#9 Run a 10k race

On April 24, 2016, I ran the Pike’s Peek 10k race.  I believe the Pike’s Peek 10k is named for the road it is run on, “Rockville Pike”.  The race starts near Rockville Pike at the Shady Grove metro stop and ends at the White Flint metro stop, running on MD Rt. 355 the whole way for 10 kilometers (10,000 meters or 6.21371 miles).

My son in law, Chris, helped me with this experience by running together.  I completed the race in 54:02, while he ran a bit faster as the old man (me) faded some at the end.  As for April, the day of the race was cold, starting in the 40s and ending in the 50s.  We were freezing at the beginning and sweating at the end.

As you can see from the pictures below, we has a special guest running the race.  None other than “Woodie Wilson” (i.e., Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the US).   I wound up beating him by about a minute.  I should hope so as he is 100 years older than me and he has been dead for 92 years.  Although Woodie ran an impressive race considering the size of his head!

All in all, a great experience, knowing that I can still run a distance well (8:42 per mile) as well as received a cool tee shirt and a small mason jar mug.

Side note:  Rockville Pike is just one of the many names for the continuous road, MD 355, that goes from Frederick, MD to downtown Washington D.C..  In Washington, DC, it starts as Wisconsin Avenue, then Rockville Pike, then Hungerford Drive, then Frederick Road, then South Frederick Avenue, then Frederick Road, then Urbana Pike, ending in Frederick.  Historically the Rockville Pike road has been around since the colonial days when it was used as an escape route from Washington in the War of 1812.

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