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Event Logo 2017 USATF Masters 15 km Championships
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Saturday, October 28, 2017
Downtown
Tulsa, OK



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Fiona-TULSA-15K-(1) Fiona-TULSA-15K-(4) Fiona-TULSA-15K-(post-race-pix-start)
Fiona-TULSA-15K-(2) Fiona-TULSA-15K-(5) Fiona-TULSA-15K-(post-race-pix-start)
Fiona-TULSA-15K-(3) Fiona-TULSA-15K-(6)



NEW YORK RESULTS                              complete championship results

Place

Bib #

Name

Hometown

Club

Time

Age Graded Score

Women 50-54

 

1

109

 Fiona Bayly

 New York, NY

Urban Athletics

58:46 

88.86%                     (6th best woman)



IN FIONA'S WORDS....
I am absolutely thrilled with my race Saturday in Tulsa. Last year I had food poisoning and was exceptionally bummed about placing 2nd... so on several levels this win at the same championship meant ALOT to me.

Overall I really love this event. Tulsa is a small metropolis -- a  welcome difference for this New York City resident -- but it is big on my radar of great places to race.  To have won this year meant that I made up for stomach distress in 2016; I couldn't have enjoyed this win any more. The day was cold and the winds were unbelievably powerful in stretches, but in a way, that makes it even more rewarding to have done well.
 
The race director, Heath Aucoin, demonstrated masterful race-management by cooling the weather down  -- in 2016 Tulsa experienced a spike of heat and we ran in 75 degree conditions -- but this year, we were blessed with a start-temp of 32 degrees with a wind-chill that made it feel like 23 deg. Hitting this other extreme, weather wise, gave me a "devil-may-care" approach (one really can't do anything about the weather...) but the race organizers were ready to deal with anything. As it was, they produced a beautiful event, filled with music along the course, super-accurate course markings with volunteers abounding, excellent post-race festivity and refreshment... and there great energy from spectators (great spectators, all bundled up in winter gear!).
 
One can never be sure how one's competitors are faring during the race itself, but I managed to stay calm from the start. and assess progress. After the first miles major hill (almost a mile in length itself) I felt quite strong and took over the lead at 4 miles; then I figured I'd better keep going hard in case the women's field chased me! I thank them for this! This race also features the remarkable experience of being passed by world-class open athletes; the open 15 km started only 10 minutes after the USATF Masters start, so as we Masters approached mile 8, the first elite men were passing us like flying birds. It was extraordinary!