Lexus Palos Verdes 10K

Saturday I raced the third race in the 4 race Lexus Lace Up Series… I had signed up for all four, but I skipped out on number 2 in order to go with my son in law to the camp at Lake Hughes.

Once again, the race was scheduled for a very early start – 7 am. So I got up a little after 3 and left the house around 4:20, arriving in Palos Verdes before 6. I parked and walked the qtr mile to the start area and got checked in. I had plenty of time so I walked back to leave the extra stuff in my truck. I snapped a few photos on the way…

They were holding three races: a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K. The Half and the 10K were to start together, the 5k was scheduled to start 5 minutes later. The half and the 10K got started right on time. I noted that there were very few 10K bibs up front in the chute near me. We all made a right turn and headed 2.5 K southwest down the road. We started with an up, then a down, then another up and a longer down. At the U’turn I tried to watch for blue 10K bibs. I figured I was around 6th or 7th place.

After the u-turn we reclimbed the long “downhill” then down then up and down to the start area. The 5k runners, meanwhile had started 5 minutes after us and had made a left turn onto the road we were running. This put them ahead of me for the 2nd half of my 10K. We now ran northwest up, then down, then a longer up and a steep down with a little flat leading to the turn around. By now I was passing 5K runners. It was pretty difficult to distinguish how many were ahead of me as there were quite a few 5k runners mixed in. At the u-turn I departed ways with the Half Marathon runners who continued northwest. I made it up the steep hill, then a long down, a short climb and a fun downhill finish.

Sprinting into the chute, passing still more 5k runners the announcer called my name and asked for me to come see him. I did. He thought I was the 10k winner. I assured him that there were 5 or more ahead of me…

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Overall, I was very pleased with the race. My time was 46:07 – just a few seconds slower than the flat fast Irvine course I ran back in September… My splits were 7:36, 7:15, 7:16, 7:42. 7:12, and 7:48 with a 6:24 pace for the last .2 I finished 7th overall and 1st place in my age division. I was 6th place for guys….

The online results show my 8th, but I am certain that the #2 finisher, a 55-59 female actually ran the 5k. I know that there were not two ladies ahead of me at the first u-turn. Plus I looked up this particular woman on athlinks and she typically runs upper 30s for 5K – which would put her right near the top of the 10K with the 5 minute difference in start times…. I emailed the race officials, we will see….

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