Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

The arrival of April can only mean one thing in the DC running community: the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. This jewel of the local running calendar is an opportunity to get the spring racing season going in earnest. Further, the sterling quality of the fields gives GRC road warriors an opportunity to test their mettle against great competition.

The GRC lineup for Cherry Blossom is Outlaw, Phil, Graham, Wertz, Dave O, Balmer, and Kieran on the men's side. Outlaw is in excellent shape, and could certainly PR. Outlaw has been running phenomenally this spring and will keep the train rolling at Cherry Blossom. Graham is tuning up for Boston and is looking for a solid performance to build momentum. The deep squad will be trying to place well in the team competition.

For the women, Kerry, Maura, Shauneen, Hannah, Greta, and LTO will toe the line. Kerry is in the best shape of her life, and coming off her win at RNR half, is looking to knock out a big PR.  Maura is in the final stages of her preparation for her marathon debut in Pittsburgh, and is looking to cash in on her fitness with a solid PR.  Shauneen is on the comeback trail after her second child in the fall, and looks to get her 2017 season off to a good start.

3 things to watch:

1) Outlaw on Hains Point - Outlaw has reportedly run a mile or two on Hains Point, and will be looking for a strong second half.
2) Kerry's focus after a whirlwind media tour - Will Kerry be able to maintain her composure after facing the glare of the media spotlight over the past couple weeks?
3) The weather - Sunday's morning forecast looks to be conducive to racing, with race time temperatures in the low 40s and light variable winds. Can GRC runners take advantage?

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