Predictions were off the mark at Tuesday’s pace race

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By The Staff

It was tough going on the trail and in the prediction department at this week’s pace race.

The pace race, a weekly event sponsored by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held Tuesday starting from behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. In all, 38 runners and walkers took part.

In Tuesday’s race, the 1-milers had an option of running on pavement or on the Bench Trail but confusion about a turnaround on the pavement trail made predictions tougher.

Racers on the 3-mile course, meanwhile, had to endure challenging stretches, which included some difficult climbs.

The obstacles Tuesday made the races slow-going and the predictions difficult. No one on the long course came within 1:30 of their predicted finish time and only three runners on the 1-mile course were able to do so.

Nancy Cope had the best prediction of the day with an adjusted error of 27 seconds on the short course. Cope nipped Daniel Romero’s 33-second error.

Romero was also the fastest finisher on the paved 1-mile course (6:58), while brother Alexander Romero was the top finisher on the trail 1-mile course (11:21).

On the long course, Dee Cruz Murphy, in competing in her first pace race, had the best prediction error (115 seconds). The top finishers were twin brothers Michael and Jamie Jablin, who both finished in 28:16.

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