RMR was represented in all three races in Richmond, Virginia this past weekend. Rachel Ward started off the day in the HCA Virginia 8k. Ward competed well and was able to distance herself from two other women to finish second overall in a time of 26:45. Sallie Ford was up next in the American Family Fitness Half Marathon. Early on Ford found a woman she had run with the year before, and they worked together to keep a solid pace throughout the race. Ford negative split the race, starting around 6:15 pace and ending close to 5:40 pace. Sallie finished 7th in a time of 1:18:25, just 10 seconds off her PR from the year before. Dave Hryvniak was the final harrier to start in the Anthem Richmond Marathon. Hryvniak ran the first half conservatively and felt great through 16-17, but unfortunately the wheels came off after. Dave salvaged a solid effort nonetheless, running 2:34:18 for 9th place. Results can be found below.
Results: 2013 Richmond 8k, Half, and Full
Sallie Ford and Thomas Adam made the quick trip north to Washington, DC to compete in the Run for the Parks 10k. The course was out and back and very flat. The weather was perfect temperature-wise, but a stiff headwind on the way back made for a difficult second half of the race.
Ford stuck with two other women for the first half of the race, then made her move mile four to pull away from both of them. Ford ended up breaking the tape in a time of 35:58, 30+ seconds ahead of the second woman. This was Ford’s last tune up race before her peak race, the Richmond half marathon, in two weeks.
Adam also was in a pack of three at the halfway point, but had to battle one of the guys all of the way to the finish before just pulling ahead on the final straight. Adam finished 8th in a time of 31:58. Results can be found below.
Results: 2013 Run for the Parks 10k
Charlotte Browning traveled to New York City to run in the highly competitive NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k. The race featured several Olympians and numerous NCAA national champions (Browning included). In her first 5k road race of her career, Browning mixed it up with the best of them and finished 13th in a time of 16:23. Results can be found below.
Results: 2013 NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k
Melissa Rittenhouse and Amy Martin traveled to Illinois to run in the Chicago Marathon. The weather was not ideal but bearable, with temperatures in the 50s but sunny and windy.
Rittenhouse locked on to her pace early as she ran the first 16-18 miles within one second of each other, crossing halfway in 1:24:24. Melissa was able to fend off the late marathon pace increase well, staying fairly consistent in the second half and finishing in a time of 2:50:37. Her time earned her 39th place overall. This was another good stepping stone for her as Melissa finished four minutes faster than she did at the Boston Marathon this past spring.
Martin started out a little bit above pace and worked down to her goal of 6:35-40 around mile 5. Martin passed the half in 1:28:34 feeling good and right on pace. Around 21 miles, her quads and calves began to cramp, but Amy was able to push through and finish strong. Her time of 2:57:54 placed her 75th overall, 2nd US master, and 5th overall master. Not only that, she also set a new PR by almost three minutes, breaking her mark set back in the spring at Boston. Searchable results can be found below.
Searchable results: 2013 Chicago Marathon
Charlie Hurt and Thomas Adam traveled to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota to compete in the US Marathon Championships, held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The weather was ideal for the marathon, cool and fairly overcast. Hurt and Adam went out conservatively together then separated around four miles. Adam dropped back and eventually dropped out at 17 miles due to hamstring issues. Hurt got into a groove early and rolled through the half in 1:12:19, ahead of his split from Chicago last year. Through 21 miles, Hurt was on 2:24 pace, but shortly after cramps set in and Charlie struggled to the finish. Hurt ended up running 2:32:38 for 46th place. While the time was not quite what he was hoping to run, the training block was a success and Charlie is looking forward to what is in store in the future. Searchable results can be found below.
Searchable Results: 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Rachel Ward traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to compete in the USA 5km Championships. The race was run in conjunction with the CVS/pharmacy Downtown 5k. Ward mixed it up with the top female runners in the country, placing 16th in a time of 16:32.2. Top 20 results for men and women can be found below.
Results: 2013 USA 5km Championships Top 20
Rachel Ward, Sallie Ford, Melissa Rittenhouse, and Amy Martin toed the line as a team in Central Virginia’s largest footrace and fundraiser, the Women’s Four Miler. Ward took off from the gun and never looked back, running 21:39 over the rolling out and back course. Her time broke Suzanne Girard’s 30-year old course record by 11 seconds and her own previous best by 36 seconds.
Feeding off Ward’s energy were her teammates who also had great performances on the roads. Ford battled with Emily Potter for much of the race before pulling away and finishing third in a time of 22:48. Ford bested her previous record for the course by 13 seconds, dipping under 23 minutes for the first time. Rittenhouse and Martin were among a huge pack of seven women that all finished within nine seconds of each other. Out of the seven, Rittenhouse was the first to cross the line in a time of 24:48 for 5th place. Martin, who was sick most of the week, gutted it out and finished strong for the team, running 24:56 for 10th place.
The women took home the team title despite tough competition from another local women’s team. For more on the race and the cause behind the race, check out the article linked below written by Mark Lorenzoni. Results are also posted below.
Article: Ward runs to record-setting victory at Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler
Results: 2013 Women’s Four Miler
Rachel Ward had the opportunity to travel to Cape Elizabeth, Maine to race in the prestigious Beach to Beacon 10k. The race attracts talented runners from all over the world which creates a very fast and competitive race environment. Ward decided to use this race as a way to test the waters for future competitions by going out with the leaders early. Although she faded a bit the last mile, Ward still finished very well, running 34:15 for 13th place overall (3rd American). Results can be found below.
Results: 2013 Beach to Beacon 10k
Charlotte Browning competed in a race close to her home town, the Saucony Hampshire Grand Prix, in Basingstoke, England. Even though it was considered a local, low-key race, Browning’s training partner, Vicky Fouhy was also in field. Like Browning, Fouhy had raced in the 1500m prelims at the UK Championships. A rabbit pulled them through in 59, and Charlotte hung on to the lead from there, running 2:05.08 for the win. Fouhy also ran well, placing second in a personal best time of 2:05.55. For Browning, it was her first 800m since 2011 where she tore her calf, which led to her decision to have surgery on her ankle to fix the chronic issues she had been experiencing. Before that, she had run 2:02 in 2010. Thus, this race was another good stepping stone for Browning as she continues to inch closer to her old form. Her next event is a 1500m race in Watford on Wednesday.
Results: 2013 Saucony Hampshire Grand Prix
Charlotte Browning traveled across the pond to compete in the United Kingdom Track and Field Championships, held in Birmingham, England. Browning ran in the 1500 meter prelims where the top four finishers in two heats plus the next four fastest times moved on to the finals. While Browning has made great strides this year coming back from her 2011 injury, she struggled in her heat, running 4:28.41 for 12th. Even though her performance wasn’t the result she was looking for, the fact that she is back competing at the national level again shows her dedication to the sport and persistence to succeed. Results from the prelims can be found below.
Results: 2013 UK Track and Field Championships, women 1500m prelims