Sunday, August 23, 2009

Stolen Runner Identity

When I went to pick up my package at Seafair Torchlight 5K Race on July 25th, this didn't exist.

In a very well disorganized race, a volunteer told me to do the line for the 8K and if it wasn't there either, then go to the "registration issues" table. The line for the 8K pick up had more than 100 people. I asked him if I had to do the whole line as I already did the 5K line, and he said: Yes.

After some to-myself cursing, I went directly to the registration issues table. There was no chance that I was going to do the 8K line.

They registered me again and I got bib #4625. Two weeks later, surprisingly, I saw in my athlete link site two results for me for Seafair.

...and everything fell into place. Somebody picked up my package and ran with my name. Bib #6769... I checked the pictures and found the impostor. A case of Stolen Runner Identity!!!


Training is going good. Doing it to the fine print. Today I ran a 10K in 1:00:39. Funny thing I have never ran an official 10K before, so a PR.. ha!. I reminded myself that I didn't need to race but to run faster than regular training... But would I listen? I tried to hit under 1 hr, and though I missed the goal for 40 seconds, it was a wonderful race. 58F, a perfect running temperature and around beautiful Lake Union in Seattle.

I ran for the fallen
Spec. Jeremiah W. Schmunk, and Sgt. Travis D. Pfister, both from what I consider my hometown, Richland, WA. (Thanks Chris for letting me know!)

Division 11/21 - Overall Female 203/430 - Overall 400/690

Judy Fischer (65) who I happen to meet in almost every weekend's race, is a world class runner. She won today the Grand Masters with 46:45. This means an age-graded time of 33:15. Pretty amazing.


ShirleyPerly said...

Wow, that's a bummer that the other person ran with your bib. Hopefully that was not done on purpose (i.e., she was just handed the wrong packet).

Anyway, well done on your 10K. I've never run a standalone 10K and need to do so someday!

Petraruns said...

Wow that is just so weird. I can't believe it! Like Shirley I hope this was an accident?

As for your 10K woot woot you're really achieving here girlfriend! Well done and well run. And ps - still loooking fabulous!