Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hospice of Marshall County 5K results

Not only was 90-year-old (yes, ninety) Claudis Hawkins of Rainbow City the only runner in his Males 80-99 age group for the second-annual HMC 5K in Boaz on Saturday, but he also finished in 1:18:00 to claim the Alabama 5K record (which, by the way, was his own time of 1:27:45 from an Anniston race last August). Mr. Hawkins also holds the state 5K records for 87- 88- and 89-year-olds and the 10K record for 87-year-olds (2:22:45).

Mike Greene, 45, of Harvest was the overall winner in Boaz on Saturday with a finish time of 19:38 while April Hickok, 22, of Cookeville, TN, took the overal female title in 21:40.

Elkmont's Bud Bowen, 58, was the only Limestone County finisher in the race, taking an age-group win in 21:45.

For complete results, please visit the Huntsville Track Club website.

Also...don't forget that this Saturday, March 15 is the postmark-deadline for $12 entry in Cotton Row Run! After that, the fee increases to $16 through April 15, then $20 through May 15.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Earphones & safety

Most runners already know this but here's a reminder as spring race season gets under way.
Last year USA Track & Field, which is the sanctioning organization for our sport, banned use of personal music devices during sanctioned races. It's a safety issue - both for the person using the earphones and other runners. For example, I witnessed a runner who dropped her iPod just after the start of a race last year. She, of course, stopped abruptly to pick it up and several other runners had to scramble to keep from stumbling over her and crashing to the pavement.
It's also a safety/common courtesy issue when the earphone wearer cannot hear the approach of other runners or verbal instructions from course officials and volunteers.
For more on the ban, here's a New York Times article on AOLsports that was published late last year.
Run strong, live well & be happy!
W.Q.