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The five-event Frostbite Series includes two races — a long race and a short race — on each race day. Participants may register for a single race or the entire series. All finishers receive finisher medals at each race. Awards include ribbons for the top five finishers in each age … MORE
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    frankhwu REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Here is what other runners might be interested to know. This run loops through Forest Park. My wife is from St. Louis, so I have been there more than two … MORE

    Here is what other runners might be interested to know. This run loops through Forest Park. My wife is from St. Louis, so I have been there more than two dozen times. Forest Park is the big urban green space, with the museums in it and various attractions; it’s a vast, wonderful Midwestern version of Central Park in Manhattan or Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and it’s every bit the equal. The course is on the roads within the park, winding around, with good views of what there is to see, and it is less wooded and more open than Central Park or Golden Gate Park. The best vista includes SLAM, the St. Louis Art Museum, in the background, and you pass it twice. It’s more serene than either a city run or trail run.

    The weather is unpredictable. The first time I ran this, it was pouring rain at a temperature just warm enough to allow liquid water. The second time, 2019, it was mild and a bit foggy.

    For me, it was a milestone. Twenty races following a major health crisis, I finally ran one faster than before. Two years ago, however, I suffered a wardrobe malfunction. I had sweat pants, old ones, without a waist drawstring, which, once sopping wet, were very heavy, like weights swinging on the pendulum of my legs. I had to clutch the waist for 9-1/2 miles, and for a moment I thought about stripping to boxer shorts despite the cold. As a consequence, I was if not the last finisher almost certainly the last male. It was not difficult to better that result. I was five minutes faster, or 30 seconds per mile.

    On the subject of gender, I am pleased to report my niece placed fifth for women her age, and beat me by a good 30 minutes. That is another confirmation that sexism is inappropriate in the sense of being factually inaccurate, aside from morally wrong. The best male and the average male might be quicker than the best female and average female, respectively — though even that is empirically not the case often enough — but the bell curves are so wide that any actual male is foolish to suppose there isn’t a real female who will display superior performance in an athletic competition, versus the extraordinary (by definition) number one and the hypothetical mean.

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