10/29/2008

Hard learned lesson


red shirt, arms up, 1:43.58

Some say that with a time chip there is no need to worry about getting a spot near the starting line, because timing starts the second you step across the line. This is not entirely true. Just ask the 3rd and 4th ranked women in my category (you see, I wasn’t the one who learned a hard lesson). Their actual time from starting line to finish line was respectively 44 and 0.3 seconds faster than mine, but official time starts as soon as the gun goes off. I crossed the finish line before they did, having started near the front in order to stick close to yellow balloon guy. That moment was caught on film and shown on the evening news (6 seconds after the gun, don’t blink or you’ll miss me).

Gotta run…

3 comments:

Mayor of Blakersfield said...

I watched so many funny videos online, I was expecting something comical with that first guy in red. I did spot you towards the end. Good job on catching the yellow balloon guy.

Randy said...

I had to watch it twice to locate you but I did locate you. How many people ran the thing because the finish line looks crowded!

stephruns said...

There were 3264 finishers. I was surprised the finish line was so crowded too, there was a bit of a bottle neck at the end.