Bill Heikkila ran: About 100 runners cam...

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  • 3 miles
  • 00:26 time
  • 08:25 pace
  • 337 calories
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  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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good Summer 5K, Canton GA 3.14 mi 00:26 08:25 pace

About 100 runners came out for this hilly run in Canton. It was verging on being a steamy morning, which made the hills even more challenging. Two odd things happened: first, I collided with a drone out on the course. As I rounded a turn, it was about 4 feet off the ground right in front of me. I thought "what the hell is that?", then realized it was a drone and tried to avoid it at the last second, but the blades nicked me in the side. No blood, so all was ok, except for the oddness of the encounter. No report on how the drone fared. If I hadn't had my tunes cranked up I probably would have heard it before I saw it.

The other odd thing is that I know there should have been at least 10 people ahead of me, but I ended up 5th overall and 1st male master. The course had lots of turns and some weren't well marked, and I have a feeling that some runners may have made a wrong turn or two. So, like Roger Maris' 61 homers, there's a asterisk next to my finishing place. But I'll take the 26:28 time on that hilly course.

  • Hashi2
    Hashi2

    Congrats on an impressive race & the 1st in Masters. This is the first reported runner/drone race collision that I'm aware of. I'm sure Runner's World will be calling you soon.

    7 months ago Like1 person

  • Mike K.
    Mike K.

    Those drones freak me out - I'm glad you didn't get hurt from that. Doesn't seem so odd to me that you won the Masters at all - great race Bill and no *!

    7 months ago Like1 person

  • Jim M.
    Jim M.

    The oddest thing, in my opinion, would be for a guy your age to place 5th out of 100. Great job, Bill.

    7 months ago Like1 person

  • Drago D.
    Drago D.

    (Unsuccessful) diversion from your opponents maybe 🤔 😊
    Glad you were ok and had one more excellent race. You rock, Bill!

    7 months ago Like1 person

  • Arleen C.
    Arleen C.

    Congratulations! What in the world was that drone doing flying so low? Bet there was a camera on it.

    7 months ago Like

  • Tim L.
    Tim L.

    Take a win any chance you can get it. Good one Bill.

    7 months ago Like