Thursday, March 22, 2007

Predict This! (for Charity)

Hey 'BoomerNation, here's your chance to test your race prediction powers ... and spread a little charity to boot.

It's a contest and here's how it works. Be the closest in predicting my finishing time at the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2007 and you'll win. If your guess is the closest to my actual finishing time I'll make a $50 donation to the charity of your choice. And you'll get some nifty TriBoomer schwagg.

(It might only be an autographed and crumpled Gatorade cup but at least you'll have something suitable for display.)

To help you in making your super duper guesses here are my personal bests at various distances:

1 mile: 6 minutes, 17 seconds
5k: 23 minutes, 51 seconds
10k: 51 minutes, 09 seconds
Half Marathon: 1 hour, 54 minutes, 39 seconds
Marathon (Ironman Florida): 6 hours, 00 minutes, 03 seconds*.

So, go to one of those time prediction web site thingies, consult the Psychic Hotline, or make a wild-ass-shot-in-the-dark guess and put up a time. If you're the closest you'll become famous, immediately irresistible to the opposite sex, and your favorite charity will be 50 bucks to the better.

Stay tuned...

*Yah, I was hardly running faster than my stink but whadayagonnado? It was my first Ironman afterall.

Legal mumbo jumo as written by the law firm of Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe ...

Official finishing time is the electronic chip time. The deadline for predictions is midnight April 15th Pacific Time. A prediction must be posted in the comment section of this or any future posts up until the deadline. (No emails please.) Predictions may be changed by submitting a comment with the updated time before the deadline. The last prediction received by a blogger is considered to be their final prediction. Contest is void where prohibited. Not valid in any city that the sun doesn't rise in the east and Perry County, Pennsylvania. ('cuz I gots a problem with them hillbillies.)

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

4:32:15 love Claire

Bolder said...

3:59:59

Jessica said...

4:04

I think you can go sub-4, but it sounds like you're not quite marathon trained right now, and I'd think you'd be starting a taper now, not training.

But I wish you the very best event, regardless of your time!

KC said...

4:15:35, and you're going to have a terrific day out there!

No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

Course record.

stronger said...

4:12:29

Wendy said...

4:16.07

Run for Chocolate said...

4:20 with a smile!

Danielle said...

4:22:00

Ah, I miss the days of living in Massachusetts where Marathon Monday was a state holiday! We know how to do marathons right! Okay, so it's technically "Patriot's Day" but who's counting?

Shelley said...

Who is claire?? 5:00...LOVE Shelley..:-))

TriBoomer said...

Shelley,

Claire is a TNT coach in my chapter.

Barb said...

BOSTON! Schweet! You'll rock that race with a time of 4:04:31!
No problemo! :)

Allez said...

I agree with Jessica. 4:02:45

Anonymous said...

4:31:12 Have a great race, Jeff Sherman

Wylee said...

Bolder took my guess! So I'm going to go with 4:01:01

Kim said...

you will totally crush my 2006 boston marathon time...
4:13:43

go get em boom!

Lance Notstrong said...

I'm going to go with 4:38:19 but I really think you will crush that "awesome" time :-) Have fun!!!

Nytro said...

so, i know next to nothing about marathon, and even less about the boston marathon... but i have heard that there's this leetle hill at the end of the race that blows wasabi balls. good luck with that!

my guess: 4:22.41

Kewl Nitrox said...

3:58:59 :-)

ironjenny said...

I was the 19th commentor so I am going with 4:19:19.
Jenny
p.s. - I did go to the Black Rose on State Street while we were in Boston last week! I will email you our picture. Bob raised a pint in your honor...
;-)

tri-mama said...

All my numbers were taken...so I'm going with 4:17

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

Me and Jeff (Galloway) say 4:26:25

go go go!

Amy said...

I'm going to go with 4:25 because that's my birthday. Good luck and have fun!

Mike said...

We are so close in run time PR's ! I don't recall you getting too much training in for this race. I managed 5:08 last week in very gusty winds.I trained a LOT for this race. W/O the winds I might have gone 4:45-ish ?
My guess is that you'll at least go 5:13 if its not too warm.
I hope you go faster : ) but thats my prediction.
Looking forward to your RR !

Laurie said...

I've been waiting to see what everyone else guesses before I made mine. Some call it cheating, I call it strategy :)

4:29:29

Lana said...

4:27:15

Faithful Soles said...

Having run 3 Bostons, and knowing the course all too well, I'm going to say 4:22:01. Don't let the opening 17 miles suck you in since they are theoretically downhill (yeah, right). Hang onto your hat from mile 16 to 21... At 21 you are over the top of Heartbreak and that downhill right there can be brutal, and then you've got a few more little up and down blips, but once you turn onto Boylston and can see the finish line, savor those last 600 yards.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to guess 4:52...good luck Brian.
Sarah Sherman