Mount Rainier and Gulf Coast 70.3

Miranda Crandall – Mount Rainier

We want to recognize the achievements of two of our athletes from last week:

Miranda Crandall spent last week climbing Mount Rainier under some sketchy conditions. She made it up to 11,000 feet, but had to descend due to extreme avalanche conditions. There was over five feet of new snow at the 11,000-foot point. Getting to that point on America’s most glaciated volcano was quite an accomplishment!

Kemp Conrad raced Gulf Coast 70.3 last weekend. The race was changed from a triathlon to a duathlon at the last minute due to water conditions. This is not an uncommon occurrence in the world of triathlons, although it can really mess with many athletes’ minds. Being able to refocus after such a change to the race is a sign of mental toughness. Kemp did just that and finished the 56 mile bike/13.1 mile run in 4:18!

Congratulations to Miranda and Kemp!

Cactus Man Sprint and Olympic, Tupelo Sprint Tri – MS

Joan McGue – 3rd place – CactusMan

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! The AZ triathlon season really got going this past weekend with the Cactus Man Sprint and Olympic races and our athletes enjoyed some great finishes!

Cactus Man Sprint Tri
Pat Haenel – 1:17 – 1st in AG!
Joan McGue (pictured) – 2:06 – 3rd in AG!
Amanda Farr – 2:37
Lisa Volpentest – 1:44 – 4th in AG!

Cactus Man Olympic Tri
Jake Metz – 2:47 – 1st ever Olympic!
Laura McGhghy – 3:32
Andrew Broderick – 2:50
Mike Volpentest – 2:56
Jon Byron – 2:49 – PR!

Kemp Conrad also raced the Tupelo Sprint Tri in MS and finished in 52:50, taking 1st in his age group!

Congratulations to all our athletes!

Orizaba Peak – 18,491 feet – Mexico, Big Sur Marathon, Mainly Marathon Riverboat Series, Pat’s Run

Russ Perry – Orizaba summit, Mexico

Our athletes garnered some impressive achievements over the past 10 days!

Russ Perry summited Orizaba Peak in Mexico. Orizaba stands at 18,491’ and is the highest volcanic summit in North America! His next goal is Cotopaxi in Ecuador at just under 20,000’!

Heather Hemmer completed a yearlong journey to run the Big Sur Marathon. She finished the race this weekend in a strong 4:37!

Frank Smith completed an epic week by racing seven 50K runs in 7 days during the Mainly Marathon Riverboat series in the southeast.

Bo Micek ran an impressive 34:22 in the popular Pat’s Run here in AZ. Bo is targeting IMAZ this fall.

Congratulations to all our athletes!

David Goggins 4 x 4 x 48 Challenge – Illinois, Gulf Coast Sprint

Gila monster sighting! McDowell Mountain Regional Park

We’d like to recognize Terry Crowley of Chicago and Ed Wallis of Memphis for races from last weekend.

Terry raced the 4x4x48 in Illinois. This event requires running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. It is quite the grueling event. Terry finished well and is looking forward to running the Leadville 50-mile run in July.

Ed raced a sprint tri on the Gulf Coast and had quite the experience. He rounded a sandy corner on the bike and took a nasty fall. Despite the road rash, shock and damaged bike, he picked himself up and raced on to finish fourth in his AG! He suffered no broken bones and is healing up well this week. It is never fun to crash in a race but it does happen. Ed showed some true grit in fighting on. This spirit will serve him well as he is looking to race his first IMAZ this fall.

Finally, it’s always a treat to watch the critters emerging from hibernation in the spring. Bill saw this gila monster on his hike this evening!

Have a great weekend!

Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series, Big Buffalo 50K Trail Relay-TN, Oceanside 70.3, Tour de Mesa 45-mi bike

We’ve had some nice race results over the past couple of weekends!

First, hats off to Frank Smith who ran four 50Ks during this past week. This was part of the Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series. Frank is a beast!
Mills River, NC 50K – 6:58
Bristol, TN 50K – 7:30
Bluefield, WV 50K – 7:40
Bluefield, VA 50K – 7:33

Kemp Conrad and Ed Wallis each ran the Big Buffalo 50K Trail relay run in Memphis, TN. Kemp ran his 10K leg in 46:47 while Ed finished his leg in 56:13.

Oceanside 70.3
Laura McGhghy got back into 70.3 racing with a solid 7:49 finish. Laura will be racing IM Spain later this summer.

Tour de Mesa 45mi Bike
Andrew Broderick finished in an impressive time of 2:18 for the hilly 45 mile course.

Congratulations to all our athletes!

Tri for the Cure, Cincinnati Heart Half Marathon, Grand Canyon R2R2R

Our athletes had great results last weekend at Tri for the Cure and the Cincinnati Heart Half Marathon! We’d also like to give a special shout-out to Todd Silva who ran rim to rim to rim of the Grand Canyon on a solo adventure. Todd ran the 50 miles in 13:30! Congratulations to all our athletes!

Tri for the Cure
Luis Vidal – 1:37 – 2nd in AG!
Joan McGue – 1:51 – 3rd in AG!
Jake Metz – 1:20 – 3rd in AG in his first ever tri!

Cincinnati Heart ½ Marathon
Frank Smith – 2:14

R2R2R Grand Canyon Solo Run
Todd Silva – 50 miles in 13:30!

Mesquite Canyon 50-Mile Run – AZ, Rock and Roll Half Marathon – Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach Marathon – SC, Ft. Pillow 20K Trail Run – TN, Chandler 5K – AZ, Tour de Cure 56-mile bike – AZ

Tali Toncray – Mesquite Canyon 50-mile Run – 2nd overall female

Lots of race results to cover from the last two weekends!

First, congratulations to Heather Hemmer and Kemp Conrad. Heather ran the Rock and Roll ½ Marathon in Las Vegas on Feb 27th and finished in 2 hours. She will be running the Big Sur Marathon later this Spring. Kemp ran the Ft. Pillow 20K Trail Run in TN on Feb 26th and finished in 1:38 which as good enough for 4th overall!

This last weekend, Tali Toncray finished the Mesquite Canyon 50-mile Run. After DNFing this race twice before, Tali ran an impressive 11:19 and finished the second overall female! She showed great determination and perseverance to take on this race a third time and do so well!

Nancy Walker PR’d in the Chandler 5K, finishing in 27:31! Frank Smith finished 22nd in his age group in the Myrtle Beach Marathon, finishing in 5:10! And Laura McGhghy finished the Tour de Cure 56-mile bike ride in under 4 hours! Congratulations to all our athletes!

Rock and Roll Half Marathon – Las Vegas
Heather Hemmer – 2:00

Ft. Pillow 20K Trail Run – TN
Kemp Conrad – 1:38 – 4th overall male

Mesquite Canyon 50-Mile Run
Tali Toncray – 11:19 – 2nd overall female

Chandler 5K
Nanci Walker – 27:31 PR!

Myrtle Beach Marathon
Frank Smith – 5:10 and 22nd in his AG

Tour de Cure 56 mile bike ride
Laura McGhghy – 3:59

Good luck to everyone racing in Tri for the Cure this weekend!

Moab 33K Trail Run, Hilton Head Marathon, Pancake 5K/10K, Mesa Marathon and Half Marathon

Frank Smith – Hilton Head Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of great runs to report on from the past couple of weeks! Congratulations to our athletes!

Mesa Marathon
Melissa Samuelson – 3:59

Mesa ½ Marathon
Nadine David – 1:58

Pancake 10K/5K double
Sorin Tohatan – 10K – 46:41 – 5th in AG
5K – 22:21 – 7th in AG. For the double, he placed 4th in his AG!

Pancake 5K
Joan McGue – 32:38 – 2nd in AG!

Hilton Head Marathon
Frank Smith (pictured) – 5:17. Frank followed that race up by running the virtual Cancer Day marathon a week later!

Moab 33K Trail Run
Liz Flint – 4:59