Monday, September 29, 2008
For the women, Irina Mikitenko knocked nearly five minutes of her PR to win in 2:19:19 - a new German record and a time that makes her the fourth fastest female marathoner ever. Mikitenko's race was spectacular, in that she did not go out with the lead group and was more than 30 seconds back at the 20K mark but chased down and destroyed the rest of the field. Askale Tafa Magarsa finished second in 2:21:31. Helena Kirop finished third in 2:25:01.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Please post a comment if you can attend. We really only need about eight volunteers, to get it done in under two hours. Thanks everyone!
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Where: Saturday, 6:30 am @ Sunset Park (Chico's lot)
- Supported: Two fountains, plus fluids at start/finish
- Weather: Forecast (64F at start)
- Routes: 8 miles, 12 miles
If you have friends who plan to run the half marathon, bring them out to join us. If they are running the race, they should be up for an eight mile run. As always. . . ANYONE is welcome to join us! Tell a friend. . . RSVP online with your pace and distance.
Quote for the Day: "Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'" - Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner
Thursday, September 25, 2008
FootLocker family of stores is having a 30% off Friends & Family sale. Coupons expire September 28, so don't wait if you need to buy.
- Foot Locker coupon code: FF8938FT printable
- Footaction coupon code: FF89VP30 printable
- Champs coupon code: FF896P30 (no printable)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
What: Packet Stuffing
Where: RBC Building
When: Tues 09/30
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
**DELAYED ONE DAY - SEE ABOVE**
What: Packet Pickup #1
Where: Raleigh Running Outfitters
When: Thursday 10/02
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- 10-11 Kinnie, Patti
- 11-12 Kinnie, Patti
- 12-1 Patti, __________
- 1-2 Patti, __________
- 2-3 Patti
- 3-4 Ursula
- 4-5 Ursula, Patti
- 5-6 Ursula, Patti
Where: Rocky Mount Holiday Inn
When: Friday 10/03
Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- 4-5 Ursula, __________
- 5-6 Ursula, Ron, Robin, and Kelly
- 6-7 Ron, Larry, Chelsey
- 7-8 Ron, Larry, Chelsey
- 8-9 Ron, Kinnie (will take packets)
What: We need collapsible tables. The white hard plastic ones are best.
When: We need these by Friday morning
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Aid Stations and Fluids: The Medoc races are almost entirely on trails. Unlike a road event trails do not allow for perfectly placed aid stations every two miles. Medoc runners will have aid stations roughly every 5k on the course. There is a primary aid station by the main shelter. This point will be passed twice during the full single loop course. There is a second aid station placed on the jeep trail of the Summit Loop. This will be passed once on the full single loop course.
Using these aid stations, runners will get aid at the approximate intervals.
- 10-Miler: Start, 1.0, 3.7, 6.9, and Finish
- Marathon: Start, 2.7, 5.9, 8.5, 11.6, 14.8, 17.4, 20.5, 23.7, and Finish
In addition to fluids, we will have GU brand energy gels on the course. We will also have some sweet and salty snacks for anyone that needs extra energy to carry them to the finish.
Added Perk for Finishers: We said from the beginning of our race planning that this was an event "for the runners". We are not organizing the Medoc Trail Races with a profit goal in mind.
We are very pleased with the number of people who have registered. We are now over 210 runners, with people coming from 11 states and 76 cities! Having such success with registration has enabled us to invest more back into the event. Every finisher will now receive an added reward for their hard work! We will keep the reward a surprise for now, but we think you will be pleased.
So add it all up. . . long sleeve technical shirt + finishers medal + finish line surprise + post race food + great running trails + happy volunteers = One GREAT race at a low cost. Don't miss out. Spots are running out to race.
Volunteers: We are very happy with the volunteers we have signed up so far, but we need more! A marathon is not an easy event to support. Please. . . we beg that you will each try to find a volunteer to help ensure we pull off a flawless event! Come on RMEC. . . do your part to help!
Dave had an outstanding performance. Despite completing a half-ironman in 90 degree temperatures just six days prior, he pulled out 105th place! The final 5k leg he ran in 20:23 on his way to a total time of 1:21:22.
Dave narrowly edged out Jeff who finished just 17 seconds behind with a time Jeff out swam and out ran Dave, but a solid bike ride and quick transitions by Dave gave him the overall lead. Jeff still flew through the 5k with an amazing 19:19 and a total time of 1:21:39. Here are the complete results.
As always. . . great job gentlemen!
Friday, September 19, 2008
If you are running the full OBX, you should be running about an 18 mile run this weekend (if you plan on two 20's). If you are training for the FCSB Half Marathon you should be at 6-7 miles this weekend. Chicago runners are doing you last 20+ mile run this weekend. Here is the Saturday running schedule if you need it. I have also added a shorter Candlewood route in case there is anyone reading the blog who wants to come out an join us!
- Where: Saturday, 6:30 am @ Harris Teeter
- Supported: Yes
- Weather: Forecast (59F at start)
- Routes: 4 miles; 7.25 miles; 18 miles
FLUIDS: I plan to run from my house to and meet you at the Harris Teeter. I need to run 22, and would prefer to add the extra miles on the front of my run if possible. This means we need help with fluids. I will have fluids at my house. Can someone put fluids at the tracks and also at Co-Ah-Bar. It can be two different people. The RMEC will pay you back for whatever you get (Steve, I still owe you). Please post a comment if you can do fluids, and say where you will put them.
As always. . . ANYONE is welcome to join us! Tell a friend. . . RSVP online with your pace and distance.
Quote for the Day: "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys." - Emil Zatopek
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We need items:
- 6-8 Long Tables - we prefer the white plastic tops, because they are much easier to carry
- US Cellular Cell Phones - US Cellular is the only coverage that works at Medoc. Can we borrow your phone on Saturday?
- Good Walkie-Talkies - We have some, but a few extras would not hurt
- Flash Lights - Helps with parking and course setup
- Lockable Trailer - We plan to rent a U-Haul, but could save on the budget if someone has another option
- Megaphone - Needed to give runner instructions
We need people:
- 10:00 -1:00 am One Person (you will need to unpack)
- 12:00 -3:00 pm One Person
- 3:00 -6:00 pm One or Two People (you will need to pack up)
- 3:30 - 6:00 pm - Two People (you will need to unpack)
- 5:30 - 9:00 pm - Two People (you will need to pack up)
There are lots of other volunteer duties, but most of these are race day activities. We will be covering these with our volunteers, but we still need more. Right now we have about 25 volunteers. We are hoping to get 40, so we have a good ways to go. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please talk to them. Volunteers can register online for free, and get a long sleeve race shirt.
Dave placed 184th among all men with a total time of 6:20:18. Yes, that is over six HOURS of activity on a tough course with temperatures over 90. After a 43 minute swim, Dave had a 3:15 bike ride on a hilly course. The half marathon run takes place on a double-loop trail course during the hottest part of the day. Dave still managed to run a 2:16.
Update: Also racing from the RMEC was Jason Irvin who finished in 6:05:02 and in 152nd place. Jason blew through the swim in under 37 minutes, and smoked the bike ride in under three hours. Looks like Jason's training for his full Ironman is paying off.
Very impressive performance for both Dave and Jason. Especially when you consider that 7% of those who started did not finish. Great job Dave!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
To see your race photos, visit the Ford's Colony race site, and click on Race Photos to the left. Some firewalls may prevent you from viewing the pictures in the office. Thanks Frank and Barbara. These are GREAT pictures! You can download any pictures for free, and print copies yourself, or order them online.
Frank captured just about every 10k runner that came by, and Barbara got most of the 5k runners at the finish line. She has several pictures that show just how close the 5k finish was. Both of them have awards photos as well.
The Telegram took a few pictures that you can pay for online as well. I wish they did more than just take a few pictures, but this is the best we could get. The pictures that Frank and Barbara took are equally as good, and we have ten times the number of photos.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Jeff Miller finished 33 overall with a total time of 2:13:50. His second run was a 44:51 10k. Very impressive time on it’s own, but even more impressive after nearly 90 minutes of running and cycling. Jeff finished 9th in his age group.
Only 19 athletes behind was Dave Lavely with a total time of 2:20:16. Dave took the lead from Jeff on the cycling portion of the race, but Jeff passed him again during the run. Dave finish 4th in his age group.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I really appreciate the club stepping up to help out with Ford's Colony. I know some are working with packet pickup, and many others are racing on Saturday. If you have a RMEC shirt, wear it with pride in the race. Even if you are not volunteering, you still represent the RMEC. Do everything you can to make people feel welcome before, during, and after the race.
I look forward to even more great support as we get ready for Medoc! We still REALLY NEED volunteers for this event, so please do your part to find us assistance. Medoc is a far more challenging event to pull off. It can't be done without willing volunteers.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Race Packet Assembly: Tentatively we are planning for Wednesday afternoon/evening to assemble race packets. This means getting the right chip, with the right number and the right shirt in the runners bags. We also are adding in some coupons, key chains, coozies, etc. from our sponsor. Each bag and race number will be labeled with the runners name. The location is not set yet. I am trying to figure out if I can do this in the our old board room. This gives us LOTS of space to set up an assembly line with several tables. We can do it anywhere, but having lots of clear space is a BIG plus. If you can help, post here, and let me know what time you can do it. Thursday is also an option, so if you reply give your availability for both days. We will have pizza!
Race Packet Pickup: We are strongly encouraging local runners to pick up their race packets in advance. This will make race day far less stressful. Early packet pickup is available at Davenport Honda on English Road this Friday from noon - 8:00 pm. We will remind runners of this with an email this week. I would not be surprised to see over 100 runners pick them up early. I am looking for people is two hour blocks to work this table. Two people per slot is probably enough, but three would not hurt.
- 12:00 - 2:00 pm (Busy) - Michael F, Mike V., Scott
- 2:00 - 4:00 pm (Slow) - Ursula, Steve
- 4:00 - 6:00 pm (Very Busy) - Patti, Tracy P. , Ursula
- 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Moderate) - Ron, Kelly, Eric P
Whoever does the last shift, needs to bring the race packets, and race banner from Davenport Honda to Ford's Colony Friday evening.
UPDATE: Here are the bag stuffing volunteers for Wednesday. We will meet Wednesday at the RBC Building at 6:00 pm. Thanks everyone for offering to help. I think we have enough now to get this done quickly. Anymore people, and it might get confusing.
- Eric P
Please try to get here right at 6:00 so we don't need to keep running downstairs to let people in. The building is secure so Frank, Scott, or I will need to let you in and escort you. Thanks to Frank for making his two conference rooms available!
Sunday, September 07, 2008
If you are not familiar with this movie, it follows multiple marthons as they prepare for the 2006 Chicago Marathon. The follow elites, and first timers in what is one the the closest finishes in marathon history. Patti had a chance to see it last year at the Chicago film festival and gave it race reviews.
For a preview clip (which I still LOVE to watch), visit this old blog post.
Friday, September 05, 2008
I am posting a Saturday RSVP post, but I am not posting any routes for several reason.
- Four of us got our long run in Thursday
- Many of you are out of town racing (weather permitting)
- And a tropical storm is supposed to be here on Saturday
There is a chance Saturday morning will be fine for running, but I want you all to use your best judgment. First of all, if you do run, I do not suggest starting in the dark, so push the start time back to 6:30 am. Secondly, understand that if conditions are good enough to run, there will likely be lots of people out going to the store and taking care of last minute things. They most likely are not looking for runners on the roads. Bottom line. . . Be alert!
If you plan to run at another time like Saturday afternoon, or Sunday post a response here. Let people know where you are running, how far, and what pace. Happy running!
Updated Running Groups:
- 5:45 am Scott and John for 16-20 miles at 8:45ish pace (Harris Teeter)
- 7:15 am Kinnie, and others for 6 miles at 9:30 pace (Harris Teeter)
- 1:00 pm Elaine and Misty for 8 miles at "slow pace" (Location TBD)
- Others that may run: Kelly, Robin, Tampa, Tracy H, Tracy P, Jason, and Michael
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Travis Hartney (the son of Jeff) ran a 1:58:58. This an impressive time for just about any runner, but Travis is only 14. His sub 2-hour performance was good enough for 12th place in his age group! Way to go Travis!
Steve Cooper has been having an amazing summer with his marathon training. Every run he seems to get stronger. It should come as no surprise that he set a new PR, and broke the two hour barrier for the first time. His finishing time was 1:56:34, knocking 18 minutes off his previous PR. WOW! (edit: make that 7 minutes off. . . still impressive)
Several others from Rocky Mount, Battleboro, and Nashville also raced who will be in Ford's Colony. If you are a reader but not a member (you know who you are). . . Congrats to you too!