Category Archives: 10 Mile

TC 10 or 26.2

A few weeks ago I ran the TC 1 Mile race in Minneapolis which is hosted by the Twin Cities Marathon as part of their annual series of events.  Part of the deal is that every 1 mile runner is put into a drawing for a guaranteed TC 10 mile entry.

You see the 10 mile race takes place on the same morning of the marathon, but has a lottery entry system which caps at around 6,000 entrants.  To encourage runners to compete in  the 1 mile and the 10 mile they offer 1,000 guaranteed entries to the 10 mile race drawn at random from the 1 mile finishers.  This year only about 2,300 runners finished the 1 mile race which means almost 50% of the field received entry into the 10 mile.  Including me.

This was the e-mail I received on May 12:

Congratulations on being one of the 1,000 randomly drawn finishers to receive a guaranteed entry to the Medtronic TC 10 Mile! We’d like to offer a special ‘thank you’ for joining us on a beautiful May 7th evening for a great downtown race, and hope the excitement of two national championship races and a sub-four minute mile is still high.

Sadly, all TC Marathon, Inc entries are non-transferable, including this guarenteed entry.  Don’t worry, even with this entry you still get to pay the full $60 plus processing fees to race.

Even with this “great prize” I decided to get an e-mail that said this:

Congratulations! You are officially registered for the 28th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 4, 2009.

So I have officially registered for the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon, which is currently just over 75% full (pdf).

[tags] Twin Cities, Marathon, Twin Cities Marathon, 1 Mile, 10 Mile [/tags]

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Race Review: Fred Kurz 10 Mile

Almost another perfect day for a spring race made for a pretty good race for me.  According to my race plan I was hoping to finish in 1:08 which would have been quite excellent.  I actually passed the halfway mark in 34 minutes (and change) but knew I was struggling so it was going to be tough.

I arrived pretty early and got my bib number and start time.  The first runners left the starting line at 8:30 and then every one else’s time was handicapped off of it in 1 minute intervals.  Based on their projections I started at 9:30 with the last runner starting before 9:40.  This gave me WAY too much time to sit around before the race started.  It is a low-key race but I still got pre-race nerves.  Not an ideal race if you have alot of anxiety.  I “gave” my wife the morning off so I didn’t really have anyone to talk with or to take wonderful pictures of me!

As I mentioned due to a bridge being redone on the Luce Line trail the traditional out and back course was modified.  They made up all of the missing miles at the beginning which was appreciated.  Though they added 3 180 degree turns which wasn’t cool.  They are planning on this only being a 1 year diversion so let’s hope that the construction stays on pace!

The Luce Line is a great place for a race because it is a limestone covered dirt trail (according to the DNR).  There is some shade off and on along the course and it is more scenic than many road races.  The course included 2 water stations which made for a total of 4 potential water stops (although the 4th was about 1/2 mile from the finish).  I took water 2x’s.  I maybe should have taken some more since it was sunny and a little warmer than we were used to mid-40’s.   The weather actually made for some difficult clothing decisions.  I didn’t pack 9 different choices like Joe but I had 3 shirt options to wear – long sleeve, short sleeve, or singlet.  I had trouble deciding and ended up wearing the short sleeve over the singlet.  This was a decent choice given some slight winds.

I was a little surprised by the elevation chart that my Garmin produced.  It resulted in a net elevation loss and most of the “hills” seemed like long slow grades not the sharper grades on the chart.  But it is close enough!  You can tell there are some inaccuracies because the elevation chart should be like a mirror.  This year’s turnaround point was at mile 6 so it should be a mirror on either side and it obviously isn’t. Hmmm.

In some sense the slow grades are harder than short quick hills.  They wear more on the quads.  I was impressed by the overall accuracy of the course measurement – especially given the changes this year.  My Garmin produced a 10.03 mile race which may be one of the closest measurements I’ve seen.

A few things of note during the race. Three of us started at my time and we went out a little quick but I stayed with them for the first 2 miles and never saw either of them again.  I “caught” the first runner between 4 and 5 miles and got passed for the first time at 6 miles.  I cramped up a little bit around mile 5 and it eventually went away.  I don’t really remember where the water stops were mileage wise but it seemed pretty reasonable.  By miles 7 and 8 I was starting to pass more participants which was a pretty nice feeling.  I tried to keep pushing the pace in the late miles – but wasn’t overly successful with that endeavor.

Here are my splits according to the marked miles:

Based on the results posted at Raceberry Jam I was 15th overall, 12th male, 2nd in my age division and an official finish time of 1:10:31.

For $5 you couldn’t have asked for a much better race. I would be willing to pay a few bucks extra to use a timing chip and potentially save the race director some post-race headaches, including faster post-race awards.

[tags] Fred  Kurz, 10 mile, Race Review, Wayzata [/tags]

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Race Plan: Fred Kurz 10 Miler

My training plan calls for a 15k race this week.  The closest I can find is the Fred Kurz Memorial 10 mile race hosted by my running club – the MDRA.

The race is only $5 for members and $8 for everyone else.  Membership does have its rewards! When I sent in my registration I didn’t realize this was a handicapped race.  Slow runners will start first and then we will all finish about the same time.

Here are the times I submitted (late):

Human Race 8k  2009 – 33:03  (6:38)
Giving Thanks 5k – 20:01  (6:26)
USATF-MN 10k XC – 43:09  (6:56)

The official entry says they will use the “”world-renowned” Lanin Guessimetric Method (implemented by Rick Recker)”. My research showed no handicap method with that name – so I’m guess it is a super special formula of guessing. We shall see.

My last and only 10 mile run was a DINO Trail race in Indianapolis.  My time for that was 1:19:11 (7:55) so hopefully I can beat that!  My current 15K PR is 1:03:24 (6:48) which would be right where I want to run on Saturday.   Based on that my goal will be to run 1:08 for 10 miles.  Based on the 2008 results this would place me pretty high overall (8th) and win my 10 year age group.

The Fred Kurz race will be an out and back along the Luce Line Trail (DNR) starting in Wayzata, MN.  The site says it is hard packed clay. However, there is currently construction on this segment of the Luce Line and all the site say is a “modified course” so that should be interesting.

Who is Fred Kurz?

From the race website:

Fred Kurz was a charter member of the Minnesota Distance Running Association. A resident of St. Paul, he attended Murray High School and the University of Chicago. He was killed in a bicycle-automobile accident in 1963. This race in his memory is the oldest continuously held running event in Minnesota.

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