2016 is off to a great start for our Charleston athletes! In many parts of the country, January is part of the racing off-season. In South Carolina, it’s the perfect weather to race. Our athletes raced from 5k up to 50k last month.
Harbison Trail 50k
Jon Barrows continued his prep for the upcoming Hallucination 24-hour trail run. Even with slippery trails and a goal of staying comfortable throughout, Jon still managed a solid 5:53 to place 36th overall out of 140 finishers.
Without Limits athletes from Charleston, Greenville, and Wilmington all came together to race the half and full marathon at the Charleston Marathon. In the half, Coach Chris finished 3rd overall behind Coach Tom. Jonathan Strader ran a massive (10+ minute) PR and placed 6th out of 101 in his age group with a 1:29. Harry Gregorie also placed 6th in his age group with a 1:46. Without Limits Challenger Tara Marlowe ran 1:51 in a solid effort to kick off her 12-week challenge.
In the full marathon, we had two Charleston athletes. Jacci Patterson placed third in her age group with a 3:45 finishing time. After a brief break, Jacci has resumed training for the Boston Marathon! Just one week after his trail 50k, Jon Barrows crushed his marathon PR by 30 minutes to run 3:56!
Charlie Post Classic
WOL Charleston athletes headed to Sullivans Island for a Charleston road running classic. In the 5k, Cortez Gonzalez took another 17 seconds off of his PR and placed 4th in his age group with a 20:39. Greg Barrows finished 2nd in his age group with 21:28 and Anne Wulf ran a new 5k PR with 24:06!
In the 15k, Coach Chris took the overall win in 49:56. Harry Gregorie surpassed his goal of running 7:45 pace by finishing with a time of 1:11, which was good enough to finish 3rd in his age group. Jacci Patterson was right on Harry’s heelswith a 1:12 finish that placed her 2nd in her age group. Kevin Mizell ran a strong race in his first 15k to establish a 1:31 PR. We also have to give a shoutout to an “unofficial” Without Limits athlete Jane Gregorie (Harry’s mother), who established a new state record for women ages 80-84. Jane ran 2:01:30 (13:02 pace) at the age of 81 and inspired us all!