TRAVERSE CITY — Tim Faith kept the faith Saturday.
The 24-year-old Holland runner went out at a comfortable pace and then pulled away to a victory in the men’s Bayshore 10K.
Faith finished in 33:46.4. Lindsey Dood of Grand Rapids was second and Traverse City’s Matt Kulka third.
It was Faith’s first Bayshore and only his second 10K.
“When I went out I was going by feel to see what the other guys were going to do,” Faith said. “I checked the results from the last couple years so I was pretty confident. My training’s been good — 70 to 80 miles a week.”
Dood, 48, helped push the pace.
“He (Dood) rocked it,” Faith said. “He started (taking off) at two miles and I went with him and that kind of catapulted me the rest of the race.”
“We started out at 5:30 and took it down to 5:20,” Dood said. “We were intermingling with the marathon runners and it made it feel like we were running fast — and we were.”
The marathon started 15 minutes prior to the 10K, but it didn’t take long for Faith and Dood to catch the back end of the pack.
“It got very congested, very early,” Dood said. “He (Faith) got in front of me and helped call out to the (marathon) runners, ‘10K coming up.’”
“I had to do some dodging,” Faith said.
“He did a nice job,” Dood added. “He didn’t hit anybody, which was cool and surprising, because sometimes people get startled and they’ll jump.”
Faith and Dood nearly over ran the turnaround, too.
“We were in a crowd of about 300 people right there,” Dood said.
“I didn’t expect that cone (for the turnaround),” Faith said. “I saw the three-mile mark and I knew it coming, but I never saw it until some guy pointed out, ‘It’s right there.’”
After the turnaround, Faith made it his race.
“He was pulling away, looking cool, looking very smooth,” Dood said.
“Good for you,” he added, giving Faith a fist bump.
It was Faith’s fourth win this year.
“It’s been a good season,” he said.
Faith swept the Tulip Festival 5K and 10K earlier this month. He won the 5K in 15:53 and then came right back and pulled out a one-second victory in the 10K, finishing in 35:18.
“That was a hard one,” he said.
Dood was running his first Bayshore, too.
“I’ve done the Cherry Festival a few times,” he said. “What’s really nice about this is you don’t have to run McKinley hill.”