Saturday, April 1, 2017

March 2017

The Striders Racing Team had a handful of big races in March as the spring racing season got underway. Many runners competed in the annual Shamrock 5K in downtown Baltimore. The St. Patrick's day themed race attracts top racing talent with its fast downhill course and cash prizes. Carlos Renjifo led the men with a second place finish in 15:25 while Caroline Bauer led the women with a third place finish in 17:37. Beth Hannon, Amanda Beal, Kevin Ford, and Mark Loeffler all ran PRs, while many received age group awards for their performances.

Shamrock 5K Results:
Women's Results
3Caroline Bauer17:373rd overall
4Beth Hannon17:51 (PR)1st 30-39
Amanda Beal19:01 (PR)
Linda-Lou O-Connor20:381st master
Tammy Liu21:281st 50-54
Men's Results
2Carlos Renjifo15:25
3Andrew Madison15:36
11Kevin Ford16:19 (PR)
18Ryan Bull16:45
19Craig Lebro16:45
21Mark Loeffler16:56 (PR)
23Adam Wytko17:00
28Jason Tripp17:122nd 40-44
29Mark Eagles17:20
41Brian Shadrick18:073rd 40-44
50Tunde Morakinyo18:301st 50-54
80John Chall19:271st 55-59
95Yasuo Oda20:022nd 55-59

Racing Team Members at the Shamrock 5K

While some Striders member stuck to the shorter distances, those training for spring marathons like Boston chose to race longer distances. At the Rock & Roll DC races, Eric Schuler and Kelly Westlake ran the half marathon while Ed Wilson ran the full marathon. Eric finished 11th overall in 1:11:14 (PR) to place 1st in the 20-24 age group. Kelly ran 1:29:42 and won first place masters. Ed finished in 3:16:50. Caroline Bauer and Linda Lou O'Connor traveled to Virginia Beach to run the Anthem Half Marathon. Caroline won the race in 1:19:55 (PR) while Linda-Lou ran 1:35:30 to win the 45-49 age group. In the Tim Kennard River Run in Salisbury, Tori Berard finished 3rd in 1:05:16.
Eric Schuler finishing the Rock & Roll DC Half Marathon

April promises to be a busy month for racing team members. Runners will compete in the Cherry Blossom 10M (April 2nd), the Boston Marathon (April 17th), Pike's Peek 10K (April 23rd), and the Clyde's 10K Howard County Striders.