March 2014 St. Paddy’s Run Green and Merge Records 25K
nOg Run Club St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K
This fun run is always on my schedule; it’s a given. 2014 was the second year the club tried to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Kilt Run with a 200 meter run prior to the 8K. The current Guinness World Record was set in 2012 in Perth, Ontario with 1,764 runners. They didn’t break the record but I will help them try again March 7, 2015.
March 22, 2014: Merge Records 25K
Merge Records was celebrating its 25 year anniversary in 2014 with several events leading up to Merge Festival. As soon as I saw this race, I knew I had to participate. In the early 90’s I was living in Chapel Hill and working in Durham. Evenings that weren’t in an editing bay, were spent at shows around town. My friend, Jeff was always ahead of the next upcoming band. My favorites were Superchunk (of course), Dinosaur Jr.; Bob Mould, Teenage FanClub and Arcade Fire.
This was my first 25K and my first point to point race. The race began in Chapel Hill, where Merge began, and ended in Durham, where it’s currently located.
I ran with a friend who had never run that distance and who is much faster than me. He agreed to run slower with me and I agreed to get him to 25K. It worked out great for both of us. I ran the most uncomfortable I’ve ever run for that distance and he became clear he is not about distance!
Photo courtesy of Tara Hill, the woman behind the third beer.
Merge Records 25K: 15:44 miles, 2:10:35, 8:28 average pace