– Salem, MA, July 13, 2018 – By Linda Desjardins –
It was not your typical Midsummer Night. That idea conjures up memories of evening races bogged down in heat and humidity. No, instead the Miles Over the Moon race featured very moderate temperatures and a delightful cooling breeze that refreshed rather than impeded runners. The course was not a difficult one – just about flat all the way – and all agreed it was a very pleasant one. There was an initial two-mile loop which brought us back to the starting line (and where some of us could watch the race winners cross the finish line while we navigated Mile Two), and then another two-mile loop covering different terrain. We had colorful sunset views, areas where the trees provided a lovely almost enchanting canopy, water views, downtown views, a run through a park, neighborhood views, turns and twists and great volunteers pointing out the way at every juncture. Running from twilight into darkness is a novel concept for a race and Friday the 13th was the perfect day for it.
North Shore Striders gave the race a try and we all navigated the course well, scoring some bling. There were welcome post-race refreshments, Koozies for all, and a very congenial atmosphere as our friends from Wicked showed us they, too, know how to put on a winning race.
Note: A special congratulations to Sal for first place among the Striders and second place within his age group!
One more little footnote: Miles over the Moon winner Dan Vasallo was 10th overall at this year’s Boston marathon, so we were running against some serious competition.