The hot weather broke again as it did last weekend and we had a beautiful sunny and cooler day for racing. The Huntington Beach Distance Derby is in it’s 54th year making the longest consecutive running race in Orange County. (Hey that’s older than me! Did people run races that far back)?
This race is run along the flat beach strand and while not a huge race with all the logistics that go with that, it is local, well-organized yet competitive event. I don’t know the official times and places, but Val finished the 10 miles in 1:14:20 and was well within the top ten female finishers. I had her around 6th or 7th.
Val as usual, was ready and excited to race. She thought I was going to stay home and sleep in, but I showed in time to yell the by now customary “Go Val” and take some pictures which you can find above in the MarkFu’s Photos tab and then this clip at the halfway mark from my vantage point on the pier.
Two other spectators for some reason tried to encourage me to run the 5 mile race but with wave of the hand dismissed them both.
As you see, she looked fresh and strong here and kept up a steady, even pace throughout and had a solid finish.
Tomorrow I sleep in.