Monday, June 19, 2017

This one goes out to the Dads

Yesterday's Father's Day 8k featured a morning filled with camaraderie, friendly competition, and as always, warm appreciation for the fathers and father-figures in our lives. GRC's own Ryan Witters took a brief moment on the racecourse to give a shout-out to "all the Dads" that support GRC in more ways than we can count:

Witty finished in 1st for the sixth consecutive year in 26:47, while Lindsay O'Brien took the win on the women's side in 31:29. This was Lindsay's first race in over a year, so her victorious performance is surely a sign that she's going to round back into form quickly for the fall racing season ahead. Complete results from the race can be found on the Father's Day 8k website:

Prior to the FD8k, several GRCers flew westward to Duluth, MN on Saturday for both the Grandma's Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon. Sadly, it appears that Minnesota-born Kyle Wagener brought home a heaping helping of D.C. humidity for race day, and PRs in the longer distances will now need to wait until the fall for the crew. Highlights on the day include Graham Tribble's 1:08:56 in the half as well as Greta Stult's near-PR 3:00:13. As seen below, the Duluth News Tribune captured a great photo of Greta's last race stateside prior to a year-long stint overseas for work.

Each year we strive to ensure that the FD8k runs smoothly, but we'd be remiss if we failed to thank our sponsors, supporters, and friends for their continued support of our club. It's not just on Father's Day -- the encouragement we receive year in and year out from the DC running community is paramount to our ongoing accomplishments. Thanks to all for making this year's race a rousing success, and here's to great things to come later in 2017 and beyond!

The FD8k also serves as a time for remembrance and appreciation for our teammates Lauren and Nina, whose stories you can read here:

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