Saturday November 14 was a good day to drive to Bainbridge. This 10K race just keeps getting better and Greg Waddell stepped in to make sure the 1998 race – a grand prix event – was the best yet. Do you like a fast, accurate course? This is one. Do you like lot’s of volunteers, food, water, and friendly faces? Well, then this race probably made you happy.
It took Tim Simpkins 34:17 to pick up 30 points and put him self in the running for the overall Grand Prix title. Unveiling his new Ahab attire, Tim wasted no time taking control of the race. Second place was much more of a dog fight as Bill McGuire continued his string of impressive 10K times with a 35:46 overcoming Mike Labossiere’s 36:16. This was Bill’s third 10K under 36:00 minutes this fall. How would you know he was pushing 51 year old legs? Despite the final time difference, Bill and Mike were together for most of the race.
Sarah Williams clinched the women’s grand prix title by walking away with the women’s title and first place prize money with a time of 37:10. Of course having clinched a title would not stop a real champion from running the Ultra in December. (Sanity might, though.) Peggy Simpson moved into second place in the grand prix battle by finishing second here with a time of 42:25.