Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lobster Dash 2010

"It can't be a bad day if you can run on Ogunquit Beach"
-Greg Gumbinner

Today I completed in the 10th annual Lobster Dash on Ogunquit Beach. This 5 mile race is in memory of Greg Gumbiner. Greg was an avid runner and enjoyed life. One of Greg's favorite sayings was "It can't be a bad day if you can run on Ogunquit Beach".

There were 211 participants. I came in 17th overall with a time of 35.30 at 7.06 minute per mile. Definitely not a PR for me, but a great race. The race is at low tide on the hard packed sand of Ogunquit beach. Generally speaking most people run a bit slower in sand than a traditional road or trail race. Runners were from all over New England, California, Florida and beyond.
The proceeds to the race benefit different charities and programs in Ogunquit. Ogunquit's Charlie Farrington and John Mixon make the race possible. The course is easy. Run north with the ocean on your right. Run to you can not run anymore, then run back with the ocean on your left. The 5 mile course is professionally timed and mapped. The fun part is running through the the tide pools!  The weather was perfect with bright sun, seasonal temperatures and a light head wind going north.

Ogunquit's Lobster Dash is a unique race in that participants receive a lobster roll upon completing the 5 mile run. Runners also receive a t-shirt, medal, and runners breakfast. Of course the best schwag is running on near perfect conditions on Ogunquit beach!

Lobser Roll, T-shirt, medal, breakfast, and a five mile timed race for $20 entry fee!

1 comment:

  1. .....That would have been me taking the photo...Congrats on your dedication to running for causes and charity. Its good for the Soul.