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.’”