33rd Dynamic Duo Pursuit Race
The latest race in our journey was the Dynamic Duo Pursuit Race. I had pegged it as a unique and “different” race, much like the HMRRC 6×1 Mile race we ran earlier this summer—I wasn’t far off in my assumption. It was lots of fun, especially running together as a couple. Interestingly (I say this for lack of a better word), upon showing up we realized that the average age of the runners was under 18. (Had an odd feeling that they were going to address us as “Sir” and “Mama”.)
I found a very concise and apt description of the race over at the blog Faster Than Forty. So instead of offering my own race analysis I will make use of excerpts from theirs:
The Dynamic Duo is a 6-mile relay race in the Albany, NY area that attracts fast and talented runners each year. The rules of the Dynamic Duo are very specific: Each relay team must be comprised of one male and one female, and one team member runs the first three miles of the race, then the other member runs the last three miles.
The age group divisions for the Dynamic Duo are unlike the standard age groups in other road races. Since the participating couples do not have to be similar ages, the couples are put into an age group by adding the ages of two teammates together. For example: if Harry is 46 and is teaming up with his 15-year-old daughter, they would be classified into the 55-63 age group. There are 10 age groups total and they range from 36 and under, to 109 and over. The total accumulated time between partners determines the outcome of the race. The fastest individual times are recognized but these runners do not receive any prizes for their individual achievement. Every runner must have a partner; no runners are allowed to participate individually.
As far as the course it is basically flat. The race starts towards the north end of the parking lot, goes out the entrance road and then wraps down and around through the picnic area with rolling hills (a mixture of gravel and asphalt). Mile 1 was right next to the parking lots and then you head back down the entrance road, hang a sharp 180 degree turn onto the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path and run out to Mile 2 just beyond the tunnel. Turn around, following the same route back towards the parking lot (Mile 3 right before the entrance) and end right back where you started…handing off to your partner who then runs the same route. Once you know the course it is fairly simply, and can be run any time you want. A nice practice, both for this race and for 5k’s in general.
There are no cash prizes, so most of the runners are just running the race for fun – but despite that, the race times are usually very fast, and the race attracts many of the fast young runners that live in the area.
For post race activity, “We have an awards ceremony only,” said Myers. “Shirts are the awards.” The shirts are given out to the eight fastest teams in each of the ten age groups.
I thought it was kind of neat that the shirts were not just shwag, but needed to be earned. Though nowhere near the coveteted shirts won at The Dipsea Race, having to earn your race shirt made it all the more special. (Note: Katie was cool and chose the pink shirt. I, for whatever reason, grabbed the black not realizing that there were pink ones in medium. I think that would have been a better choice, but I guess we will just have to run it again next year so that I can win one!)
(Excerpts taken from Faster Than Forty’s post, “Your Silly Race 6.8:11”)
**Katie here, I would like to put my 2 cents in and amend this post. I arrived to this race very grumpy. When they say this attracts a younger crowd, they weren’t kidding. There were high school kids everywhere, it looked like a CC invitational. This put me in a bad mood. It is not because I knew they would be fast (and they were, not only was a course record set, but the winning duo each set the 3 mile record (for male and female)). It is because (and so far this seems to be the only race where this is the case) I don’t like that CC/track coaches use public races to get their athletes ready for the upcoming season. In my opinion, it throws off the field, and I just don’t think it is the place to train your athletes. That being said, I did have a really good time, set a 3 mile PR, and won 3rd in our “combine age group” with my best racing buddy.