Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
We have also finalized the events, and have decided to focus on two different races. We will have the Medoc 10 Miler, and the Medoc Marathon. Both races will start on park roads to allow runners to spread out, but will then enter the trails for a beautiful and challenging course.
Our goal of this race is to give runners a first class event, that includes a unique race medal, a colorful long sleeve shirt, a well supported run, and good food at the finish. With the sponsorships we have so far, we can pull this off, but just barely. If we are hit with any surprise expenses late in the process, it could really have an adverse effect on our budget. For this reason I wanted to remind people that we are still looking for sponsors.
If you know anyone who may be interested, please let us know. We hope to go to print on the race brochures this week, and open registration in the next two weeks. For this reason we really want to finalize our key sponsors now, so they can get the full benefit.
We would love to bring in a Platinum Sponsor for the event with a $500 contribution. Raleigh Running Outfitters was able to give $1000 in cash and merchandise, but an extra $500 would make us feel much more comfortable with our budget. We are also looking for Gold ($250- $499) and Silver Sponsors ($150 - $249) as well.
Please let me know if you know of anyone who may be interested. You can have them email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Speaking of old men. . . Frank completed another marathon running the Country Music Marathon. Frank said, "I have never passed so many people in my life. I felt like I was flying." This information of course came after the fact that Frank told me they arrived late, and crossed the starting line with the half marathon walkers. . .one hour after the gun time. Never-the-less, Frank bobbed and weaved his way from the back, and finished with an impressive 5:14:45, his fastest marathon in 2008. This was much better than his gun time of 6:18:21.
I also wanted to point out there were big crowds are both the Saturday Morning run, and the Lake Gaston practice swim. Between the two we had 20+ athletes out! I am glad to see more people out enjoying the weather and staying active. So of you we have not seen on a Saturday morning for a long time. Come out and join us again. . . we would love to see you!
I have updated the 2008 RMEC Results Page. Let me know if I am missing anyone.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Further away from home, Frank "Triple F" Lilley, is adding another state and another marathon to his resume as he heads to Tennessee for the Country Music Marathon. Frank is running this race with his semi-son. This race constantly has great reviews, so I am sure Frank will have a blast, and will have lots of pictures to show for it. Good luck guys!
The 10 mile route is pictured below, but there is a shorter 7.5 mile route that uses the same roads if anyone is interested.Run Details:
- Where: Saturday, 7:00 am @ City Lake
- Supported: Yes - My House and fountains
- Weather: Forecast (61F at 7:00 and 68F at 10:00)
- Route: 10 mile route is below. Shorter 7.5 Mile Loop
Please RSVP in the comments if you are coming. If you can provide your estimated pace, it will help. This lets people know if there is someone near their speed to run with, and will help encourage others to come out for a run. Thanks!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tomorrow, 4/24/08 they are racing 4 laps of Road Atlanta (2.5 mile lap) as the first Team Time Trial in the US since 1986. They will keep the time of the 5th team rider to cross the finish line which opens up different strategies. It is pretty short and exciting. Anyway, you can watch it live on the internet starting at 1PM. VS will show highlights from the entire tour on May 4th at 2PM. If you get SportSouth on your dish package - you might be able to see daily coverage - I'm jealous!--Eric
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Ursula and I, had issues arranging childcare, so we entered as a relay team and took turns watching the kids. We placed 5th in the coed division. I ran a 20:03 in the 5k, and Ursula rode 55:03 in the 15 mile bike. This combined for 1:15:05, and placed us 32 out of all finishers (relay and individuals).
Our combined relay time was still not good enough to hold off Eric Seale. After setting a 5k PR of 28:40, Eric posted the 8th fastest bike time of 43:30. His bike speed allowed him to pass 35 racers! This moved him up from 64th place after the run to 29th by the end of the race. All of this was good enough for a 4th place age group finish.
Right on Ursula's back wheel was Rob Powell with a time of 1:15:14. Rob was one of the original founders of the Fiesta Biathlon over 20 years ago, and he is still racing! Sunday, he began with a 22:35 5k and finished with a 52:40 on the bike. Despite finishing 33rd overall, Rob was in a super competitive age group and only managed 11th in his age group. He would have placed no worse than 5th in every other age group.
Congrats everyone on taking on a new challenge!
Monday, April 21, 2008
In situations like this, you need to know how to handle yourself.
- First and foremost, never engage with a person who is trying to upset you, or doing something inappropriate.
- If a car is looking for help, don't stop moving, and never go to their window.
- If you feel uncomfortable head to the nearest house, and ring the doorbell.
- If there is nowhere nearby and you do not have a phone, hold your hand to your ear like you have a cell phone and pretend as if you are making a call. Most people will not stick around to see if you have a phone.
The items above are how to handle a bad situation. The best thing to do is to prevent them.
- Don't run alone.
- Carry a cell phone if you can.
- Don't run with head phones, so you can stay alert and aware of your surroundings
- Always let someone know when you are going running, and the roads you will be on.
- Always carry ID, like a drivers license or a roadid.
Men and women need to be careful. I have had cars swerve directly at me on a run, so don't think mean are not a risk. As we enter the summer months, the heat will be tough, so these rules become even more important. Bottom line. . . take care of yourself.
This was Jeff's first marathon in many years, and it was Levi's first ever. It is safe to say that Levi picked a challenge for his marathon debut, and he did excellent finishing in 4:12:17! I forsee faster finishes in Levi's marathoning future, but to begin with a 4:12 in Charlottesville is very impressive. This was good enough for 245th out of 511 total finishers.
Jeff has been posting some impressive half marathon times of late, so I expected good things in his return to the marathon. Jeff did not disappoint. He finished in 3:16:24! In case you did not know, Jeff is 44 which means he was well under the 3:20 qualifying time for Boston. WOW! Jeff finished 30th overall and 5th in his age group. Just think about what time he could post on a flat course.
Jeff and Levi have recently begun running with the RMEC on a few weekends, and have both joined the club. You have probably seen them at the Y. Be sure to introduce yourself the next time you are out on a run. Congrats to both Jeff and Levi. Excellent races! Here is a link to the complete results.
- Day: Saturday @ noon
- Where: Lake Gaston
- Weather: Forecast
Friday, April 18, 2008
- Where: Saturda, 7:30 am @ City Lake
- Supported: Yes - My House and fountains
- Weather: Forecast (57F at 8:00 and 66F at 10:00)
The weather is PERFECT for a run. Come out and join us. Please post a comment if you are coming. This is a big help to me. You do not need to register to post a comment.
If anyone is interested there is a 10k in Raleigh tomorrow as well. Look to the right under Upcoming Races.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Josh Malinowski has not been able to join us on a weekend run for a while, but that did not stop him from finishing 8th overall in the event, and second in his division. He did well in all three attributes, but shined the most during the run.
Cliff Amos competed in the event with his 14 year old son Colin. I believe this was Colin's first triathlon, and he had an outstanding debut finishing in 28th place, and first in his division. Being such a young competitor garnered some attention, as he has even interview after the race. Cliff was clearly a very proud dad.
Ursula also competed in her first ever triathlon, and did very well. Like most land dwellers she had dreaded the swim, but handled the challenge with ease. With each leg of the triathlon she climbed up the rankings, and eventually finished 11th among women, and 2nd in her division. Another finisher of note is Larry Pendleton who finished 2nd. Some of you may remember that Larry competed in the Duke Tri Relays with the RMEC last year.
For a complete list of results, follow this link. Also, there are some great race photographs online as well.
There were 65 total finishers in the race, but the feedback has been positive from those who race. This is an excellent triathlon for the newbies looking to do their first, or for the experienced who are looking for a challenging sprint to support their training. If the event is hosted in 2009, the RMEC should strongly consider taking a big group and supporting the local event. Congrats to everyone!
Monday, April 14, 2008
The event is low cost as well. It only cost $35 to enter ($5 less if you enter today). You can also enter as a team for $10 more. All participants get a technical t-shirt, and get to enjoy great Mexican food at the post race party. Would be great for the RMEC to have a good showing at an event so close to home.
It does not matter what kind of bike you have, or how fast you are. Come join the fun. Go to the early service at church, and then head to Greenville!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
1) Go to this link for Richmond
2) Enter your name and click "Show Photos"
3) On your photo page click "Official Finisher Certificate"
4) On the next page order the FREE option, and enter your mailing information.
If you ran Myrtle Beach, follow the same steps as above, except use this link. This works for the Half and the Full Marathon.
Friday, April 11, 2008
- Day: Saturday @ 7:30 am
- Where: Harrison Family YMCA
- Route: Part 1 and Part 2
- Supported: TBD - There are fountains
- Weather: Forecast (52F at 8:00 and 50F at 10:00)
Spring has sprung. . . time to lace up your shoes and get back on the roads! Post a comment if you are joining us!
Tim, Jeff and I are planning to ride on Sunday morning for 55 or so. We will leave the dentist office at 6:30 am with the goal of being back by 10. The course starts off relatively flat, goes into some rolling hills and then flattens out again for the last 1/4 of the ride.
- Start: Dentist Office
- Distance: 55 miles
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
So, here is the plan for Saturday. We will run from the YMCA at 7:30 am. The first portion of our run will be the Battle Park loop, which we estimate at being almost exactly a 5k. We can race/run those first 3.1 miles, and those that wish to run longer can continue. I will make a route that reflects this. This way we can still have a time trial of sorts for those seeking a 5k time. I will still post the results on the blog.
If you truly want to race a 5k, there is an event in Greenville, and one in Durham this weekend that should be great options. If you are interested in a sprint triathlon, there is one in Roanoke Rapids. The deadline was yesterday, but it appears to still be allowing online entries.
So, if you want to run 3.1 miles, 20 miles, or something in between, come out and join us at the YMCA at 7:30. I will have an RSVP post on Thursday with the route. I will also be looking for a place to leave fluids.
Monday, April 07, 2008
First across the line from Rocky Mount was Jeff Miller with a 1:31:59. This is a major PR for Jeff at the half, and I think one that all of us have been expecting to see. Jeff finished 19th overall, and 5th in his age group. Next from the RMEC was Tracy Proctor, with a 1:42:26 improving her previous PR set just one month earlier. Tracy was also 5th in her age group, and just the 16th female finisher.
Larry McKeel continues to rack up half marathons and finished in 1:49:26 and was the third RMEC finisher. Nipping on Larry's heels was Jason Irvin with a 1:50:16. Larry, Jason and Tracy ran in all three of the inaugural NC Half Marathon series events.
The rain could not slow down Mary Whitwell either, as she also ran a PR finishing in 1:58:52. This performance was good enough for 5th place in her age group as well. Not too shabby for a person who does not consider herself a runner!
Tammy Malinowski who has run one of our club 5ks last year with us also ran the half marathon. Tammy ran an impressive 2:34:45, while her husband Josh ran the 5k in 22:29, good enough for a second place age group award.
Below is a list of all local runners in the half marathon:
1:31:59 - JEFF MILLER
1:42:26 - TRACY PROCTOR
1:43:41 - LARRY CRAWFORD
1:49:26 - LARRY MCKEEL
1:50:16 - JASON IRVIN
1:50:43 - BILLY HALL
1:56:23 - RALPH WILLEY
1:58:52 - MARY WHITWELL
2:23:29 - ASHLEY HOLLAND
2:34:45 - TAMMY MALINOWSKI
Congrats to all runners! I will update the RMEC 2008 Race Results section this week with all of your details!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
15 of the 100 runners were from Rocky Mount. Brian Lankford lead the the way finishing 3rd overall with a 18:12 time. Not too bad for a 45 year old chasing down some high school cross country runners. Robert Mayfield was next from Rocky Mount finishing 5th in 19:22. I was close behind with a 19:28 in 6th.
The RMEC did well collecting hardware. Myself, Scott Wingfield (21:10), and Eric Pate (22:52) made a clean sweep in the 30-39 age group taking 1st through third. . . and yes, there was more than three people in our age group if you were wondering. Deana Guido who ran a few of our 5k training races last year finished 2nd in the 30-39 age group with a 26:37, and Tom Thurman took second in the 50-59 age group with a 24:38.
Here is a complete list of race results and also a link to race photos. Great job everyone!
Friday, April 04, 2008
We are looking for sponsors to help make this new race a success. We are looking for either cash contributions, or in kind donations of items we need to host the event. This includes things like cups, tables, sound system, timing equipment, food, race numbers, etc. All contributions are tax deductible. Races cost money, and our goal is to do everything possible to give runners a first class experience.
If you know anyone who would be interested in helping to sponsor this race, please let myself or Frank know. We have some proposed sponsorship packages on the Medoc website, but are willing to work with people to find an option that mutually benefits the race, it's runners, and it's sponsors.
Be sure to check out the website. It is still in "beta" mode now, so if you find any bugs or errors. Let us know.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Some of you are heading to Raleigh for the third installment of the North Carolina Half Marathon Series. The Raleigh Rocks race has a half marathon, 5k, and kids races. If you can make it to the event, it sounds like it will be fun. Seven Mary Three will be the headline band at the race.
Closer to Rocky Mount, and on a smaller scale is the Movin' for Community Outreach 5k in Tarboro. You can get to the start of this race in 15 minutes from Rocky Mount. It is a small local race, but something that the RMEC could help increase enrollment on. They also have a free kids race. The website was recently updated, so you can check for more details. You can register the day of the race.
Becuase there are two races, we will likely not have a group run. My preference would be for those who are staying local to instead head to Tarboro, and help support that race.
I do not expect our unofficial Chase of Champions to draw the same crowd it did last year, but I am still hopeful I will see lots of RMEC people next Saturday. So far I have heard from the following saying they plan to run:
- Arthur B
- Amber P
- Brent B
- Tracy P
- Eric P
- Jon S
- Eric S
- Michael F
To "sign up" go the the original post, that has the details. Spread the word, and bring a friend with you. This is a great way to help promote the RMEC and grow our membership. I have not seen many of you since the Turkey Trot, so consider this a reunion run and come join the fun.