Monday, May 9, 2016

Fast Times at the Pike's Peek 10k

Pike's Peek 10k

Several Striders toed the line on April 24th at the Pike's Peek 10k in Rockville, MD.  It's one of the fastest 10km races around, with a favorable elevation drop and a lot of strong local competition.  For the Striders who didn't run Boston, and at least one who did (Conrad Fernandes is bonkers) this race was a great chance to snag some fast times to round out the Spring racing season.

Another Team Record Falls:
Julia Roman-Duval lowered her own racing team record while running a PR of 34:21.  On the women's side, she lead the race from the gun and took the victory by a margin of almost 3 minutes.

A PR and Impressive Age Group Performances:

Carlos Renjifo was the first Strider to finish, with his blistering 31:35 performance good for 6th overall and 1st in his AG.  Kevin Ford was next in 33:26 en route to a huge (30+ second) PR.

Carlos heel-striking like a boss.
Kevin and his aerodynamic beard.

Our speedy grand-masters Tunde Morakinyo (3rd in AG) and Mick Slonaker (1st in AG) both ran great!
Tunde, trying to think back to happier times.

Mick keeping his eyes on the prize... probably.

In the Masters category Tammy Liu Hermstein knocked out a solid 42:51 (5th in AG), while Conrad Fernandes crushed a 38:45 after having run the Boston Marathon only 6 days prior!  Awesome job everyone!

Conrad taking himself very seriously.
Tammy closing out a great performance!
(Here are the rest of the Results)

More Pics:
There were several individuals who were kind enough to take photos along the race course and put them up online.  Here are a few of the photos that I grabbed from the PP web site.

(If you'd like these removed, please reach out to me)

Monday, April 18, 2016

HoCo Striders In Boston!

The Boston Marathon draws some of the best runners from all over the world to one place so that they can run gradually downhill for a really long time, then uphill for a few brutal miles, and then downhill again once their legs are completely thrashed.  Boston is truly its own beast, and there's nothing quite like the journey from Hopkinton to Boyleston Street.  With Spring marathons the weather can present a unique challenge...will we get 35 degrees with wind and rain, or 80 degrees of muggy sunshine?  That's to say nothing about the weather during the months of Winter training leading up to the race.

Taking all these factors in stride, many of our Striders worked their butts off this year to prepare for Boston and we are proud of them!  This year it was a pleasant start which developed into a warm finish.  Despite this, several Striders knocked out impressive performances and even a PR on this difficult course.

On the Men's side, Andrew Madison held on after a quick start to lead the team in at 2:37:11 (good for 80th overall).  Mark Buschman (2:46:34) and Conrad Orloff (2:46:46) cruised in with respectable times, especially considering the former battled injuries all season and the latter struggled with illness in the days leading up to the race.  Ed Wilson (3:04:20), Conrad Fernandes (also 3:04:20), and Sean Costello (3:25:02) rounded out the Mens' performances.  Great job guys!

Beth Hannon blazed the trail for the women, setting a PR in 3:09:20 (209th female)!  Tiff Hevner rocked a 3:20:14, while Noel McCracken brought home a 3:23:27.  Kelly Westlake (who holds a sub-3:10 PR) toughed out a 3:31:41 to bring the Striders home.  Hats off to our awesome ladies!

It's wonderful that the Striders can send a strong contingent of runners to this historic race each year.  Congratulations on keeping up the tradition everyone!

Runners (and Cherry Blossoms) in the Wind

Spring 2016's weather so far has proven volatile.  About a week before the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in DC it was apparent that we were in for a cold, windy race morning.  With steady winds at 20+ mph and gusts up to 40mph, the going was definitely tough in several sections of the race.  Competitors experienced some of the worst winds in the final two miles while making their way back from Hains Point.

Despite the sub-optimal weather conditions, many Striders came out to throw down impressive performances against stiff competition.

Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Team Competition:

Julia Roman-Duval (95th overall - 58:30) and Caroline Bauer (117th overall - 59:25) led the Striders women with crazy sub-hour performances.  Beth Hannon (64:18), Alex Wang (64:18), Tiffany Hevner (69:04) rounded out this impressive team.  Somehow they were the only open ladies team, so they won!  With performances like these it's likely they would have run away with the victory anyway.

Carlos Renjifo lead the men in with his 26th place finish in a time of 53:14.  The Striders men stacked up three more runners in 54th (Kevin Ford - 56:11), 63rd (Eric Schuler - 57:10), and 64th (Ryan Bull - 57:13).  The unofficial results have this group in second place!

Additional Notes/PRs:
Julia and Caroline were the 4th and 5th American women across the line, respectively, and both achieved PRs.

Beth Hannon and Mark Loeffler both achieved PRs, running 58:42 and 64:18, respectively.

(Photo Credits:  Greg Schuler via facebook)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Back in Action! Striders off to a Good Start in 2016

A Strider at the OT Marathon

This year the Striders got to watch as one of our own raced at the Olympic Marathon Trials in LA.  Julia Roman-Duval ran a solid race in hot and largely shade-less conditions, bringing home a very impressive 2:46:47.  That was good for 50th place against the best female marathoners the US has to offer, in weather which caused many strong participants to drop out.  Great job Julia!

RRCA Ten Mile Challenge

Club Challenge

A year after a disappointing weather-based cancellation, the Ten Mile Challenge returned with several Striders achieving top performances as well as PRs.

In the team competition the HCS Elite Men, Women, and Combined teams performed admirably.  The Women's team had the top two overall finishers (Julia and Caroline Bauer) who helped drive the team to a second place finish.  The Men's team came in third against some very tough competition (Falls Road put runners in five of the top six spots) and the Overall HCS team also came in third.

Carlos Renjifo bringing it home in 7th as the first Strider

New Strider Eric Schuler takes 8th

First Female
Julia takes 1st place at the Club Challenge

Not far behind is Caroline, taking 2nd place in some sweet shades

Hats off to everyone who came out.  The weather was beautiful, but the course was as tough as ever!  Below are a few more photos from the race (credit to Mike Fleming for the photos in today's post).  Enjoy!

Members of the second place Women's team
Members of the 3rd Place Men's Team

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Marathon Bonanza!

The year is winding down, but Striders have been hot during this Fall's marathon racing season.  There were many PRs, with the women's open marathon record falling TWICE in just two weeks.

Adam Wytko opened things up in September with a solid 2:53:54 to win the Bagel to Beer Marathon in Columbia.

Linda-Lou O'Connor ran the Wineglass Marathon for 3rd Master in 3:22:51, and toed the line again less than a month later to run the NYC Marathon in 3:33:32.

Noel McCracken also ran the Wineglass Marathon, notching a 3:14:49, good for 17th.

Ed Wilson (3:18:26), Tunde Morakinyo (3:24:44 as a pacer!), Alex Wang (3:12:01, also a pacer) knocked out respectable performances in Baltimore.

Beth Hannon knocked out a solid PR at Marine Corps, running 3:10:44.

A contingent of Striders were also at the Philadelphia Marathon two weeks ago, with Craig Lebro leading the way with a huge PR (2:36:51).  Kevin Ford was next in 2:44:32 (also a PR), while Alex Wang slashed about 5 minutes off of her PR by running 2:45:25.  Alex's time was good for a women's RTR.  Ed Wilson also set a RTR for the Grand Master category, destroying his Baltimore time and running under 3 hours (2:59:32).

The performance of the hour has to be Julia Roman-Duval's Olympic Trials Qualifying marathon performance at the California International Marathon.  She ran even splits for a 2:40:36, which makes her the newest racing team record-holder.  Great job Julia!

Congratulations to everyone who were able to see their hard training to completion this Fall.  Keep up the great work!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Playing Catch-Up, Fall Edition

Apologies for not posting in a while!  The Striders Racing team has been busy since April, knocking out impressive performances and achieving PRs left and right.  Here's a quick review of some of the team's PRs from the past few months:

Tori Bedard (Marathon)
Mark Eagles (Mile, 5k, 8k, 15k, Half Marathon)
Kevin Ford (10k, 26.2k)
Nick Grossi (8k)
Beth Hannon (Marathon)
Tammy Liu Hermstein (10 Miles)
Tiffany Hevner (Half Marathon)
Craig Lebro (10k, 10 Miles)
Noel McCracken (Marathon)
Julia Roman-Duval (8k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon, 26.2k)
Brian Shadrick (1500m, Mile, 10k)
Eric Shuler (Half Marathon)
Alex Wang (10k, 10 Miles, 26.2k, Marathon)

Congratulations are due for Julia Roman-Duval (8k, 10k, Half Marathon, 26.2k) and Alex Wang (10 Miles), who also set Racing Team Records with their performances.

Fall marathon season is upon us.  Several members have already opened up with some great performances at Marine Corps (Beth Hannon), Baltimore (Ed Wilson, Tunde Marakinyo, Alex Wang) and NYC (Linda Lou O'Connor).  Keep up the great work!

For those who have yet to run their final big race of the year, good luck!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fast Times in DC

Several of our members turned out for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.  We are truly fortunate to have an event nearby that draws immense local, national, and international talent for us to compete against.  An incident on the course before the start of the race caused the course to be shortened to 9.39 miles, but the Striders came through with some huge performances despite the last minute change.  Many members almost certainly would have run PRs had the course been regulation length.

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The Women's Team Came in 3rd

The Men's Team came in 2nd

We also fielded a mixed Master's Team which took 5th (but sadly with no picture).

Great job to everyone who ran!  Here are the overall performances from the day at CB:

Carlos Renjifo49:0126th
Andrew Madison49:2728th
Kevin Ford51:3545th
Jason Tripp54:5086th
Akintunde Morakinyo1:01:21287th
Mick Slonaker1:02:23353rd
Julia Roman-Duval54:5218th
Tori Berard1:00:5166th
Jess Ivy1:01:0673rd
Tiffany Hevner1:01:5482nd
Beth Hannon1:02:2293rd
Tasha Hogan1:04:18147th
Linda Lou O'Connor1:05:36174th
Tammy Liu Hermstein1:08:44276th
Dorothy Beckett1:09:20297th

Monday, April 13, 2015

March Performances

March proved to be a month of many excellent running performances for the racing team.  Notably, a new Racing Team record set for the 5k (Julia - 17:12), and several of our runners set big PRs (Julia, Jess, Tammy, and Mark).  Keep up the good work everyone!

3/1/2015St. Patrick's Day 5kLinda Lou O'Connor20:4216th2nd (F45-49)
3/1/2015St. Patrick's Day 10kJulia Roman-Duval35:412nd
Linda Lou O'Connor43:0120th1st (F45-49)
3/1/2015St. Patrick's Day Double (5k + 10k)Linda Lou O'Connor1:03:434th1st (F45-49)
3/1/2015Tim Kennard 10-milerTori Berard1:02:241st
3/1/2015Reston 10-milerTiffany Hevner1:06:555th1st (F30-34)
3/1/2015Napa Valley MarathonTammy Liu Hermstein3:30:1552ndPR, 5th (F45-49)
3/7/2015USATF Eastern Region Indoor Masters Championships (1 mile)Brian Shadrick4:583rd1st (M40-44)
3/15/2015Kelly Shamrock 5kAndrew Madison15:171st
Carlos Renjifo15:304th1st (M30-39)
Craig Lebro17:0415th5th (M20-29)
Jason Tripp17:2325th1st Master
Nick Grossi17:5329th12th (M30-39)
Brian Shadrick18:2539th1st (M40-44)
Chris Chattin18:4747th3rd (M50-54)
Tunde Morakinyo19:4376th5th (M50-54)
Mick Slonaker19:5380th1st (M65-69)
John Chall19:5582nd1st (M55-59)
Julia Roman-Duval17:121stPR, RTR
Tori Berard18:234th1st (F20-29)
Tiffany Hevner19:328th2nd (F30-39)
Noel McCracken19:4110thPR, 4th (F30-39)
Beth Hannon19:4211thPR, 5th (F30-39)
Joelle Chall21:2125th10th (F30-39)
Tammy Liu Hermstein21:281st Master
3/15/2015NYC Half MarathonDorothy Beckett1:40:31517th7th (F55-59)
3/21/2015Whitehall 15kLinda-Lou O'Connor1:03:563rd1st Master, PR
3/21/2015Tri-Mania 1 miler (track)Jess Ivy5:211stPR
3/28/2015UMBC Big Dawg Invite 5k (track)Andrew Madison15:461st
3/28/2015Monument Avenue 10kTiffany Hevner39:4125th4th (F30-34)
3/29/2015B&A Half MarathonNoel McCracken1:30:584th1st (F30-34)
Linda-Lou O'Connor1:32:426th1st (F45-49)
Tammy Liu Hermstein1:38:4718th2nd (F45-49), PR
3/29/2015B&A MarathonBeth Hannon3:16:425th1st (F30-34)
3/29/2015Dundalk Challenge 5kMark Eagles17:032ndPR