Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Monticello, Florida: Melon Run 5k 2010

Stephen, Jacob and their cousin, Nick, ran in the Monticello, Florida Watermelon 5K Run on Saturday. The hills were steep, the weather was HOT and the boys were worn out after the race (well, Stephen and Nick anyway). All in all, this was one of Stephen's worst races and one of Jacob's better races. It was Nick's first race.

Stephen finished 2nd in his age group behind one of the Harrises from Bainbridge. He was sixteenth overall and his time was 20:40. But his finish is not what made it a bad race for him. Coming up the last hill his face was white as a sheet and it took him a long time to recover. He later told me he almost stopped running when he saw how steep the last hill was. He puked his guts up, but so did a number of the other top finishers. I attribute his difficulties to the heat and the fact that they haven't been running as often as they were several months ago.

When Jacob finished the race he looked like he could run another mile or so. I don't know if this means he isn't running the races as fast as he can or if he just gets into a groove and can sustain it for long periods of time. Jacob finished 113th out of 283 in a time of 28:24.

Nick beat 38 people in his first race. He finished with a time of 43:44. Not bad for a first timer. A haircut and a little more practice and he should move into the top half of the runners. I got some of the pictures below from Fred Deckard's Picasa page. There are a lot more pictures of the race on there. Check out the pictures:
A little pre-race warm-up
Can you see Jacob's head poking up over that Mustang?

That last hill almost did Stephen in.

Here comes the Jake up the hill.

Here comes Nick up the hill.
You can see Papa coming up the hill on the left.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Valdosta, Georgia: Memorial Day 5K Run

Stephen and Jacob ran in the Valdosta, Georgia Memorial Day 5K Run today. Stephen finished 11th overall and 1st in his age group. Jacob finished 1st in his age group in the 5k, then 15 minutes after finishing the 5k he decided he wanted to run in the 1 mile run. Jacob finished 1st overall in the mile with a time of 7:15.

Stephen and Jacob had to compete in the 5k against a number of Valdosta State University's Cross Country runners. The top overall male and female winners were VSU runners. I thought they both did pretty well. Stephen threw up after the race and blamed it on the three sodas he had this weekend. He's probably right. Check out some of the pictures:
Let the race begin.

Stephen is in fourth. The Masked Avenger leads.

Here comes Jacob.

This is the eventual overall winner.
He is on the Cross Country Team at VSU.

Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth.

Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth.

Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth.

The Overall Female Winner.
She is also on the VSU Cross Country Team.

Sup Jake.

Is it time for dinner yet?

Warming up for the Mile Run.
Jake thought he'd give it a try right after the 5K.

The kid in front opened up a large early lead.
You can see Jacob right behind the guy in the red shirt.

Jacob takes the lead coming down the home stretch.

Jacob widens the lead.

Jacob wins the mile in 7:15
The VSU CC teams looks on.

The Overall Male and Female 5K Winners

Stephen, Jacob and the Masked Avenger.

Top Male and Female 1 Mile Winners

The Awards were American Flag Pins.
Very appropriate for Memorial Day.

Jacob gets his Award for 1st place
in the 5K race 11 and under age group.

Jacob sporting both of his victory pins.

Stephen gets his 1st place award
in the 5k 12-14 age group.