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Discussion: I'm in RwG w Melissa

in: RLShadow; RLShadow > 2015-11-18

Nov 18, 2015 5:45 PM # 
We're there - she'll be walking, and I think this year I'll be working to match pace with her;-)
Nov 19, 2015 1:03 AM # 
What pace do you expect to be moving at? Mine will be quite slow, slower I would expect than a competent race walker ...

I did decide to enter, so I will be there, barring anything unforeseen.
Nov 19, 2015 2:56 AM # 
I don't know yet. Probably no faster than 10min/mile, no slower than 12. She's been training with her coach at Mansfield, and I don't know where she is in things.
Nov 19, 2015 4:20 PM # 
I'll be there too...much nicer experience than the Webster Turkey Trot !!!
Nov 19, 2015 7:06 PM # 
We like it for the race walk because the road is wide, and the path is relatively flat. I haven't seen the TT first hand, but hear some stories of the issue of a too-popular event.

The girls are very paced, so many runners will go out, and it's interesting to pass them later on and hear them saying things like "she's walking!?!"
Nov 20, 2015 1:30 AM # 
The Webster Turkey Trot has certainly far outgrown its venue, in my opinion! 500 entrants was about the maximum capacity for it to still be fun, in my opinion. When it got to 1000, it was way too much of a zoo. The parking, for one thing, and the number of people starting on the 2-lane road (and not just the starting, but the first mile or so were pretty congested). Now that it's up to something like 5000 entrants, I have zero interest in doing it, and can't begin to conceive what it must be like to run on those fairly narrow roads with that many runners.

It seems like the Race with Grace has been in the neighborhood of 1000 runners forever, essentially. When the Webster race had 150 people, it had 1000, and now it still has 1000 (or so). They are very well geared up to handle that many. (I've only done it once in the past, but it was a very pleasant experience compared to Webster.)

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