Yep, you can pretty much set your watch by it. Nate Jenkins earned yet another win at Trav’s Trail Run, a 5k cross country race held in Newburyport, MA. The winning time for Nate this year was 14:55, with a comfortable 35 second margin of victory. In other words, it didn’t come down to a lean at the tape. But let’s compare that to Nate’s recent victories:
2013 – Nate ran a 14:55 and won by 1:08
2012 – Nate ran a 14:54 and won by 1:02
See a pattern there? It’s pretty remarkable to see a man run nearly identical times year after year, especially off road and essentially by himself. Sub-15 appears to be the norm for him. All it takes is someone to show up and run a 14:54 to challenge him. Anybody?
For this particular race, Jenkins took it out hard and easily took the win. The top masters runner was Greg Putnam (4th overall) in 15:55. Another notable performance was Syros Barres in 6th place, a 51 yr old who ran 16:30 coming off of a 2:44 Boston Marathon.
For the ladies it was Betsy Suda for the win in 17:20. Molly Griffen was top masters in 20 flat.