It was another awesome day in the Ironman World and we welcome 6 new athletes to the Ironman Fold. On a non-wetsuit day in Florida it was a great day for racing (because any day you can race is a great day). The TriWarriors headed back to Florida with TWO new members. Bryan Maynor with a PR, Mark Locklear broke 12 hours again, while Matt Scott and Adam Clark were first timers with fantastic races. How about Doug Wheeler and Phillip Davis crossing the line together to become an Ironman in 12:34, this was Phillips first Iroman and over 50! Kelli Kerkhoff wore her wetsuit and crossed the line in 13:09 feeling awesome and amazing like the Rockstar that she is. And Susan Shafer had a phenomenal day and smiled the entire time. Now we can
say….YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!
Congrats to Leigh Adams at the Shut In Ridge Run. While she said it wasn’t her day slipping and sliding on wet leaves, her experience was amazing.
Allie Kassons had 3 PRs in her latest swim meet – way to keep improving in the swim and complementing your running fitness.
Sherman Criner was at it again at the Pinhoti 100. There is not enough room in this blog to tell you about Sherman’s experience so be sure to read his race report here. Great Job Criner
Congrats to Pro Triathlete Matt Wisthoff for his 7th overall finish amongst a large pro-field at the Challenge Florida. Battling some major heat records he beat a few guys he raced at Savage Man Tri in September. Great job Matt! Down there with him was Tim Nichols who got hit on the bike. He finished the race around 5 hours but the scrapes were too much trama with the heat and bruised ribs. He is ok, but left with some big burns. Brian Haas also went down but pulled the plug with the heat, he found himself dizzy and decided not to push onward. Good decision BHAAS!
Battleship Half Marathon
Walt Greer 1:38:00 Huge PR for Walt, he has gotten personal best in all of his races since joining WOL!
Scott Perry – 1:22:26 PR half marathon – 8th overall
Travis Lukasik 1:28:44 huge 18 min PR for Travis – 1st in his age group
Tracy McCullen was doing his Kiawah Marathon Pacework at Battleship, he still PRed with a 1:43
Chris Pope also doing marathon pacework – 1:27:58 after 7 miles easy before the race. He is ready to rock Kiawah
Shay Hutchings: 1:29:24 PR at Battleship Half and after his B2B Half PR!! Awesome Job Rockstar!
Coach Tom won with a 1:11:13 here is the the article that was in the Star News
Donnie Norris – PR – 1:29:46 first time breaking 1:30 at 52 years old, 2nd in AG
Mason Schettig – 1:34:33 – had a hickup in his race but still a PR
John Moehnke – 2 hours training for the 50K ultra in January
Level 1 athletes, Anna Maltby ,Tony Di Norcia, Katherine Cammack,Tricia Bennett, and Megan Dittmar, all had a blast and great races in the half
Jim Finley – 1:47:11 great race Jim
Diane Kelly – 2:28:19 training for the 50K Ultra
Ryan HIlton 1:35PR
Rosie Guendner: 1:52 PR at Battleship Half
Stephanie Morris: 2:00:13 at Battleship Half…13 sec is going down at Quintiles 🙂 7 minute PR!
Maleia Tumolo got back in the groove training for the 50K in January.
Russ May battled the Battleship 5k with the big bridge you have to run over twice. Great JobRuss!
Congrats to out-of-town WOL athlete Brooks Smith on a 2nd place AG and 11th OA finish at OBX 8k on Saturday. Heading into the half tomorrow!! Sunday was an even better day as she PR’d by 5 mins at the OBX half. Great way to lead into marathon training!
Mary Margaret loves to race so she jumped in the OBX 8K and got 3 OAand then raced the half marathon the very next day winning her AG. Way to have fun and race hard!
Lauren Stephenson racked in some hardware at the OBX event competing and finishing with a smile in both the 5K and half. Super proud girl, way to go! Carrie Cheatham and Christine Bean also earned their medals for completing both events. Battling injury and illness, they enjoyed their time in a beautiful coastal town and persevered to finish back-to-back races. Frances White finished both events as well, and Fred Altman ran the Half Marathon on Sunday.
Jennie Mott crushed her goal of running the whole Run, Roll, and Stroll 5K, no walking for her! Nice job girl. All your hard work is paying off!
Erin Hogston was up in Maryland running across the bay 10K – 38:38 – solid for working all weekend
Savannah Rock N Roll Half turned out to be a “finishing affair” with the heat and humidity which forced the Race Director to close the race course early and redirect runners. All WOL athletes completed the course and Congrats to Christie Tucker Jack Carroll and Sue Bark on getting it done. The McKeons/Pittman were at it again with Court, Dani, and Camille running through the sweat and finishing with a smile, way to go ladies! Erik Hoffacker raced for Medals Of Honor again this year and thank you Erik for being so giving of your thoughts and achievements. Julie Throo didn’t let the heat and humidity stop her from completing her first half marathon in Savannah. She’s even ready to start the training for her next one. By her side was Jeremy, who had some heat issues in the race, but was stoked for Julie
Also racing for Medals of Honor was Erin Jackson who completed her Virtual 13.1 while cheering on the OBX athletes. To Erin, Thank You.
Billy Loyd raced his first event since conquering the iron distance and placed 25th overall at a benefit 5K in Morehead City. He’ll try his hand at the Friends School 5K next weekend on his quest to get EVEN faster!