Don't you just hate those lithe and fluid runners whose supple sinew and effortless strides send we, ahem, masters plodders hurtling toward self-knowledge of our own mortality at every race we attend?
Oh, sorry for the (mock) bitterness. I was just glancing at the race results from Sundays two big events here in the Sacramento area -- the Davis Stampede half-marathon, 10K and 5K and the inaugural Sacramento Super Bowl Run 10K.
Most of the overall winners are hardly old enough to shave ... and then there are the male winners, too. (Lame joke-- my bad).
Take the Davis Stampede, which your humble blogger ran. In my race, the half marathon, the winner was 22-year-old Aaron Dilts of Roseville, whom I ran with for the first, oh, 50 feet before he disappeared up ahead. Dilts won in 1 hour 12 minutes 50 seconds -- roughly 13 and a half minutes before I did. Yikes, the guy was probably halfway up I-80 by the time I huffed and puffed over the line.
But enough about my midlife crisis. Let's talk youth.
The 10K winners in Davis were both teenagers -- 17-year-old Josh McDonald of San Leandro (33:25) and 14-year-old Stephanie Cello of Davis (38:24). View the complete results from the three Davis races here.
Youth was served even more in Sacramento's first Super Bowl Run 10K at Sac State. The overall winner was 22-year-old Colin Szehner of Sacramento at 31:41. The average age of the top 10 finishers, all male: 17.9.
Hey, at least the top female, Fleet Feet Sacramento racer Emily Mah-Nakanishi (38:50) is pushing 30 (she's 28.)
View the complete 10K results in Sacramento here.
The Sacramento race had a good turnout -- 691 runners -- considering it was an inaugural event. The Davis races drew strongly once more, with a total of 2,680 runners.