As Kathleen's friend Lauren pointed out, "one race down, and a lifetime to go."
|About to finish|
The gimmick of this race series, held in 10 states around the U.S. today, is that runners wear red shirts if they are single and looking, and white shirts if they are unavailable. Despite being given a free pass to do so, I still couldn't be that guy wearing the shirt of the actual race.
The race began with about 300 people lined up on the partially blocked street outside of a strip mall. A NJ State Senator began the race with a countdown and a starting gun, but not before someone in the crowd yelled out, "take your shirt off and put it on Facebook!" an uncouth reference to Chris Lee.
"How disrespectful," commented Kathleen. "Disrespectfully awesome."
I finished the race in a respectful(ly awesome) 20:45. Pretty far off the 19:26 I ran last May, but considering this is the first race of the season and we're still in frigid February, I'll take it.