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Striders Finish 1,2 in Paradise

Published Feb 27, 2014

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Damian & Bob
Damian and Bob

February 1 2014 Bob Ludwig and I competed in the same event just different distances. Bob had been training for this ½ Marathon and felt he was ready. The event was Run for the Whales. This was a three race event being held at the Ma’alaea Harbor, Race times : 6:15 AM Half Marathon;  6:45 AM 10K; 7:00 AM 5K. Although I didn’t get to see Bob start I was able to cheer him down the stretch and snap a couple pictures. The day was a challenging one as the wind picked up and we had morning rain along with a chilly start at 65 degrees. 65 is a cold temperature for this place. BTW Ma’alaea Harbor is the 2nd windiest harbor on Earth. While Bob was running I did my usual pre-race routine of inspecting the food line, then warming up by jogging the race course.
For those who do not know Bob, he is a very accomplished runner. He is an extreme racer before extreme racing became popular, by competing in a foot race called Run to the Sun. Run to the Sun was a race that started a sea level and finished at 10,023 feet over 36.2 miles. Not only is this course punishing with the 36.2 mile distance and constant elevation increase, but most of the course is open to the sun where the temperature can reach well in to the 90’s. In the description of the course it is worded as: The Longest, Steepest Paved Road on Earth. Bob has also completed numerous other races including 24 Boston Marathons. I love listening to runner’s accomplishments, and their experiences. Bob has acquired many of them.

As Bob was running the ½, I started the 5K. The 5k course was flat and I was hoping to post a sub 25 minutes for the course as I had not run since RTB relay back in September 2013. Back to the title, Bob finished first in his age group with a time of 2:26:19, and I finished second in my new age group with a time of 23:39.

So where is this race held? On the beautiful island of Maui 8,045 miles west from Manchester NH. 


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