During the month of May the run and triathlon race season really gets underway for us (mostly me). To kick this off, Morgan and I ran the 11th Annual Manassas City Police Association (MCPA) Memorial 5K Run on May 5th, 2012. (OK, so New Orleans 70.3 was the first race of my season, but it’s still early in the race season.) It was a fun and “challenging” (read: hilly) race and we both ran PRs. I managed to take second place overall with a time of 18:59. This was the first time I placed so well in a run-only race. I came in only 13 seconds behind the leader; with a little more practice at racing the 5K distance, I might manage to pull off a win in a similar race in the future. The pictures are of my 1st place age group (M 20-29) medal.
The race had a small field (~200 registrants) and was a somewhat challenging course, with plenty of hills through the local neighborhoods and a steep hill at the very end just to make it interesting. My PR was almost a minute better than any previous race, and done on a much more challenging course. This was a great early season race!