Apache Junction AZ - ASEA's masters athlete, Paul Thibodeau placed 1st overall at the "Lost Dutchman 8 km Trail Race" here in sunny Arizona.
Thibodeau bested the field of 613 runners to complete the 8 km race in a time of 29:34, outdueling his closest rival by over 2 minutes. "I'm down here for the whole month of February training for the Boston Marathon, so I threw this race in as a speed session....I had no idea I would fair so well" said Thibodeau.
Thibodeau, who qualified for the Boston Marathon back in September of 2010 in Toronto, chose to continue his preparations in Southern Arizona to take full advantage of the great weather.
Thibodeau is looking forward to running at the Atlantic Indoor Championships upon his arrival back in Moncton this week. He will be running the 3000M race as he continues his preparations towards Boston.