Around 6:45P on Tuesday, 7/1/2008; Dylan (in her early 40s?) beat "Dumpster" Dave (62 years + 8 mos.) in the Dumpster Dash, by about 1.5 car lengths, or about 8-10 yards (see screen freeze frame below), which is about 1.7 to 2 seconds.
It was vaguely reminiscent of the Billy Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs tennis match 35 years ago, on 9/20/1973. In both matches, age differences and physical conditioning were bigger factors than gender.
This marks the first time a woman has crossed the finish line and the first time a woman has won. [The race is open to everyone, regardless of gender or age, but we've only had two female runners previously, despite a number talking about racing someday, but always having a reason why they can't do it on any given day. A number of men also run only with their tongues.]
Dylan participates in the boot camp program in the DHS parking lot every morning [the subject of a 5/11/08 inDECATUR post], where she has been promoted to an instructor/coach. [Dave needs to join either that program or the CrossFit program, covered in a 6/6/08 inDECATUR post..]
Optional commentary (and images of the course) in the continuation.
Here's the embedded video:
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Nancy took another video off the deck, and Luke took snapshots. Some of them will be added when available.
Dylan got the jump off the line, and set a fast pace downhill. (Dave usually (but not always) allows his opponent to set the downhill pace, just staying within 5-10 yards, assuming he can overpower them uphill.)
The two were about even for at about 2/3 of the way back up. Dylan began to pull away just above where the color of the pavement (and the slope) changes:
Both slowed on the steep slope, but Dave didn't have his usual locomotive-like "passing gear" to take advantage. Dylan gutted it out (showing her superior physical conditioning) and cruised across the finish line as Dave just faded out (showing he needs a better, more frequent exercise program, while losing the beer gut). He took a lot longer to recover, partially because he's out of shape, and partially because he's about two decades older.
Dylan beat Dave by about 8-10 yards and 1.5-2 seconds (the video camera was not held in the right location to record exactly where Dave was when Dylan crossed the finish line (first time video man), and how much later he crossed, and nobody was timing his time with a stopwatch -- hey, we're not quite Olympic quality yet, so we can only estimate).
Dylan showed good running style throughout the race, with none of the sideways hip movements and arm flailing we see in some female runners, and really stretched out those legs to create a long gate for her height.
She clocked 34.75 seconds. [The record time is 27.5 seconds, set by 32-year-old Tate in 95+ degree heat last summer.]
While Dave hates to lose, he's pleased that a woman has broken the gender barrier in the Dumpster Dash, and hopes it will encourage others to run.
Women who will not or cannot run can consider joining the Dumpster Dash cheerleading squad (skimpy outfits are now being designed), and possibly being selected to appear in the Dumpster Dash 2009 Calendar, which will feature both foxes and studs, with proceeds going to charity (to help the Corner Drunks).
Remember, there's still a $100 prize on the table for the first person to run the Dumpster Dash in under 26 seconds (under the supervision of an official Dumpster Dash race crew).