I would agree from an earlier post that with there being 4-6 5k's each weekend, you are not going to see someone at each race sub 17:00. I am right around that right now but I do not consider myself fast. I also don't race every weekend as well. My training is set up so I peak at certain times of the year to PR.
Besides, in terms of the 5k.. what do we all consider to be a fast time?
Or, what is the slowest time that should win a 5k?
I hope these links work. There was a fast 12k race in NH three weeks ago. The course was rolling hills on a warm morning. I just found the pictures tonight. I met Mike Platt for the first time before the race and little did I know that he would be outsprinting me at the finish. We finished by doing a 3/4 lap around a track. I knew Platt was behind me from his teammates cheering him on but there was nothing I could do as he flew by me. He waited for the final turn to pounce and I felt honored to be brushing elbows with the famous G.O.P.
We finished 75th and 76th. You can see the quality of the field from the other times. This was part of the USATF New England grand prix series which always brings out all the good runners in the region.