The past couple of weekends have produced some great results! Super job to everyone who raced! We want to send a special congratulations to Heather Grahame. Heather has been racing Aqua-Bike races this year, and recently, she was ranked second nationally by USAT in the female 60-64 AG. She also attained All-American status for her efforts!
Tour de Scottsdale 30 mile
Cheryl Stadlman – 1:50 – 2nd in AG
David Hay – 1:28 – 1st in AG!
Towpath Marathon – Ohio
Frank Smith – Frank kept his monthly marathon streak alive with a 5:29 finish in hot conditions!
Estella Xterra Trail Run – 8K
Joan McGue (pictured) – 1:04 – 1st in AG! Finishing with cut knee that needed stitches, no less! Way to be tough, Joan!
Rockhopper Xterra Tri
Jennifer Talbot – 2:39 – 3rd in AG
Brian Toncray – 2:01 – 3rd in AG
Congratulations to Melissa Samuelson, who ran the Twin Cities Ultra Loony Challenge this past weekend in MN. The challenge consisted of running a 10K and a 5K the day before running the Twin Cities Marathon. Melissa nailed them all. She ran the 5K in 24:01 and the 10K in 47:13. The next day she ran a PR 3:45 marathon!! These results netted her 6th place female overall and 4th in her AG for the Challenge. Nice job Melissa!!
Toby Baum – Mountain Lakes 100 – Oregon
We had a nice weekend of racing last weekend from around the country!
Superfrog 70.3 – CA
Joe Gervais – 5:38 – 13th in AG!
Augusta 70.3 – GA
Frank Smith – 7:36 in horrendous heat and humidity.
Flagstaff, AZ 100 mile run relay
Dave Frome – team finished 2nd in div.
Brandon Welling – team finished in 21:16. Brandon ran a leg of 34 miles in 6:40 and then mountain biked for 66 miles!
Lastly, we want to congratulate Toby Baum for finishing his fourth 100 mile ultra-run in Portland, OR! He finished the Mountain Lakes 100 miler in 28:54 and has now earned enough points to race the famous UTMB Ultra Run in Chamonix, France in 2018. UTMB is considered to crown jewel of ultra runs and is as tough as it is scenic. Way to go, Toby! (picture with this post is from the race – gorgeous!)
Kyrsten Sinema – Lifetime Tri – 3rd in her age group!
Last weekend was super busy for racing! We mentioned Jona Davis in the previous post. She raced the ITU World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Denmark, placing 21st in her age group. But we had some awesome results stateside, too! Dana Kennedy stood atop the podium at the Lifetime Tri, while Kyrsten Sinema stood on her very first podium! Not to be left out, Melissa Samuelson also climbed up the podium steps for 2nd place at Lifetime. And in California, Sally Borg did it again at the Malibu Tri, placing 3rd in her age group. Congrats to all our stellar Camelback Coaching athletes!!!
Malibu Olympic Tri
Ryan Mitchell – 2:38 – 24th in AG
Sally Borg – 3:14 – 3rd in AG
Air Force Marathon
Frank Smith – 5:16 – 37th in AG – Frank has now run a marathon or longer each month for five straight years! What a streak!!
Tempe Olympic Tri
Jason Prenger – 3:58 – 21st in Ag – 44 min PR!!!
Tempe Sprint Tri
Melissa Samuelson – 1:21 – 2nd in AG and 10th overall!! PR!!
Kyrsten Sinema (pictured) – 1:33 – 3rd in AG!!
Dana Kennedy – 1:28 – 1st in AG!!
Bletch Trail Marathon, WA
Adela Riehle – 5:43 just a few weeks after doing the Titanium Man 140.6 race in MI!
Skull Valley Bike Ride
Joan McGue – 53 miles in 4:37 over a windy and hilly course.
Congratulations to Jona Davis who competed in the ITU World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Denmark this last weekend! Jona has been a Camelback Coaching athlete for over 10 years, and this was her FOURTH World Championships! She has also raced in Edmonton, Canada, Auckland, New Zealand, Cozumel, Mexico and now Rotterdam, Denmark. She took 21st in her AG this year! Way to go Jona!!
Congratulations to Brian Toncray for winning the Xterra West Regional Championship in the 25-29AG! Brian raced well enough in his Xterra triathlons over the past few months to gain enough points to win the title and qualify for the Xterra World Championships. This was his first full season of Xterra racing! Way to go Brian!
For those of you unfamiliar with Xterra racing, these tris consist of a 1,000-1,500m open water swim, a 30K mountain bike ride and a 10K rugged trail run. If you’re looking to add a new dimension to your triathlon racing and training you might consider Xterra races!
Here are some more photos from Brandon Welling’s adventure race, the Endeavor Team Challenge, that started on September 9th, 2017, in the Stanislaus National Forest. The event included a Crucible Road March (15+ miles), Night Navigation, rock climbing, orienteering, obstacle course, and more, as well as a Final Run (10+ miles). Brandon and his teammate finished 2nd overall!
Brandon Welling – Endeavor Team Challenge
Some great races from this past weekend! Congratulations especially goes out to Kyrsten Sinema, CJ Ketterer and Sharon Johnston who raced the 70.3 World championships in Chattanooga, TN!
Sharon Johnston – 7:07
CJ Ketterer – 6:19
Kyrsten Sinema – 7:58 – despite suffering from the stomach flu and only a few months after breaking her foot!
Dana Kennedy – 6:51 – 25th in AG only a couple week after racing IM Santa Rosa!
Endeavor Team Challenge Adventure Race (This race was completed over two days and included a 15-20 mile run, special challenges including rock climbing, night orienteering and hiking)
Brandon Welling (pictured) – His team finished 2nd overall!!
On a separate note, tonight’s IM lecture has been cancelled due to some scheduling conflicts. I’ll send a note before the next one.
Good luck to everyone racing at the Lifetime Tempe race this weekend! We will have our tent set up on race day. Feel free to store gear there and hang out before and after the race!
Race results from last weekend! Congratulations to Joan McGue (pictured) for finishing the iconic Santa Barbara Long Course Tri in 5:38. This race is one of the oldest in the US, comprising a 1-mile swim, a 34-mile bike and a 10-mile run in beautiful Santa Barbara. Nice job, Joan!
Heather Grahame raced the Maine 70.3 Aqua Bike and took an impressive 4th place overall female (1st in AG) with a time of 3:32. Heather averaged over 20mph for the bike leg!
At the Anthem Sprint Tri, Sorin Tohatan finished in 1:18 and took 4th in his AG. Sorin will be racing AZ 70.3 in Oct.