The racing team finished a great year of running with some awesome performances at the Celtic Solstice 5M. The race, organized by Jim Adams of Falls Road Running, continues to grow each year, which means that the competition grows, too. This year, over 3000 runners participated, making the field quite competitive.
Next up -- and arguably the most impressive performer of the day -- was Kent Werner, who ran on his own for most of the race and still blazed to 26:35, good for 6th place. Kent's performance follows on the heels of his outstanding time of 2:45 at the Richmond Marathon one month ago. Despite numerous interruptions to his training due to medical residency interviews, his gutsy race performances have earned him a spot back on the racing team after a three-year hiatus.
Mike Colaiacovo, in great form as usual, easily took first in the master's category (27:04) and finished 10th overall. He was followed by the most recent addition to the racing team, Keith Levasseur, who scored a 14th place finish with a time of 27:26. Rounding out the men's competition for the Striders, Brian Fleming finished in 28:43 (21st), Jason Tripp ran a solid 28:42 (22nd) and John Chall finished 31:06 (40th).
With distinctive pink flair, Caroline Bauer represented the Striders women with an excellent time of 32:16, good for 4th place overall. Janeth Scott also had a very solid performance, finishing 16th with a time of 34:36 (1st in the 45-49 category).
Many thanks to Issel Anne Lim for taking some great photos, posted here: Link. Full results are available here: Link.
Happy holidays, and see you all on the roads in 2012!
Mini Race Recap (In Pictures)
The bagpipes sounded, the swords descended ...
...And they're off!
Near the lake, Carlos tries to keep things close as Berdan jumps to the lead.
Kent ran mostly solo, but that didn't appear to slow him down.
The spread between 1st and 3rd was pretty small.
Kent hammers home with a 26:35!
Mike Colaiacovo easily takes 1st Master, with a huge grin on his face.
Keith Levasseur runs a great time (27:26).
Jason Tripp finishes strong, with Brian Fleming close behind. Jason claims that he's looking forward to beating up on the masters runners next year.
Post-race photos! Smiles for everyone!
...More smiles (and pink socks)!