Showing the return to form that provided him with a PR at the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run, Pat Ward lined up for a 5k that boasts deep prize money and a talented field. Ted joined him, looking to sharpen his turnover after injuries had delayed his focus on speed work throughout the Fall.
This impressive 5k, called the Heroes to Hero 5k. It honors the lives of the firemen from Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City, who died in responding to a fire alarm on the 4th of July several years ago. The course follows the route the firemen took the day of the fire and passes the homes of the men involved in the tragedy. In trying to maneuver their way from Mt. Ephraim to Gloucester quickly and avoid main roads, the firemen took smaller, side roads. Thus, the course the runners take in this race is extremely twisty, with plenty of 90 degree turns.
Though windy, the weather was still favorable – sunny and a bit cool. At the gun, the runners charged ahead. It seemed to be one of those races where people went hard in to the wind at the beginning and then were penned in to their position, thanks to the constant turns and pushing winds.
“I am happy with this race,” Pat said afterwards. “I am looking to get my turnover going, and hopefully this will set me up to run well at Mayor’s Cup.” Pat will be racing the B.A.A. Mayor’s Cup at venerable Franklin Park on Sunday, 28 October.