The Loon Lake 5.5K has become a tradition for my sister Traci’s family, as they always visit her in-laws at their lake house over the 4th of July weekend. I never seem to be able to get off work for this one, but Ben’s run it the last couple of years and this year Colleen did, too.
Traci posted her best time ever this year, placing second in her 40-44 age group at 33:19, which comes out to 9:45 a mile. I think this might be the first time she’s raced below the 10-minute pace, and she was psyched. “I think all that interval training we’ve been doing this summer really helped!” she said later when I went to pick up the kids.
Ben had the fastest overall time in the family, though he’s still not in shape and started out the race trying to coax a fast time out of his 9-year-old cousin Monroe. She won her age division at the Waterfall 5K Trail Run, but her legs were tired from tubing so he eventually left her and finished in 32:00, which averaged out to a pace of 9:21 a mile.
Madison, 14, whose primary training is swimming, finished in 40:31, at 11:15 a mile. Monroe finished a few minutes later at 46:06, a pace of 13:29 a mile. Their dad, Gunnar, finished in 46:33, a pace of 13:36 a mile — which is pretty good, considering he usually walks most of the race. (My nephew Mason got credit in the results for a 46:32 finish, but I found out later he slept through it. Apparently his bib was stuffed in somebody’s pocket as they crossed the finish line.)
Colleen was the last finisher in our family group at 59:17, but she was pleased because that was just a few seconds slower than her Waterfall 5K time and this race was a bit longer. Her pace came out to 17:20 a mile.
I’m bummed that I didn’t get to run this race — at least in part because apparently nobody remembered to take pictures! Also, it would’ve been fun to meet Noel Schafer, who commented on my Waterfall Trail Run post that that was his red truck in our pre-race picture. He won the masters category for the 5K at that race, and he won the 45-49 men’s age group at Loon Lake, running a 23:52 — a 6:59 pace. Good job, Noel!
Unlike Traci, I probably wouldn’t have placed at this race. Her time would’ve only been good enough for 4th in my 45-49 age group. (I just love it when older runners outperform younger ones.) But it would’ve been fun to run this course after hearing about it now for several years.