A contingent of GRC runners raced the Wilson Bridge HM this morning, some seeking personal triumphs and others aiding visually impaired runners in the National Industries for the Blind Visually Impaired National Half Marathon Championship.
Michelle Miller: 1:19:57 5th place female, 3rd American, 1st local
Jerry "Outlaw" Greenlaw: 1:12:02 10th place overall, 5th American
Lavar Curley: 1:15:53 20th place overall
Brian "Breezy" Young: 1:19:46 31st place overall
The race marked the stellar returns of both GRC veterans Michelle Miller and Jerry Outlaw, each coming back from lengthy recoveries from injury to place in the top 5 Americans in the race.
Coach Jerry volunteered "Jerry is finally getting over the injuries that limited him in the spring and summer, and this was a good opportunity for him to test his fitness in a very competitive environment."Miller finished just 15 seconds off her excellent WWBHM debut last year. Jerry commented "her training has been fantastic, and she's ready to run considerably faster this year then she did last year." Each of them took home prize money too, and they've gotta be happy with that.
Teammates Dickson Mercer, Andy Sovonick, Chuck Kacsur, Samantha Kirby, and Scott Koonce each teamed with a talented visually impaired runner to guide them safely to the finish. Coach Jerry noted "I'm excited to have so many of our athletes serving as guides for visually impaired runners. It's an opportunity for the team to give back to the running community, and we have the unique capability to supply guides that can run at any pace the visually impaired athletes request, so we're able to provide a wonderful service that will be most appreciated by the beneficiaries."