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!
Good morning, runners! First of all, WHERE ARE MY RACE REPORTS? I know some of you have been out rock-starring it up lately! Jule Diener, Historic Lincoln, Mountain Lakes, Rocketman Triathlon? Hellooooo? :~)
1) RACE REPORT
*From Darrell Harden
*Rock-and-Roll Savannah Marathon and Half are about to FILL UP! Click here TODAY! http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/savannah
*First, remember to let us know about your training runs. I know, I know, everybody in the world has Facebook. Well, actually, no they don't. I know, right'? Seriously, who doesn't have Facebook? Well, quite possibly your next great training partner! Let me know when you're running and I'll put it in the enews. Be sure to include your contact info so people can let you know they'll be there!
*If you haven't filled out your Woodstock 5K survey, WE NEED YOUR HELP! How in the world can the greatest race EVER get even better if you don't fill out your survey??? Check your email inbox, because the surveys were sent out with an email-specific code (I can't send you mine, for example). Tell us what you thought!
Go have an awesome run today!
Good morning, runners! It's bright and early, but knowing you guys half of you are out running! Enjoy, because we're still seeing highs in the 90s. Bring your water!
1) RACE REPORTS
Runners, remember that I need to hear from you! Let the entire Internet know how awesome you were at the last race you did! Here's one from this past Saturday's wonderful fHobson City 5K Walk and Run:
*I know more than a few runners competed in some triathlons lately, so don't forget that we want the scoop on how you did!
2) UPCOMING EVENTS
*I've just received the first email with information on the upcoming Gamecock Gallop. Remember that a lot of the area events, especially ones that have been staged for a few years now, list their information on our club website at annistonrunners.com. Spend some time on the website planning out your fall race season, thinking dreamy thoughts about how great it's going to be to race in cooler temperatures!
*Rock-and-Roll Savannah will take place on November 5th, but the sell out date is approaching. Check out the website for the entire Rock and Roll series (also sponsors of the Country Music series) www.runrocknroll.competitor.com.
Have a great start to your week!
Good morning, runners! I mean, runners AND triathletes! The ARC Tri Team kicked asphalt at the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville last Saturday! Here's the race report:
1) RACE REPORT
Anniston Runners TRI TEAM totally rocked the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville on Saturday, August 13. At least 13 athletes made the podium in Team Magic’s 900-participant race, three team category wins and several individual ones. We had 43 tri team members in attendance – quite a presence at the event. Congrats to all! Check out the Tri Team Facebook page for pictures and comments about the popular race.
2) UPCOMING EVENTS
It would be great if our members could lend their support to a local event that is intended to highlight some of the communities in the county. We want to be a presence at Hobson City's Heritage Walk/Run on Saturday, August 20. The race starts at 8 a.m., but you can check in and register starting at 7 a.m. Race starts at First Baptist Church Downtown on Oak Street, Oxford. For more info: www.hobsoncityheritagewalk.com
Don't forget, the ARC E-news is now a blog on the Anniston Star website! Your chance for fame and glory is finally here! Send me your race reports, photos, and other bragging-rights-quality news and we'll tell the world!
Have a great week!
A record number of ARC's Tri Team members will be competing tomorrow at the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville, AL. The scenic event includes a 600 yard open water swim, 16 mile bike leg, and a 3 mile run. Part of the Team Magic series, this event draws numbers sometimes well over 1,000 participants, and in years past this event has been the USAT Sprint Distance National Championship. It is often a qualifier event for larger USAT races and brings a strong field of competitive athletes.
Good luck to everyone participating!!!
WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
DON’T TELL me I’ve nothing to do.
From the window of my barn I see Ozzie coming through the hedgerow from next door. I like Ozzie a lot, but I’m not sure he feels the same. Efforts to pet and feed over the years have been a flop at best.
What Ozzie likes to do is hunt. I mean really hunt.
You see, Ozzie is a brindle, bob-tailed, three-legged cat and he loves to feed on whatever he can find in the hedgerow across my back yard, including field mice and squirrels.
Ozzie is flat out deadly, too.
Since losing his right front leg to a tumor a couple of years back, he has taught himself a new way to hunt. He keeps stalking to a minimum. But with the patience of Job, he settles down and waits for a meal to come within striking distance.
When the meal does, it’s “Wham” and Ozzie heads for the dinner table.
He’s a wonder to watch ...
IT IS A typical day at the Smith Estate. I am out in my barn kicked back in what I call “Archie’s Recliner.” I am reading a book, listening to Merle Haggard on the stereo, and watching TV (how’s that for multi-tasking, huh?) The blonde is out and about.
The phone rings. It is from the blonde. She is at Sears in the Quintard Mall ...
“Sweetheart, I’m at Sears looking at vacuum cleaners. I can get a small one to go with a regular one. What do you think I should do?”
Recovering from the shock of her asking my permission for anything, I agree to the double dip and then make a mistake with “What’s going on, you asking my permission?”
From the other end, there is a happy laugh with:
“It’d be different if it were shoes and a dress.”
I managed a quiet goodbye (without choking), hung up, and went back to singing along with Merle. It seemed fitting he was in the middle of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Here And Drink” at the time.
JOE ESTEP deserves a standing ovation. Joe runs the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame and, this past Saturday night, put together another classic.
Held at the “new” Oxford Civic Center, the 2013 induction played to a near packed house.
Outstanding Joe, outstanding.
FOR THOSE asking, the Peach Man’s tomatoes are a week away, but Ken Easterling will be at Regions in Oxford on Friday morning at 6 with another load of Chilton County peaches.
If no sell-out in Oxford he heads for the Anniston post office along about 8 . . . but don’t bet he gets there.
IF YOU’RE lining up at the Walmart deli at Lenlock, I hope you get lucky and a young lady by the name of Vanesa Durham waits on you. She did for me a few days back and while I’ve had an unpleasant moment or two there, Vanesa left me feeling pretty good.
Walmart could use more like her.
BIRTHDAYS: June 12 – Annette Vice; June 14 – Sage Snow; June 15 – Twins Brettnie and Dakota Smith; June 17 – Aiden Lloyd; 11; June 18 – Don Beabout.
And Jeff Jones, June 17. A member of a vanishing breed (The Great Generation), Jeff drove a “weasel” jeep ashore at Normandy, June 6, 1944.
QUOTABLE: “My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round.”
Thanks for visiting ...
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.