The Magnificent Mile Race is the shortest race I’ve ever run. Just a mile. One. Single. Mile.

At first thought it seems easy – the last race we ran was almost five miles. A mile should be simple. On second thought this was the scariest race I’ve done. I had no idea how to run a mile and realized it is a sprint. Add to that the entry of big names like Bobby Mack running this race and as you slowly edge to the back of the field you realize – this may be the one where I am the last to cross the finish the line.

That being what it is this race is about a lot more than the run –

The Magnificent Mile Race was first run in November 2006. It is the inspiration of Sarah Witt who has Primary Lateral Sclerosis, a motor neuron disease related to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease; and Scott and Amy Corsmeier, siblings who have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a hereditary motor neuron disease.

Great cause and a really fun race. For the record I didn’t finish last and neither did Cara. My chip time was 8:02.07 and Cara’s was 9:45.6. Not a bad day for either one of us unless you were really racing Bobby Mack who killed it in 4:11.6. I am just happy to have crossed the halfway point before he finished.

Time to plan for the next race – this one was definitely a great time and rumor has it they have an awesome website too.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Heh, this was my second year doing this race, and it certainly is the most difficult to run, if you are a ~40 year old used to doing 5Ks and 10Ks.  🙂

    I keep thinking I’m going to train for this event next year.  Maybe next year I will.  My only consolation was that I beat my 9 year old (by 35 seconds).  I may have to savor that, as he might just beat me next time.  🙂

  2. All the pics are great but the one of you and Cara at the end is just so great. You guys make me so very proud. I love you both and could not be prouder! Another great race gang!

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