The Jim Kane Sugar Bowl was held last Thursday evening and it was a beautiful night-still hot but cooler than last year. The cooler temps brought fast times as BAA Unicorn Brad Mish set a new 5k course record in a time of 15:29. We have an exclusive interview with the champion that we will release in a separate post in the next day or two. Itâ€™s pretty insightful. Following Mish, was a herd of Unicorns. Craig McMahon (16:05), Andreas Heilmann (16:29) and Ian Nurse (16:42) all rounded out the top 5. One has to wonder if two-time defending champ Heilmann regrets inviting his teammates to the event. Nah, he made light of it in our post-race chat.
On the womenâ€™s side, Amanda Allen, also of the BAA, led the way. She ran 5:54 pace to take home the top prize in 18:18. Coming in on Allenâ€™s heels were Siobhan Flaherty (18:35), Kristin Murphy (18:56), Amanda Walsh (18:57), and Tiffany Spearman (19:19). Spearman stowed her bag at the LVL table before the race, and we were glad to see that we did not jinx her performance in anyway.
On the masters side of things, it was another BAA runner who claimed victory: Mike McGrane. Â He won in 17:59. Not only does McGrane run fast. He smells good too-must be that WIN Detergent…Avril Silverman of Waltham, MA won the womenâ€™s masters crown in a time of 21:38, cracking 7:00 pace by a mere one second.
If your name wasnâ€™t mentioned above, donâ€™t fret: itâ€™s quite likely we caught you on our video camera. We have coverage of both the start and finish of the race. Enjoy.
And before we sign-off, weâ€™d be remiss if we didnâ€™t mention the fine job the L Street Running Club does in organizing this event. As they say, “We run the event. We donâ€™t run in it.” These guys do a fantastic job every year and Alma McDermott leaves no stone unturned. Itâ€™s a first class event.
Stay tuned. We have more coverage of the Sugar Bowl headed your way with exclusive interviews featuring winners Brad Mish and Amanda Allen. As an added bonus, we even caught up with race director extraordinaire Dave McGillivray.
And if you liked the Sugar Bowl, you should consider running the LVL10K on August 17. Sure, itâ€™s double the distance but is also has great water views.