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August 21, 2010 / jtwomey26

Londonderry Old Home Day Road Race

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    On Saturday August 21st the Londonderry Old Home Day 5k road race was held. Over four hundred runners gathered in the town center to take pictures with family and run pre-race jogs. Groups including sports teams from the local high school gathered for photos and family’s talked about the event while the start of the race loomed. Suddenly the group moved to the start line and the opening gun was fired. A quick pace down in front of Mack’s orchard led some to early cramps and others to race to the woods to early bathroom stops. As the runners settled into a good pace several on-lookers set up water sprinklers, providing a cool relief from the “prime rays” coming from the 8:00 a.m. sunshine. 

      In mile two it was more of the same as the group raced on towards the home stretch.  A long climb back up the hill in front of Mack’s orchard left many runners walking as their only option. Before long though, the cheering crowds urged runners to finish strong and the adrenaline of the race took over for these runners. At the finish the time was reported and the scores recorded based on the individuals bib number. Everyone then considered the rest of their day. Many went to enjoy free coffee and pastries and others headed directly to their cars. I went to breakfast with my Mom, having enjoyed a nice run and an opportunity to make her proud of her son. 

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  1. Colleen / Aug 29 2010 4:51 PM

    She is so proud of you.. so am I 🙂

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