Hi runners! Ask and you shall receive...I BEGGED for race reports, and you guys came through!
1) RACE REPORTS
* from Brooke Nelson...
Congrats to all the Tri Team members who competed at Mountain Lakes on Saturday, August 13. Anniston Runners Tri Team had 43 members in attendance with most wearing our striking new tri suits! Everywhere we looked, we saw our logo. You were awesome! We had the most number of members of any other team present, even the Vulcan Tri Club.
If you haven’t had a chance to yet, please go on Facebook and look at all the pictures posted from the event. It was so fun to see everyone walking up in their Tri Team attire. Very proud. I received lots of comments from the Team Magic people about our team. They were very impressed with the turnout, and hopefully, this will translate into some better discounts for their races next year.
DREAM TEAM takes podium at Mountain Lakes Triathlon
The Dream Team of Bob Couch (swimmer), Justin Bynum (cyclist) and Jay Lloyd (runner) reached their goal of winning the Male Team Relay at the 24th Annual Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville. Bob who swam for Alabam had to swim against one of his college teammates, Leo French, during the very competitive 600 yard battle when he edged French by 37 seconds with a time of 7:52. Justin Bynum’s bike portion was the 2nd faster overall bike time for the whole event, placing the team in excellent position to top the podium. The battle heated up though with Dewayne Minor on French’s team slapping down a 15 minute 3 mile run, but Jay Lloyd was able to hang onto to first by a mere 16 seconds, gutting it out for the win and capturing a personal record (PR on the 3 mile) at the same time. Same time next year – another epic battle will ensue.
FAMILY TEAMS and others excel at Mountain Lakes Tri, too!
The family teams of Team Moore (Lori swimming, John cycling, Jake running) and Team Angell (Pitts swimming, Clayton cycling, Cowan running) won second and third respectively in the Family Team Category. Dunaway Conner took third in a very competitive “Old Geezer” category. Megan Williams took first in her age group.
*also from Brooke Nelson...
Rocketman Triathlon at the Redstone Arsenal on Sunday, August 28 proved to be a lot of fun with friends. A smaller tri than the sprint at Mountain Lakes, Rocketman is a longer course where competitors swim almost a mile in the Tennessee River, bike about 25 miles around the Redstone Arsenal on a completely closed course, and run a wonderful 6.2 mile route that winds along paths, boardwalks, pavement, and gravel roads before coming back to the finish on the banks of the river.
Anniston Runners Tri Team had 11 members in attendance, including my whole family. For us, it has become a family tradition as we have done this event for about 10 years watching it grow from a shorter-distance tri to its current Olympic distance status.
Other members included Sara Daum, Marinda and Daniel Salyers, Joe Epik, Trudy Berlin, and Chris Moon. Congrats to the podium winners, Sara Daum and Cole Nelson, who both took 3rd place in their respective age groups in highly competitive fields. Thanks to our special cheering/photographer sections: Jessie Young, Will and Bobbie Williams, Chris’ family, and John Daum.
Next up – Frantic Frog Triathlon on Saturday, September 10
*from Brian Mount...
I did Tupelo Marathon on Sunday Sept 4. This is race that takes you on backroads of Tupelo and starts at 5:00 am. The race has few rolling hills and ran in rain from mile 19 to finish. I did pr of 4:29:57 and this was my second marathon. The race gives you a tie dye shirt and skull/crossbones medal. It is fun low key race to do. NOTE: I happen to know Brian wasn't the only ARC member in Tupelo...send in your reports!
Speaking of reporting, thanks to all the runners who logged their August miles for the 1200-Mile Club. Don't forget to check the website to make sure your miles are racking up accurately!
2) UPCOMING EVENTS
Golden Eagle 5K is this Saturday at the J'ville High School gym, 8:00am. Info can be found at coosavalleyrunning.8k.com/goldeneagle5k
Also on the Coosa Valley Running calendar, Gamecock Gallop is coming up in October. Same great informative site, so check it out.
October 2nd is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge run, find info at wilsonbridgehalf.com.
October 8th is the Honda 5K, more info available at active.com (search under Honda 5K).
Finally, some bittersweet news. My family took in a stray a few weeks ago and we have been unable to locate her family. She was a very scrawny older puppy, but also very clean, with good teeth and nails, so we think she was someone's pet. She has a wonderful temperment and is now a lot less scrawny! If you would like to consider taking in a new running partner, contact me! To see a picture of this sweet hound/beagle-type dog, reply to this email. Sadly, we have a dog and this one will be going to the Animal Shelter by the end of the week. She'd love to run with you!