Even at the age of 38, Hillsboro’s Alan Black proved once again that he is a dominant force in the Middle Georgia running scene, winning the Macon Labor Day Road Race by more than 30 seconds.
Black, who won the 10K race last year for the third time, won the 5K event this year for the eighth time.
“It’s always good to come out here at my age and try to beat the young guys,” said Black, who was running his third race of the long weekend. “I love this course and it is the biggest race in this area, so I really never consider not running it.
“There were about three of us together after the first mile, and we were out in 4:40, which is really fast. I just think my experience paid off.
“I am in the middle of my training for the New York City Marathon in November, and this is just a great training tool because it allows me to get out and race and push myself.”
RaShaun Tanner of Tennille finished second, while Joby Peake of Atlanta finished third.
Macon’s Victoria Coppage won the women’s 5K. The 18-year-old FPD graduate who now runs cross country at Georgia led from the start and easily outdistanced second-place Abby Booth from Perry and third-place Danielle Ferro, a Maconite.
“It was nice to win this year,” said Coppage, who was running the race for the seventh consecutive year. “I knew I probably wouldn’t put up a great time because I had just run in a cross country meet on Saturday. My goal was to get out and get the lead, and I was able to do that. After that I just tried to run with some of the guys on my old cross country team, and that gave me a good pace. It’s always good to come home and win a race.”
Coming home was exactly what Josh Myers did Monday.
Myers, who grew up in Cochran and now lives in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., won the men’s 10K for the fourth time. He ran the race after attending Georgia’s football game Saturday against Buffalo.
“I ran this race all the time when I was younger but hadn’t made it back here in four or five years,” said Myers, who is also currently training for the New York City Marathon. “I actually didn’t sign up until (Saturday). I used to work at Run Fit Sports, which is right where the race starts, and I have probably run this course over a hundred times in my life. I didn’t feel real good when I woke up, and my girlfriend really encouraged me to go ahead and run, and in the end I was glad to be out here and see so many familiar people. It is just a great course, and I was fortunate to win.”
The women’s 10K winner, Allison Eagen, is training for the Chicago Marathon in October.
“I have been training and felt like I needed a race, and this fit perfectly into my schedule,” said Eagen, who is from Tallahassee, Fla. “I run about 100 miles a week when I am training, so I didn’t run a best time, but I was happy with the run. I loved the course because it’s pretty flat and downhill. I came here with the idea that it is just part of my training, but once it starts I always want to win. Once I knew I was the top woman, I just tried to pass as many people as I could.”