On Sunday morning it was off to Middleborough, Massachusetts for the Sacred Heart Food Pantry 5K. The Food Pantry 5K Run/Walk is an important fundraising effort organized by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to support the Sacred Heart Food Pantry. It provides an opportunity for walkers and runners to participate in the mission of feeding the hungry in the communities we serve, while raising awareness of the challenges faced by the nation’s needy.
The race directors could not have asked for a more perfect day for a run. The sun was beating down and the skies were clear for the race and race time temperature was quite warm for later in September. A sea of runners and walkers flocked to the starting line and the race was nicely chip-timed to allow for accurate race results. Kudos to the runners and walkers along with the sponsors for raising more than $12,000 to combat hunger in Southeastern Massachusetts.
The race course started with a rather drastic downhill first half-mile which basically is a good foreshadowing of things to come later in the race. The race then hit the side roads surrounding the school that served as the race start and finish. It was great to see one of the TIRs out on the course cheering on the runners. As you made your way through the final mile it was back into the school grounds to tackle the reverse path of the downhill start. The hill certainly seemed much more pronounced on the last half-mile of the race than it did at the start and each step really needed an extra push of the will.
I finished the Sacred Heart Food Pantry 5K with a time of 23:21, good for 7:32/miles. For a back to back race weekend coupled with a tough course and hot temperatures, a good race result in my book!