RACE RECAP: Last Race of 2015 & First Race of 2016

A few weeks ago, my friend Ruth told me about the “double 5k” on NYE.  My first thought, “okay, that’s a 10k, not 2 5k’s”.

I soon learned what a double 5k would be.

A 5k before midnight + watch the fireworks + a 5k after midnight.

That makes sense and sure sounded like fun!

My brother and I signed up, immediately.  The more opportunities he can race, the better.  And it’s a 5k!  You know how I love my 5k’s.

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The race was sponsored and managed by Cadence Nevada Master Planned Community in Henderson, NV.  I had no clue where it was, but it promised to have a spectacular view and course.

Doesn’t everyone color-coordinate their race fueling with their outfits?!?!?

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Ruth met at my house around 9pm and the 3 of us were off to Cadence.  My vehicle was packed with warm clothes and blankets.  In typical NYE Las Vegas fashion it would be cold.  I wasn’t worried about the races, but the time in between the races, concerned me.  I was overly concerned with my brother’s leg muscles tightening up in the cold.  The temperatures were to dip into the high 20’s at midnight.

We were met with this spectacular view upon our arrival.  Yep, we were going to have a great view of the fireworks!

 

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The Las Vegas Valley with The Strip, in the horizon.

Waiting for the race #1 to begin (I didn’t wear the puffy coat during the race)

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Ruth, Kirk and myself

The first 5k started at 10:30pm.  Bro and I decided to run together.  This was the first time my brother would attempt to run a mile without any walk breaks.  A big test.  Unfortunately, the day before, I started to have stomach problems, so I wasn’t feeling my best.

We started off at a moderate 9min pace and picked up the pace to 8:15 rather quickly.  At the mile 1.25, I had to take a walk break as my stomach was revolting again.  My brother and I celebrated he ran a full mile without having to walk.  Yay for Bro!  After a few minutes we started back up and came flying into the finish. The course was great.  All residential streets were closed to vehicular traffic and we had the beautiful calm of the winter night as our back drop.

In between the two races, I walked around with my puffy coat and blanket around my legs.  Cadence did an outstanding job at making us feel welcomed!  Tables, chairs, heaters, hot beverages, water and more.  In addition, we had our awards ceremony.  I earned 1st place in the Masters Division and Bro earned a 1st in his AG. 

At midnight, we were able to see the fireworks throughout the valley, not only on the Strip.  It was time for another leg warm up and then we were off on the 2nd 5k, but in the opposite direction.  My stomach was still acting up, so I brought down the pace to 8:30ishy.  Bro decided to kick it up a notch to see what he could do.  He and my friend, Ryan were in the front of the pack for the race.  It was so good to see him way out in front of me, again.

Temps took a big drop and I was running with my neck gaiter covering the lower part of my face.  I almost wished I had a second layer of a headband to cover my eyes.  I cannot remember the last time I was this cold during a race.

Around Mile 1ish, the lovely lady who earned 2nd in the Masters was coming up on my shoulders.  I could see she was really hustling (I love it!).  Sadly, she couldn’t pass me but she was an excellent competitor and I am proud to have shared the course with her!

At Mile 2, on a short out and back part of the course, my brother comes from BEHIND me and passes me.  WHOOOOOAAAA!  How is he behind me?  Well, he took a wrong turn, so he was in catch up mode.    A few more feet and my friend Ryan passes me, I almost freaked out!  Both ended up taking the wrong turn.  (The course was not very well marked and very difficult to see the cones, so I am not surprised a few took wrong turns.)

I passed a few more ladies on the last mile, so I knew I was near the front.  My guess I was 4th Overall.  As I was coming into the finish, my brother was standing there screaming “2016! 2016! 2016!”  It felt so great to be in a new year and moving onward to a better year!

It seemed like the Awards Ceremony took forever and I was honored to have earned the 1st place in Masters, again but BEST part is my brother earned 3rd Overall!  Welcome back to running, Bro. Ryan earned 1st in his AG. Both averaged a 7 minute pace.  Sweet!

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Kirk, myself, Ryan and Ruth (sadly, the Finisher Medals did not arrive in time. How many times I have heard that excuse and Ruth was empty handed.)

This was a great event for their first time, despite the cold, several race management glitches and my stomach acting up. There are some things that need to be changed for future years, but I am sure we will be back.

Thank you, Cadence!

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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