This was a very flat and fast course. The 5K and the 10 miler started at the same time. I lined up very close to the front since it was not chip timed. I was a little worried I was going to get run over by the 5K people, but wasn't too bad. First mile was 6:33. My goal was 6:30 pace. I was passing people the entire race. One woman passed me later even though I was picking up pace. If I would have known the course was this easy, I could have gotten a PR with a better strategy since I was only 16 seconds short and this was a certified course. The pace seemed too easy and every time I would notice the pace picking up I would slow down until the last 2 miles I just let myself go. I had way too much left at the end. I thought I might have a chance to place in my age group since last year the first place was 1:06. I placed 21st overall and 7th in my age group since all the fast 40 - 44 year old men must have showed up this year. Since I wasn't winning an award, I decided to leave and go run some more on the trails.