|Run for Shelter
Pasadena, CA - May 29, 1999
The event organizers were unable to secure the entire 5k loop
around the Rose Bowl and golf course. So the course was 2 1/2
out-and-back loops on the western road. It had a gradual slope
with wide U-turns around islands at both ends.
The pace started out fast at first, but then slowed as the pack
hit the main road. Jay Etheredge (Hyper) went on a flyer early,
so I (Howard) chased. We weren't going too fast, but fast enough
to develop a sizable gap from the main pack before the 1st U-turn.
Meanwhile, Jay's teammate Jon Elliot kept the main pack back. But
upon careful observation, he concluded that the chase pack was so
disorganized and lazy to the point that they would never reel in
the two leaders. Therefore, he took off.
Once Jon hooked up with Jay, I knew I was in for a tough game. I
hung in there for a while, but eventually working together they
were able drop me. So that was it. Jay and Jon finished together
and I came in 3rd. Joe Prescott (SDSE) finished at the head of
the chase pack.
Helle Carlsen (Kryptonics) finished in that men's chase pack to
win the women's race. Congratulations to Alice Eads (SDSE) for
winning her age group once again.