Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Santa Anita Derby Day 5K: Running Like Thoroughbreds!

A Santa Anita Derby Day tradition for 15 years, the Derby Day 5K Run & Walk was contested over about 3.2 miles on the asphalt, cement, and sandy training track by a field of more than 3,000 human runners. The course, which started in the racetrack parking lot then wound its way through the beautiful L.A. Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, eventually took runners into the Santa Anita infield and, finally, onto the racetrack itself for the final stretch drive.

Leading the start of the race was jockey David Flores, who finished first in the "Santa Anita Horsemen" division. Yours truly finished 4th among women in that division -- not too shabby, considering I was simultaneously attempting to get some video clips for the blog! It was a ton of fun, followed up by a great party in the infield.


Anonymous said...

Congrats! Sounds like a great race - wish I lived closer to Santa Anita. I love that it finished on the racetrack.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish! Well done!

Superfecta said...

Nicely done!

I finished second in my group in a 5K last weekend - typically, someone much faster blew by me at the wire.

Sally said...

wow, I'm impressed!

The_Knight_Sky said...

Very well.

But did you lower my personal best of 18:26 ? ;-)

Mary Forney's Blog said...

Congrats, Superfecta! And Knight Sky, what can I say? I can only dream of completing a 5K in 18:26!! Nicely done.

The_Knight_Sky said...

But that was accomplished as a scholastic runner.

Growing a few gray hairs now. ;-)

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