Yesterday it was off to Hopkinton High School to take part in the Sharon Timlin 5k for ALS Research. The race brought back memories of April as the starting area was the exact same spot where the Boston Marathon lined up before walking to the starting line. The race raises money for ALS research and is named for former Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin’s mother. Mike Timlin was in the pace truck for the race along with former Red Sox teammate Tim Wakefield.
The Sharon Timlin 5k is a race that in years to come is going to be one to keep an eye open for. Timlin, Wakefield and another former Red Sox Lou Merloni all sat at a table after the race and signed baseballs, hats and in numbers for race participants. The amount of amenities at the race was a huge benefit and the kids events were perfect for our 4-year-old daughter at the race with a babysitter while we ran. Hands down, this race was one of the finest races put on that we have done in quite some time with a complete lineup of things to do and food to enjoy.
The race itself was a really nice course with a fast, downhill first mile that headed away from the school toward a residential neighborhood. After the first mile there was a bit of a climb through the side streets before leading back out to the main road and again uphill to the Mile 2 marker. After passing there, it was back into the school grounds for a rather flat final mile wrapping through the middle school and the high school grounds.
I felt really strong out there running and finished with a good time of 23:26 or 7:36/miles. Having run the day before, I was still able to shave some time off of my pace which was a great feeling when crossing the finish line.