Kurz Memorial 10 Mile: Race Report

by Beth on April 10, 2010

Mike and I ran the Kurz Memorial 10 Mile race this morning along with a couple of friends. This race is handicapped, so the idea is that everyone should finish at the exact same time if everyone runs as would be expected from their previous times. If you have a relatively “better” day than someone else, you finish ahead of them. If you have a relatively “worse” day, then you finish behind them. I was the first in our group to start. I was given a 5 minute head start over one friend, 11 minutes ahead of another, and finally 18 minutes ahead of Mike.

No iPods are allowed in this race, and it is kind of lonely because you can’t line up and run a few miles with your friends. Other than that, I really enjoyed it. The weather was absolutely beautiful for running and the course was an out and back along the perfectly flat Luce Line Trail. It was mentally challenging knowing that the bulk of the pack was behind me and that the race was designed so that they would run me down all the way to the finish. I had expected to start getting passed around mile 6 or 7 and continue to be passed through the end.

I started at the same time as 5 others. One guy took off right away and when I saw him on the turn around I joked with him that he was a sand bagger. I don’t know why he started with us and he seemed to know that he was in the wrong group. Two of the others ran together and stayed in front of me by two or three minutes the whole way. I talked a little bit with the other woman in our group and we started the first bit together. I told her to go ahead after the first half mile or so and she was 30-60 seconds in front of me throughout the whole race. It was nice to have someone to follow and keep me working hard.

By mile 2, two other people had passed me and honestly I was a little ticked about it. Theoretically, I should not have been passed that early and I wondered why they submitted times that were obviously slow. Well, by mile 5 I passed one of them back and she was sucking air. By mile 8, the other guy was walking and I felt sorry for him. They had obviously started out too fast and this race points that out in a very poignant way.

I didn’t pass anyone else, but I also didn’t get passed that much, either. After I passed the walking guy at mile 8, no one one was ahead of me that started behind me. Oh, I could feel everyone breathing down my neck. I went from assuming everyone would pass me and being okay with that to really not wanting to be passed by hordes of people in the last mile. I’m guessing that 10 to 15 people at the most passed me. It was hard to tell because it was a beautiful day and lots of people not associated with the race were out on the course. Since they were coming up from behind me, I couldn’t always tell if they had a number on or not. With about a quarter mile to go, Mike passed me and gave me lots of encouragement. My two friends were closing in on me but ran out of time to catch me. Everyone had a great race and it was fun to be able to cheer for them at the finish since they are always so nice about cheering me on at every other race.

The course ended up being a little long at 10.1 miles. My time was 1:36:57 which wasn’t a PR but not too shabby. For the 10.1 distance, that’s 9:35 per mile and it’s 9:42 per mile for 10 miles. I was hoping to average 10 minute miles so I was very happy with my time. I actually had a negative split by 20 seconds, so I’m very pleased about that. I’m getting better at pacing myself at this 10 mile/half marathon distance. I had a negative split at my last two half marathons by about the same margin. I was faster than my TC 10 Mile time by 1:50, but that course is a lot harder so it’s not fair comparison. Still, better to be faster on the easier course than slower.

I don’t have any more races on my schedule until the Minneapolis Half Marathon on June 6th. What?! Two whole months of the season with no races?! Please excuse me… I need to find another race to sign up for, preferably one with a neato t-shirt.


Jean April 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Great job, Beth! That is a pretty cool concept for a race. Sounds like fun.

And what a beautiful morning to run! Couldn’t have asked for a much nicer day.

Tina @ Gotta Run Now April 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Congrats on finishing faster than you thought you would and getting faster as you went, too! Sounds like a fun race!

amytrigirl April 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm

HEY! 9:42 pace is great Beth! Congrats!

You should sign up for Trail Mix. A 15k of rolling (giant) hills at Hyland next weekend. Nat and I are doing it…..should be horribl— I mean FUN!

Anne April 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Congrats on doing a great job with your pace!!!

Julie April 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hi Beth,
Wow, that race sounds like so much fun!! I just might have to do that one with your next year:) Congrats on a great race! You did fantastic and had a very nice time!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend Beth!

heather April 11, 2010 at 6:57 am

Congrats on the race! Sounds like a lot of fun.

Nat April 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

Nice work Beth!! You are doing great. No races for two months?? That can’t be?! Buffalo Tri? June? Amy and I will be freezing our butts! Fargo Half? They have lefse, it doesn’t get any better than that does it?

Mike Nawrocki April 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

Hi Beth-

Thanks for your race report and for running the Fred Kurz. I was just talking about the race yesterday on my long run with some friends about what it would be like knowing you had people behind you chasing you the whole way.

I posted your race report over on the MDRA blog. I hope that’s okay.

Ultrarunner Brian Philpot April 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Good job! Not a bad pace, good too enjoy the race.

azrunning April 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Nice job on the pacing. I’ve always wanted to negative split. Maybe someday I’ll be smart enough to do it.

So was there a huge mass of people all finishing together?

Beth (velma) April 12, 2010 at 7:08 am

Nice work – what a fun concept for a race. Good luck finding other races to sign up for!

I Run For Fun April 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Congratulations!!! You rock! Great way to come back from injury with a bang!

mnsunshine April 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Congratulations on the race.
The Bud Break, first Sunday in May, has a long sleeved cotton shirt that is usually absolutely lovely.. nature picture of some sort… Minnesota Arboretum… Chanhassen.

Your race reports are inspiration.

meg ling April 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Nice job! It sounds like a fun race and nice job on the negative splits. I can’t believe you have to wait two months to race! What will you do with yourself? I’m going to be in the same boat but I can only cross one bridge at a time:) .
Have a great week!

Wendy April 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Awesome! Doing better than you thought you would, and yay for negative splits!! :)

Mel-2ndchances April 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Awesome job on the race! Still seems like a very cool idea for a race, hope you’ve managed to find another!!

Bill (Love to Run) April 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Nice job Beth. Sounded like a really fun event. Cudo’s to Mike for being the first finisher in your group as well.

BrianFlash April 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

I love the idea of a handicapped race. I wish more races would try it.

Nice effort to hold off most of the pack!

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