Thursday evening the heat and humidity walloped the Greater Boston area which made for some intense running conditions for the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K. It has been a number of years since I had last run this race and in previous years the race was a five mile course. Thankfully the race organizers at the L Street Running Club changed the race to a 5K a few years back as if the race was still a five miler I might have just keeled over.
With a 7PM race start in South Boston right along the ocean, runners were hoping for a little breeze to come off the water and perhaps take some of the sting of the heat and humidity out of the air but instead the air was remarkably still and made for some rough running for me. Even though there were two water stops on the course and someone holding a hose around the one mile mark, this out-and-back course got the best of me Thursday night.
The course is pancake flat and runs along the water and toward the L Street Bath House and back to the Boston Teachers Union building. This year, about 35 of my coworkers participated in the run as one of our charitable outings for the year since race proceeds go to support local, Boston charities.
Race participants received a tank-top and pint glass and there was plenty of free goodies to take both before and after the race. Upon entering the finish line, runners were immediately handed a bottle of water and a cold, wet towel which was much appreciated!
Not my best showing by any stretch of the imagination but I battled the warm temperatures and finished with a time of 27:05, good for 8:44/miles.