With the Memorial Day long weekend affording us an extra day away from work, Monday morning it was off to West Bridgewater, Massachusetts for the 16th Annual Christopher’s Run 5K. This 5K race is held in honor of local resident Christopher Nelson who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was two years old and all proceeds from the race go toward the work that the American Diabetes Association is conducting to find a cure for diabetes.
The course for Christopher’s run is a real gem of a 5K and it was great to see a nice turnout of runners toeing the starting line. Christopher’s father Frank is a local runner and triathlete and a nice contingent of runners from Colonial Road Runners and HFC Striders Running Club made their way to the race to join all the other runners who tackled the 5K course to help raise funds to find a cure for diabetes.
The 5K route takes runners on a closed road course where runners climb gradual hills in the first 1.5 miles or so. There is a water stop at the halfway point right where the road turns into a relatively flat stretch in a residential neighborhood. Once you hit the two mile marker, the course takes a rather downward trajectory which allows the legs to run a bit free as they tire later in the race.
Felt nice and strong at Monday’s race and found some great runners to help keep the pace with during the run. I finished Christopher’s Run with a time of 22:45, good for 7:20/miles. Feels great to be logging some nice sub-8 minute miles lately; need to keep the momentum up!