We hope you all had a great week! Time to catch up from last weekend. We had some impressive race results from tough venues.
Special congratulations goes out to Tali Toncray who raced the Antelope Canyon 100 Mile run and placed 30th overall and 8th female with a time of 28:38!!
Antelope Canyon 100M
Tali Toncray – 28:38 – 30th overall
Antelope Canyon ½ Marathon
Cortney Smith Ellish – 2:03 – 6th overall female and 1st in AG!
Joan McGue – 3:41 – 13th in AG
42nd Heart Mini Half Marathon – Cincinnati, OH
Frank Smith 2:06 – 35th in AG – There were over 32,000 runners at this event!!
Oh, my! What a fun day of snow (pic is from 9-Mile Hill). We hope you’re enjoying this awesome weather!
Quite a few races to report on from this past weekend.
Congratulations to Eero Allison who finished his first ultra-marathon! Eero finished the Black Canyon 100K run in 14:55. Eero will be running the Boston Marathon later this Spring.
Frank Smith kept his marathon streak alive by finishing the Ft. Lauderdale Marathon in 5:47.
Joan McGue finished the Chinese New Year 5K in 29:34 and took 2nd in her AG!
Kathy Stanley and her team finished the RAGNAR Relay (RAGNAR del SOL) on Friday and Sat.
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!!
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!
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!
While Toby Baum is running around Mont Blanc and Ryan Mitchell is descending Mount Rainier, CC athlete and CC alums, Peter Lofquist, Beth Lofquist, and Cheryl Stadlman trekked up to the ancient Inca city, Machu Picchu, located high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Wonderful to see these adventurous souls in action!
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!