5K Photos and Awards

>> Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Some people have commented on my 5K win that the course was short. I don’t want to believe that. It may be true, but I have no idea. I actually talked with the race official at the start. He told me that the “actual” start line was about 10 feet ahead of where we were, but as long as we ran (in his words) “a 5K or MORE,” he would call it official.

Also, for what it’s worth, that time seemed about right for how I’ve been training. Four weeks ago, I had to do a 3 mile tempo run. I mapped out a course and ran it hard in 18:15. This past week, a few days before the 5K, I had another 3 mile tempo run on my schedule. I ran the same course as a few weeks ago, and I ran it in 17:15 - 1 full minute faster. So on the morning of a race, with extra adrenaline and extra excitement, I’m not surprised that I could pull out a 17:27 5K.

So, I’ll have to still consider that an official 5K PR time. So much controversy.

Oh, and about the “400+” people that ran the 5K: well, it was more like “around 300.” The number of “400+” also took into account the people that did the 1 mile walk as well. Here were the official results:

Here are some photos from the Charities Challenge site that Gary (president and founder) snapped during the event:

Gary labeled this one “Overall Winner Steve Stenzel Cheers On Others”

Here you can see Jon, Steph, and me on the left

Steph and my yellow butt

Joel, best friend of the late Joe Plant, contacted me and said he has to get me a prize for winning. I thought it would be something small. But because so many people in the Twin Cities know Joe Plant’s story, there were some nice donations. Joel told me that I won a night in a NICE Minneapolis hotel and a dinner at a NICE restaurant! I couldn’t believe it! So, to be fair, the first person to comment on this post wins a night with me in that nice hotel! Game on!


Pharmie 9:42 PM, April 02, 2008  

Ooh, ooh, do I win? At least I hope I do, otherwise you may need a couple of more nights in that hotel!

Steve Stenzel 9:43 PM, April 02, 2008  

Phew! I'm relieved it's you, hunnie! Otherwise, this could have gotten awkward...

CoachLiz 10:09 PM, April 02, 2008  


You two are funny!

Anyway, I live too far away. Again, congrats on your PR. We both had a PR on Sunday! My race report is going up tonight.

Spokane Al 11:31 PM, April 02, 2008  

Dang! I was hoping I would be first so I could watch you shave your body! However, in retrospect I will gladly defer that honor to Pharmie.

Theoutofshapeguy 11:32 PM, April 02, 2008  

Dude, who picks out your race clothes? Are they the source of your speed? I need to get some pointers, because i am slow as all get out!

Rainmaker 12:09 AM, April 03, 2008  

Dude, you totally clobbered the competition. Not.even.close. Like pushed them to the side of the road after they were already roadkill type of clobbering.

Nicely done.

RunBubbaRun 5:44 AM, April 03, 2008  

BoooHoo, you didn't ask me for dinner first.. As long as you shaved that is..

Great job on the WIN, 5k, shorter, or longer you still kicked everybody ASS..

Marcy 6:11 AM, April 03, 2008  

Duuuddee I was going to say the same thing as rainmaker. No one was even close, son. DAYYYUUUUMMMMMMM. Could I borrow your tighty whities? You think they'd make me faster? LOL

Trisaratops 7:08 AM, April 03, 2008  

1st out of 400, 1st out of 300....HOLY CRAP, DUDE. Both are amazing!

I hope I can even see you at WIBA--you might just whiz by me Tasmanian-Devil style on the course. :)

Tri+Umph 7:44 AM, April 03, 2008  

You must have been feeling humble a few days ago, Steve. Sure, you said you won, but you didn't mention that you won by two and a half minutes.


SWTrigal 8:14 AM, April 03, 2008  

Wow-totally missed that one..

Danielle in Iowa in Ireland 8:24 AM, April 03, 2008  

I love that women totally dominated that race (besides you).

But I also wanted to say that you should make a jaunt to Ames for the doughnut run this month - I have always wondered if someone could post a negative time on the 5k (you get time off for doughnut eating) and I sure as heck am not fast enough to try :-)

Molly 10:16 AM, April 03, 2008  

Congrats on the great prize. I was rolling my eyes at the commenters questioning the length...just challenge them to a race, that'll teach 'em!
Take Care

brendaj 10:28 AM, April 03, 2008  

Enjoy your well deserved prize - sounds fun!

Unknown 10:36 AM, April 03, 2008  

What a great prize! And congrats on kicking ass and taking names, cause that's exactly what you did!

Lily on the Road 10:50 AM, April 03, 2008  

Wow, way to GO!

Awesome job and BTW ~ those shorts....;-X

Unknown 3:26 PM, April 03, 2008  

Well done on the 5k PR! Your 3-mile time trials definitely tell the story of improvement and certainly line up with your 5k. I think I need to reconsider my race clothing. Maybe the baggy clothes are holding me back.

jen 3:51 PM, April 03, 2008  

Hey I think that was rigged! ;) Great photos and congrats again.

teacherwoman 8:58 PM, April 03, 2008  

Nice job Steve! I would definitely consider it a TRUE 5K PR! :) Enjoy the warmer temps!

Collin Kromke 10:03 PM, April 03, 2008  

Damn. Missed out on my dream date by THAT MUCH.

riderpitts 3:12 AM, April 04, 2008  

man u crushed pam and helen

Anonymous,  8:59 AM, April 04, 2008  

That's a 5K PR...no doubt!!

Kim 10:21 AM, April 04, 2008  

seriously. how do you run so fucking fast?

ShirleyPerly 10:37 AM, April 04, 2008  

Darn, missed out on the prize. That's a nice one for winning a 5K, though!!

Nitmos 11:00 AM, April 04, 2008  

Nice job. You are fast. you could have jogged backwards the last 1/4 mile just to rub it in. Way to stick around and cheer on the "slowies" to let them know they got beat buy a guy in yellow shorts. ;)

Great race.

Tea 6:09 PM, April 04, 2008  

That can't be....an average pace of 5:37. I don't think I can run a half a mile that fast.

I could try.


monica 8:56 PM, April 04, 2008  

leave it tot some bitter betty bloggers to question your win. LAME!!!! well, i know i'm too late for the prize, but just wanted to say i got your back. 5k PR FO SHO BEEYATCHES!!!

Triteacher 9:26 PM, April 04, 2008  

Way to kick on that race, Steve! And I looove the yellow shorts!

Nancy 9:39 PM, April 04, 2008  

Were you trying to encourage or discourage commenting??!! Glad Pharmie stepped up. That could've been ugly.

Who would question the distance? Whatev. YOU WON.

sRod 6:55 AM, April 05, 2008  

Well done--per usual.

By the way, tag, you're it.

Anne 7:31 AM, April 05, 2008  

Somehow a mere 'nice job' just doesn't do justice to finishing first. Well done!

Unknown 10:04 AM, April 05, 2008  

You didn't just win it, you WON it. 2.5 minutes ahead of the next runner?!? Holy smokes.

IronMin 10:10 AM, April 05, 2008  

The greatest athletes of our time have always been surrounded by a cloud of controversy. Hold your head high - your PR totally stands up and defends itself! Let the rest of us be jealous of your training as you enjoy the fruits of your labor. (I'm quite philosophical today)

GoBigGreen 5:01 PM, April 05, 2008  

I dont think i can even bike that fast. AT least you didnt get Girled by the runner up. Glad you had fun!

Dana 6:38 PM, April 05, 2008  

Regardless of the controversy you still smoked that race!

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