The Menchville Winter Chill 5K is the 1st race in the twelve-race 2018 PTC Grand Prix race series in which I hoped to either run or volunteer at this year.
Three days prior to race day I decided to run it, but by then it was too late to save on the registration fee, so I showed up at 8:30 a.m. with cash in hand. Paying a few extra dollars wasn’t a big deal knowing the Menchville High School Chorus was benefitting.
This race was my second 5k of the year and my second age group first place finish. Considering our recent snowfall and my lack of speed work, I felt pretty good about my results.
The weather was very deceiving. When I woke up the temperature was 58* with calm winds, but when I started warming up the rain had moved in. When I checked the temperatures before toeing the start line, I saw the temperature had fallen to about 42* with strong winds. This was going to be a chilly winter run!
The start/finish line was behind the high school. At 10:00 we were off and running. After running around the school and through the parking lot, we turned back and entered the Riverview Farm Park, a rather large park across from the school. Upon entering the park, we ran around the perimeter on a paved trail. The only people on the trail were the volunteers and high school chorus singers, cheering for us as we passed.
I was in third place overall for the first mile, but that would quickly change as I came off my peak pace. By mile two, I was in eighth place where I finished. As I neared the finish line I could hear a gentleman behind me (he was by no means being gentle). As he narrowed the distance, I had to dig deeper to kept him at bay.
I enjoyed this race except for the weather. This time of year the only predictable part of our weather is that it will be unpredictable.
Menchville Winter Chill 5k – website
If you are in the area, check out a Peninsula Track Club race. Each race is unique and relatively inexpensive.