After a poor nights sleep, we were up just after 5, fed and on the road by 5:30. I had drove a lap of our circle the day before, so was up to the task this morning, plus I have been able to walk - at least on level ground - without crutches for a day. I did take one crutch w/ me, knowing nothing was going to be level today. As always, parking from the Cog is a little remote, but we got up to the start line with almost 20 minutes to spare.
I left #12 at the start - #12 was my son's race day bib number, was also the 12th annual race - and of course the kid is 12 - stars may have aligned. A last reminder to him that the first few miles were where he needs to take it easy, being a tough start to the course. Then I hobbled up through the parking lot, up Barr Trail to where the trails merge, getting there within a minute of when the runners started coming through. #12 came through probably about 1/3 of the group. Looked okay, I thought he may have been pushing to hard to be so far up the group.
After everyone came through I took forever to go back down, back to the finish line to wait, texting updates to the home front and do a slow bake - was a toasty day for the race. #12 asked to wear my garmin for the race - just took a look at the data for him. He got split times at top of the W's, Barr Camp and finish.
Splits: 29:24 top of W's. 93:40 to Barr Camp and 51:45 down. 109th place, 351 finishers. Official time 2:25:29
Our initial reaction, (okay my initial reaction), was shock, pride and more shock. May have to drug test the oatmeal - he broke the previous 10 - 14 age group record by about 17 1/2 minutes. At the awards ceremony found out a 14 yr old did a 2:19 something. #12 is a little bummed, we are so ready for these 14 year olds to get out his age group. But overall, very impressed and proud to call him mine.