Hot Air Baloon 5k

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Lake Havasu City,AZ,

Member Since:

Sep 29, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

21 marathons (2 DNFs)

6 Bostons (2007-2011, 2017)

3 Half Ironmans

2 50 Milers

1 Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

Marathon PR:

     2:59:00 St. George 2008

     2:58:03 Boston 2010

 1/2 Marathon PR:

     1:25:41  Havasu Half 2009

     1:24:09 Painter's St.George 2010

 Half Ironman PR:

      5:25:02  HITS Havasu 2014

5K PR:

       18:23  LHC Turkey Trot 2014

        18:22  LHC Turkey Trot 2017

50 mile PR:

        7:56:14 Avalon50 2016

Short-Term Running Goals:

Break 3 hours again

Doing it a Boston would be sweet!

It was sweet!

Break 3 hours again, but now as a masters runner. It's been 9 years since my last sub 3. I better do this soon as I'm not getting any younger.



April 27 Mt. Charleston Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running.

Complete a Full Ironman




4 kids



Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 24.00 Month: 161.00 Year: 340.20
BareFoot Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Altra Lone Peaks Lifetime Miles: 343.00
Kinivara 9 Lifetime Miles: 517.00
Nike Pegasus 35 Lifetime Miles: 355.00
Kinivara 9 Blue Lifetime Miles: 82.20
NB 1400v6 Lifetime Miles: 67.00
Hoka Torrent Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Race: Hot Air Baloon 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:19:40, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

The Havasu Hot Air Balloon festival is this weekend. They decided to have a 5k run this morning as part of the festivities. During it all the balloons were supposed to take off. Unfortunately it was too windy for the balloons to fly.  The race still went on. After running 2 miles to warm up we stood around for a few minutes and I never heard anyone say start but people started running so I did too. Dan took off fast like usual, then a guy around my age that looked like a good runner then one of the local high school cross country kids. We ran in that order for about the first 1 3/4 miles at which time the runner, the kid and myself were right by each other and Dan was far enough ahead we couldn’t see him. We went off road onto trails at that point as well. The high school cross country team trains on those trails all the time and the kid took off. I gradually pulled away from the runner but when we finally got back to the roads we only had about 1/3 of a mile to go and the kid was maybe 30 yards ahead of me. I picked it up and caught him right before the final turn at which point he went straight instead of turning and there wasn’t more than 30 yards to the finish. I must be getting soft because I let up so he could pull back ahead of me and finished just behind him. I didn’t want to beat him like that and I think it meant more to him. I therefore got third and the runner came in 10 to 15 seconds behind me. I forgot to stop my watch and it wasn’t a timed event. I think I finished around 19:40 though. 

Later in the day I went and played soccer. My legs were a little tired and heavy. Near the end of the first half I strained my hammy and then got relegated to being goalie the rest of the game. I did run my watch though and ran a little over 2 miles before the injury. It’s mild so I’ll probably be back running by Monday. 

Kinavara 8 Miles: 5.00
From Dan on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 20:46:40 from

Nice race ya softy! Take care of the injury. No one has time for that.

From Burt on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 22:52:37 from

What a guy.

From Tom Slick on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 15:23:43 from

What a gentlemen you are Bro Rhett......

From Smooth on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 20:43:02 from

That's very nice race...AWESOMEST nicest guy Rhett!!!

From Tom K on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 06:47:57 from

This all would have turned out differently if they let the balloons fly. The kid wouldn't have missed the turn, you wouldn't have tweaked your hammy, there wouldn't have been a 47 yard pass interference penalty in the Jags game, It's all related man!...

.... Um, I mean, Great race! 19:40 does not sound soft to me.

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