Quite the weekend of racing! Congratulations to Tali Toncray (pictured) who placed first overall female at the Javelina Jangover 75K Ultra-Run that was held in McDowell Mountain Park. This was Tali’s first overall as an ultra-runner!
At the Las Vegas Tri, Cortney Ellish finished her first race after many years away with a time of 1:32 over the sprint distance. This time earned her 3rd in her AG and 11th overall!
Brad Lundahl finished the Mission Bay Olympic Tri in San Diego with a time of 2:15 and took 5th in his AG.
In the you-can’t-make-this-up department, Frank Smith had a near miss with an alpaca on the bike course at Ironman Chattanooga. His family thought he was hallucinating when he said he saw an alpaca slide out the back of a pick-up truck and directly into the path of his bike. But when they saw the news that evening, cameras captured the local police in their efforts to reign in the wily beast. Unfortunately, this race resulted in a rare DNF for Frank. Not because of the alpaca, but due to heat stress on a 90-degree, 80-percent humidity day.
Finally, Rebecca Felmly completed not just one, but two events on Saturday! She began the day with the Mesa Family Sprint Tri, finishing in 1:51and ended it with the quarter marathon Summer Night Trail Run in Tempe, crossing the line in 1:59!
Nice job everyone!
We want to give a big shout out to Brandon Welling who raced his first 100-mile run this past weekend at the Mogollon Monster 100 near Payson. Brandon finished in 34:56 and was the 53rd overall finisher in the race! Running a 100-mile race is a massive accomplishment. For those of you looking for a new physical and mental challenge, a 50- or 100-miler might be for you! Way to go Brandon!
Congratulations to all of you who raced the Lifetime Triathlon in Tempe. It was one of the hottest on record!!
Terry Crowley – 1:46 – 1st ever triathlon!
Rebecca Felmly – 2:10
Joe Dundas – 2:44 – 4th in AG!
Don Ennis – 2:58
Jason Prenger – 4:16
We are THRILLED to report that longtime Camelback Coaching athlete Toby Baum completed the most prestigious ultra-running race in the world, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, or UTMB. In this race, the pinnacle of all ultra-running events, he ran 103 miles around Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Chamonix, France, in 42 hours and 57 minutes, placing 1129th out of 2561 starters. This event is grueling–782 runners DNF’d–but Toby carried on to cross the finish line on Sunday, our very first Camelback Coaching athlete to ever start and finish this race. We cannot overstate how big a deal this is in the endurance racing community. Just incredible. Well done, Toby.
And in more news –this also falling into the EPIC category–another of our longtime CC athletes, Frank Smith, finished the Hamilton Nightglow Marathon in Ohio in 5:45 and took 3rd in his AG. This was Frank’s 128th marathon. Not a typo. 128th. For six years in a row, Frank has run a marathon or ultra every month! What a streak! To you, Frank, we offer another well-deserved well-done.
Just incredible endurance racing news all the way around this week. Great job, guys!
Ryan Mitchell, summit of Mount Rainier
Congratulations to Ryan Mitchell who just summited Mount Rainier! Long, challenging route this year due to the conditions and locations of crevasses. He left at midnight from base camp and made the summit at 7:30am, then descended 10,000 feet to make it back by 4:30pm. A 16-1/2 hour day for this 14,411-foot peak. Huge congrats, Ryan!
Congratulations to everyone who raced at Mountain Man this past weekend!
Mountain Man Olympic
Brad Lundahl – 2:50 – 6th in AG
Ryan Clancey – 3:08 – 16th in AG
Kathy Stanley (pictured) – 2:52 – 1st in AG!
Joan McGue – 3:58 – 5th in AG
Mountain Man ½ IM Aqua Bike
Mary Monell – 4:33 – 2nd in AG
The Sunrise Series of 5K races recently concluded and Melissa Samuelson was rewarded for her consistency by taking 1st in her AG for the overall series! Congratulations, Melissa, and all of our athletes!
We have some great results to report from this past weekend!
Kyrsten Sinema raced the Boulder 70.3 and clocked an impressive 5:55 which was a new 70.3 PR for her!
Frank Smith kept his marathon streak alive with a 5:12 finish at the Drake Well Marathon in PA. This was good enough for 11th in his AG.
Joan McGue braved the heat and raced a local 5K in 31:25 and took 3rd in her AG!
A bit further north, Brian Toncray raced the Portland Xterra in Oregon (featuring a slip and slide at the finish!) and placed 1st in his AG with a time of 3:10!
Good luck to David Hay who is racing in the USAT Sprint Tri National Championships this weekend in Cleveland!
Seems appropriate that I’m writing this post about a hot, hot, hot Canada 70.3 just after a massive dust storm passed through Phoenix early this evening (picture taken from Sunrise Trail in Scottsdale). Anyhow, so yeah, Canada was indeed a hot one this year–96 degrees in Whistler! Pat Haenel and his dad, Mike Haenel, finished the 70.3. though. Pat crossed the line in 5:49 and took 27th in his AG, while Mike covered the course in 7:03 and took 34th in his AG. Nice job guys!
In much cooler climes, Jim Ustasiewski ran the Juneau Marathon and clocked an impressive 3:28! This was 12 minutes faster than the Boston Qualifier time and earned him 2nd in his AG! Jim will be racing IMAZ later this year.
Kyrsten Sinema – 2nd in age group – Mountain Man Olympic Triathlon
We’re just back from our Canadian adventure, so we need to catch up on some GREAT race results from over the past couple of weekends! We first want to congratulate Heather Grahame who race the ITU Aqua-Bike World Championships in Denmark. The race involved a 3K swim followed by a 120K bike. Heather finished with a one hour swim and a 3:52 bike split. That effort earned her 4th in her AG! Nice job Heather!
In Flagstaff, we had some awesome results from the Mountain Man Sprint and Olympic:
Mountain Man Sprint:
Abby Pfeiffer – 1:31 – 5th in AG
Kathy Stanley – 1:20 – 1st overall masters!
David Hay – 1:28 – 1st in AG!
Mountain Man Olympic:
Kyrsten Sinema – 3:03 – 2nd in AG!
And finally, Frank Smith ran the 8 hour Dream Endurance Ultra in Indianapolis. The idea was to run a looped course and see how many miles you could complete in 8 hours. Frank logged 33 miles and took 11th in his AG and 59th of 116 overall!
Great job to all of our athletes!
Congratulations to Don Ennis who raced Finland 70.3! Don finished in 6:32. Racing in Europe is a highlight for any endurance athlete. If you ever get the chance, go for it! Don will be racing IMAZ later this fall.
Over July 4th, we had two athletes race a timed mile up in Flagstaff at the Flagstaff Downtown Mile. Kyrsten Sinema ran a 7:04 and Abby Pfeiffer ran a 8:18. Running a timed mile is one of the most painful races you can do, especially at 7,000’!
Here in the Valley, Joan McGue ran the July 4th 4-miler and clocked a 43:32 and took 8th in her AG! Race start temp was 90 deg!
Great job, everyone!
Huge congratulations to Peter Lofquist for a remarkable achievement this past weekend. Peter completed one of marathon swimming’s great events this past weekend at the 20 Bridges swim around Manhattan in NY. This open water swim circumnavigates the island of Manhattan and covers 28.5 miles. 20 Bridges is considered part of the Triple Crown of open water swimming with the others being the English Channel and the Catalina Channel. Peter completed the swim in 9:40 was 9th out of 15 starters! Great job Peter!