The Arsenal City Run is not only an opportunity for residents to get some exercise, but it is also a nationally designated USA Track & Field Adirondack Association Masters 5k Men’s and Women’s Road Race Championship. Cash prizes worth $1,500 were awarded for this year’s Masters Championship after the race.
This year, about 500 people were expected to participate in the run. After the race, activities, such as live music, an awards ceremony, $1 menu food vendors, and complimentary beer, were held at the Dome in Watervliet.
This was my 2nd year running this race. I normally am really tired at the end of the day on Fridays, but I remember this race as being flat so I signed up again.
After our last 5k together, Mary agreed to sign up too since I told her the race was flat.
Well, Fall came and left. Summer returned. It was near 90 degrees when I arrived at the race. I quickly found Mary and her husband snapped a photo before we started.
We both wanted badly to beat 30 minutes on this race. We started near the start. The cannons went off to begin the race (It is the Arsenal after all!!). I was ahead of Mary at the start.
When I stopped to tie my shoe, she got ahead and stayed there until the 3rd mile.
The first mile marker said- 9:25 (much faster than the last 5k). The second mile marker said – 19:21 (still faster than last time). During the 3rd mile, I was so HOT, I felt nauseous so I slowed down. Mary was even more tired and fell behind.
I saw the finish line and sadly realized I would not finish under 30 minutes.
My official finish time was 30:07. Not embarrassing but slower than this same race last year.
Mary’s husband snapped another photo of us.
Mary & her husband headed home but we made plans to meet on Saturday at the Susan Komen Race for the Cure.
I headed to the dome to grab a beer and pizza before heading home to join my friends to play mah jongg. (This was a race for all the ELITE runners & I knew there was no chance for an award.)