We had several fine performances this weekend at various distances, but the top story occurred off the track when Jake announced that he is retiring from racing. When the history of GRC is written, Jake will be featured prominently, both for his achievements as an athlete, which were impressive, and for his multitude of contributions to the team behind the scenes. It's not an exaggeration to say that Jake's vision and persistence formed the foundation of GRC, and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his years of hard work and dedication. I urge all of you to read Jake's blog post, and to find inspiration in his story. I'm certain that I speak for the entire team when I say that he will be missed.
As for the racing, we had a strong crew at the Parks half marathon, led by Kieran's 2d place finish in 1:11:40, Sam in 6th 1:13:17, Sean O in 7th 1:13:21, and Jake in 9th 1:15:43. Parks is a challenging course, and our guys ran it as a workout, so these results bode very well for fast times when the real racing starts. Phil got an excellent start to his fall season by finishing 4th at the Dartmouth XC Invitational, where he ran 24:31 for "8k." Phil is sure the course was a tad short, and he thinks his time is worth about 25 flat for the full distance, but that is still a very promising performance on a hilly course. Stewart is already in mid-season form, as he proved by winning the Frederick Market Street Mile in 4:15. Finally, Katie was second in the Shoebox Shuffle 5k in Baltimore in a very strong 17:52 on a hilly course.
We're set for our normal 7:15 start at BCC on Wednesday, so meet for the warmup at 6:30.
I'll send the women's workout separately.