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Terry 2nd at Morgan Hill Freedom Fest 5K

Terry 2nd at Morgan Hill Freedom Fest 5K

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.

Shoe: HOKA ONE ONE Tracer

Fast mile road race in Los Gatos

Fast mile road race in Los Gatos

By Phil Jensen, Bay Area News Group

The mile run is a glamour event at track and field meets, but is rarely raced on the roads.

That is part of the attractiveness of the One Mile Bang, a road race in Los Gatos on June 25 that attracted both elite runners and those simply seeking a new personal record.

The race is along a point-to-point course between Blossom Hill Road and Lark Avenue, on the north side of Vasona Reservoir. The non-profit event benefits Cityteam Ministries San Jose. As the race website states, “Anyone can run a mile — those who are fast, slow and everywhere in between. Everyone deserves a home — no one should have to live on the street and City Team offers hope and assistance to the homeless.”

There were certainly some fast times achieved in this year’s race.

Darius Terry of San Jose produced the fastest time of the day with a scorching 4 minutes, 6.8 seconds. He was 2.2 seconds faster than the second-fastest time of 4:09.0, clocked by Benedikt Buenz of Strava Track Club. Thomas Poston of Goleta had the third-fastest time of the day (4:09.4). All three men broke the former course record.

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Terry wins PAUSATF One Mile Bang Run

Terry wins PAUSATF One Mile Bang Run

Photo from PAUSATF - @pacific_association

By Darius Terry

Looking to bounce back after my 5K at the Portland Track Festival did not go as I had hoped, I decided to enter the PAUSATF-sponsored "Los Gatos One Mile Bang Run".  The weather conditions were perfect: it was about 70 degrees and there was a slight breeze as well.  The course was downhill, which reminded me of the State Street Mile I had competed in a few weeks prior. From that experience I knew I couldn't put too much emphasis on splits. 

At the start, a fellow competitor was out quick, and had a significant gap on the entire field going through 400 meters, but I remained tucked in the chase pack, confident that we would reel him in.  By 800 meters, the pack had surpassed the early leader, and there were about 10 competitors all in contention going into the final 400 meters.  With about 300 meters to go, fellow HOKA ONE ONE Aggie Tom Poston began to make his finishing push, which I responded to along with a Strava TC athlete.  I was able to pull away from both of them over the final 200 meters, opening up a lead that I would maintain to the finish line. 

The official time was 4:06.8, so along with the win I was able to set a new course record.
 
Winning Shoe: HOKA ONE ONE Tracer

Terry Wins State Street Mile on a Back-to-Back

Terry Wins State Street Mile on a Back-to-Back

By Darius Terry

I had set myself up for a busy weekend of racing: I entered both the 1500m run at the Jim Bush Invitational and the State Street Mile. With these two races within the span of 17 hours, I knew that my race tactics would play a major role in the outcome of my races.

Terry Takes Stow Lake Stampede 5K

Terry Takes Stow Lake Stampede 5K

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.