9-14-2013 Celma Mastry One Step Closer to the Cure 5k, a set on Flickr.
I had run the Celma Mastry 5k a couple times in the past, and came to like the event. The course is in downtown St Pete Florida, and runs along the water. The start/finish line is at the Albert Whitted airfield, and it’s a popular route for races in St Pete.
Now for the excuses, I entered the race, and a couple days later came down with a nasty cold. That cold left my sinuses and chest congested, but it also came with a lot of joint pain. Normally if I’m that sick, I would blow off the run, but the entry fee for the CMOSC was over $40, which is a little steep for me, but also made me want to compete even more.
So I had the cold, and had only run once in the two weeks prior to the race. I ended up two minutes longer that last year’s race time.
The start time was 8:30, which means the sun had already risen, and the temps were rising as well. There was no breeze, and that made the air just that much more muggy. It’s Florida, and that is a fact of life.
After just 3 kilometers, my butt was kicked. I was sweating profusely, and couldn’t wait for the race to end. I had to take a few 45 second walk breaks, and during one of them course volunteers were cheering me on, I think I managed to call back to them, “I don’t even have the energy to reply!” Big thanks to them for the words of encouragement.
I did manage to get in one racing duel with another runner at the end of the race, and I lost that one (ok, more like edged-out), and that guy was 26 years old so I don’t feel too bad. He’s the guy that had trouble beating a sickly 49 year old man! (haha!) A lot of fun, still my ego would have liked to won that sprint to the finish.
Last year the event had over 600 runners, this year they had 400. There were a couple races in the region, but the CMOSC is the biggest of those events. I’m guessing the loss in participation may have been due to the high entry fee. Sorry, but $40 is a bit steep compared to other 5k events. It’s a charity, and that is what is important, having said that people allot only so much of their money to go towards causes, and the CMOSC entry fee may have reached that breakpoint for runners.
I think the smaller field of runners had a knock-on effect with the event. While there was ample bottled water at the finish, there wasn’t really anything in the way of bananas. I mean, I saw a table that had a couple, but for 400 people, you are going to have a lot of bananas. Last year there was a beer truck, some runners like a post-race beer, but this year there was no beer truck. Again, bananas & beers are no big deal, just examples of what may go by the wayside when you reduce entry fee totals by a couple grand.
I’ve gotten away from the race. It was a good race, with timing chips, and overall I had a good race. For an old sick guy that is! Nudge nudge, wink wink.