That is a joyous Anthony Dicomo, crossing the finish line as the champion of the first annual Dot Com Dash Charity Race. Dicomo (who mainly covers the Mets and Yankees for MLB.com) won the half-mile challenge with a time of 2:29. I came in at 2:32.
Considering I’m a marathoner, I was pleased with my time, even if I was disappointed in the end result. At the start, Dicomo quickly tucked in behind me, letting me set the pace. Having never run less than a one-mile race competitively, that threw me off. I wasn’t sure if I was going out too hard or too slow.
As it turns out, I probably went out too slow. I pushed what I felt was a hard pace, but never separated myself from Dicomo enough to account for the fact that I lack strong acceleration at the end. Dicomo — a better sprinter — took advantage, passing me in the final 80 meters. He admitted afterward that he was worried for about 750 of the 800 meters.
In the end, it turned out that a half mile was a good distance for he and I to race. Dicomo and I both know that anything longer and I would have had a clear advantage. We also know that anything shorter than a half mile, he would have easily beat me, too. It was a good distance, a good race and a fun little event.
What started off as a couple guys talking smack about who could beat who in what, evolved into a small charity event thanks to social media (Twitter). A couple bloggers got involved and wagered bets that would go to different charity foundations. So, in the end, Dicomo was not the only winner in this.
Since I let down all my fans, I have decided to donate $25 to the Jays Care Foundation in the wake of my bitter defeat. Dicomo has also pledged to donate $25 to the Harlem RBI program. We also had so much fun with this little race that we hope to do it again next year, and maybe we’ll start promoting it earlier, getting even more money on the line for charity.
So, congrats, Tony. You beat me fair and square. I can respect a man who came with a strategy and executed it well. Just know that next year, beyond training for my fifth career marathon, I will also be training for the 2011 Dot Com Dash. I ran a 2:32 without training. I will crush you next spring.
CLICK HERE to watch video of the 2010 Dot Com Dash.