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    Monday, July 27, 2009

    Race #8 - York Days 5K - 7.26.09

    So we headed down to Maine for this weeks race. Wait, did I just say down to Maine? Yup, that is how the locals always say it. Actually as a New Hampshirite I would say up. Anyway we went. It was actually the "26th Annual Amidon Family Dentistry York Days 5K Road Race" - phew! Ironically enough they were aiming for a more convoluted title for the run, but it was unable to be passed by the town fathers after being ratified 3 times in last Falls triumvirate of conclaves. Those Yorkers, they're busy people! None the less, we ran! In the rain!

    It was a nice course with ample police presence and traffic control. An 8 am gun time made for a dismal spectator turnout as we winded through town. There was one great moment as I passed a "gentleman" grabbing his paper from his front walk. He stood in total disbelief that he had just rolled out of bed and 800 people were running passed his house. Punctuated by the butt scratch and belch that he offered as we went by. I let out a fist pump and a hearty "thanks for coming out!" He declined to further the exchange.

    Again it was a nice run with a start and finish mat, therefore we had actual net times. Very bumpy at first as some people in the middle of the pack had trouble getting through the narrow start gate. I chose this week to start mid-pack as i find it nicer to run the first leg of the race finding a good spot as the pack begins to thin out. Also for myself as a "newbie" to the sport it is nice to build confidence by passing a lot of others as you pick your spot. All in all I still need to find my kick at the end of the runs. I could have closed faster in my opinion. As I told my wife, I need to treat the last mile as if I just stole something and the authorities are in pursuit. Alas it was a successful day for Team Cameron. The boys toughed out the weather with their Batman toys in the double jogging stroller as they accompanied Gianina at the finish jockeying for photos.

    I finished 147th of 785 runners with a time of 22:56 - a new personal record for us! Our next run is Thursday, August 6th in Portsmouth. The 13th Annual (wait for it) Thunder Chicken 5K Road Race & Barbecue! Do you love it or what? Two years ago I know which part of this event I would have been competing in for cash prizes. As always thank you for being involved in our effort to raise awareness and funds for Autism and we appreciate every bit of help anyone can offer us. Please forward to family and friends if you feel compelled. Get involved now - First Giving - Thank you so much!

    Timmy & Team Cameron
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