It was a damp and cold morning, the kind that threatens a bleak, grey afternoon. But despite Race director Michelle Redrow’s pre-race prediction that the poor weather forecast would effect the turnout, almost 1,500 runners made it out CGI Racing’s annual Perfect 10, an all women’s 10 miler. But fortunately for runners, by the 8 p.m gun, mild temperatures and rain confined to a light mist made for comfortable running conditions.
Not cold enough to warrant cold weather attire, not warm enough to break a sweat. Perfect.
Along with enthusiastic runners, many clubs, signed up as teams, participated in the race. One of the first Clubs I caught up with was Black girls run!
When asked what the club was about, long time member Torri Thompson sarcastically shot back, ” Well what do you think it’s about?” But she then continued: “Basically its an orgainized support group dedicated to fitness, not just running, aimed at fitting obesity among black women.” The group has no shortage of enthusiasm, and with over 50 members in attendance, it was by far the largest club at the race.
I also happened to meet Aliz Holzmena of Girls on the Run.
Girls on the run, as a Aliz explained to me, is all about “building character development of 3rd to 4th grade girls through running.” She goes on to explain that the club, using a 24-lesson-program, helps train girls for 5ks, and in doing so hopes to impart valuable life lessons.
The top finisher was Scarlet Boyer, 41, of Downingtown PA, with a time of 1:06:50. Finishing with a full minute lead, Boyer was followed by Ericka Meling, 26, of North Brunswick NJ with a time of 1:06:52
Defiantly a perfect day for the Perfect 10.