The PFF Racing Team - comprising Tom Lenard (known as "T-Sizzle" in local running circles), Brooke Emmerick and I - entered into the 10th Annual MADD Red Ribbon Run 5K on New Years' Eve. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon in Alexandria for a great cause.
Unfortunately, the team had to overcome two casualties both before and during the race. Due to vague directions from Mapquest combined with the lack of reliable road signs in the DC area, and despite the agility of his Mini-Cooper, Tom was unable to locate the venue in time. Brooke suffered through a nagging toe cramp but was able to finish. As for me, this clip from the official race results is telling:
Male division (317 participants)
#235. A. Peters, 29 28:01
#236. A. Frum, 71 28:13
#237. R. Celeste, 45 28:17
#238. T. Kelley, 40 28:18
#239. R. Qurtler, 69 28:20
#240. B. Harding, 58 28:23
#241. S. Barber, 63 28:25
#242. L. Rooks, 9 28:35
The number to the right of the last names denotes age. Thus, with a strong finishing kick (which some have likened to an antelope running in Yellowstone), I was able to outlast Mr. Frum, 71 years young, and finish seven spots ahead of a 9 year-old. Looking ahead, the PFF Racing Team will look to improve on this showing in the St. Patty's Day 10K.