On Saturday, March 9, 2013, more than 16,000 people took part in the 36th annual McGuire’s Prediction Run 5K.
Event organizers bill the McGuire's 5K as the "nation's largest prediction run." According to pre-race announcements, a whopping 16,150 runners registered for this year's event, most of whom were clad in their finest green running attire. This year's event far exceeded 2012's record-setting crowd of 15,000 registered runners.
A bagpipe band serenaded runners before the race. The opening ceremonies also included a 3 jet fly-over during the national anthem. Finally, with a cannon blast, runners took off on their 3.1 mile trek.
Race-day volunteers said that the last runner crossed the starting line more than 10 minutes after the cannon, and the race winner finished mere minutes later.
Caleb Carmichael won the race overall, with a finish time of 15:53, followed close behind by Roman Kowalski with a time of 15:58. Adriana Tartahglia and Jackie Kosakowski took first and second place among women, with finish times of 18:23 and 19:18, respectively.
In addition to speed awards, there are many "prediction" awards. When runners register, they guess their predicted finish time. To compete for prediction awards, those runners cannot carry watches or other timing devices during the race. Runners who finish closest to their predicted finish time are eligible for prediction accuracy awards, and many runners finished within fractions of a second of their predicted finish time.
For the full list of results, see the event's results page on Active.com.