By Darius Terry
The Stow Lake Stampede 5K was a very fun race to be a part of. The course was a single loop that was relatively flat (which I tend to prefer).
At the beginning of the race, I made sure to put myself into a good position right with the leaders. We came through the first mile at 4:53, which felt pretty comfortable for me. The second mile came with some rolling hills, so although I felt the pace had picked up, the pace had actually slowed to a 4:55. By this time there was a pack of about 5 runners still in contention, but I felt comfortable.
The final mile was a net downhill so I knew it would be fast. A runner from Strava Track Club made a strong move with about 1200m remaining in the race, but I was able to cover his move pretty comfortably. With about 800m left, I took over the lead with a strong, decisive move. I would hold that lead to the finish, taking home the win. I covered the last mile in 4:20, and my finishing time was officially 15:01. I feel that this was a pretty solid time for my HOKA ONE ONE Aggie Running Club road racing debut.
WINNING SHOE: HOKA ONE ONE Tracer