Happy New Year, athletes! As we enter our 15th year of coaching, we absolutely must stop and thank you for your support. Truly, it has been your word-of-mouth referrals that have kept us going. It is such an honor to be able to work with each and every one of you and we look forward to helping you achieve your goals in 2018!
It was a bit warm for the Hot Chocolate 15K this year!! Congratulations to Sally Borg and Joan McGue. Sally ran the race in 1:35 and took 10th in her AG while Joan ran a 1:34 and took 9th in her AG! Hopefully we will have some cooler weather this weekend for the Scottsdale ½ marathon!
Congratulations to Tali Toncray who ran the Monument Valley 50 Miler (what an epic location for an ultra!) and finished in a super 10:13. This was an hour an 20 min faster than her PR and placed her 3rd in her AG and 43rd overall!! Nice job Tali!
Last weekend, Tri for the Cure got the Tempe Tri season started:
Kathy Stanley – 53:34 – 1st in AG!!
Dana Kennedy – 54:37 – 4th in AG
Jennifer Talbot – 56:36 – 5th in AG
In Montana, Heather Grahame competed in the Montana Masters Swim Meet and took 2nd place in five events! She raced the 50 free, 50 fly, 100 IM, 200IM, and the 100 free.
Congrats to all our athletes!!!
Sorry, crazy week, but here are the race results from LAST weekend! Congratulations to Frank Smith who raced the Heart of the City ½ Marathon in Ohio two weeks ago. Frank finished his “short race” in 2:09.
We also had some of the first big triathlons of the season!
Anthem Sprint Tri
Eric Cummins – 1:16 – 4th in AG – first triathlon ever!
Laura Bunde – 1:15 – 3rd in AG – first triathlon ever!
Charlie Bunde – 1:13 – 4th AG – first triathlon ever!
White Tanks 8K Trail Run
Joan McGue – 48:22
Lake Havasu ½ IM
Lance Brace – 6:49 – Lance will be racing IMAZ later this year.
Lake Havasu Olympic
Kory McCarthy – 2:12 – 2nd in Ag and 10th overall!
Puerto Rico 70.3
Kyrsten Sinema – 6:57 – despite bronchitis!
Super Seal Olympic
Marc Suarez – 2:56 – 39th in AG – Marc will be racing IMAZ later this year.
Just catching up from a week away. The weekend before last had some very nice runs in some great weather! But before we get to these results, we’d like to recognize Nir Joels who ran the Tel Aviv Marathon and finished in a stellar 3:15! Nir will be racing IM Barcelona later this year.
Mountain to Fountain 15K
Peter Lofquist – 1:23 – 14th in Ag
Beth Lofquist – 1:40 – 9th in AG
CJ Ketterer – 1:16 – 6th in AG
Run Hard Marathon (Columbia, S.C.)
Frank Smith – 4:51 – 8th in AG
Joan McGue – 28:08 – 1st in AG!
Have a great week!
Lots of running races to report on from the weekend!
Phoenix ½ Marathon
Steve Sharp – 3:29 – PR!
Kathy Stanley – 1:50 – 5th in AG!
Eero Allison – 3:30 – 30th in AG
Alyssa Prewitt – 5:42
Snow Joke ½ Marathon (Montana)
Ingrid McLellan – 2:05
Orcas Island 100 (Washington)
Todd Silva – 28:04 – 16th overall!
We had a wet few days of racing last weekend! Despite the weather, our athletes turned in some great performances.
In the Lost Dutchman ½ Marathon, Beth Lofquist finished in 2:09 and took 9th in her AG.
We had three racers at the Desert Duathlon in the McDowell Mountains. The day was rainy and the course was muddy for the off road sections.
Jennifer Talbot – 3:07 – 5th in AG
CJ Ketterer – 2:29 – 2nd in AG
Joan McGue – 3:39 – 1st in AG (super cool photo of Joan here)
Good luck to everyone running the Phoenix Marathon and ½ Marathon this weekend! The weather looks like it’s going to be great. Remember to dress as though the start temperature is 20 degrees warmer than it is. In other words, if the morning temp is 45 deg, dress as though it was 65 deg. This will keep you from overheating once the race is underway. Good luck everyone!
Frank Smith kept his monthly marathon record alive this past weekend with a finish at the Mercedes Marathon in AL. Frank finished in 5:13 despite suffering from the flu! Nice job Frank!!
Good luck to everyone racing the Desert Duathlon this weekend!
We had some great performances at the Runner’s Den Pancake 5K and 10K this past weekend. Congratulations especially to Kory McCarthy who ran the 5K and 10K double and finished the 5K in less than 20 min and the 10K in less than 40 min! He ended up taking 16th overall and 5th in his AG for the double. That is quite an achievement!!
Melissa Samuelson – 46:41 – 2nd in AG
Kory McCarthy – 39:50
Joan McGue – 58:08 – 3rd in AG
David Hay – 24:31 – 6th in AG
Kory McCarthy – 19:35
R&R ½ Marathon
Kory McCarthy – 1:29 – PR!
Kyrsten Sinema – 1:55 – PR!
Joan McGue – 2:13
Mike Haenel – 1:56
Chris Kline – 2:24 – 1st ½ marathon!
Sally Borg – 2:24
CJ Ketterer – 1:45
Alyssa Prewitt – 2:35
Melissa Samuelson – 1:48
Rebel Challenge (Disney Star Wars Themed 10K and ½ Marathon)
Adela Riehle – 10K in 1:17 (Chewbacca costume), ½ marathon in 2:40 (Princess Leia costume)!!