Friday, November 23, 2018

DEVELOPING: Turkey Trot Results

As many know, this blog has chronicled the Turkey Trot exploits of GRCers since the first recorded Thanksgiving Day race in 1896. In keeping with tradition, our men and women logged impressive performances both near and far from Washington, DC.

Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-Miler

Maura L snuck under 28, and Nick Posada logged his most impressive finish thus far in a GRC singlet with a sub-25 performance.

4. Nick 24:58
6. Paul T 25:09
12. Charlie 26:16
17. Dave W 26:27
18. TK 26:31
19. Trever 26:37
20. Sam D 26:42
21. Jordan 26:43
22. Sean O 26:53
64. Breezy 30:41

2. Maura L 27:59
4. Natalie 29:45
5. Gina 29:52
8. Chelsea V 30:21
9. Kerry 30:58
14. Rebekah 31:53

SOME Trot for Hunger 5k

Hallie ran a strong 18:25 for 2nd place in what looks to be a potential PR over 5k. Our fact-checkers are furiously working behind the scenes to verify this claim.

RRRC Turkey Trot 10k

Cabell just barely lost out in a sit-and-kick battle with a college-aged speedster. His time of 33:17 was good for 2nd place.

Run to Feed the Hungry 5k

Max ran 15:44 for 8th overall, narrowly outkicking his fluffy dog as depicted in the photo to the right.

Piedmont Turkey Trot 5k

Sean B and ex-pat Sam Luff finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with times of 16:28 and 16:40. Reports indicate that the second mile is dramatically uphill.

MPLS Turkey Day 5K

Kyle W ran a solid 15:09 for 4th place in arctic conditions, proving true the old maxim that you can take the boy out of Minnesota, but you can't take Minnesota out of the boy.

Charlotte Southpark 5.13-Miler

Panhandle Crew standout Lucas S came close to besting his time from last year with a 23:57 clocking for 1st place. While it's a bummer that this year's course was accidentally long, I'm sure Lucas is happy that he can now claim two course records from one race.

Unnamed Chicago 5k

Ryan, the other half of the Panhandle Crew, ran 16:08 for 2nd (?) place. This race probably has a name but Ryan has chosen not to share it.

Greater Woodbury Turkey Trot 5k

Margaret ran a strong PR of 18:19 and finished as the first female in this small New Jersey race.

Race for the Park Turkey Trot 5k

Up in Long Island, Sarah finished 2nd overall in 17:45.

Portland Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler

Rob braved arctic Maine conditions for 4th overall in 20:52. Local Maine residents reportedly made fun of him on the cooldown for only tolerating cold weather as well as a normal person.

Bedford Springs Turkey Trot 5k

Bucking the trend of Thanksgiving races held on Thanksgiving Day, Emily K ran 17:55 for 5k in Bedford Springs, PA on Saturday. While the course may have been short, she finished as the 1st female and placed 3rd overall.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Weekend Recap: Brotherly Love Galore

Yo, Adrian! The City of Brotherly Love has been kind to GRC over the past few years, and this year was no exception.

Luk and Mitch started off the weekend with a bang in the half marathon on Saturday, running 71:09 and 71:51 for 16th and 24th place. Both results were pleasant surprises -- this was Luk's first race over 10k, and Mitch spent a fair amount of time in Europe earlier in the month for academic purposes.

Maura C kept the good vibes rolling on Sunday in the marathon with a 2.5-minute PR. Her 2:49:54 performance for 17th place represented another reasonably large breakthrough, and Coach Jerry was particularly pleased with her effort:

"Maura's training was outstanding, and she was confident enough in her training that she decided to go with the 2:45 pace group.  Maura was on target past half way, but she cramped up around 15 miles, and it was a struggle from there.  Despite questioning whether she could even finish during the last 5k, Maura put in a late surge that allowed her to break the 2:50 barrier.  Maura took a calculated risk to go for the Trials standard, and even after it became clear that the aggressive early pace had caught up to her, she fought all the way to the tape, and her tenacity allowed her to come away with a big PR.  I could not be more proud ofMaura's preparation, and her tenacity on race day.  Well done!"

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?