A tougher goal was to see if I could be the “fastest old guy” – in other words, nobody older than me finishing ahead of me. While I hit that in one or two of the races, there’s an awful lot of fit and fast runners out there in the 50+ age bracket.
Saratoga Stryders for organizing the race series and to Fleet Feet for providing the prizes!
The Camp Saratoga series plays a pretty large role in my summer running for several reasons:
- Terrain – Trails are a lot more fun to run on than roads. Besides the fun factor, trail running is good for overall agility, balance and strength. The Camp Saratoga trails aren’t overly technical, so it’s an excellent course for anyone looking to add some trail miles to their running.
- Convenience – Since the races are held on weeknight evenings (every other Monday), there’s no conflict with weekend activities or other races. The fact that Camp Saratoga is a five minute drive from home is icing on the cake.
- Benchmarking – Countless factors go into determining a runner’s outcome in any given race, and results from one race are hard to compare to another. But running multiple races at regular intervals on a single course provides a nice baseline or benchmark for measuring personal performance.
- Social – Running, at least for me, is mostly an individual pursuit. The relaxed atmosphere at the Camp Saratoga series is great for socializing and interacting with other local runners.