Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hutchinson and Ford post impressive performances

Seth Hutchinson and Sallie Ford both posted impressive performances in the Washington, DC area over the weekend.

Hutchinson traveled to Alexandria, Virginia for the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler. On a cool day with a bit of a headwind, Hutchinson started out conservatively but kept the leaders in his sights. Gradually he moved up and took the lead by the five mile mark, running the first half of the race in 25:56. From there Hutchinson was able to pull away from second and third with a strong 25:00 clocking over the final five miles. Hutchinson took home the victory in a time of 50:56, eclipsing his previous best by a second set back in 2011 at the Charlottesville Ten Miler. Results and an article about the race can be found below.

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Results: 2013 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler

Article: GW Parkway Classic provides catharsis for many with Boston on their minds

North of DC, Ford competed in the Pike’s Peek 10K in Rockville, Maryland. Fast times were waiting to be had as the weather was ideal and the race is well-known for being competitive and having a PR type of course. Ford got out nice and controlled the first mile then eyed a group of four women to go after over the next few miles. Ford was able to catch them and cruised through the 5k in 17:25.

After the halfway point, the pack broke up and Sallie took the opportunity to make a move. Ford kept her eyes up and looked for women coming back to her. In the end Ford crossed the line in a time of 34:37, which is 41 seconds faster than her college track PR set three years ago. Her efforts placed her 9th overall and 1st American in the highly competitive field. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Pike’s Peek 10k

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Rittenhouse and Martin compete at the Boston Marathon

Melissa Rittenhouse and Amy Martin competed in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, the Boston Marathon. The weather was much more marathon-friendly this year compared to the unseasonably warm temperatures felt the past two years.

Rittenhouse took advantage of the good weather and the downhill beginning miles of the course, running 6:20s comfortably early on. Around eight miles, the marathon veteran knew to respect not only the distance but also the difficulty of Boston’s course and decided to back off a bit to save energy for later in the race. While Melissa faded a bit the second half of the race, her performance was quite impressive considering that several months ago she was struggling to run at all. Her time of 2:54:19 is validation that the passion is still there and that she is well on her way to getting back to her former self and beyond.

Martin also got out well in her race, running comfortably through the half in 1:28:02, below her target goal pace. Amy was still cruising at 18 until she was knocked down by another runner not paying attention at a water station. The fall/stop caused her legs to cramp, so she intelligently kept moving (but at a slower pace) until her body had a chance to regroup. After getting down some fluids and gels at the next two water stops, Martin was able to pick it back up and charged up Heartbreak hill, passing numerous runners. She was able to even drop the pace in the final miles and, despite her fall, set a new personal record, running 3:00:44. Her time bested her previous mark by 1:47 from Chicago in 2011 and also placed her 14th among all women 40 and over in the race. While Martin was happy with the time all things considered, her performance also shows that she has more time to drop in the future.

Two other members of the RMR family competed at Boston as well. Heidi Johnson, aka the queen of core, ran 3:43:04 in her 12th consecutive Boston Marathon appearance. Harry Landers, who has been helping out at workouts in recent months, ranĀ 3:39:52 in his 5th consecutive Boston Marathon. Both of their times are good enough to qualify them for next year’s race.

Last but not least, the Boston Marathon is always a special event for Coach Mark Lorenzoni as he is able to see a good number of the runners he mentors compete on one of running’s biggest stages. Whether he is helping a member of the RMR team or the Boston Bound group, Mark gives it his all to prepare his athletes to reach their goals on race day and loves getting the opportunity to see them compete in person.

Sadly, the Boston Marathon this year was overshadowed by the bombings that occurred later in the day which resulted in three deaths and over 170 injuries. The Charlottesville community was very fortunate as all of the runners and spectators at the event were out of harm’s way at the time of the explosions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this tragic event.

Searchable Results: 2013 Boston Marathon

 

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Ward and Hurt compete at Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k

Rachel Ward and Charlie Hurt toed the line along with 32,000+ other runners at the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond, Virginia. Rachel Ward had a solid day, running 34:53. Her time placed her 8th overall and she finished as the 2nd American in the field. For Hurt, the race was his second in as many weeks, coming off of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. Hurt followed up his 15th place showing at the 10 miler with a 15th place showing at the 10k, running 31:53. Hurt was the 5th American to finish. Results can be found below.

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Ford wins Crystal Run 5K, Hurt places high at Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

Sallie Ford traveled to Arlington, Virginia to compete in the Crystal Run 5K, an event held every Friday in April. While the course was fairly flat, there were a few 180-degree turns and a strong wind to deal with. Ford took home the victory for the women and was 13th overall in a field of over 1,600. Her time of 17:42 was only four seconds off the course record set back in 2009. Results can be found below.

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Results: 2013 Crystal Run 5K, April 5th

Also on Friday, Chris Post hit the track for another 5,000m at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Virginia. Unfortunately Post was a bit under the weather leading up to the race and did not run as well as he had hoped, crossing the line in 16:00.45. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Colonial Relays

On Sunday Charlie Hurt traveled to Washington, DC to race in the highly competitive Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. Hurt got out well, running the first five miles in 25:54 and was in the middle of a big pack. Hurt’s strength over the longer distances prevailed as he was able to break away from most of the guys in his group and finished in a time of 52:12. Hurt placed 15th overall and 6th in his age group. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, Men 25-29

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