Ten little kids run laps in six inches of snow and 15°F, 5:30 PM on Wednesday, January 29th, under the lights at the Falmouth High School Track. Photo by Ken Gartner
Each year after the rainy season, the runners of Bekoji have to excavate their earthen track from the encroaching grasses. And much like them, WRCers have to sometimes resort to extreme measures, to recover our all-weather track from, well, all sorts of weather.
Today was very pleasant, a welcome relief at SuperWinter’s halftime, and so dozens showed up for the distance run, while others headed over to Hains Point to contest a 5K & Combine. Sadly, this coming Tuesday is going to be rather unpleasant after Monday’s blowout.
But nevertheless, the unstoppable Jesse Frantz and Hillary Tipton are leading the charge to get back to business on the track. Donning their finest ushankas and shod in supplementary YakTrax, they will clear the way for others. And I will join them in the mushy wintry twilight fun, and you should also join us there.
First Down 5K & Pacers Combine
Washington DC February 2, 2014
Results: Combined, Non-Combined
Place Bib Name AgeS Combine Chip TIME+COMBINE
10 650 Andrew Killian 34M 3:53 18:18 22:11
23 172 Rachel Clattenburg 29F 4:04 19:46 23:50
379 Finishers (with Combine)
P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon
January 19, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ
45 Max Lockwood 2:56:12
January 18, 2014 - Carderock, MD
23 Jay Jacob Wind M64 1:35:31
88 James Scarborough M55 2:02:17
Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna®
Epcot®, Lake Buena Vista, FL — January 12, 2014
Place Name Age Div Gender Half Net Time
146 DAISUKE OGATA 38 37 136 1:29:38 3:13:10
671 JULIA TAYLOR 42 8 116 1:51:47 3:38:08
Total Finishers 19230
Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna®
Epcot®, Lake Buena Vista, FL — January 11, 2014
467 JULIA TAYLOR 42 6 70 1:44:45
Total Finishers 20284
2014 Goofy Race and a Half Challenge
TAYLOR, JULIA 42 F 1:44:45 3:38:08
Drew Killian must have been apologizing to Rachel Clattenburg for not wearing his club singlet; perhaps he wants to upgrade from red-on-white to pink-on-turquoise? Regardless, singlet designer and Grand Prix contender, Rachel, proudly wears her own work to the Jingle All the Way 8K. Photo by Swim Bike Run Photography/Brian W. Knight
from the wintry mix of downtown D.C, with more stories to come shortly.
Jingle All The Way 8K
December 08, 2013 - Washington, DC
Results, Team Results
PLACE NAME A/S TIME PACE
11 Charlie Ban 31M 26:21 5:18
24 Ben Stutts 25M 28:16 5:41
48 Andrew Killian 34M 29:38 5:58
53 John Hallett 28M 29:56 6:01
59 Megan Haberle 34F 30:20 6:06 9th woman
92 Rachel Clattenburg 29F 31:46 6:23 17th woman
229 Laura Jennings 32F 35:17 7:05
532 Jerold Paulson 54M 39:22 7:53
1048 James Scarborough 55M 43:22 8:38
1740 Shinobu Kusakabe 42F 48:53 9:21
3rd of 93 CO-ED Club Teams
Who else earned their bird this morning? Send in your results to email@example.com!
Alexandria Turkey Trot, 5-Mile
November 28, 2013 - Alexandria, VA
17 12 Charlie Ban 31M 27:29 5:30
37 2366 Andrew Killian 34M 29:58 6:00
48 1777 Megan Haberle 34F 30:35 6:07 7th Woman
158 4470 Julia Taylor 42F 34:43 6:57 6th Woman Masters
820 4025 J Scarborough 55M 43:27 8:42 in costume
Nick Williams finds that redemption lives close to home, in his second attempt this fall with a new personal best. Meanwhile Shinobu Kusakabe positioned herself excellently for a potential breakthrough, cruising through halfway in 1:37:04 and finishing 6th in her division. Well done to all!
GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon
November 17, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA
Bib Name S/Age Net Pace Plc Sex Div
1395 Nicholas Williams M31 3:00:12 6:52 316 287 61
2676 Shinobu Kusakabe F42 3:22:30 7:43 1059 159 6
1024 Daisuke Ogata M38 3:27:42 7:55 1372 1126 189
3288 Scott Sanger M48 4:04:23 9:19 4539 3012 345
Bib Name Sex/Age Net Pace Plc SexPlc Div
20733 Brian Savitch M34 1:24:53 6:28 128 109 24
Shinobu writes: Continue reading
USA! USA! Photo courtesy of Julia Taylor
So, let’s get the business part of this report out of the way.
The first of the .US Road Racing Championships, sponsored by USATF in collaboration with a new sponsor, Neustar, gets a spotty report card. Can I say that and still keep my good standing in USATF? Hope so.
The race course gets a solid A. The plentiful and emotionally invested police officers of the City of Alexandria get a good A. The staff of USATF and the boatloads of volunteers, happy to help and cheerful, ALL get As. And, the weather was an A+++ for a distance event.
But, some of the administrative details deserve, well, attention to detail. The online registration was cumbersome and hard to follow. And, you know, if I say that, you can dismiss it. If Julia Taylor says that, they need to pay attention.
As your determined PR person, I was crushed, crushed I tell you, to see that my WRC affiliation did not show up on the website along with other clubs. I called. I emailed. I was told again to verify my age and promised the change would be made, but no luck. And, then, at packet pickup things really fell apart Continue reading
Paul Karlsen, bearing his club colors and displaying impeccable trail etiquette. At the Riffle Ford Rd. Aid Station along the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, at mile 12.8 of the 2013 Stone Mill 50 Mile Run.
Paul Karlsen has achieved escape velocity from Planet Marathon’s gravitational pull, and is now in ultrarunner space. Many thanks go to race director, Doug Sullivan, and the MCRRC, who so capably hosted this logistically challenging event, thus culturing an engrossing experience for both athletes and their enablers alike.
Meanwhile, an undeterred Lauren Gabler stealthily struck a redemptive performance that somehow eluded her at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. Word has it that her passport application for 2014 Boston is now being expedited.
Stone Mill Fifty Miler Race
Montgomery County, Maryland 11/16/2013 6:00 A.M.
Place Sex/Tot Num Name S Ag Gun Time Pace
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15 13/178 159 PAUL KARLSEN M 35 08:07:00 9:45
2013 Anthem Richmond Marathon
November 16, 2013 - Richmond, VA
PLACE NAME BIB HALF NETTIME G/PLACE D/PLACE DIVISION
147 John Kendra 1096 1:30:37 3:07:22 130 4 M50-54
577 Lauren Gabler 1125 1:44:22 3:34:03 119 32 W25-29
Friends of WRC, Harsha Thirumurthy (2:40:42) and Shawn Rumery (2:41:33), also ran quite respectably down in Richmond.
Good job to all! but what will Sunday’s Second Act bring? Stay tuned for late breaking results from Philadelphia and the 2013 USA Masters 12 km Championships!
Presumptive 2013 WRC Grand Prix series leader, Christine Hackman, assembled a great performance today all throughout the Tidal Basin. Meanwhile, recently joining member and rising star Megan Haberle conquered newer (to her) and longer (than last week‘s) distances further along the same brackish estuary. Megan can take some notes from Suzy Coffey, who is back on the racing scene!
Veterans Day 10K
November 10, 2013 - Washington, DC
179 1221 Christine Hackman 50F 45:16 7:17 2nd F50-54
Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon
November 10, 2013 - National Harbor, MD
40 1227 MEGAN HABERLE 33F 1:26:21 6:36 9th woman OA
226 767 SUZY COFFEY 57F 1:45:29 8:04 5th F50-59
Says Megan about her stellar performance:
I had WRC on the brain while I enjoyed my post-race cappuccino over in National Harbor. No terribly deep insights, but obviously the weather was great and there were some inspiring visually-impaired racers who started us off. (For my part, I’m maybe happiest about my negative splits, something that’s been elusive in my workouts so far.)
El Presidente, Kirk Masterson, reminds us that only one more race remains on the 2013 WRC Grand Prix schedule: Jingle All the Way 8K. Look into it, plan to race with your clubmates, and of course let the GP coordinator, David Pittman, know about your results.
Next weekend promises something completely different, as we turn toward
three four very different kinds of races strewn across the Mid-Atlantic:
- Paul Karlsen will venture far, far into the unknown at the Stone Mill 50 Mile Run
- John Kendra will seek vengeance at the Anthem Richmond Marathon
- Shinobu Kusakabe, Nick Williams, Scott Sanger, and Daisuke Ogata will all compete, with a feeling that can only be described as brotherly love, at the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon, and Brian Savitch will race in the equally fraternal, waterproof, and breathable Half Marathon.
- Updated: Carla Freyvogle will be leading a WRC masters squad at the USA Masters 12 km Championships in Alexandria, VA, on November 17th.
Great job and good luck to everyone!