CINDY QUINNELLY, A HALF-MILE FROM THE FINISH,
WEARING A VERY WARM AND COLORFUL HAT!
NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER PHOTO

Brrrr! Cold Weather
for Predicted Five Miler

BY NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER

FRONT ROYAL, VA--With the thermometer reading a chilly 15 degrees and a slight wind making it feel as if it was in the single digits, it was a cold day at the SVR Predicted 5 Miler. Held on January 22, the 5-mile loop course that traveled on country roads was staged at the Bowling Green Country Club. While there were no golfers out that day, 110 brace souls in various stages of dress took to the roads for a hilly race where no watches were allowed. At sign-in, all participants jotted down what time they thought they would finish the course and prizes would be awarded to those who finished the closest to their predicted time.

Neither race had any drama as winners Justin Fritzius (27:51) and Brenda Schrank (31:22) jumped out to the lead at the start in their respective divisions and neither was pressed both finishing at least a minute over their nearest competitor.

But the big winners of the low-frills awards (bags of candy, snacks, etc) were Cassie Craze and Stephanie Blevins who amazingly both finished within one second of their predicted time! They both got first dibs at the prize table and they quickly scarfed up bags of chocolate. Next up were Herb Strum and Jenny Gibson who each finished within seven seconds of their predicted time.

Interestingly, if you are into stats, 67% of the participants ran faster than they predicted while 33% ran slower. Me, I purposely put down a time that was significantly slower than I thought I would run as I want folks who look at the final results to think, “Wow, Neal is running a lot faster that he thinks he can.” No shallowness in this runner…