The Without Limits Charleston team only competed in a few events in March, but at each of those events we had multiple teammates in action.
At Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 5k Ultra, we had three teammates participate in a 50k relay. Jacci Patterson, Siobhan Maize, and Tara Marlowe battled heat, mud (lots of it!), and tired legs to support a great cause and get some quality training in. Tara made a full day of endurance events by also competing in a Spartan Race earlier in the day! Other teammates volunteered at the race to support the various race charities and cheer on all of the athletes.
The Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness Weekend was a featured event for our team. We enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to join WOL teammates from Wilmington and Greenville. We had athletes in action in the 5k, half marathon, and marathon.
In the Susan G. Komen on Saturday, Cortez Gonzalez got us off to a great start by placing 5th in the 13-19 age group. This month Cortez, who is running in his first season of track, dropped his 1600m and 3200m PRs down to 5:40 and 12:45. Although he is only in 8th grade, Cortez competes for his high school and looks to qualify for the state track and field meet in May.
On Sunday, Without Limits Charleston athletes competed in the half and full marathon. Christin Newman ran a new PR of 1:28 to place second in her age group. Christin hopes to carry this momentum into April where she aims break 3:10 at the Boston Marathon. Adam Rose ran 1:30 to place 8th our of 102 in his age group despite racing on limited training. Andrea Rose had one of the strongest performances of the weekend in her first race since October. Andrea ran 1:37 to place 11th in one of the deepest age groups (with 210 finishers). Andrea looks towards the Boston Marathon in April with new confidence.
While the half marathoners enjoyed close to ideal racing conditions, the full marathon had tough conditions from the 2-hour mark beyond with heavy rain and wind. Despite the challenging weather, both of our athletes ran PRs. Ricardo San Pedro ran 3:14 to take over two minutes off of his PR and run under his 3:15 Boston Marathon qualifying standard. He placed 15th out of 50 in his age group and showed a lot of mental toughness in the final miles. Anne Wulf was running in her second marathon after completing her first in Kiawah in December. Anne knocked about 18 minutes off of her previous best to run 3:53! This placed her in the top third of her age group. It almost seemed like she enjoyed running in the rain!
March was certainly a successful month of training and racing for our team. Now we have our eyes set on April, a month that includes the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k, the Blind Pig 100 Miler, some action on the track, the Boston Marathon, and a few other races here and there. Stay tuned for updates!