seventh running of the Good Times Summer series began last night; hopefully
the "real" summer is not far behind.
Costa selected the box containing $100.
212 finishers (for a summer series opener) showed on a somewhat gloomy
evening more suited for late April then late June. An amazing seventy
of last night's participants were newbies to the Good Time Series. Hopefully
all will return next week when the skies are blue and the temperature
normal - well at least that's what I'm hoping.
The concept for the Temptation 5K is quite simple; offer temptations along
the course that lure runners into running a slower time. There is a lot
at stake. For example, a few seconds can make a difference between winning
an age division prize, PR Mylie, an overall series' award or nothing.
temptation station was setup at the first water stop located just before
the first mile marker. Waiting there were ten boxes measuring 12-inches
square; five for the men and five for the women. One of the ten boxes
contained a $100 bill while the others contained t-shirts. Runners had
to decide was it worth running two plus miles carrying a box for a chance
to win $100. Apparently the answer was "yes" as the boxes went
temptation station was setup at 2.3 miles. Seven envelopes containing
bills from $1 to $10 were placed 60 meters off course. Again runners had
to decide whether it was worth running off course to get an envelope.
Maybe it is a reflection of the current economic times that all the boxes
and envelopes disappeared much earlier then in past years.
In the footrace competition Dracut's Jim St. Pierre won the race and also
set a course PR (15:32) for himself as he outlasted Lowell's Tutus Mutinda.
Tutus, however, did set a new standard for the male masters by running
an impressive 15:48. The women's race was a battle of the fourteen-year-olds
as Windham's Kate Farrell (20:30) edged out Tyngsboro's Sarah Burke (21:11).
The big winner of the night was Jessica Costa who selected the correct
box containing the $100.
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Next week, June 30, is our Classic T-Shirt Nite 5K. This is always a lot
of fun as folks show off their classics. We'll have special awards for
oldest shirt (must have a date), furthest race away shirt, best home made
shirt, most unique and a few surprise categories. So I hope you can join
us. And as always, we can't promise you'll run a fast time, but we
guarantee you'll have a Good Time at the Good Times Series.