Mesquite Canyon 50-Mile Run, Puerto Rico 70.3, St. Paul Minnesota Half Marathon, Tri for the Cure Sprint, SW Valley YMCA Mini Sprint, Cincinnati Heart Health Half Marathon

What a weekend for racing! Lots to report, from Puerto Rico to Cincinnati! We’d especially like to recognize Brandon Welling, who ran the Mesquite Canyon 50-Miler in 11:44. Regardless of time, though, running 50 miles is just freaking legit. Congratulations, Brandon, and to all our racers this weekend!

St Paul Minnesota ½ Marathon

Marc Suarez – 2:01 – Marc will be racing IM Wisconsin later this year.

Tri for the Cure Sprint Tri

Kathy Stanley (pictured)– 52:52 – 1st in AG!

Puerto Rico 70.3 on a hot and humid day!

Abby Pfeiffer – 6:42 – PR! 16th in AG

Kyrsten Sinema – 6:38 – 19th in AG

Mesquite Canyon 50-Mile Run

Brandon Welling – 11:44 – PR!! Brandon took 12th overall!

SW Valley YMCA Mini Sprint

David Hay – 1:02 – 1st in AG!


Cincinnati Heart Health ½ Marathon

Frank Smith – 2:05 – 47th in AG. Frank kept it short this weekend, but will be back at the marathon distance this coming weekend in Charlotte!

Mountain 2 Fountain 15K, Chattanooga Marathon

Congratulations to Cheryl Stadlman who ran the Mountain to Fountain 15K in Fountain Hills this last weekend. Cheryl ran a 1:40 and logged her PR for that distance!
Frank Smith kept his monthly marathon streak alive with a nice 4:38 at the Chattanooga Marathon in TN. This time was good enough for 7th in his AG!
Great job, guys!

Phoenix Marathon, Phoenix Half Marathon, Phoenix 10K

Melissa Samuelson BQ qual

What a weekend for our athletes at the Phoenix Marathon! Congratulations to Melissa Samuelson who ran a 3:38 and earned a PR and a Boston Qualifying time!

Phoenix Marathon

Abby Pfeiffer – 4:25
Melissa Samuelson – 3:38 – PR and BQ!!
Kyrsten Sinema- 3:59




Kathy Stanley

Phoenix Half Marathon

Kathy Stanley – 1:49 – 4th in AG!
Al Adli – 2:05
Heather Wilson – 2:01
Lenny Gold – 2:05 – 11th in AG!

Phoenix 10K

Ken Clark – 42:17 – PR!!

So proud of all of our athletes! Way to go, guys!

Black Canyon 100K, Desert Duathlon, Lost Dutchman Marathon

Tali Toncray – Black Canyon 100K

Great racing this past weekend! Some cooler weather has finally arrived and that always makes racing fun!

The cool air was of particular help to Tali Toncray and Brandon Welling. Tali and Brandon ran the Black Canyon 100K race and had great times over the challenging course. Tali finished in 15 hours and Brandon finished in 13:52. Tali will be taking on her fist 100 Miler later this spring in Zion!

At the Desert Duathlon, Cheryl Stadlman and Joan McGue had solid races. Cheryl finished 11 min faster than her time last year while Joan finished in 1:44!

At the Lost Dutchman Marathon, Peter Lofquist finished the hilly course in 4:44 and took 12th in his AG!

Good luck to everyone racing the Phoenix Marathon races this weekend. The lows are supposed to be in the upper 30s. This is absolutely perfect marathon weather!

Hilton Head (SC) Marathon

Congratulations to longtime Camelback Coaching athlete, Frank Smith, who ran the Hilton Head (SC) Marathon this past weekend. On a hot day, Frank finished in 5:23. More importantly, Frank kept his monthly marathon streak alive. He has now finished a marathon or longer in each month for the past 5 years and 5 months! This marathon was also his 120th marathon or ultra that he has completed! Frank is racing Ironman Chattanooga later this year as well as many more marathons!

Looks like great racing weather for this weekend’s Desert Duathlon! Good luck everyone!

Runner’s Den Pancake Run 5K and 10K

We had a couple of good performances turned in at the annual Pancake Run 5K and 10K this past weekend.

Melissa Samuelson ran the 5K in 22:34 and took 5th in her large AG. Melissa is getting ready for the Phoenix Marathon in a couple of weeks.

Joan McGue ran the 10K in 60:18 and took 3rd in her AG. Joan is getting ready for the Oceanside 70.3 in April. Check out Joan’s race number signed by the great Bill Rodgers. Pretty cool!

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema interviewed by

Kyrsten Sinema – Ironman World Championship, 2015. Photo: Tony Svensson/Ironman

Check out this great interview with longtime Camelback Coaching athlete, Kyrsten Sinema. Kyrsten has done so much for the sport of triathlon, particularly her work with getting women involved and participating in the sport. She talks about her work here, along with how she uses long training runs to reach out to politicians on the other side of the aisle (they run training loops with her!). Now that’s a great approach to getting the job done! Keep up the great work, Kyrsten!

Camelback Coaching Athlete, Robert Scovill, 2018 Concert Sound Mixer of the Year!

We’d like to give a shout-out to Camelback Coaching athlete, Robert Scovill, who was named 2018 Concert Sound Mixer of the Year for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at this year’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show. It was an extra special award for him this year, given the circumstances, but what an honor. I’m telling you, fifteen years into this coaching business, we’ve had the incredible privilege of working with some truly amazing people. Congratulations, Robert!