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!
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!
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!
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!
Not quite a race result, but Coach Bill did do a stunning big wall climb in Zion over the weekend. 🙂
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
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!