The real men (and one woman) came out to do battle with the elements and each other on Saturday. The pre-race tension was thick as old rivalries came to life after a couple months of dormancy. Chuck was up to his old tricks, psyching out Burger with some starting line mind games, feigning a hamstring injury. Burger's run time wasn't stellar, but it wasn't his fault. With that 80's soccer mom aerobic's class outfit he was wearing, autograph seekers along the parade route kept stopping him because they thought he was Richard Simmons. The Tsuda's brought an inter-family feud to the race, and ended with youth prevailing by less than a minute. But Roy ran the 10K, so his run time is probably inflated. Actually, the entire field was competitive with many close finishes. In fact, 14 seconds separated 2nd and 3rd, 13 seconds between 4th and 5th, 8 seconds between 6th and 7th and 6 seconds between 8th and 9th. The fastest run of the day was a 17:57 by second place finisher, Duffy Smith. Keep in mind, though, that Duffy ran the 10K and we split his time in half. Subtract about a minute form that time and the overall may have changed. Kyle May had the fastest bike split at 31:16. As far as I'm concerned, the biggest stud of the day was Eric Lebo. Eric is an excellent runner. I was telling him about our biathlon after the run and he said he thought it sounded like a good idea. He stopped by Spin City, bought a TT bike and was at the starting line to race a course he'd never seen on a bike he'd never ridden. All of you that didn't show because you're not in shape; take a lesson. A big thanks to the competitors and those that came out to help. Bob Thomas, Randy Flaugher, Tom Anderson and Tom Courson all came out to lend a hand. The awards ceremony was at LSB and the raffle winners were Burger, Chuck and Duffy. Keep in mind that there are several local running races coming up, and if we get good weather, we might just do this again.