Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cowart leads RMR to a big day at Richmond

Donnie Cowart, new RMR harrier Kent Pecora, Lee Gabler, Louise Knudson, Melissa Rittenhouse, Julia Webb, Sallie Ford, and Ann Mazur all competed in Richmond, Virginia this past weekend.

Cowart (left) takes home the victory

Cowart, Pecora, Gabler, Knudson, and Rittenhouse toed the line in the HCA Virginia 8k. Cowart hit the final straight away neck and neck with Julius Kogo and battled him all of the way to the line. Cowart was able to hold Kogo off in the end by the slimmest of margins (officially 22:56.20 to 22:56.26) to get the win. This was another big PR for Cowart as he ran 23:25 in the same race last year for 5th. Kent Pecora, making his RMR debut, ran an 8k PR of 24:32, good enough for 10th place. Lee Gabler, who was also making his RMR debut, finished 14th overall in a time of 25:28. Knudson and Rittenhouse, both of whom are training for the marathon Olympic Trials in January, ran personal bests. Knudson finished in 28:57 and Rittenhouse finished in 29:59, placing 7th and 8th respectively.

Webb, Ford, and Mazur competed in the McDonald’s Half Marathon. Webb and Ford ran solid races, placing 4th and 5th overall running 1:20:17 and 1:20:40. Mazur, competing in her second half marathon, ran 1:23:22, good enough for 7th place overall.

Last but not least, two integral members of the RMR family competed in the SunTrust Marathon. RMR distance coach Dana Thiele ran her first marathon “post-Alex” and placed 10th overall in a time of 3:06:13. RMR ball class and yoga expert Heidi Johnson was able to overcome numb and burning feet and still qualify for Boston, running 3:38:11. Results for all three races can be found below.

Results: 2011 Richmond 8k, Half and Full Marathon

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Rittenhouse competes in Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon

Melissa Rittenhouse traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon. Rittenhouse placed 5th overall, finishing in a time of 1:24:19.5 Results can be found below.

Results: 2011 Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon

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Webb wins Cavalier Open

Julia Webb laced up her spikes for the second time this fall at Panorama Farms running in the Cavalier Open in Charlottesville, Virginia. Webb took home the title, finishing the 5k XC course in 17:54.32. Results can be found below.

Results: 2011 Cavalier Open

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Cowart places 4th at Pan Am Games

Cowart (left, USA) down the stretch

Donnie Cowart donned the red, white, and blue and represented the USA at the Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico. With the heat, humidity, and altitude, the race became a tactical affair with five guys in contention for the win with a lap to go. Cowart held back a bit then turned it on in the final 200. Cowart came up just a bit short of medaling, finishing 4th in 8:49.97, just 0.24 seconds behind 3rd. Donnie will now take some down time before he begins his build up for the Olympic trials next summer. Results and video of the race can be found below.

Results: 2011 Pan American Games

Video: Pan Am 3000m steeplechase

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