Nearly 100 runners lined up at 9:00 AM today for the start of the Sunset Stampede 10 mile race, at Martin Luther King Park. It was sunny and the temperature was already in the mid-60s.
Although the uphill section doesn’t really kick in until about mile two, I decided to take it easy and clocked 8:19 for the first mile. It was nice when we started up Macon because the shade made it quite reasonable and it only became better (from a heat perspective) as we proceeded up Old Toll for the long haul. We ran Old Toll until it ends at Town Mountain Road and up Town Mountain to Crowningway where we reach the high point and head for gravel-covered Patton Mountain Road to begin the return journey.
I reached the five-mile point in 47:41 and my quadriceps were a little sensitive from the uphill run while I ran my fastest mile (number 6), shuffling through chunky gravel in 7:52. It’s a relief to get off the gravel on Sunset which has a few more uphill pulls before finally reaching Baird for a steep downhill stretch and back down into the sunshine on Chestnut, Central, Woodfin, College and the home stretch to the finish line at Martin Luther King Park.
Total time on the back five was 42:59 making my finishing time 90 minutes and 40 seconds. The race distance was a solid 10 miles (10:06 on my Garmin).
Congratulations to overall winner Josey Weaver with a time of 1:00:58. Second place was Seth Hendler-Voss at 1:03:02 and third was Victor McHenry at 1:06:28. First female was Julienne Wright (who was also the first female finisher at the Biltmore 15k) with a time of 1:14:32. Second female was Jessica Walters with a time of 1:15:31 and third was Beth Weathersbee at 1:18:16.
Here are the complete results, with 75 participants finishing the race …