By Darius Terry
Just 30 miles south of my hometown, San Jose, CA, I started my Independence Day celebration with the Freedom Fest 5K in Morgan Hill. With an 8 AM start time, it was still a bit cloudy and chilly during this competition. Several of my fellow HOKA ONE ONE Aggies toed the starting line for what would soon be a dominant outing for the club as a team.
Will Geiken set the pace from the start, and I followed right behind him. He brought me through the first mile at 4:30! From that point on, it was a two man race as there was major separation between us and the third runner. As we completed our first loop around the course, a small gap had formed between Will and I, and once we came through the second mile at around 9:16, the fatigue was beginning to set in. With about 1200m to go, I made one final push to try and challenge for the win, but my body was at its limit, and Will was out of reach. Still, I was able to secure 2nd place, and our top 5 Aggies finished in the top 10, so its was a great competition all around.
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