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Corktown Races

What a perfect day for a race.  We were blessed with warmer than normal spring like temperatures for Michigan and a clear sunny sky.  The Corktown 4 mile race is held yearly in Detroit as a prelude to the St. Patrick’s Parade.  We headed downtown, picked up our race packets and made out way to the starting line.  Hanging out in the start area I talked with some fellow TNT Alumni, and also enjoyed watching the spectators that had already been indulging in the adult beverages for some time.  Irish flags, people wearing their green, and tons of green beads decorated the sidelines.  There was even an Irish Setter Dog club in attendance.  The gunshot to start the race took us by surprise since we were all talking away. After a brief moment of “was that the starting gun?” we were off!  I had ran 18 miles the day before so I really had no plan how I was going to run the race.  The phrase please do not get injured went through my head a few times.  I started off by keeping pace with my brother and after the first mile we logged a little over an 8 minute mile.  Not a bad pace for a 4 mile race and the legs actually felt surprisingly good.  I am not sure if I was lost in the beautiful scenery and excitement of running in Detroit but before I knew it we had passed the Mile 2 Marker.  “30 seconds faster that last mile”, I told my brother as I was wondering how much longer my legs would hold out at this fast pace.  We stayed together and kept up a 7:39 minute per mile pace overall for the entire 4 miles.  At the very end you could tell that my legs were running on empty as my brother had more kick left than I and sped past me at the finish line.  I think we made a great team keeping each other going and then both pushing hard at the end of the race.  Hopefully we can team up again for another race soon.  My brother Jonathan’s time was 30:34, my time was 30:36, and the person responsible for getting us both started running, our Dad, had a time of 36:40.  The picture below is right before the finsh line as my bother was pulling away from me.

March 13, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Great job on the 4-miler, especially after cranking out 18 miles the day before. I also think it\’s very cool that you got to run with your brother and father. My dad got my brother and I into running back in the early 70\’s.
    I wanted to also follow up and thank you again for linking your blog to our <a href="running">http://www.faithfulsoles.com/fsblogregister.htm">running Blog Database</a>. It has now grown to bloggers from 37 states in the US and 21 other countries of all ages and abilities and has become a great resource for members to find blogs that meet their specific goals and interests.

    Comment by Unknown | March 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. That can\’t be your brother, he has on too many clothes….. Great job.

    Comment by Downtown | March 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. I seem to have better luck with your blog using Explorer instead of Firefox. =)  Anyways, that\’s crazy!  Our goals are almost identical.  I am hoping to break the 4-hour barrier at Bayshore, and my current PR is 4:16.  Not only that, I ran the Country Music Marathon last spring also!  The hills and the headwind in that race kicked my butt.  Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Unknown | March 15, 2007 | Reply

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