Run Now Wine Later 4.5 Mile Run
Gervasi Vineyard Canton, Ohio
1st in age group
Finish time: 34:00
Another great race by the fine people at Run Canton. This year’s race doubled in size from last year with over 1100 registered and sold out fast. This was my first real race back from calf injury and my goal was to just finish with no re-injury and average around an 8:00 minute mile. The race conditions were perfect in the low 60’s with a very slight breeze. I was shocked early in the race to find myself in the lead pack with such a large field. I wasn’t really focused on pace or speed as I was just happy to be running again. My first mile was faster than I had thought it would be around 7:18. I slowed down a little in the second mile which had some rolling hills and then picked up my pace for the last third of the race. I was surprised that I averaged 7:33 mile pace and finished 1st in my age group for the second year in a row. As always with a Run Canton event, racers received great race swag and custom finisher medals. The real draw to this race remains Gervasi and the wine! Register early next year if you want to get in on this great race as I am sure it will sell out fast!