Turkey Trots

We had quite a few Turkey Trotters during Thanksgiving week! Congrats to all of you!

Joan McGue – 60:13 – 3rd in AG
Al Adli – 52:26
Peter Ney – 40:30 – 3rd overall male!

Frank Smith ran the Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day 10K. It was the 109th year of this race!! Frank finished in 54:33 and took 73rd of 414 in his AG!

Ironman Arizona

We hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Bill and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our athletes, past and present, for your support. Put simply, we wouldn’t still be here, 15 years after starting this adventure, without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And to go with our thanks, here are some great results from IMAZ! The weather cooperated this last weekend and it was about as good as it gets at this race! Congratulations to everyone!

Ryan Clancey – 15:02 – 1st IM!
Joe Dundas – 12:42 – 1st IM!
Amy Engel– 16:47 – 10th IM!! Yes, 10th!!
Don Ennis – 14:47 – 1st IM!
Ryan Mitchell – 13:09 – 1st IM!
Abby Pfeiffer (pictured) – 13:59 – PR!!
Sorin Tohatan – 13:03 – 1st IM!
Jim Ustasiewski – 11:09 – PR and 8th in AG!!!

Colossal Vail 50 Mile Run, World’s Toughest Mudder 24-hour Challenge Race, Honor Run Half Marathon, Tempe Splash and Dash

What a great week for training and racing! Fingers crossed it stays this way through the weekend for IMAZ (looking good, we think!) CC athletes had wonderful results last weekend in a variety of races. Great job, guys!

Colossal Vail 50 Mile run
Tali Toncray (pictured) – 9:59 – 2nd overall female!!

World’s Toughest Mudder 24 hour challenge race
Brandon Welling – 50 miles covered – 142nd overall out of over 1200 starters!

Honor Run ½ Marathon
Frank Smith – 2:06 – 16th in AG.

Tempe Splash and Dash
Joan McGue – 1K swim/5K run – 1:00

Cabo 70.3, Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Joshua Tree Half Marathon, Tempe Draft Legal Sprint Tri, Phoenix 10K, Lake Pleasant Olympic Tri

What a great weekend for racing! We love the variety of events that the fall and winter months bring and our athletes are taking advantage. Great job, everyone!

Cabo 70.3
Liz Flint – 6:44

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Frank Smith – 4:37

Joshua Tree ½ Marathon
Cortney Ellish – 2:02 – 3rd in her AG!

Tempe Draft Legal Sprint Tri
Peter Ney – 1:08 – 10th overall. Peter also did the Tempe 3K open water swim in 30:01!

Phoenix 10K
Joan McGue – 1:01 – 10th in AG
Mike Haenel – 54:13

Lake Pleasant Olympic Tri
Andrew Broderick – 3:15 – 1st ever tri!!

Ironman RACE STRATEGY lecture – Wednesday, Nov 7th, 6pm

Just a reminder that the Ironman Race Strategy Lecture will be held this Wednesday, Nov 7th, at 6pm, at Sole Sports Running Zone in Scottsdale.

This lecture comes just before Ironman Arizona and for good reason. Like nutrition, a proper race strategy is crucial to having the race you envision. Even if you haven’t been able to attend the other lectures, come to this one! It’s that important! We’ll discuss racing and pacing strategies to ensure you have your best possible race. Information is also applicable to the Half Ironman distance.

Drinks will be provided and all attendees will receive 15% off any purchase made at Sole Sports on lecture night. The event is free and is open to everyone. Hope to see you there!

AZ Tri Series Age Group Champion!

Congratulations to Kathy Stanley for winning the AZ Tri Series for her age group in short course! Kathy is returning to racing after a series of serious medical setbacks, so this is truly a hard-earned and well-deserved award. We are so proud of you, Kathy. Way to go!

AZ 70.3, Columbus Marathon, OH

Mary Monell – AZ 70.3 finisher!

What a great weekend for racing! Congrats to everyone who finished AZ 70.3!!
AZ 70.3
Don Ennis – 6:29
Joe Dundas – 5:44 – 1st 70.3! racing IMAZ next month.
Mary Monell – 7:06
Ryan Clancey – 6:35 1st 70.3! racing IMAZ next month.
Ryan Mitchell – 6:23 – racing IMAZ next month.
Terry Crowley – 7:26 – 1st 70.3 – 2nd tri ever!

Columbus Marathon, OH
Frank Smith – 4:33 – 60th in AG

Twin Cities Ultra Looney Challenge, World Championship Qualifier Sprint Triathlon- Sarasota, FL, Rockhopper Xterra Tri

Tali Toncray Javelina Jangover 75K

Just now catching up on the last two weekends of racing . . .

First, Melissa Samuelson ran the Twin Cities Ultra Looney Challenge last weekend. The challenge includes running a 10K and 5K the day before running the Twin Cities Marathon. Melissa ran a 55:19 10K and a 27:26 5K. She then followed those up with a nice 3:56 marathon! Her overall time of 5:10 helped her finish the Challenge as 4th overall female and 3rd in her AG! Nice job Melissa!

This past weekend, David Hay raced the special World Championship Qualifier Sprint Triathlon in Sarasota, FL. This was a draft legal race and top finishers qualified to be on Team USA and race the Sprint World Championship next year in Switzerland. David finished 3rd in his AG and secured a spot!

At the Rockhopper Xterra Tri in Tempe, Joan McGue finished in 3:04 and took 1st in her AG! Joan has raced this event going back many years. Way to go Joan!

By the way, the photo here is Tali Toncray demonstrating her best one-legged pirate during the Javelina Jangover 75K from a couple of weeks ago!

Good luck to everyone racing at Arizona 70.3 this weekend!

Javelina Jangover 75K Ultra-Run, Las Vegas Tri, Mission Bay Olympic Tri, Ironman Chattanooga, Mesa Family Sprint Tri, Summer Night Trail Run – Tempe

Quite the weekend of racing! Congratulations to Tali Toncray (pictured) who placed first overall female at the Javelina Jangover 75K Ultra-Run that was held in McDowell Mountain Park. This was Tali’s first overall as an ultra-runner!

At the Las Vegas Tri, Cortney Ellish finished her first race after many years away with a time of 1:32 over the sprint distance. This time earned her 3rd in her AG and 11th overall!

Brad Lundahl finished the Mission Bay Olympic Tri in San Diego with a time of 2:15 and took 5th in his AG.

In the you-can’t-make-this-up department, Frank Smith had a near miss with an alpaca on the bike course at Ironman Chattanooga. His family thought he was hallucinating when he said he saw an alpaca slide out the back of a pick-up truck and directly into the path of his bike. But when they saw the news that evening, cameras captured the local police in their efforts to reign in the wily beast. Unfortunately, this race resulted in a rare DNF for Frank. Not because of the alpaca, but due to heat stress on a 90-degree, 80-percent humidity day.

Finally, Rebecca Felmly completed not just one, but two events on Saturday! She began the day with the Mesa Family Sprint Tri, finishing in 1:51and ended it with the quarter marathon Summer Night Trail Run in Tempe, crossing the line in 1:59!

Nice job everyone!