Monday, March 20, 2017

GRC Makes a most triumphant return to outdoor track!!

On this seemingly inauspicious if somewhat windy and chilly Saturday, after gorgeous weather for much of the indoor season GRC had a stellar beginning for our outdoor track season at the Maryland Invitational!

On the women's side, Maura Linde and Steph ran 16:39.81 and 16:39.85 to place first and second in the 5000m. In a testament to the amazing shape she's in, Maura ran a 20 second personal best while rehearsing for the Raleigh Relays' 10K this coming week. She and Steph have put in phenomenal winters of training, and it will be super neat to see what they can do this spring! Alex also made a strong debut in the 1500m, running 4:53!

The other half of the Reichs (Stew, not Broth), also ran a strong tune-up tempo in the 5000m of 14:54, pacing Kyle to a PR of 14:55! Luk and Wertz rounded out the men's 5K squad running 15:12 and 15:30 respectively.

Full GRC Results Below:

5000

1.  Maura 16:39.81
2.  Steph 16:39.85
4.  Frances 17:57

1.  Stewart  14:54.7
2.  Kyle  14:55.07
3.  Luk   15:12.04
7.  Wertz  15:30.9

1500

5.  Alex  4:53.2

7.  Michael  4:05.3
14.  Joe  4:10.3

3000

4.  Liz 10:17.8 


I think this may be misapplied because the races happened already, but nevertheless:

Send em!!!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kerry and da boys crush RnR half!!!

Saturday was a freezing  excellent day for GRC//Pacers- New Balance at the RnR DC half marathon!!

On the women's side, Kerry Allen came away with both an overall win for the women's race and a 6 second PR. Along the way, she beat the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon winner. When reached out to for comment for this blog, Allen noted that she was aggressively rehydrating, and that Meb told her to run to win, so she did. Good advice from Meb!

Maura also ran a very strong race, coming in 4th in 1:22:11, as she continues her prep for a debut marathon in Pittsburgh! The men's spring marathon squad of Graham, Evan, David M, and Dickson all ran strong races, and Balmer ran just a second off of his PR of 1:10:59, which makes everyone think that we should get this guy on a fast course sometime soon. Kieran was a little worn down from weeks of travel, but is in good shape and will be back any day now.

Full results available at: http://www.runrocknroll.com/finisher-zone/search-and-results/?eventid=42 

Just across the river, at the 4 Courts 4 Miler, GRC also took 1st and 2nd for the mens race, with Luke in 21:05 and Outlaw in 21:30, and Amy Laskowske in 3rd overall to win the women's race in 23:30.

Oh yaaaaaa!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Preview: RnR Half Marathon!!!!!

GRC takes to the streets tomorrow at 8:30AM for the Rock n' Roll DC Half Marathon. On the men's side, competitors include Kieran, Graham, Evan, David McKay, Charlie, Dave O'Hara, and Balmer. Meanwhile, Kerry, Maura C, Julie T, Greta, and Mary Grace will comprise a dominant squad for the women!

The race is a hilly, challenging course, and it might be a somewhat chilly morning, but according to Coach Jerry it still looks like it ought to be a great day! Kieran is in excellent shape, and ready to run a strong race, as long as he doesn't stop to watch too many of the concerts. Graham, Evan, David M, and Dickson are all preparing for April marathons, and if training is any indication they should all run very strong races. Kerry is also in great shape, and should be in contention to win this year after a couple of runner up performances in prior years. Greta is aiming to run a PR, which looks increasingly within reach.

Finally, lest pre-race nerves be getting the best of anyone, Kerry met Meb yesterday, so this event has already been a huge success for GRC.


I'm too new to the group to fully understand the weight of this phrase, but here goes nothing:

"Send em!"

Monday, March 6, 2017

Victory @ St. Pats !!!

Outlaw sending 'em to the finish
Photo courtesy of Swim Bike Run Photography

Pacers//GRC-New Balance men turned out and crushed the competition at the St. Pat's day 5K/10K on Sunday! Coach Jerry was very pleased, and noted that Jerry "Outlaw" Greenlaw had the performance of the day, outkicking the competition to win the men's 10K in 31:46. Meanwhile, Kyle Wagener also ran an extremely strong 20 second PR (!!!) to finish 4th overall in the men's 10K in 32:34.

In the 5K, Graham Tribble ran a strong race for second place (15:22) in his first race under 26.2 miles in quite some time, and Luk also ran well in his first race since returning from injury (10th overall in 15:49). Strong performances from Cabell, Michael Palmisano, Charlie Ban, and Balmer rounded out the day and resulted in a deep and dominant performance from the squad.

Full results available at: https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-24453#

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Coach Jerry: "Millrose Games was fun!"

Although the above is not actually a direct quote, be sure to check out local wise guy  our phenomenal coach Jerry Alexander's reflections on an outstanding GRC performance by the winning women's DMR at the Millrose Games, the influx of superb middle distance runners into GRC lately, and the benefits of racing under distance!

Article available on the Pacers blog at: https://www.runpacers.com/blog/people/elite-athletes/pacer-running-grc-new-balance-team-millrose-games/ 

GRC is very proud of these rockstar women, and we look forward to an equally victorious spring!

Monday, February 27, 2017

GRC takes home overall team title at RRCA Club Challenge 10 miler

Men's Results:
1. Kieran O'Connor 52:37.12
2. Jerry Greenlaw 53:10.19
4. Phil Royer 53:31.11
5. David McKay 53:39.25
11. Evan Jurkovich 54:24.23
13. Lucas Meyer 54:34.59
15. Paul Balmer 55:02.24
18. Dickson Mercer 55:26.87
20. Patrick Kuhlmann 56:02.14
25. Zak Miller 56:55.13
30. Matt Hassett 57:55.73
62. Chris Bain 1:01:17.73

Women's Results:
3. Kerry Allen 1:02:00.27
5. Maura Linde 1:02:15.85
12. Maura Carroll 1:04:14.82
14. Hannah Rowe 1:05:04.90
19. Julie Tarallo 1:06:22.50
20. Keely Eckberg 1:06:33.91
23. Greta Stults 1:07:44.70
32. Laura O'Hara 1:10:12.34



Friday, February 24, 2017

FLASH: Luff bids GRC adieu, becomes Ex-Pat


Earlier today, in a somber ceremony witnessed by one, or perhaps as many as two people lurking on the interwebs, Sam Luff’s name was officially moved to the “Ex Pat” list on Georgetown Running Club’s website.

"I just dragged his name over, and that was that,” sighed Men’s Team Director Sean O’Leary, who also doubles as the team’s website guru. “There really wasn’t much more to it than that.”

Tonight, after spending nearly six and a half years on GRC’s roster, Luff, and his overloaded Toyota Matrix, will head west and begin the long journey to San Francisco.

“Sam and I started at GRC on the same day, and since then the team has expanded in ways neither of us could have imagined,” noted GRC Coach Jerry Alexander. “The team would be nowhere near where it is today if not for his prowess as a runner and administrator.”

While donning the GRC singlet, Luff recorded personal bests of 14:15, 29:37, 50:45 and 1:07:08, marks which any working runner would be proud to hang his hat on. At the time, his 10k performance was a club record and, more often than not, Luff was the team’s top finisher on the track, road and course.   

“For sure, Sam was our standard bearer as an athlete for at least two years,” underscored Alexander.

In 2014, after an uncontentious election, Luff became President of the GRC, and served in that role for three years. During his tenure, Luff helped ink a sponsorship deal with New Balance and local running giant PACERS.

Following a series of on-and-off again injuries, and subsequent recoveries, Luff made his 26.2-mile debut at Grandma’s Marathon last June, running an impressive 2:28:03 in less-then-ideal racing conditions – arguably his best race in two years. It’s unclear whether he’s run a step since then, but that doesn’t really matter.

“I'm sure going to miss him,” noted Alexander.

We all will.

Of course, he’ll always have a (running) home if he ever returns to the Washington, D.C. area.

Good luck, Sam!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Baby Young comes blowing down the road

Call her the draft, but don't call her Betty, Libby, or any other nickname for Elizabeth, the name that Harriet Ann Young's mother and aunt share.

The stork has once again turned back around and dive-bombed the GRC Tuesday afternoon at Georgetown University Hospital, dropping Harriet off where mother Liz and father Brian can see the Duke Ellington Track from the window. She is 5 pounds, 13 ounces and 18.25 inches, and from preliminary photographs her head is much more proportional than her father's.

Early favorites for her first words are: "jabrone," "no-no" and "Jake Klim is running the Marine Corps Marathon."

Time will tell if Harriet will start off with the middle distances like her mother, Liz, or take a detour through collegiate rugby, like Brian, before dedicating herself to the hard training.

Breezy is now free to run the RRCA Club Challenge, as is Murph, who has pledged to run the race if Breezy was a father before practice on Wednesday.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

FLASH: Women's 3k record falls at Princeton!

The GRC women's 3k record was broken by not one, but TWO GRC athletes on Sunday 2/19 at the indoor Princeton Invitational! Steph and Maura L both went under the old record of 9:41.49, set by Frances Koons in 2015, and finished 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Well done, ladies!

The rest of the GRC track corps competed very well, turning in six top-5 finishes.

Women's 1000

5. Alex Morris 2:59.33

Women's mile

3. Frances Loeb 5:02.75 (#3 all-time!)
5. Liz Tawa 5:07.43

Women's 3k

1. Steph Reich 9:36.03 NEW GRC RECORD (and 13 second PR!)
2. Maura Linde 9:37.82 (#2 all-time!)

Men's mile

7. Tom Kelly 4:31.38
8. Joe LoRusso 4:33.64

Men's 3k

2. Stewart Reich 8:34.27 (PR!)
3. Michael Palmisano 8:35.30
4. Kyle Wagener 8:48.12 (PR!)


In addition to reading up on your favorite GRC'ers here on the blog, don't forget to also follow along on Instagram @grc_running. We have a rotating lineup of team members posting great content this season so you won't miss a moment of the action!

Monday, February 13, 2017

FLASH: LITTLE SUBURB JOINS GROWING GRC CHILD CORPS

Chuck "Big City" Kacsur, our 800 meter runner, fan favorite at Outlaw's school's career day, and  in-house branding department, now gets to fully enjoy the fruits of all of the Father's Day 8k design work he has done for the last seven years. He and his law-talking wife Kate are proud parents of Colleen Abigail, who was born Feb. 7 at 21 inches and 7 pounds, 14 ounces.

On a personal note, it is very cool to see the young Cal U intern who showed up to Pittsburgh Pharaoh Hounds workouts in 2008 grow into a just-as-skinny father eight-and-a-half years later.