the westchester summer series - rechristened the "corporate cup" - made a somewhat low-key return to the summer race calendar last night at the suny purchase campus. it's been on a long - almost 10 year - hiatus (due, mostly, to the consequences of the unfortunate death of a runner during one of the 2003 5k races). this summer it will consist of only two races, with the second one held on august 14. next summer it will return to the traditional three race format.
the 5k course is basically one full loop of the campus road - and includes some decent hills. the weather was perfect (even with the threat of rain overhead). the temperature in the 60's was a solid 20-30 degrees cooler that the heat wave of 90+ degree days we had just experienced. but there were a number of unclaimed bibs at the registration table of runners who didn't show up (perhaps worried about the forecast of rain?).
i didn't have a time goal in mind, but planned to run the race in lieu of my mid-week track workout. i was slightly disappointed not to see mile markers - but there were 2 water stops - on the course. as a result i probably went out faster than i would have. fortunately, it turned into a good thing. i finished in 21:42, a 6:59 pace, one of my fastest 5k results in while! not only was i pleased with my time - but i finished 3rd overall! a very good night at the races :D
i'll add a link to the race results once they're posted.
i'll also add a link to the race photos when they're posted by dorian drake international (one of the race sponsors).