Recap by Mike Pelletier.
Twenty-one North Shore Striders laced up their running shoes for the James Rice Memorial 5K, the first Grand Prix event of 2016 where the only way to earn points was to run. Within forty-five minutes, the results were in for the 305 finishers and thirteen of the NS Striders had earned medals.
Gold medals went to Sean Michael Kay, David Farley, Joe Dasilva, Lauren Hamilton, and Linda Desjardins.
Silver Medals went to William Kobus, Rosie Kyes, Natalia Kay, Michael Pelletier, and Cheryl Welsh.
Bronze Medals went to Aidan Kay, Sean Kay, and Vanessa Diranian.
Finishing just out of the medals in 4th place in their respective age groups were Marianna Kay and Armand Claveau.
New Striders David Farley, Joe Dasilva, and Cheryl Welsh had outstanding debuts in the club with Dave and Joe each finishing first in their respective age-groups and Cheryl finishing second in her age group. Dave and Joe are long-time experienced road racers who have just recently joined the NS Striders. Cheryl, on the other hand, had run several half marathons before joining the Striders, but was making her debut at the 5K distance. What a debut it was as Cheryl bested 18 other Senior Master women and finished 2nd in the division behind teammate Lauren Hamilton who was using the 5K as speedwork before Boston.
After the race, Linda Desjardins said, “This was the first time I ever complained about a downhill in a race. That second to last downhill had me fearing I’d fall on my face. Of course, if I were running up it, I’d be complaining even more.”
I replied, “I know what you mean…. I was coming down that hill in front of two very large guys and thinking that if I fell down in front of them, they would squash me like a bug.” It was great motivation to stay upright.