As seen by the many spectators and a small handful of other top guys, Sam Morse (Syracuse Track Club) ran the strongest race of the nearly 2500 runner field to break the tape at the New Bedford Half Marathon. He was too quick for us to catch him on camera, but we did manage to get a few words out of him for a web interview. Here’s Sam’s thoughts on his big W:
What were your goals going into the race?
I was hoping to go sub 65 going in but once I saw how windy it was and the hills in the first few miles I figured it wasn’t going to happen so I just tried to finish as well as I could.
What did you think at first when Serafini took off early? Did you try to break him at any point before you actually pulled away 15k in?
He really took off there in the beginning but the gap stayed about the same so I thought I would try to get up with him and see what happened. We were both pushing it pretty good with the tailwind for the middle miles so there wasn’t much chance to get away. I felt good once we started heading back north and just tried to keep a decent tempo going and he just fell off.
What are your upcoming racing plans?
I’m thinking of running Pittsburgh Half in May. It looks like it’s a fast race so it should be fun.
What did you think of the course and the event in general?
I thought it was a great event. It was my first time in the area so I didn’t know what to expect. I liked the hill at mile 12, that really makes you work to get to the finish. Overall it was a good weekend!
Congrats to Sam on picking up a win against New England’s best and best of luck getting that OTQ in Pittsburg!