I remember this race well. It is one of my best memories. John McCrell was in this race. He was so fast I could never catch him. After the races we had good conversations.
This race was in the middle of summer, usually very hot. The day was overcast and misting rain in drops so small it was like running through a cloud. The course was half in the country on gravel roads and half in the small town on the black top roads. As the race started and the race director said some things, has anyone ever heard what the race director says before a race? I made my way to the middle of the pack. As I started running there was John, could I really keep up with him I wondered? Of course I could not keep up with him, but I kept trying. I didn’t hear my splits but to my amazement the clock said 27:31 as I finished the 4-mile run. Could that be right? Before then my PR for a 4-mile was 32:10. I came close but I never broke that PR made that day at Alexis Fun Day.