Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekend Recap: Richmond Saturday, Vets Day Sunday

In a weekend filled with seemingly perfect racing weather, GRC took the world by storm with strong performances up and down I-95. Is November the new October? The jury is still out on that one.

On Saturday, Natalie Patterson was the star of the day at the Richmond Marathon with a breakthrough PR of 2:55. Alex Archer also ran his best race in a GRC singlet with a 1:09:52 half marathon.
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Richmond Marathon
Natalie Patterson - 2:55:17

Chris Bain - 2:48:30

Richmond Half Marathon
Alex Archer - 1:09:52
Charlie - 1:11:26
Sean O - 1:13:58

Liz R - 1:24:15

Richmond 8k
Mark - 25:13
JLP - 25:36
Cabell - 25:41


At the Veteran's Day 10k on Sunday, Kyle W continued his meteoric rise to greatness with a solid win/50-second PR combo. Our women also swept the podium, with Maura L, Emily d, and Katie taking home the hardware.


Veteran's Day 10k
Kyle W - 30:54 (winner!)
Sam from Cornell - 31:29
Nick - 32:11
Hoya Rob - 32:41
Paul T - 33:16
Max - 33:16
Jordan - 33:32

Maura L - 34:44 (winner!)
Emily d - 35:05
Katie - 36:19
Molly - 37:44
Caroline - 37:47
Chelsea V - 38:06
Hallie - 38:59
Emily K - 39:19

A special congrats is also in order for the dynamic high school coaching duo of Dave O'Hara and Joe LoRusso. Dave led the Woodson HS Cavaliers to their first ever boys' cross country 6A State Title on Saturday and Joe helped.



Monday, November 5, 2018

Weekend Recap: NYC action, St. Rita's action

As is customary for the first weekend in November, NYC was the center of the running universe over the weekend. Since GRC is never a club to be left out of the limelight, a few of our harriers took advantage of the opportunity and logged some impressive times against tough fields. It didn't seem like any of them made the ESPN broadcast, but hey, there's always next year for that.

NYC Marathon
Hashem - 2:32:51 (debut!)
Fridge - 2:43:32

Margaret - 3:03:51

Abbot Dash 5k
Emily d - 16:59

Back near our nation's capital at the St. Rita's 5k, a number of top spots in both the men's and women's races went to those wearing white and blue singlets. Sam from Cornell seems to be on quite the hot streak with road 5k's lately.

St. Rita's 5k
Sam C - 15:28 (winner)
Mike P - 15:43
TK4 - 16:00
Luk - 16:06

Taylor - 17:40 (winner)
Molly - 17:49
Gina - 18:13
Liz R - 18:43
Rebekah - 19:14

There are also some grab bag results from over the weekend: Mileage Sam placed 4th at the St. Louis Half Marathon in 1:11:55, and Panhandle Crew member Lucas ran 4:15 for bronze in at the Myrtle Mile in South Carolina.

Lastly, a belated congratulations is in order for our resident Masters marathoner Pat Kulhmann, who placed 20th overall and first in the 45-49 age group with a 2:38:00 clocking at the Marine Corps Marathon. Who says that Father Time is undefeated?


Monday, October 22, 2018

Weekend Recap: Making Memories at the Run for Remembrance

GRC made our beloved sponsors proud on Saturday by sweeping most of the top spots at the inaugural Run for Remembrance 5k. The one and only Sam from Cornell took home the victory, and he was gifted a nice wooden American flag for his solo effort.

Run for Remembrance 5k
Sam from Cornell 15:25 (winner)
Craig 15:56
Mark 15:57
Jordan 16:06
Trever 16:12

Jackie 18:55
Rebekah 18:56
Chelsie 19:20



Up I-95, Hallie and Chelsea V tackled the Bal'more Half Marathon. There was plenty of wooter and Old Bay on the course, plus number of "How 'bout them O's, hon" cheers from spectators near Camden Yards.

Baltimore Half Marathon
Hallie 1:25:15
Chelsea 1:26:10

Finally, outside of Bahstun, Cabell and JLP took on the historic Mayor's Cup 8k. JLP held off fast-charging ex-pat Phil Royer down the homestretch, proving to the world that moving and leaving GRC is always a terrible mistake.

Mayor's Cup 8k
JLP 26:05
Cabell 27:07



Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekend Recap: Battle at Gettysburg, random road stuff

In what has become an annual tradition, a motley crew of men trekked up to Gettysburg on Saturday morning with an aim of capturing a team title over a variety of mostly Division III schools. While they may have lost that particular battle, they haven't yet lost the war, or something like that.

Gettysburg Invitational
Kyle W - 25:48 (winner)
Daniel - 26:27
JLP - 27:02
Luk - 27:03
Mitch - 27:45
Cabell - 27:38
Trever - 27:42
Jordan - 27:56

Chelsea - 23:17
Jackie - 23:47
Angelina - 24:39

Further east, Maura L took home the win at the Inter-Regional Border Battle, followed closely by Caroline and Liz T.

Rowan Invitational
Maura L -21:28 (winner)
Caroline - 22:06
Liz T - 23:17

We also had a handful of stray road results, highlighted by Natalie's third PR in four weeks.

Hartford Half Marathon
Graham - 1:11:33

Border Patrol "5k"
Taylor - 15:27** (this is a Barry Bonds-ian asterisk; does not belong in the record books)

Race Against Heart Disease
Natalie - 18:13

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekend Recap: Kerry takes over the Twin Cities

Unless you live under a rock, you've likely heard by now that GRC President Kerry Allen laid down a 10-minute PR on Sunday to qualify for a certain high-profile race in Atlanta. Coach Jerry has the scoop:

"At Twin Cities yesterday, Kerry ran an outstanding 2:41:33, a PR of over ten minutes, which is the second fastest time in GRC history, and was good for seventh place in a very competitive field.  I can't overstate what an exceptional run that was, or how excited I am to see Kerry get the breakthrough she worked so hard for.

As I've told Kerry many times in the last couple of years, she's had Olympic Trials qualifier written all over her, but despite several big PRs at shorter distances, she's had bad luck with weather on race day and a series of nagging injuries that had her questioning whether she would ever be able to reach her potential in the marathon.  After another injury setback that scuttled her spring plans, Kerry put in a really good block of training for the past few months, and the weather in Twin Cities was perfect, and Kerry took advantage of her opportunity in a huge way.

Kerry's fabulous performance was the product of years of hard work and unrelenting persistence in the face of daunting obstacles, and I'm really, really proud of what she accomplished.  And Kerry is just getting started, and the best is yet to come in Atlanta on February 29, 2020."

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Here's the rest of notable happenings from the weekend:

Twin Cities Marathon
Kerry 2:41:33
Emily P 2:53:10

Chicago Marathon
Keely 3:03:03

Army 10-Miler
Emily d 59:09
Kelly 59:39
Maura L 61:10
Natalie 64:58
Molly 66:17

Thistle (the Missile) 52:29
Sam C 54:09
Max 54:28
Graham 54:47
Kyle 55:33
Sean B 55:38



Monday, October 1, 2018

Weekend Recap: Too much variety

This weekend's race results are like a really long menu at a chain diner: there's a lot of good stuff there, but it's going to take a while to sift through it all.


Here's what we've got:

Navy Mile
Taylor 5:00.28 (#3 All-Time)
Gina 5:05.87 (#5 All-Time)
Jesse 5:23.71

Daniel T 4:19.77 (#4 All-Time)
Mitch 4:37.18

Paul Short XC
Caroline 21:34

Chealsea V 23:06
Liz T 23:34
Angelina 24:24

Great Race 10k
Maura 35:52

Alex A 31:42

Prince William Half Marathon
Natalie 1:23:43 (winner)

Outlaw 1:13:43

National Capital 20 Miler
Evan 2:01:39
Dickson 2:01:40

Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekend Recap: Mostly Clarendon

It seems as though the vast majority of GRCers ran down Wilson Boulevard at least once on Saturday, with several running down it twice. Isn't Clarendon Day a hoot?

Clarendon Day 5k
Paul T 14:59 (winner)
Kyle W 15:02
Sam from Cornell 15:09
Daniel T 15:10
Max 15:24
Luk 15:24
Alex 15:25
Outlaw 15:29
Graham 15:33
Jordan 15:47
Mitch 15:48
Cabell 16:01
Trever 16:01
Evan 16:20
Matt 16:53
Sean O 16:56
Sam D 17:13

Gina 17:42 (winer)
Liz R 18:15
Liz T 18:46
Jackie 18:48
Rebekah 18:52
Angelina 20:01
Theresa 20:50
Jesse 21:15

Clarendon Day 10k
Luke 32:50 (winner)
Graham 34:20
Luk 35:10
Outlaw 35:21
Sam D 35:50
Kyle 36:04
Evan 36:16
Matt 37:16

Natalie 38:20 (winner)

In outside action, TK4 took home the W at the Run! Geek! Run! 5k in 16:16, leaving behind several nerds wearing glasses in the process.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Weekend Preview: Pacers Racers Edition

Our munificent corporate overlords and all-around good guys Pacers are hosting one of the jewels of the local running calendar this weekend, the Clarendon 5k & 10k. The weather is starting to round into shape just as our roadsters do the same. Relative to the question of quantity and also of quality, GRC is bringing the metaphorical lumber this weekend. Here are some reasons why Clarendon Day is great:

1) Saturday race

2) The double!
3) Day drinking
4) Heading eastbound on Wilson

The forecast calls for torrential PRs this weekend on the perennially quick course. On the men's side, there are whispers, nasty little blasphemies about attacking the club record (14:35). Even if many of the men have the talent, fitness, and youth to undertake such an endeavor, one doubts if they have the dashing good looks affiliated with the current record. We'll also have some GRC debuts this weekend, including Liz R, Max P, Alex A, and probably some other ones I'm missing:


5k - Kyle Wagener, Sam Chauvin, Daniel Trettel, Lars Benner, Alex Archer, Jerry Greenlaw,  Max Pedrotti, Cabell Willis, Lukasz Olenginski, Mitchell Abrams, Jordan Psaltakis, Trever Reed, Paul Thistle


10k - Luke Meyer


Double - Matt Hassett, Samuel Doud, Evan Jurkovich, Sean O'Leary


For the women:



5k - Jesse Carlin, Jackie Kasal, Rebekah Hernandez, Liz Reynolds, Angelina Oputa, Annyck Besso, Gina McNamara, Theresa Kennedy, Liz Tawa

10k - Natalie Patterson

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Weekend Recap: Do two halves make a whole?

Withstanding Mid-Atlantic humidity is remarkably similar to running a half marathon: both efforts last longer than what seems appropriate. Despite swampy conditions on Sunday morning, our crew logged strong efforts and placed well at both the Navy-Air Force Half/5 Miler and the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half.


NAF Half

Kieran 1:10:56
Sam D 1:11:59
Trever 1:16:21
Mark 1:16:41
Evan 1:17:34

Kerry 1:21:28
Maura C 1:23:05
Chelsea V 1:26:24
Keely 1:31:15


NAF 5-Mile
Paul T 25:19 (winner)
Outlaw 27:03
Jordan 27:15

Emily d 28:34 (winner, course record)
Kelly C 28:45
Maura L 28:47
Hallie 31:36

Up in Philly, Lucas made a valiant run at an OTQ, while Dickson and Hashem placed well in the midst of some hard marathon training.

RnR Philly Half
Lucas 66:34
Hashem 71:23
Dickson 72:09

If you squint really hard, you can see Hashem and Dickson mixing it up with Des and Kellyn Taylor in the photo below.



Friday, September 14, 2018

Weekend Preview: Debonair Debutante Edition

With Florence heading south, no doubt ducking the terrible rage awaiting her were she to delay what promises to be a debut-filled weekend, GRC is ready to roll. Keep your eyes on flooded roadways, though: Coach Jerry's salty tears after a Vanderbilt meltdown on Saturday night could rival what Flo has in store.

Our good friends at the Navy Air Force Half Marathon are hosting the finest half and five-miler around this weekend. Our women's 5 contingent features Kelly C, Emily d, Molly A, Emily P, Hallie F, (and Jerry did not say Maura L, but I'm pretty sure she said she was running at practice on Wednesday?). Holy talent! Not to be outdone, the men will send Paul T, Outlaw, Jordan P,  and late entrant Sean B to the line. Paul's time will need to be converted from lane 4 of Hains Point.

In the half, Maura C, Margaret J, Keely E, and Chelsea V will represent the women, joined by Trevor R, Evan J, Charlie B, Mark H, Sam D, and Kieran O.

Debuts:
Kelly C
Molly A
Sam D
Margaret J
Chelsea V

One seems to recall that RNR Philly will feature some GRC representation, but the ignorance and stubbornness of the author will shroud those participants in mystery until results are available.

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Explosive New Book: RUN (and Hide)!


Fresh off his latest book, FEAR: Trump in the Whitehouse, famed author, Bob Woodward, has penned a non-fiction thriller detailing the GRC during the tumultuous years Patrick Murphy skippered the fledgling team. The book is entitled, "RUN (and Hide): The GRC Administration Under Patrick Murphy". 

Although the book has yet to be released, I've (amazingly) come across a copy, and some of the charges are explosive. Below are a few excerpts. Though you might think I enjoy sharing these snippets, please know that it really pains me to post them here on this beloved blog: 

 On page 1,276 (it's a 3,000+ page epic!), a team member known only as "B. Young" (narrowing the source down to two people) claims Patrick "colluded with PACERS during the 2009 Veteran's Day 10k, essentially handing PACERS the win." This collusion occurred years before the teams officially merged. In 2009, the two teams were rivals. This is by far one of the devastating accusations in the book. 

In an earlier chapter, former President of the GRC, Sam Luff (AKA "Sam from Cornell #2") is reported to have called Patrick a "dumby (sic) face" in April 2012, after a contentious board meeting. 

During that same board meeting, Charlie Ban was drinking a concoction that resembled “a mix of both coffee and beer, two drinks Charlie claims he never touches…” He also, according to one account, wore blue jeans, or, according to another, blue jean shorts (jorts) to this same meeting. 

Kyle Cooke, it’s said in the book, “has hoarded upwards of six to eight different singlets.” 

According to official membership paperwork, current GRC President Kerry Allen's real name is Allen Kerry, and she was named after her father, Allen Kerry Sr. 

Although he joined the team after Patrick’s tenure, the book also claims that Cabell Willis has a “ghost writer, who pens all of Cabell’s Instagram posts.” 

An author known only as Enamanoos (sic) has written the book's Foreword.