The Witches of Sun City 2005’s Half Marathon
The 2005 Sun City Race lived up to its title. The weather was sunny with a start temperature of 55 degrees no wind. Really ideal race conditions.
At , the half
marathoners were started by race director Lorri Smith. With two Yakima County Sheriffs cars leading
the way east and up the hill of
At mile one on
Background note: The
When we moved the race to the
So, there she was at mile 2.6 …..that nice smiling witch hanging from the pole reminding me to take it easy for the first 9.4 miles…….and being the logical runner as most of us are and remembering our club motto of ‘start out slowly and taper off’, a pack of 7-9 of us hammered on at a 7:45 per mile pace with the ‘big’ hills ahead.
By the water station with Larry and Dick handing out water at mile 3, and there for the return route too, we ran. Down the hill to get the quads hammered a little, onto Beaudry Road for mile 4 where the sweet smell of the vineyard of concord grapes almost tempted you to detour and pick a cluster, then to mile 5 marker and a left turn onto Mieras Road going east.
There it was in the distance….Mieras
Hill! It started at the mile 6 mark, that climb for only .4 of a mile that seemed like more
than the 120 vertical feet. Ah! A left turn onto
Turn left, by the 7 mile mark and a short .15 mile climb with a right turn to pull a gradual grade for a half mile. Just before the next turn, we reached the highest point of the race course….1,340 feet. The lowest point was at the start of 1020 feet.
Along this section
So, all downhill
from here. Wrong! After running level and downhill from mile
7.6 to 8.6, the last of the uphills presented
itself. The gradual uphill took us past
mile 9 and ended at the left turn to head west back toward
Remember what the ‘witch’ said about taking it easy? Well, it is flat and downhill to the finish from this point. Only the finish is still 3.7 miles away.
As we run onto
I would like to say that the last two miles through the
residential area and down
My finish time was ,
which is a pace. That is the best ½ marathon time I have had
for many of years. I really must give
credit to my very good friends and training partners of
What a finish this year. Was very nice to see the club’s finish line clock hanging from the new clock stand. Very impressive.
Gold’s Gym has been a great host these years and it so nice to have indoor facilities and showers available after the race.
The free massages by Cascade Summit School of Massage was a crowning point for the post race this year. What a way to take some of the aches and pains away from the body. (note the empty table just waiting for me.)
A personal big “Thank You” to all of the volunteers at pre-race, on the race course and post race. You really made this a great race.
Our sponsors with their contributions make this a race which allows us to keep our entry fees down to affordable levels for all.
The Klosters of MSI Construction
Brad Vaux – Vaux Shoes
As the last of the runners finish, the final awards are given out and the post race activities are done.
Final clean up of the parking lot area is done and it is time for some pancakes? Nope! Not yet.
At , Pat and I started out and set up the course with warning barricade signs of ‘Runners on Road’, used flour to mark the turns with arrows and cones with markers for the mile points.
So, for the next 2 hours, it was out onto the course to pick up all of the barricade signs and cones/mile markers. And lastly, to sweep out the flour marks on the road edges.
Now for pancakes…..gosh, it is and Papa Bairds closes at on Sundays. Oh well, we were too tired to go in and eat anyway. So, off to home and my wonderful wife Jean, made home made blueberry pancakes for me. Oh, just a note, she volunteered and helped at registration, ran the 5K and placed second in her age group, then took many of the pictures that are posted with the 2005 Sun City results. Maybe she will write up an article about the 5K race.
Best running to all and look out for the witches, one on Terrace Heights Drive, another one on Commonwealth Drive (part of the 5K course) and the ‘spells/hexes’ they put on runners.