Although the list will evolve, here are the races I expect to run during the remainder of 2014, subject to fitness and the other elements and happenings in my life:
August 22 2014 USA Masters 1 Mile Road Championships
at the CRIM Festival of Races-Part of the Michigan Mile,
one of six stops of the 'Bring Back the Mile' Tour
Friday, Aug 22 2014 Flint, MI. at 7:30 pm.
August 23 2014 USATF-Indiana 5K State Championship
Saturday, Aug 23 2014 Westfield, IN. at 9 am
Yes, you're right-it's a little crazy to drive up to Flint, MI., run in a 1 mile race, hop in the car, drive back to Indy and run in a race the following morning. But I do like USATF to get as good a turnout as possible at their races. And maybe I'm a little crazier since I retired? :)
September 21 2014 Beyond the Badge 5K
Formerly called the Jason Baker run in honor of police officer
Baker who died in the line of duty, the race benefits the Jason
Baker Public Safety Scholarship Fund and honors all of those
who have died in service to the public as firefighters and police
officers. The race takes place at Crown Hill Cemetery; the
course winds up to the highest point in Marion County, where
James Whitcomb Riley, the Hoosier poet, is interred. This
significant hill means that few runners set personal bests on
the day but the challenge is always welcome!
Sunday Sep 21 2014 Indianapolis, IN
October 5 2014 USA Masters 5K Championship
This is part of the Syracuse Festival of Races and is renowned
among Masters runners for having one of the best organized
and perhaps the most Masters friendly event in the country.
Dave Oja, the race director, does a great job. And the course
is flat and fast with very few turns.
My 2013 result: 3rd M65-69 (bronze medal) 19:20
Sunday Oct 5 2014 Syracuse, NY
October 18 2014 Medical Center 10K Classic
This race in Bowling Green, Kentucky is senior friendly in
that it offers prizes not only for the top Masters runners (40
and over) but also the top Grand Masters (50 and over) and
even the top Senior Grand Masters (60 and over). The people
of Bowling Green turn out to support the runners on a course
that winds through the part of Bowling Green on and around
the Western Kentucky U campus.
My 2013 result: 1st M65-69;
3rd place Senior Grand Master 41:04
Saturday October 18 2014 Bowling Green, KY 8 a.m.
October 25 2014 USA Masters 15K Championships
The Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run hosts the national masters
15K championships for the second consecutive year. This is
the 38th running of the race; over 4000 runners completed
the 15k race last year.
My 2013 result: 2nd M65-69 (silver medal);
3rd overall masters 1:01:35
Saturday October 25 2014 Tulsa, OK 8:50 a.m.
November 8 2014 USA Masters 5K Cross-Country Championships.
The 5K national cross-country championships will be held in
Carmel, IN for the first time this year. The site is Northview
Church in Carmel, the site of many semi-state HS
competitions.There are individual and team awards. For the
first time, I will compete as a member of the Athletic
Annex Indiana team. This will be my first cross country
race since resuming my running as an elite Masters runner.
Does 48 years between cross country races seem about
Saturday November 8 2014 Carmel, IN.
November 16 2014 US National 12K Race.
This is the second annual US Championship race over 12K in
Alexandria, Virginia. It is designed to be a course that allows
strong track athletes to move up in distance and compete with
strong road athletes. It is not so long that a strong 10K runner
on the track would be hung out to dry nor is it so short that the
road racer is at too much of a disadvantage in terms of speed.
It is the concluding race for the US Pro Circuit and is the last
road race for the USA Masters Individual Grand Prix.
[As of August 17, 2014 I am leading the competition for the
Male 65-69 age group Grand Prix, with Roger Price (New
Jersey), Lloyd Hansen (Utah), and Jerry Learned (Georgia)
in hot pursuit.]
My 2013 result: 2nd M65-69 (silver medal) 50:18
Sunday November 16 2014 Alexandria, VA.
December 13 2014 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships?
These are the team cross country champiionships run in
Bethlehem, PA -10K for the Masters men; 6K for the Masters
women. Unless a decision is made for Athletic Annex Indiana
to run as a team, I will probably not run in the race. There are
individual medals but no individual prizes. This race will
count in the Individual Grand Prix, however. If the race is
likely to be decisive in the Individual Grand Prix, I will race in
Saturday December 13 2014 Bethlehem, PA.
Once I have run my last race of the season my focus will switch to training for the Boston Marathon in mid-April 2015. I will try to run lots of miles over the winter and compete in some half marathons in January and February and possibly a 15K in mid-March. Except for the USA Half Marathon race where I will defend my championship in early February, my first USATF race is likely to be the 1 mile road race in August. But if all goes well, I will be able to make up for some lost time in the fall season.