The York Days 5K took place in York, Maine, on Sunday, July 28. It is the fourth race in theSeacoast Road Race Series, which my wife and I are running this year. Being part of the Seacoast Series meant that the race would be one of the larger 5K races in the area.
We arrived at York High School, where the race would start and finish, early enough to get a decent parking spot, pick up our bibs (there was no pre-race pick-up … and we won’t mention that they didn’t have any record of our registration) and to warm up a little bit. The weather was relatively cool for a summer day, and the cloudy skies were occasionally giving way to rain.
After warming up, the crowd of runners had grown significantly, and we started to see many familiar faces. It was then time to head to the start line. We made sure that we seeded ourselves appropriately at the start line so as to avoid delays from the crowd as much as possible.
Just before the start of the race, a friend and I decided to run together to ensure that we would push each other. The national anthem was sung by a “barbershop quartetish” (but it was more than a quartet) group, and then we were off just as it started to rain slightly.
The course was relatively flat and fast with a small uphill about halfway through and a stretch along the ocean (which was much too short in my opinion). Our strategy was to go out strong and to keep pushing. And that’s what we did, keeping a pretty steady pace with negative splits of a couple seconds for each mile.
In the end, we finished with a 21:49 net time and a 7:02 overall pace. This was good enough for me to finish 68th out of 820 runners as well as to finish 9th in my age group. In reality, I wanted to run faster (at least sub-7:00), but I’ll have to save that for another day.