This year, people changed their clocks three weeks early for the ritual of “springing forward.” Steve Gourley, Bart Borghuis, and Tom Haxton “sprung forward” to start their Spring by racing the scenic Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in Wilmington, Delaware.
The course is a scenic one, with rolling hills that find the runners in the midst of a two mile climb during the middle of the race, before getting the hills back, as the runners descend gradually for almost three full miles towards the finish line. At the start, Tom Haxton took the lead. His 5 minute first mile was watched closely by the lead pack, only five seconds in arrears. After several miles, Steve Gourley and eventual race winner Christopher Nirschel ran away from the pack, looking to close down the gap between them and Tom. Bart held back on the intial move made by Steve and Christopher Nirschel, but eventually picked up the pace with another member of that original foursome.
In the ninth mile, Christopher Nirschel took the lead, followed closely by Steve, as Tom had a bit of trouble with a side stitch. Steve kept the race close all the way to the line, finishing second overall in 1:10.33! Bart provided the second PRTC runner in the top five, hitting 1:10.51. Tom finished seventh place in 1:15.40.
“The weather was terrific,” Bart said afterwards. “It was a great course, truly enjoyable.”
On Saturday, 3 March, Ted Callinan ran the Shamrock 4 Mile Road Race as a tuneup for the U.S. 8k Road Championships to be held in Central Park on St. Patrick’s Day. Ted set a new club record of 19:22, eclipsing his old club record of 19:24 by two seconds.