Running race 19:59  4.7 km (4:15 / km)
shoes: Pearl Izumi EM Road n0
Gonzaga Family Fun 5k
The little race maps they handed out said 5.09km, but they were just lazily measured via using Google Maps (no tangents), They also put the start/finish further west, shortening it more, and we also missed a turn, which also shortened it slightly more. End of the day, I'm calling this one 4.7km.
There were about 250-300 people there (based on bib stickers that they handed out in numerical order). I started the near the front, in the second row. It was raining.
I was in the lead group through the first turn and down to the river. The lead group consisted of 5 college kids who ran XC in high school (based on their shirts), and an alum of some sort wearing an orange shirt.
Once the navigation was easy (ie: follow the river trail), the pack started spreading out. 3 of the college kids went way out front, then the other 2 and orange shirt. By around the 1km mark, I was joined by two other college kids: one man, one woman. The guy seemed like a pretty inefficient runner, so I figured that he'd fade (he did). The woman seemed strong, so I figured that staying right behind her would be good, in the 6:45mm pace.
Between 1km and 2km, a 10-year alum pushing a stroller passed me! I also passed the woman here, as she started to fade. I decided to tail the guy with the stroller now. At 2km, I was in 8th place: 3 college kids (no longer visible), 2 college kids, orange shirt, stroller man, me.
Around the 2.5km mark, the 4 guys within view all missed a turn (there weren't any signage or any volunteers where we needed to turn). Shortly after that, the 4 guys all got blocked by the temporary fences of the Chinese Lantern festival, and had to backtrack to a bridge that I was approaching. We crossed the bridge here to the Centennial Trail, so now we're back on track. I pulled out the disintegrating map from my pocket to confirm that, yes, we did miss a turn, but that we were back on track. Crossing the bridge, I was in 4th place, but soon I was back in 8th.
Around 3.5km, orange shirt started fading, but a guy in a green shirt (maybe in his 40's?) caught up and passed me. Still in 8th place, but 4th-7th are all within view.
Still in 8th place at 4.0km while crossing the bridge, chasing green shirt. After the bridge, there's a small hill climb up to campus, and here I cruised past green shirt and one of the slower college kids. The other college kid was still in front of me, as was stroller man in front of him.
The last 300m was flat, and although I didn't lose any speed, I couldn't jump up to a higher gear after the hill. I was able to easily hold off the college kid, but green shirt passed me back. I finished in 7th, about 2 seconds behind green shirt, maybe 10 seconds ahead of the other college kid, 30 seconds ahead of orange shirt, and about 80 seconds ahead of the first woman.