Cooper River Bridge Run

This past weekend I traveled to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina for the Cooper River Bridge Run.  The race distance is 10k and travels from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston, which is from East to West.  Unfortunately, we had a wind blowing at 15-20mph with gusts to 30mph from the West.  Although this made times slower this year it made the race more of a strength race rather than a speed race.  After a 4:46 first mile, the pack picked up the pace a bit and I let them go.  At the bottom of the bridge at mile 1.5 you begin a mile long 4% ascent up the bridge before coming down the other side.  I somehow got stuck leading a pack of four other runners letting me block the wind.  Without almost any help for the next 3 miles I battled the wind on my own with runners drafting off me.  I kept repeating positive mantras and knowing that I was capable of pulling away from them.  At about mile five it was down to me and one other Kenyan battling it out and he was able to do so in the last 100 ft.  I finished 13th overall, and most importantly 3rd American, in a lackluster time of 30:27.  The importance of 3rd American was that I earned $1,000 – which goes a l-o-n-g way in this sport! The race committee at Cooper River does a great thing for American distance runners by giving 3,000-2,000-1,000 to the top three American guys and American women.  Not only do they offer that incentive, but they put together a fantastic race to be apart of and I’m proud of finishing 3rd American in a very talented field!

Photo of some of the leaders on the descent of the bridge

Another positive aspect of the race was my training leading up to the race.  I managed to hit 99 miles that week and had a pretty high volume workout Tuesday followed by 16 miles on Magnolia Road on Wednesday morning.  I’m feeling very fit and continuing to improve everyday.  The next big race for me will be May 7th when I race at the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon (a half-marathon).  It’s a little longer than I like to go between races, but it’s also a busy time for me as head track coach at Peak To Peak High School.  I’ve been working with the team for a month now and it is great to see the improvement and joy on the kids faces when they improve.  If there is anything for certain, I’m addicted to the sport of running/track and field and becoming a very good coach.  Speaking of coaching, it’s time for me to head to practice.  Thanks again to the folks at the Cooper River Bridge Run for assembling a great field and putting together a phenomenal race.  The prize money they offer Americans is outstanding and I’m very thankful they are willing to offer the prize purse.

Here are just a few pictures from downtown Charleston…

Results…

2 LELISA DESISA ETH MALES 20-24 21 M 28:59 28:59 1 1 1
1 SIMON NDRANGU AA USA MALES 25-29 25 M 29:01 29:01 2 2 1
10 BADU WORKU ETH MALES 20-24 23 M 29:15 29:15 3 3 2
6 EZKYAS SISAY AA USA MALES 20-24 22 M 29:15 29:15 4 4 3
7 JULIUS KIPTOO KEN MALES 30-34 33 M 29:18 29:18 5 5 1
31 BOBBY MACK NC USA MALES 25-29 26 M 29:18 29:18 6 6 2
4 ARON RONO MALES 25-29 29 M 29:20 29:20 7 7 3
11 IAN BURRELL NM USA MALES 25-29 29 M 29:20 29:20 8 8 4
3 ROBERT LETTING KEN MALES 25-29 25 M 29:45 29:45 9 9 5
9 BENARD LANGAT KEN MALES 25-29 28 M 30:04 30:04 10 10 6
14 BOAZ CHEBOIYWO KEN MALES 30-34 32 M 30:10 30:10 11 11 2
13 REUBEN MWEI KEN MALES 25-29 25 M 30:23 30:23 12 12 7
29 TYLER MCCANDLESS CO USA MALES 20-24 24 M 30:27 30:27 13 13 4
5 SAM KOSGEI UGA MALES 25-29 26 M 30:29 30:29 14 14 8
21 ALBEBE YIMER NM USA MALES 30-34 30 M 30:35 30:35 15 15 3
30 LUKE WATSON PA USA MALES 30-34 30 M 30:54 30:54 16 16 4
19 MBARAK HUSSEIN NM USA MALES 45-49 45 M 31:35 31:35 17 17 1
8 RICHARD KANDIE KEN MALES 25-29 26 M 31:35 31:35 18 18 9
28 MALCOLM CAMPBELL GA USA MALES 40-44 40 M 31:57 31:57 19 19 1

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s