The DAR 5K/10K was yesterday. It was the second running of the race – last year, it consisted of a 5K and it was on Onondaga Lake Parkway (Hollie was the women’s winner last year and second overall). This year, a 10K was added and it was moved to Green Lakes State Park.
The DAR Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offers educational resources to orphans in Tanzania, focusing primarily on funding college tuition for students committed to higher education and serving their community. 100% of donations go directly to educational programs in Tanzania.
I signed up for this race a while back when there was a Living Social. I wasn’t certain I was going to do the race until the very last minute. First, I ran 27 miles on Thursday, so my legs were still pretty shot. Second, the Mountain Goat is this coming Sunday and I want to be somewhat fresh for it. Third, it’s been really f’ing cold here. There was actually snow in the forecast for yesterday morning (thankfully, it didn’t happen) and the race-time temperature was barely 40 degrees.
At the start of the race, Michael Dee and Connor Oakman took off. I figured I would let them go and catch up over the next couple of miles. That’s exactly what I did. I ultimately passed them around the two-mile mark. I thought I was all alone by the halfway mark but I glanced back and Connor was only a few seconds behind me. Ugh. I pushed hard for a couple more miles and eventually I got clear of him. I took first overall and my time was 37:14 (5:59/mile). I got a medal for coming in first and a gift card to Fleet Feet Syracuse!
After the race, I ran into Strong Hearts Run Club members Sean, Aaron and Jon. They also kicked ass in the 10K. I totally forgot to take a selfie of us – rookie blogger mistake – but the picture below is pretty much what we looked like:
The full race results can be found here.
Here’s a shout-out to the race directors for putting on a great event! Hopefully, it’s warmer next year!
As I said above, my next race will be the Mountain Goat 10-Miler on May 4th and I’m looking forward to it!
Did you race this weekend? How did it go?