Saturday, April 19, 2008

Tidal Basin 3K

On Wednesday I went down to the Tidal Basin at noon to run in the free, monthly 3K race held the third Wednesday of every month. This race has been run consecutively since April 1974.

It's a short, furious sprint around the small body of water that is the Tidal Basin, with the FDR Memorial on one side and the Jefferson Memorial on the other. Soon a small park in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be added to it. (Right: The "hill" on the 3K course.)

The run is very scenic. Best of all is when this horde of dashing men and women suddenly descends upon strolling tourists, especially in the beginning when the pack of runners is still tight. Their eyes tend to get big and they invariably freeze in place, usually with their arms wrapped protectively around their torsos, until the mad pack is past.

I have run this race in 72 of the last 81 months. This month I ran a 12:59 (6:58) for the 1.86 mile distance, which is pleasing since breaking 13 minutes is my benchmark of a good race. I hadn't done that in a year. My co-worker M was complaining about feeling sick and saying he might have to drop out but he threw down an 11:48 (6:20). I should be so sick.

This is the 3-mile race we're getting ready for later this month.

13 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Sounds like a great 5K tradition.

cindy said...

You are speedy!

That's funny how the tourists react :)

Sunshine said...

Thanks for coverage of interesting running opportunities in your city... the monuments, historic bldgs, cherry blossoms, the weekly/ monthly/ yearly events.
And cheers to you for your gift of time to the running community and your impressive timely running!!

Rainmaker said...

That sounds like a blast! I'm not sure what would make a better photo though, photos of the racers - or the tourists as the racers bear down on them.

akshaye said...

Haha! Amazing time for being sick. That is incredible - how long that race has been held.

Tomas said...

Ha ha... poor tourists... strolling along in their innocence when this horde of mad people comes... kind of reminds me of Lion King and the horde of Buffalos (or a related animal) :)

Abby said...

Ooooh the Cherry trees are in bloom. Our first flowers just opened this week (see http://www.borealisyarn.com/new.html.) It was neat to see you as the 'featured runner', but just goes to show that when you have a blog site anyone can 'quote' you

CewTwo said...

I would love to see this race from both sides. As a tourist/ogler/spectator and as a runner...

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on breaking 13!

DawnB said...

nice race peter

Sunshine said...

Oh Peter! What a fabulous comment!
Thanks for stopping by.

Bex said...

So glad you're doing the ACLI Challenge. Totally fun race.

Jade Lady said...

Like I said - you are one swift dude - lots of fast-twitching muscles in those legs!