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!

Tiberias Marathon, Jerusalem, Desert Classic 10K

Earlier this month, Nir Joels ran an impressive 3:15 at the Tiberias Marathon in Jerusalem! Nir will be racing Ironman Estonia later this year. Locally, David Hay ran the Desert Classic 10K last weekend and took 1st in his AG with a time of 54:18! David will be racing the USAT National Sprint Champs in Aug. Congrats, Nir and David!

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!

Luke Jones Memorial 5K

Congratulations to Joan McGue who raced the Luke Jones Memorial 5k this past weekend. Joan is a long time Camelback Coaching athlete — 11 years!!! — and has raced all types of endurance races over the years, including Ironman races and even the Duathlon World Championships in Spain! She ran this weekend’s 5K with a time of 29:31 and took 2nd in her AG! Joan will be racing the Desert Du in Feb and Oceanside 70.3 later in the Spring. Go Joan!

Rock and Roll Marathon, Half, 5K , Phoenix 10K, Carlsbad Marathon

What a great weekend for racing this past weekend. 2018 got off to a great start with the Rock and Roll Marathon here in Phoenix. I want to especially congratulate Joe Dundas who raced his first marathon and finished in an impressive 3:27. This was good enough for 11th in his AG and 112th overall. Not bad for his first time out!

Rock and Roll Marathon

Joe Dundas – 3:27 – 1st marathon!

Vince Mazzocco – 4:27 – 1st marathon!

Rock and Roll ½ Marathon

Kyrsten Sinema – 1:59

Abby Pfeiffer – 1:59 – PR!!

Don Ennis – 1:59

Melissa Samuelson – 1:43 – PR!! 25th in her AG!

Rock and Roll 5K

David Hay – 24:36 – 2nd in AG!

Phoenix 10K

Lenny Gold – 55:40

Carlsbad Marathon

Frank Smith – 4:54 – 26th in AG! Kept his monthly marathon streak alive!

Frost Bite 5-Miler, Kentucky

Here’s to a great 2018! We hope everyone is looking forward to a great year of training and racing!

We had one race this past weekend. Frank Smith raced the Frost Bite 5 miler in Kentucky. Frank has been doing this race each year since 2008. He faced -8 deg wind chill weather this year but still finished in 45:18 taking 13th in his AG. Well done, Frank!

Happy New Year!

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!

Hot Chocolate 15K

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!

Ironman Arizona

Mike Haenel – crusin’ the Beeline . . .

Congratulations to our five intrepid finishers from this year’s Ironman Arizona! The day was a hot one with no clouds in the sky and the wind on the Beeline Hwy was as strong as ever! We would especially like to recognize Russell Vanbeber who raced IMAZ one year after having serious knee surgery. It was a long journey but he went from a hospital bed to an IM in 12 months. The day was long, but he got there!


Joe Gervais – 13:19
Mike Haenel – 14:35 – 1st IM!
Abby Pfeiffer – 15:38 – 1st IM!
Marc Suarez – 14:49 – 1st IM!
Russell Vanbeber – 16:02

Time to start dreaming of the 2018 season!!