Our ultra man, Keith Levasseur, competed in the Market Street Mile in Frederick on Saturday, 9/8. For this guy, it was a quick sprint. He crossed the finish line in 4:58, a new PR (his first sub 5:00 I believe) and 12th overall. Kevin Ford made a return to the racing scene, clocking a 1:17:56 at the Montour Trail Half, as he continues to prepare for Marine Corps in six weeks.
Sunday, 9/9 started off with the Parks Half Marathon, a low-key but very well run race MCRRC. What do you know, Keith was out there again, running 1:22:26. Tunde Morakinyo wasn't far behind with a 1:26:41 for 54th. THe race of the day went to Kelly Westlake, who won the Master's division, running a PR of 1:24:45. The Police Pace 5k also took place on Sunday. Conrad Orloff took the Master's crown, finishing 2nd overall in 17:00. John Chall ran a solid 19:34 for 22nd. On the ladies' side, Samantha Matthews and Robyn Humphrey went 1-2 in 19:48 and 19:56, respectively.
Now to this past weekend, Keith hopped into yet another marathon. He ran an impressive 2:41:42 at the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, OH. Good for 2nd in his AG and 9th overall. On Sunday, the Striders repped it hard at the Rock 'N Roll Philadelphia Half. Known to be one of the flatter courses, the weather was near ideal and the competition was fierce. Carlos, a married man for only 8 days, led the way, running a new PR with a 1:09:20 for 29th. Yours truly ran a 3:30 PR, crossing the finish line in 1:10:17. This race included a 10 mile PR (53:46) for me as well. Our favorite international Strider, Pekka Stenholm, visiting this month, met his goal and beat the Finnish National HM qualifying standard by one second, running a 1:16:59. Jason, after flying from NH to BWI and driving up to Philly the night before after participating in the 200 mile Reach the Beach relay, ran 1:23:20. Jorge Renjifo, a 4x week runner and certified P90X instructor, also ran a great time of 1:24:00.
|Postrace Rock 'N Roll Philly...Striders and Falls Road crews unite!|
Finally, the awesome weekend concluded with a pair of races in the Nation's Capital. In the Navy 5 Miler, Robyn Humphrey and Tacy Powers, swept the Master's titles, running 32:51 and 34:51, respectively. Conrad, also training for Marine Corps, opted out of the Erie Marathon and crushed the Navy-Air Force Half with a 1:17:35, the 2nd Master.
So who signed up for the 117th Boston Marathon??? I am not.