Race Recap: Time to Sperr

The Time to Sperr race is one of my all time favorites.  Its local, there are a variety of distance options (3k, 5k, 10k), the course is relatively flat/fast, and most importantly its in honor of a true hero, NYS Trooper, Andrew J. Sperr.  Proceeds from the race go towards maintaining and improving the park where the event is held.  The park, named after Trooper Sperr, was created and continues to serve as a tribute to him where his heroic actions unfortunately led to is death.

 The race also happens to fall on the weekend of my wedding anniversary, so it holds a special place for that reason as well.

I chose to run the 5k because I wanted to see what kind of time I could run the distance in when a swim and bike weren’t attached.  {Recently, my racing has been focused around triathlons.}

I was able to get in almost 2 miles of easy paced running prior to the start of the race.  That’s a new record distance warmup for me.  I knew for a fast race, like a 5k, my legs needed to be warm in order to get the best out of them.

The start line area was pretty crowded, so I decided to stand a few rows back from the front.  I knew a lot of the runners would go out fast and I was going to make sure to not to go with them.  It’s so easy to get caught up in he excitement and adrenaline rush and take the beginning of the race out too fast.

For the first time in a race, I actually avoided looking at my Garmin.  I wanted to try and go by effort, which I figured needed to be giving it everything I had.  Although, there was someone yelling out split times at the first mile marker.  As I approached him I heard 6:37, 6:38, 6:39…

Either he was off or my Garmin was:

Mile 1: 6:50

Mile 2: 6:50

Mile 3: 6:46

Last .13 (I have to get better with running the tangents): 50.4

Finish Time: 21:15 (official) 21:17 (Garmin unofficial)

Although this is not my fastest 5k time, I am happy to have averaged sub 7:00 pace (6:50) for the race.  Leaves me more work to do for sure!

Post race with my husband and our friend Matt.  They ran the 10k, with Brendan taking 1st and Matt in 3rd.  Amazing!


The complete race results were a little mixed up as some runners changed the race they were going to run during the race, rather than before the race.  As per the awards ceremony, I took 3rd overall female, 28th/306 runners.

Barely caught him in the picture, he’s so fast!


Overall, it was a great day.  I had a good race, was able to watch friends PR or run distances they had never attempted before, and in the end, raise funds for a great cause.

  • Do you have a favorite race?
  • What is your 5k PR?
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  1. Jen @ milesandblessings says:

    That is an awesome race and a great time!!!! My favorite so far was the allstate 13.1 in Chicago. My 5k pr is 20:40

  2. bethp262 says:

    Congrats on a great time! My 5k PR is 22:52. It’s hard to pick a favorite race, but my favorite 5k is a small local race called J’s Run. It benefits pancreatic cancer research and this year was the 4th year for the race. My son runs it every year with me as does our homeschoolers co-op running club (that I help out with) so it is a fun event. Oh, plus since it is small (around 200-300 people) I have always won or placed in my age group. :)

  3. Mindy @ Road Runner Girl says:

    Congratulations on a great race girl! That’s super fast in my book! :-)

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun says:

    Great PR!!! You are crazy speedy!! I am jealous – hopefully I will be right there with you one day!

  5. Jamie @ couchtoironwoman says:

    Congratulations on a great race! I love that it holds such a special meaning for you. Our favorite 5K is the It’s a Wonderful Run 5K in Seneca Falls, I can’t wait to do it again this year!

  6. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero says:

    Wow. Crazy great pace. I love local races.
    Info just came out for our little Turkey Day 5K. I decided I am gonna sign up and see if I can break my 29 min PR since it won’t be a million, hopefully, by then.

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