The weekend started off at the Lions 5k in Chelmsford, MA where defending champions Peter Omae and Eline Laurent hoped to defend their titles. They did just that, and both in course record time! Omae is starting to come into form as he ran 15:59 for the win, over three minutes clear of second place and 15 seconds under his 2013 course record. 13 year-old Team Run youth member Eline Laurent posted a huge improvement over last year by finishing the 5k course in 19:30, over 75 seconds faster than her course record performance last year. Laurent was backed up by Team Run youth teammates Gabby Walsh and Pheobe Parker, who finished 2nd and 3rd with times of 21:05 and 21:26, respectively. Behind Omae, 12 year-old Team Run member Jimmy Allen took 3rd overall for the men with a time of 19:25. In all, Team Run swept 5 out of 6 of the overall podium spots!
A couple hours after the Lions 5k and in the next town over, Acton store employee Jeff Veiga laced up his spikes in preparation for the 2-mile at the George Davis Invitational, an annual track meet held by UMass Lowell. With the goal of breaking 9:00, Veiga was right on target, coming through the mile exactly in 4:30. By this point he had broken clear of the field and was only racing against the clock. The windy conditions seemed to slow Veiga down a tad as he finished in 9:02.58, just shy of his goal but easily in 1st place. Given his triple digit training mileage, Veiga certainly has reason to be optimistic. He is focusing on coming into peak form for the 5k at the world-renowned Penn Relays later this month.
The following morning, also in Lowell, Acton store employee Ethan Brown toed the starting line at the Firefighters 5k. In rainy conditions, Brown began to pull away from the field at the half mile mark. He increased his lead from that point out. Finishing 2nd in 2013, Brown was able to get the win this time around, running 15:36 with a margin of victory of about 50 seconds. The Team Run member’s time was about 50 seconds faster than he ran in 2013 on the downtown-Lowell course.
2014 has gotten off to a great start for Team Run!