Monday, April 21, 2008

Lincoln Tunnel 5K - Results

I completed the Lincoln Tunnel 5K race this weekend in New York City. There were over 2,000 people pre-registered and there were probably a couple hundred more people who signed up at the site.

If you're not familiar with the Lincoln Tunnel, it's the long tunnel that connects New Jersey and New York under the Hudson River. Needless to say, this was done purely for novelty as I can run a 5K in my sleep and I'd never get a chance to run through the Lincoln Tunnel again, unless I'm being chased.

The race itself was a lot of fun. It was pretty surreal running through a tunnel that I used to drive through all the time. The tunnel itself was pretty clean (they cleaned it the night before) and there weren't any problems with latent fumes or anything. We simply ran to the end of the tunnel (the New York side) and then ran back to the New Jersey side.

The tunnel itself was packed with runners and the chip was only for the finish line so there's no net time. I forgot to bring my Garmin, which wouldn't have been much help for distance but it would have for time.

As for my time, the official time was 30:18 (a 9:45 pace), but I think my time was closer to, eh, 27 minutes or so. I really couldn't care less. I was just out to have a good time and enjoy the once in a lifetime experience.

As an added bonus, my family was there with me and saw me finish. It wasn't quite the finish of the New Orleans Marathon (see report here and photos here), but it was great to have them there.

All in all, I was very glad I did it. It had a nice novelty and a T-shirt to wear for the ages!

UPDATE: ShoreTurtle posted some nice pictures of the race. Apparently he, unlike me as always, was prepared.


Laura said...

So cool that you did that! I originally wanted to do that race but didn't quite make it out there on Sunday.

ShoreTurtle said...

It was a fun race. After I finished, I walked down the tunnel and cheered the runners on. Judging by your time, you definitely ran by me. Are you running broad street this year?

CewTwo said...

Gee that sounds like fun!

Any pictures? Or would I be forced to listen to a description via your (umm... err) tunnel vision?

See you, man!

BTW... Chicago is not that important. It would have been great to meet you, but I understand! (Even though you pushed me so hard to join everyone there - hehehe)

Susan said...

Congrats! That sounds great. I am all for doing things that are once-in-a-lifetime!

ShirleyPerly said...

Sounds like fun! And a good race time esp. if your knee was bothering you still, too. Hope it's at least somewhat better than before.

Maddy said...

What fun!

Once in a lifetime and a shirt to boot!

Great job for a fun race!

Andrew is getting fit said...

That sounds so cool. Running through a tunnel. I like it.

Jade Lady said...

Sounds like a great 5K race!