Race Report: 2013 Bushtukah Canada Day Road Races 5K
After running the 10K in 2010, and the 5K in 2011, I was sad to have missed out on the Bushtukah Canada Day race in 2012. Thankfully Derek’s travel schedule lined up for 2013, and Duncan, Pierce and I were able to participate!
Given Duncan’s strong performance in the 8K at the Perth Kilt Run, Andy was kind enough to offer pacing services to my speedy little man. Pacing is by no means an easy gig, and given I can not predict when my leg will act up, Andy’s generosity helped take the pressure off me. Bottom line, I do not want to hold Duncan back.
Andy and I had chatted in advance, and tried to come up with a goal. Somewhere along the lines of 27:30 seemed doable; going out moderately, picking up the pace in the last few kilometres. Duncan readily agreed.
I watched Duncan and Andy line up towards the front, and took my spot mid-pack. My intention was to keep them in sight, but not overtake. Andy was sporting his Canada Day wig, which made it easy for me to track the boys along the course!
While I was able to spy for the first 3 kilometres, I watched the gap grow larger as we hit the 3.5K mark. My feeling was Andy had Duncan on track for a major new PB. Looking at the finish line photos, it becomes obvious Duncan’s kick was in fine form. Huge thank you to Andy for helping Duncan reach this new milestone!
Duncan – 5K Results
Chip Time: 26:33.4 (Personal Best)
Overall Place: 219/540
Gender Place: 143/238
Men 14 & Under: 26/60
Turns out my leg was in great shape. While I may not have reached my previous sub-25 minute mark, I managed a not-to-shabby finish.
Once the 10K and 5K runners cleared the course, it was time for the kids races. First up was the Tot Trot, a 100 metre dash to the finish line. No words can describe this event – the photos sum it up!
With the pack of cuteness off the course, it was time to wrap up the Canada Day events with the Kids 1K. Duncan insisted on running back-to-back races, so we allowed him the opportunity. While slower than his usual 1K or 1M sprints (normally a sub-4 minute pace), he still had a great showing.
Duncan – 1K Results
Chip Time: 5:31.2
Overall Place: 59/342
In closing, 2013 proved to be a fantastic day at the Canada Day Road Races!