Tuesday, October 30, 2012

HOORAH! Rocking the streets of the Nation's Capital

Well, the time had finally come....


With forecasters predicting a real whammy from the approaching Hurricane Sandy, the organizers and runners of this race could have cared less what Mother Nature had in store.  It appears as though the weather wasn't terrible other than gusty winds, particularly while crossing the bridges into and out of the District.

We had a strong male trio competing this year: Keith, Conrad, and Kevin.  Keith, a former Marine, ran his PR of 2:38 at this race last year.  To our surprise, he decided to wear shoes...what an idiot!  Conrad recaps running with a fellow Navy teammate until Mile 14 where he fell off and he met up with Keith.  These guys ran together until Mile 20 or so before Conrad picked up the pace and claimed a top 25 finish and 3rd Master.  Keith was right behind him.  Kevin, in his debut marathon, went out at a comfortable pace going thru the half in 1:23.  We've all told him all summer that he had a good shot to break 2:50 if he ran smart.  Judging by the splits, he tailed off a bit the last few miles but crushed his goal of 3 hours, running 2:53 and setting a high standard for future 26.2 adventures.  Official results:

Conrad Orloff 2:41:07 24th
Keith Levasseur 2:41:43 26th
Kevin Ford 2:53:13 72nd
In related news, Phil Lang held his 2nd Annual 9k Around The Fairway race at The Timbers at Troy golf course in Elkridge.  To everyone's surprise, he decided to participate this year and took home top honors, clocking a 34:25.
We have another big weekend coming up with the NYC MarathonAdam Wytko and Hall of Famer, Mick Slonaker will be running through the Big Apple.  Hopefully the city will be back up and running by then.  Also on Sunday, the Run Through the Grapevine 8k will take place on the grounds of Linganore Winecellars.  Regardless of the condition of the course, I know the hills will be calling everyone's name!
Thoughts and prayers out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy!  At least we all have running to fall back on as a secondary means of transportation.

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