CRC made a strong showing at the third annual running of the Level Renner 10k on July 19 in Brockton’s scenic D.W. Field Park. The day was woefully unfit for racing, with temperatures pushing into the 90’s, with humidity to match. Despite the heat, a record number of 200+ runners assembled this year’s small, but quality field. This race attracts a high density of the area’s finest, which contributes to its unique appeal I describe as “an intimate setting with a bunch of running geeks.”
The 10km course began with a jaunt up the menacing Tower Hill — a brutal 100′ climb over 1/10 of a mile. As if that weren’t challenging enough, the multi-loop course brought runners up Tower Hill twice more, including one climb in the final 1/4 mile. CRC Coach Scott Cody, who was at the race cheering, called the hilly course “evil.” Just look at this elevation profile:
The tough course paired with the merciless heat was enough to break even the most hearty. By the three-mile mark, many runners were seen turning back and walking back to the start, surrendering to the elements.
While times may have suffered, all CRC’s prevailed to finish. Jeff Rominger made a strong return in his first race after several months of surgery rehab; Victoria Macias placed in her age group despite setbacks from pre-race overindulgence.
After this grueling bout with the heat, most of us got DQ’d… DAIRY QUEENED, that is! A well-earned iced cream was a perfect way to cap off a great day of racing.