Running the Coon Dog Day 5k – Saluda, North Carolina, July 7, 2007

It was a great day and Saluda is a fun town.  The race atmosphere can’t be beat so I suggest this race to anyone who likes a festive atmosphere.  Parking was a challenge.  But the Saluda folks organize remote parking and lots of shuttle buses.

They had more than 450 runners this year.  This race is really becoming big.  It’s a challenging start with a fair amount of uphill and a couple of other long uphill pulls, including one just before the finish.  I was feeling good and able to keep a consistent pace which allowed me to pass a lot of runners in the last mile and have a strong sprint finish down Main Street for a 22:23 finish — number 61 out of 452 runners.

For complete results of the 2007 Coon Dog Day 5k Race in Saluda, go to

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