Racing To Beat The Clock

Can you run so fast that you finish even before you started?

What’s the fastest you could run 5K (3.1 miles)?  I’m not a very fast runner, but Sunday morning I ran the distance so fast I finished 34:52 before I started.  Pretty good trick, right?

Well, it wasn’t a trick at all. I joined 406 other sanity-challenged individuals at 1:50am at Georgetown Square to run the Anything Is Possible 5k. In nine cities, runners took advantage of the end of daylight saving time to start the race before the clocks changed and finish after we turned the clocks back one hour.

It was mostly a younger crowd, which I should have guessed given the race start time. There were runners in pajamas, in silk robes and one in a banana costume. We took off from Rock Spring Drive next to Giant, ran through the office parks, took a lap around Montgomery Mall (I’m too old and set in my ways to call it Westfield Montgomery) and finished back where we started.

The race benefited the Hope For The Warriors charity. Restaurants in Georgetown Square, including Flippin’ Pizza, Subway, and stayed open, and Giant and were ready to serve the crowd too.

I’m not sure I’ll do this again, but was glad to have zoomed through the streets of Bethesda so fast. My next race will be the Turkey Chase 10K on Thanksgiving Day. Who wants to join me at the much more reasonable hour of 8:30a.m.?

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