Backlog blogging, Hay Bale and Heath 6K
The Third Interior Alaska Cross Country Series closed with the Hay Bale and Heath 6K on Tuesday night, under cool (about 35 degrees) and cloudy conditions. I must admit at being a little disappointed in the thin turn out, I had fewer runners than helpers at the start so I decided to jump in along with my son's friend Joe.
This is probably my favorite event of the series, I like the narrow trail, open field, and hay bale jumps. It reminds me of the race I started in Colorado back in 2001, the Rattlesnake Rumble, which was also a hay bale race in an old field (since turned into a sports complex).
So after a quarter mile warm up, realizing yes, it is cold, I brought the starters to the line and made some last minute announcements, introduced our starters/timers (three from this year's state championship cross country team), and we were off.
It was more or less of a progression run with each lap getting faster. We started out conversational pace for the first half lap and then picked it up from there. The third lap was definitely threshold, and the last 400 was hard. I felt lunch coming up, so just finished 5 sec behind Joe.
Photo by Sam Harrell, Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner.
Hay Bale and Heath 6K
1. Joe Bue 24:29
2. Roger Sayre 24:35
3. Anna Worden 27:57
4. Dan Bishop 27:59
5. Jane Lanford 30:29
6. Ellen Clark 35:55
7. Liz Cogen 40:50
In the women's race Anna Worden leapt over 7 hay bales on the three lap course and cruised to a win. Redoubtable masters runner Jane Lanford took second place, followed by Ellen Clark. Clark was the series winner, Liz Cogen second, Worden third, and Lanford was fourth.