Congratulations to Teal for her outstanding 1:19:29 in the Raleigh Half Marathon, a PR of over two minutes, which earns her the highly coveted but rarely awarded GRC Athlete of the Week. This was a major breakthrough for Teal, particularly considering that the course was hillier than advertised, and it was quite windy. After enduring a lengthy absence due to injury in 2013, Teal has returned better than ever, and she is poised for another huge breakthrough in Sacramento in December. Well done!
There were several other fine performances this weekend. Kristin ran an excellent 1:19:21 at Raleigh, an 80 second PR. In her two half marathons this fall, Kristin has improved her PR by over 7 minutes, and there's more left in the tank. Kristin will turn her focus to shorter races for the remainder of the fall before tackling the marathon in the spring, so we're going to see more big PRs from her in the coming months. At the Parks 10k, Luke tempoed a comfortable 31:30 in preparation for the USATF 12k, Witty got his season going in earnest with a solid 31:53, and masters phenom Pat Kuhlmann ran a strong 34:05. At the Stache Dash 5k, Kevin ran 15:27 on a slow course, and was disappointed to be outkicked in the last 400, but he'll be back to his winning ways next time out. Dave O ran a strong 16:36, and Elyse continued on her steady progression back to race fitness. And at the National Race to End Women's Cancer, Chuck guided visually impaired athlete Matthew Rodjom to the win in 18:12. Rumor has it that Big City was so enamored of road racing that he's forgoing track season to train for Cherry Blossom, so look for a tall, skinny dude in shades up front with the Kenyans.
We're at BCC this week for the normal 7:15 start, so meet for the warmup at 6:30.