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All you need is a clipboard, pencil and stopwatch, a quiet path around a park, lake or sports fields, a group of like minded friends and you have the recipe for a race.

Method:- Someone yells go. Stopwatch is started and immediately thrown behind some bushes with the clipboard and pencil. Runners race over said distance. First runner home dives into the bushes and makes mental note of his time and the time of the second runner in, who has in the mean time grabbed the clipboard and pencil and notes 3rd. 4th. 5th. runners etc. and their times

No coppers, no t-shirts, no give aways, no sports drinks unless you want to bring your own, all care and no responsibility its not an official race so no insurance, no age groups, no medals and what's more,
NO ENTRY FEES,
just the satisfaction of racing over the distance and getting a finishing position and time.

NOT THE QUARRY BUT THE CHASE,
NOT THE TROPHY BUT THE RACE.

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excellent!

we actually used to do this as kids. minus the dive into the bushes... :umno:
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We do a series of races like this starting in spring and ending in the fall. We have the added advantage of having a display clock and read-out - so first runner notes is time, grabs the clicker and marks the second place finishers time. It's a club event so we're covered by our insurance, but anyone is invited to run. it's a great way to get an accurate time. The races are 5k 10k and then a bunch of odd distances 6.4 mi. 11.7 etc. Courses range from suburban to farm roads to dirt roads through the mountains. It's a hoot. All the "RD" does is pick the course and measure it ahead of time - or pick one that we've already measured in the past.
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I wish.

The only free race I've run since being a kid: Running with the club at LSU, all but one guy and myself turned around at a mile. We took the 4 mile loop around the lake. We ran maybe an 8 minute mile the first mile with the group, then picked it up to 7:00 pace. The closer we got to the end, the faster we went. No words spoken about pace or racing, we just ran. A gradual progression through the gears until we were both red-lining it. I made it back to the start point not even 5 paces ahead of him. Our last mile was right around 5:45.
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