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Race Recap: October 14th-October 15th

Race Recap: October 14th-October 15th
October 16, 2017 Nick Seitz

Race Recap: October 14th-October 15th

It was an epic weekend of races for our Endorphin Fitness athletes! We had 3 athletes in Kona for the Ironman World Championships and 9 at Ironman Louisville as well as athletes at the Step Up 5k, Bermuda National Championships, Bryan Park Cyclocross, NICA Mountain Bike Series, The Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock Ultra 50k, The Healthy Kids Running Series, and numerous XC meets!

It was an exciting weekend for our athletes in Kona. Beni Gras-Thompson ran an impressive 10:39 to finished 7th in her age group in her debut at Kona!! Chad Albright and Andrew Rose also had strong finishes at Kona. Chad was racing at Kona for the fourth time, and Andrew had an impressive debut performance.

Really proud of all our athletes at Ironman Louisville. Tim Brown finished in 10:58, Renee Kunnen was 12th in her age group in 11:02, Alex Lienert finished his first Ironman in 11:57 (nearly breaking four hours on the run), Andrea Bovo (12:31), Karl Lipscomb (13:23 with over an hour PR), Rachel Myers (13:37), and Charlene Wilhelm (14:34) had strong races! We are especially proud of Nancy Faux who at the age of 69 got pulled off the course by medical after fighting all the way to the 13.1 mark on the run despite a super cold body temperature due to cold rain and high winds.

We had many strong results from XC meets this weekend. Alexandra Poole took a dominating win at her race in CT this weekend. Carson Everman had a strong finish at the Mid-State Meet in TN to move up on her team rank. Paige Lind finished a strong 8th with a solid course PR in a dual meet in NY. At the Milestat Invitational, Colby Burcham and Connor Doyle ran PRs in the Varsity A race, both breaking 16:00. Chase Brooksbank ran a season best, along with Johanna Lupica. Laine Mumford also ran a PR! In the middle school race, Kylie Bonser took the overall win with Lucy Poh finishing an impressive 6th while Joshua Gray took 4th and Tate Frost 7th on the boy’s side. Ben Poling won his division and Jackson Wright ran a PR as well.

Emily Kontos had a standout performance in her first Olympic Triathlon. This was her longest continuous swim to date and she reaped the benefits of dedicated cycling training over the summer in a strong bike leg. Most notable was a 10k time that was close to a previous 10k road race she did. Her improved fitness allowed her to run just as fast at the end of a triathlon as she did fresh in a 10k earlier in the summer!

In the Liberty Triathlon, Christian Locke raced to a first place position on the James Madison University team and 43rd overall in the collegiate field. Christian nailed his race plan and nutrition plan, which allowed him to stay strong through the entirety of the race. Especially notable was a strong run, where he used both uphills and downhills to gain momentum and finish the run stronger than he begun.

Also in the Liberty Triathlon, James Case showed grit in the face of many obstacles during his race. Through a rough swim, dropped chain on the bike and tweaked hamstring, and a tough mental battle on the run, James showed the spirit of a fierce athlete, not ceasing to move forward despite many negative cues. Especially notable was his strong bike performance, which was a result of his constant curiosity in how to become a better cyclist!

It was also a strong day for the EF Junior Cycling Team at the 3rd race of the NICA series with Caleb McCaskill taking 6th, Rex Nguyen 8th, and Jake Dysart 8th in their respective divisions. Michael Mason also had a strong race but we are waiting on final results to know place.

Presley Evans had a strong race at the Bryan Park Cyclocross race. 11-year-old Presley raced amongst giants in the Men’s 4/5 Race finishing mid pack.

EF went 1-2 at the the Bermuda National Championships in the junior division with Nick Pilgrim taking the overall win followed by Caleb Ingham in 2nd both having super strong races.

At the Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock Ultra 50k, Samone Franzese was second overall female.

At the Step Up 5k, Sarah Look ran a huge PR at sub 28!

Another strong weekend for our youth team at the Healthy Kids Running Series. Colby Harlow took 10th in the Pre-K race. Hattie Wells took 1st, Emma Ronnau 3rd, Julia Ronnau 5th, and Emmerson Beazley 8th in the K-1st race; Zach Fisher took 3rd and Stephens Rabb took 6th in the boy’s 2nd-3rd grade race; Ellie Harlow 2nd, Hazel Gillespie 3rd, Andrea Rogerson 4th, Austin Harlow 5th, and Hadley Harlow 6th in the girl’s 2nd-3rd grade race; Patrick Harlow 1st, Theo Conradie 2nd, Caleb Harlow 3rd (:06 PR), and Cannen Harlow 8th in the boy’s 4th-5th grade race; Hazel Wells 1st, Maddie Fisher 2nd (:01 PR), and Annika Rogerson 11th in the girl’s 4th-5th grade race; Luke Craven 2nd in the boy’s middle school race; and Annaliese Rogerson 2nd in the girl’s middle school race.

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