Honestly - I hesitate to call this a race because it was the smallest, low-budget, no-frills race you can possibly imagine. I think I'm being generous when I say there were 50 people. No chip timing. No mile markers. No aid stations. But it's to support scholarships for the Fort Lewis College Exercise Science Department so at least you can be sure 99% of your entry fee is going to the cause!
The race started at the clock tower on campus which is on a mesa above Durango and consisted of many loops around campus including along Rim Drive which overlooks town. There was a 5K which was a small loop and a big loop, and for the 10K you did both loops over again. I passed my car four separate times and every time I thought that maybe I should just hop in and go home! Mostly because that part of the course was really windy. Running into the wind is high on my list of least favorite things.
My splits were - 8:44, 8:31, 8:10, 9:00, 8:42, 8:41, and 2:46 for the last .3 (per Garmin) for a total time of 54:34 and an average pace of 8:40. I was hoping for closer to 8:30 but there were numerous things I could have done better leading up to and during the race, such as: a) going to bed at a reasonable time the night before - not at 11 p.m.! b) eating a proper dinner the night before - not Chinese food at 3 p.m.! c) bringing some water/fuel for during the race - even though it was *just* a 10K a GU before the race and at mile 3 would have been nice. That is was so windy was also not very helpful.
That's all! I hope you have a nice Easter weekend.