11/3/2019 Scott Orlando And Christine Churpek Buckeye Half Marathon And 10K Peninsula, Ohio


Buckeye Half Marathon And 10K

Peninsula, Ohio

Scott Orlando

Buckeye 10K

Finish Time:  46:36

Overall Place:  17th Place

Division Place:  4th Place

Christine Churpek

Buckeye 10K

Finish Time:  50:45

Overall Place:  33rd

Division Place:  1st Place

Race Recap By Scott Orlando:

It was a chilly start to the 2019 Buckeye Half Marathon and 10K.  This year’s race field included just over 500 runners with a fairly even split between half marathon and 10K participants.  The completion of several road construction projects allowed for the original all paved road course to be used.  10K runners completed 1 loop of the course while the half marathoners ran an additional loop before heading to the finish.  The course is fast and flat with only one hilly area near the end.  Although air temperatures where cold, running conditions were pleasant with little to no wind.  This was my third time running this race.  I ran the half marathon a few years ago and the 10K last year.  I prefer the 10K for this race as I personally find the second loop of the course to get a little boring.  I started out faster than I expected clocking a 6:45 first mile.  To my surprise my second mile was also just under 7:00 minutes.  At the 3 mile marker I was at 21:04.  I actually couldn’t believe how comfortable and efficiently I was running at that pace.   I continued the next few miles at just over a 7:00 mile pace and slowed down a bit on the hill in the last full mile.   I finished with a time of 46:36 which was about 90 seconds faster then last year.  My GPS had the race distance at 6.55 miles as did a few other people I talked to after the race.  According to my GPS I averaged a 7:07 mile pace which I am very happy with.  Team ER Member Christine Churpek also ran the 10K and was awarded a box of delicious chocolate buckeyes for winning her division.  The race was very well organized by Summit Athletic Runners Club.  Team ER’s Mickey Rzymek expertly handled the MC duties for the race.  Team ER member Chris Brown donated her time to the race and handed out chocolate buckeyes as part of the post race snacks.  All runners received awesome performance hoodies which I think are my favorite piece of race swag for 2019! All runners also received custom finisher medals.