Monthly Archives: February 2011

Cowart wins Cantrell Center 5k

Donnie Cowart traveled down to Warner Robins, Georgia to compete in the Cantrell Center 5k this weekend. Cowart won the event in 14:47, outrunning Leo Kormanik who ran 14:53 for 2nd place.

Results: 2011 Cantrell Center 5k

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Hess wins Tidewater Striders 20k

New community member Joel Hess won the Tidewater Striders Distance Series 20k this past weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Hess outran his nearest competitor by almost 7 minutes by finishing in 1:11:47. Hess used this race as part of his preparation for his upcoming spring marathon, the Sun Trust National Marathon on March 26th.

Results: 2011 Tidewater Striders Distance Series 20k

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Ford and Mazur compete at VT Challenge

Sallie Ford and Ann Mazur competed in the 5k at the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Virginia. Ford placed 4th in 17:43.11 and Mazur ran 19:43.18 for 17th place. This was a good rust buster for both ladies as they look to run faster from here on out in their outdoor campaigns in a few weeks.

Results: 2011 VT Challenge

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Big weekend for RMR at the Husky Classic and Valentine Invitational

Four RMR athletes ran personal bests this weekend at two of the biggest meets in the country, the UW Husky Classic and the BU Valentine Invitational.

On Friday night, Donnie Cowart ran in the 4th section (2nd fastest heat) of the 5k at the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. After coming through two miles in 8:58, Cowart took the lead to keep the race on sub 14 minute pace. Donnie was able to close well, running 4:26 for the third 1600 and closing in 30 seconds for the last 200 to finish 2nd in 13:54.76. This was the first time Cowart has focused on this event and it showed as he crushed his previous best of 15:02 set in 2009 at the Indoor Big South Conference Championships. Full results of the 5k can be found below.

Results: 2011 Husky Classic 5k

On Saturday, Macklin Chaffee, Mike Smayda, and Thomas Adam traveled to Boston, MA to compete at the BU Valentine Invitational. Chaffee started off the day in a big way in the fast heat of the mile. With the lead pack coming through in under 3 minutes for the 1200, the crowd rose to their feet and roared with excitement as five guys had a chance to go under 4. Chaffee used the energy of the crowd to hold pace for the final 400 and broke the four minute barrier running 3:58.80 for 5th place. Congrats to Macklin for making it on the elite sub 4 minute mile list.

Up next was Smayda in the second fastest heat of the 800. Sitting back early, Smayda powered down the backstretch in the last lap and pulled away from the rest of the field running an indoor personal best of 1:50.85 for the heat victory (6th overall).

Finally Adam ran in the third heat of the 5k and ran a personal best of 14:39.64, good enough for 2nd place in his heat (16th overall). Results for the meet can be found below.

Results: 2011 BU Valentine Invitational

Videos of all four races can be found on

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Husky Classic (Seattle) 5k

-Wednesday February 9th

My trip to Seattle started with a 4am wake up in C’ville and a drive to the airport.  Macklin Chaffee was kinda enough to wake up and drive my truck home from the airport.  A quick flight up to Dulles (6:22am-7:00am) and then a hunt for Gate D4.  The entire flight I read “The Miler” about Steve Scott and couldn’t put it down.  Boarded the plane for Seattle at 8:00am and was off to the west coast (8:19am D.C. – 11:12am Seattle).  More chapters of “The Miler”, one extremely delicious blueberry cliff bar, a nap, the movie “Unstoppable”, a few more hours of reading “The Miler” later and I had landed in Seattle. Cara Linnenkohl (UVA crew-buddy/ my nutritionist) set me up with some really great people to stay with Norah, Amanda, and Katie. Norah was so kinda as to pick me up from the airport around 1pm.  After getting the grand tour of her place I headed to a deli for lunch and after laced up for a run.  An easy out and back on the Burke-Gilman Trail, stopping by the Dempsey Center for a photo.

-Thursday February 10th

Walked to the store this morning for breakfast supplies.  Came back to the apartment cooked oatmeal and had a bowl of cereal.  Now I’m going out for lunch and going to see Seattle a little bit with one of Cara’s friends Heather.  I visited the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and the Gum Wall. It was fun to see parts of Seattle that I’ve heard so much about.

– Friday February 11th

RACE DAY! The start was clean I settled in near the front (about 4th).  First mile was 4:26 and I felt comfortable.  Near the two-mile mark I ended up taking the lead because the pace was slowing a little and I wanted to be sure we’d stay on sub-14 min pace.  Reaching the two-mile at 8:58 (4:32) I still felt comfortable and tried not to underestimate the last mile.  After leading for about 700 meters two guys moved by me and did some of the work, which I was extremely happy about.  The pace was now starting to pick up and I was hanging on try to run the end as smart as possible.  Two more runners more by and one really opens up the pace with 600 meters to go and I was not able to respond right away being behind a few people.  Once I got around I was able to open up and kick coming through the three-mile in 13:24 (4:26) and hold on for second place.  Crossing the line at 13:54.76 for a new Person Best of 1:07 set in 2009 at the Indoor Big South Conference Championships.  It was the first time I had completely focused on the event and I am extremely happy with the result.  Not sure what the next race for me is, but I will keep you posted.

Thank you all for your support.

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5K Ready

I’ve been base training for 6 months now getting ready for the track season.  Now the indoor track season is here, the workouts are more intense and the volume will need to be adjusted.  This Wednesday I will be traveling out to Seattle, Washington to race 5k and see where summer, fall and half of winter training has put me.  I have decided to taper slightly for this meet cutting the mileage slightly, adjusting workouts, weights, and drills accordingly.  The race is 4 days away so the work is done now the most import job of all is here REST!

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