11/4/2018 Mike Williams and Scott Orlando Buckeye Half Marathon and 10K Peninsula, OH

11/4/2018

Buckeye Half Marathon and 10K and Team Race

Peninsula, OH

Mike Williams

Half Marathon

Finish Time:  150:13

Overall Place:  105/358

Division Place:  12/22

Scott Orlando

10K

Finish Time:  47:50

Overall Place:  19/258

Division Place:  4/8

Team Race (Combined time of a half marathon runner and 10K runner)

Team Finish Time:  238:03

Team Overall Finish Place:  14/34

Team Division Place (Male/Male)  5/7

Race Recap By Scott Orlando

It was a beautiful morning in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Temperatures were cool but very comfortable for both the half marathon and 10K.  Having run the half marathon a few years ago I chose this time to take on the 10K which was a single loop of the 2 loop half marathon course.  The fall colors of the trees made for a beautiful scenic run especially on the new section of the course that followed the towpath trails to detour around the closed portion of the road.   The newer trail portion of the course added some rolling hills to this usually very flat fast course.  I was having a fairly fast enjoyable run until the 4th mile when I felt my calf start to tighten.  I slowed down a bit hoping the tightness would go away but it only got worse as I made my way up and down the hills.  In mile 5 my calf felt a little better and then really tightened in the last mile forcing me to slow down again.  Having just spent 18 months rehabbing a torn calf I was more than frustrated that the injury had reappeared.  I did manage to finish 19th overall and 4th in my age division.  No doubt had the injury not occurred I would have finished with a much better time and placing.  Lucky for me Orthopedic Doctor that had been treating my calf  also ran the race and squeezed me into his schedule the following day for evaluation and treatment.   Team ER member Mike Williams had an excellent run setting a PR in the half marathon.  Summit Athletic Runners Club did an outstanding job organizing the race with the help of Ritchie’s Sporting Goods and Mickey Rzymek of North Coast Multisports.  I think that they made a great decision adding the 10K and team challenge to this event.   Other than my injury it was an outstanding running event.

 

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