We had near perfect weather for the Pub Run 1/2 Marathon this morning. The course was generally rolling hills with two substantial inclines toward the end that as the race director said, “make you smile”. There were 225 runners and I was given the honor to fire the start gun in Mercersburg. We had chip timing so, I got back on the street and didn’t lose any time. I ran with a friend from Tyrone, Jim Kilmartin. He’s training for the Pittsburgh Marathon and decided this week to work this race into his training regime. We paced each other well and finished either 5th and 6th, or 6th and 7th (there was some confusion about the early finishers). I won my age group with a time of 1:34:01, which is a pace of 7:17. I enjoyed meeting some new people and seeing the success of the event. It was a long day, but I’m glad that I ran as well as I did and still managed to get a few things done at home.