What better way to start the day than with a fun run in the sun? The sun was just peering over the skyscrapers, giving them a golden glow, when the capacity crowd of runners showed up to take part in the AAOS 2011 Annual Meeting Sunrise Run early Friday morning. As befitting a run in a city with the military tradition that San Diego has, they were running to honor those wounded in action.
After a warm-up session that began at 5:30 a.m., racers took off along the San Diego Bay, enjoying spectacular views and camaraderie. The race ran 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) along the Embarcadero behind the Convention Center at the edge of San Diego Bay. With the city on one side, and the bay on the other, the course was both beautiful and fast!
AAOS fellow Michael E. Raemisch, MD, of North Salt Lake, Utah, crossed the finish line first, with a time of 16 minutes and 46 seconds. The 2007 fellow beat out a host of younger competitors, including second-place finisher Christopher J. Roach, of Newport News, Va., whose time was 16 minutes and 59 seconds. In third place was Mike Greiwe, MD, of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a time of 17 minutes and 11 seconds.
Men’s division winner Michael E, Raemisch, MD
In the women’s group, Kate Brown of the United Kingdom finished first, with a time of 18 minutes and 41 seconds. Shawna Jones, of Raleigh, N.C., came in second, with a time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds, and Leslie Manohar, MD, of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third, with a time of 20 minutes and 15 seconds.
Each runner received a T-shirt, and photos were taken as each crossed the finish line. Runners can claim their complimentary 5” x 7” finish-line photos at www.patgarinphotographer.printroom.com/AAOS.
In the end, all the competitors enjoyed the opportunity to see the city in a different light. The spirit of a morning run through a great city made them all feel like winners.