At the end of outdoor track, BRC prepared for the last race of the season: the Providence Rhode Races on Sunday, May 5th. Thousands of runners competed in the day of races, which included a marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.
In the week leading up to the event, the club had a spirit week including a Rainbow Day, Twin Day, Brown Running Club Day, and our classic Fun Sock Friday.
As the forecasts predicted, Sunday morning was chilly and wet. Despite the weather and the fact that road racing is not the greatest spectator sport, several non-racing club members came to the course to cheer on their teammates.
They had a lot to cheer for, because all of our runners ran times that far outstripped the goals they had set for themselves. Consistently in the lead, Adam Janik won the half marathon with a time of 1:11:40, setting a new club record. Maura Driscoll finished second for women, also setting a club record with a time of 1:27:04. Winning age group awards were Isaac Oda-Bayliss, who finished seventh overall and third for men 20-29, and Julia McClellan, who was first for women 19 and under. Other impressive finishes were Violet Sackett, returning to running after several months of injury, and Montana Fowler, who built up her mileage this year for her first half marathon.
While most of our racers competed in the half, we had a marathon finisher, William Yang, who completed his first full marathon. In the 5K, Joy Jiang finished second for women in 18:52, a new club record. Overall, it was a great day for Brown Running Club!