With the passing of Labor Day, the end of summer is nigh. Fortunately those who raced this weekend were reminded that it was still the season of high temps and humidity!
At the Kentlands 5k we saw Chrissie Ramsey make a return to racing, capturing the win in 17:12. Meg McNew followed in 2nd place, crossing the line in 18:09. Both earned some ducats for their efforts. Tom Stott ran as well, finishing in 20:58. Maybe not the fastest for Tom, but let's give him a break - he is, after all, adjusting to the schedule of a newborn again.
Meanwhile over in Ellicott City, Megan DiGregorio finished 2nd (narrowly) in the 10k at 39:02. Suzanne Hurst was 3rd in 44:02.
Sunday was the NCR 20 Miler. It's point-to-point in the south (aka slightly downhill) direction. Graham Peck lit everybody up, showing up that Canton-ites don't mess around. He ran 1:56:43 in a winning solo effort, and I bet he ran to the start as well for a 40 mile day (he didn't, don't worry). Patrick O'Rourke had a great race and is showing his form, finishing 3rd in 2:05:44. Meg D was annoyed she didn't win on Saturday so she jumped in this race as a "tempo" run and managed to win (2:16:28). Bryn Burkholder was 8th in 2:35:58, although she did say she wasn't quite recovered from the HTC Relay effort the previous weekend. Marci Benda was 10th in 2:38:26.
Finally it was Erik Orberg's turn to race at the Virginia Beach Half Marathon, put on by Participant Group International. In an ironic twist, Ryan Hall was ready to run this one but didn't toe the line, begging the question "does he ever race?" Erik ran to a 27th place finish in 1:20:35.
We awarded the Purple Drink Athlete of the Week to Chrissie for getting back on the boards with a win!
We have a big weekend ahead with a few of the ladies running the Parks Half, a couple guys hitting a marathon, and an Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be contended for one Mr. Ben Ingram.