist running.
After thanksgiving dinner, I had a reason to doze off!
I'm running for my life!
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