With smart racing and a devastating final kick, FDTC’s Victor Pataky won the Columbus 10K last Sunday morning with a new personal best of 30:04, five seconds ahead of second place. This race, dubbed the oldest road race in Ohio and presented by HOKA ONE ONE this year, accommodated more than one thousand finishers.
Pataky cruised through the 5K mark in 15:24 along with the lead pack. Over the second half of the race, the lead pack thinned to a group of three- Pataky and two other competitors. With around a mile left in the race, one of the other runners made a hard surge and gapped Victor by 20-30 meters. Pataky used the next half mile to reel him in, and with 800 meters to go, Victor passed him and never looked back until crossing the finish line.
“This has been a long time coming,” Pataky told FDTC journalist, M. McCurdy. “I had a pretty major ankle sprain over the winter and coming back from that was really tough.” After a few indoor meets, Victor had focused on his goal of breaking 9 minutes in the 3K steeplechase. With a solo effort at a North Central College meet falling less than a second shy of the qualifying standard of 9:05 for the Music City Distance Carnival’s elite steeplechase race, Pataky shifted focus and decided to compete in the Columbus 10K. “[The NCC] meet showed my fitness- I ran 2 seconds off my PR solo. I have had some great workouts and a great steeple [at NCC] heading into this race, so I was pretty optimistic with my fitness,” Victor commented. Even with this, Pataky didn’t expect to win- “I didn’t think I would be able to get back to and surpass the fitness level I was at in the fall in such a short, slightly minimalist mileage training block.”
Later this summer, Pataky plans to race some more in Ohio and will be coaching cross country and track in the fall. With his time at the Columbus 10K, Pataky snatched the FDTC 10K record from McCurdy, also coming earlier this year. Pataky currently holds the club records for the 3K steeple, 10K, indoor 3K, indoor 5K, and is part of the quartet holding the record for the 4x100m relay.
Photo: Glen and Victor, courtesy of Mrs. Pataky.
Featured image: Courtesy of Columbus 10K.