RMR middle distance runners Alex Tatu and Mike Hendry competed in the USATF Road Championships held this past week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tatu led the way with a time of 4:07.9, good for 8th place overall. Hendry followed closely behind in 11th place with a time of 4:11.6. In other racing action, Andrew Jesien and Donnie Cowart raced a 1500 at North Carolina A & T University, and finished 2nd and 3rd overall behind UVA freshman phenom Robbie Andrews. Jesien’s time of 3:42.28 is a new season best, and Cowart’s time of 3:43.56 established a new PR by over 5 seconds. Finally, in Richmond VA, RMR distance runner Charlie Hurt set a new course record (31:35) at the Carytown 10k. Full results are available below.
Monthly Archives: May 2010
Support from Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, and Nike will supply training and racing gear for at least 12 athletes
In a departure from the traditional racing-team model, Ragged Mountain Racing has asked several major athletic companies to co-sponsor the group. The rationale? It’s better for the athletes.
“We were really torn about who to approach first regarding support” said Bob Thiele. “In the end, we really wanted to do what was best for our athletes. This arrangement has several advantages. First, it gives the athletes choice. If you ran in Nike in college, you can stay with Nike. Second, it strengthens our group, in that we don’t rely on one source of funding. And third, it is congruent the ethos of our group, namely that this is a collaborative effort.”
He continued – “We are incredibly thankful for Brooks, Mizuno, and Nike’s cooperative support. We didn’t know if they would find “co-sponsorship” to be acceptable. In effect, we asked them to place the sport above themselves, and they did it, no questions asked. In the long run, this is better for everybody.”
Despite falling over the final water barrier, RMR steepler Donnie Cowart tied his lifetime steeple PR. Cowart, who tripped over the last barrier, regained his composure and narrowly missed outkicking the eventual winner to finish second with a time of 8:44.75. In men’s 1500 meter action, middle distance runners Alex Tatu and Mike Hendry finished back-to-back in 4th and 5th place in their respective heat with times of 3:47.93 and 3:48.11. Full results, as well as the race videos, are available below: