What a great weekend for racing! We love the variety of events that the fall and winter months bring and our athletes are taking advantage. Great job, everyone!
Liz Flint – 6:44
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Frank Smith – 4:37
Joshua Tree ½ Marathon
Cortney Ellish – 2:02 – 3rd in her AG!
Tempe Draft Legal Sprint Tri
Peter Ney – 1:08 – 10th overall. Peter also did the Tempe 3K open water swim in 30:01!
Joan McGue – 1:01 – 10th in AG
Mike Haenel – 54:13
Lake Pleasant Olympic Tri
Andrew Broderick – 3:15 – 1st ever tri!!
Just a reminder that the Ironman Race Strategy Lecture will be held this Wednesday, Nov 7th, at 6pm, at Sole Sports Running Zone in Scottsdale.
This lecture comes just before Ironman Arizona and for good reason. Like nutrition, a proper race strategy is crucial to having the race you envision. Even if you haven’t been able to attend the other lectures, come to this one! It’s that important! We’ll discuss racing and pacing strategies to ensure you have your best possible race. Information is also applicable to the Half Ironman distance.
Drinks will be provided and all attendees will receive 15% off any purchase made at Sole Sports on lecture night. The event is free and is open to everyone. Hope to see you there!
Congratulations to Brian Toncray for racing the Xterra World Championships this past weekend in Maui. Brian finished the grueling course in 6:33 in his first attempt at Worlds. For those of you looking for a new triathlon challenge, you should definitely consider one of these off road tris!
Congratulations to Kathy Stanley for winning the AZ Tri Series for her age group in short course! Kathy is returning to racing after a series of serious medical setbacks, so this is truly a hard-earned and well-deserved award. We are so proud of you, Kathy. Way to go!
Mary Monell – AZ 70.3 finisher!
What a great weekend for racing! Congrats to everyone who finished AZ 70.3!!
Don Ennis – 6:29
Joe Dundas – 5:44 – 1st 70.3! racing IMAZ next month.
Mary Monell – 7:06
Ryan Clancey – 6:35 1st 70.3! racing IMAZ next month.
Ryan Mitchell – 6:23 – racing IMAZ next month.
Terry Crowley – 7:26 – 1st 70.3 – 2nd tri ever!
Columbus Marathon, OH
Frank Smith – 4:33 – 60th in AG
Tali Toncray Javelina Jangover 75K
Just now catching up on the last two weekends of racing . . .
First, Melissa Samuelson ran the Twin Cities Ultra Looney Challenge last weekend. The challenge includes running a 10K and 5K the day before running the Twin Cities Marathon. Melissa ran a 55:19 10K and a 27:26 5K. She then followed those up with a nice 3:56 marathon! Her overall time of 5:10 helped her finish the Challenge as 4th overall female and 3rd in her AG! Nice job Melissa!
This past weekend, David Hay raced the special World Championship Qualifier Sprint Triathlon in Sarasota, FL. This was a draft legal race and top finishers qualified to be on Team USA and race the Sprint World Championship next year in Switzerland. David finished 3rd in his AG and secured a spot!
At the Rockhopper Xterra Tri in Tempe, Joan McGue finished in 3:04 and took 1st in her AG! Joan has raced this event going back many years. Way to go Joan!
By the way, the photo here is Tali Toncray demonstrating her best one-legged pirate during the Javelina Jangover 75K from a couple of weeks ago!
Good luck to everyone racing at Arizona 70.3 this weekend!
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!
TOMORROW NIGHT at Sole Sports Running Zone in Scottsdale!
Please join us in Scottsdale at Sole Sports Running Zone on Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6pm, for the third lecture in the Ironman and Ultra Distance Lecture Series, CONTINGENCY PLANNING.
We will discuss how you can salvage a race when everything seems to be going wrong. There are many ways you can keep moving and avoid a DNF even if obstacles you face are stacking up.
All are welcome and the lecture is free. As an added bonus, all lecture attendees will receive a special 15% discount on items purchased the nights of the lectures! Hope to see you there!
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
Congratulations to Marc Suarez who raced Ironman Wisconsin this past weekend and recorded a PR for the distance. He finished the hilly race in 14:45 which was 4 min faster than his IMAZ time from last year. Nice job Marc!!
Good luck to Brandon Welling who is running the Mogollon Monster 100 miler this weekend in AZ!
Also, good luck to everyone racing the Tempe Triathlon!