It has been awhile since our last update from the Without Limits Charleston team, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy! The team continues to grow with athletes targeting a wide range of goals and events. Some of our athletes are building a foundation with their running and fitness, some are tackling new events and distances, and others seek to PR, win overall and age group awards, or return to running fitness they haven’t achieved in many years.
April kicked off with the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k, one of the largest road races in America. A majority of our WOL Charleston athletes in action won Top 5% age group awards and several (including Jacci Patterson and Harry Gregorie) walked away with PRs on a tough course with warm conditions.
At the Race for Adela 5k, Greg Barratt, Harry, Anne Wulf, and Kevin Mizell took to the beach and represented well. Greg and Harry won their respective age groups and Anne placed second in hers. Not to be outdone by the others, Kevin was running this 5k the week after a team relay race where he ran his longest run ever.
Three WOL Charleston athletes competed in the 120th Boston Marathon. On a brutally hot day, Siobhan Maize and Christin Newman met their goals of re-qualifying for the next year’s race and Jacci ran sub-4 in her Boston debut, despite the fact that she spent some time in the medical tent (she’s tough).
Elsewhere, we had Cortez Gonzalez running PRs for 800m, 1600m, and 3200m on the track and Joe Kohut crewing and pacing at the Leatherwood 50 Miler.
May and June is when the racing tends to slow down in the Charleston area as the weather heats up, but our athletes continued to push themselves in training and mix a few races in.
At the Run to Momma (Trail) 15k, our ultra/trail guy Jon Barrows placed 3rd overall and 1st Masters. In the Run for Change 5k, Cortez placed 2nd in his AG. At the MUSC Heart Health 5k, Joe Cristaldi gave us our first overall race win of the month. Lastly, Greg (2nd) and Anne (3rd) won age group awards at the Run Forest Run Riverdogs 5k.
June kicked off with the Floppin Flounder, a classic race hosted by the Charleston Running Club. The WOL Charleston team came away with lots of hardware as Jacci won the Female Masters division (and ran a PR!), and Chris Coghlan (2nd), Brittani Barratt (1st), and Greg (2nd) all won AG awards.
Rounding out the month, Jonathan Strader won his AG at Race the Landing 5k and Cortez won his age group in the 5k and mile at the Charleston TormenTour races at James Island County Park.