Race Report: ATC Cross Country 5k 2010
My first time out for the ATC Cross Country 5k. Another race in my goal this year of racing once per month. I will miss technically miss that goal, but will hit it in spirit. More specifically these races in November, December, and January are about staying motivated and on track–I’ve found that scheduling and running in events throughout the holiday season is a great way to stay motivated during this tough time of year.
This is my first time out for the ATC Cross Country 5k. It was a good race. It’s a tough course, and the smaller ATC races always bring out good competitors. The temperature was brisk, but the wind merciful. Recent rains had drained off sufficiently pretty well in most areas.
Location: Milton High School, Alpharetta, Georgia
Gun time: 9 am
Course: 1000 m loop, then 2 x 2000 m loops for 5k total.
Registration: $10; Free for ATC members.
Host: Atlanta Track Club
Weather: Cold with mild breeze. The air warmed a bit between first arrival and start time. Running shorts, Long sleeve base layer, T Shirt, Nike Frees. Could’ve stood some gloves.
Terrain: Hilly, wooded course with gravel, chips, pine straw, dirt, roots, short sections of paved crossing. Essentially a trail run. Significant, but short hills.
A nice break from the standard asphalt road course. Good course with challenging hills. The hills were fairly significant, but short.
Competition: As I mentioned, the field was pretty competitive, but not too embarrassing for a mid-packer. There were a couple of walkers. So a little be for every one.
General Impression: A good December race. A little close on the heels of any Thanksgiving Day races you may have done. I found I was probably a little over-trained.
Room for improvement: No real negatives. The D-tags were only used for finish times, but the start line was extremely wide and shallow, so probably not much difference between clock & chip start time.