Archive for June, 2007

Mike Cox (Athens, WV) and Colin O’Sullivan (Wilmington, NC) ran Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN on Saturday, June 16, 2007. Mike was attempting to secure a spot at his second consecutive Olympic Trials Marathon. On a day that saw the start-time temperature over 70 degrees without a cloud in the sky, Mike was well on pace through 21 miles when the humidity and rising temperatures caught up with him and he began to cramp. Mike pushed onward to the finish, despite slowing slightly as the heat punished the near 10,000 runners, Mike’s time was 2:25:30, still good for 17th place overall, but just missing the 2:22:00 qualifying standard. Colin’s performance appeared unaffected by the heat as he posted a PR of 2:52:45. Colin ran a smart race and survived the heat and humidity to set his best marathon time under conditions estimated to be 7-8 minutes slow.

Michael Hayden (Rancho Palos Verdes – Los Angeles, CA) ran the Mohican Trail 100 in Loudonville, Ohio on Saturday, June 16, 2007. Mike’s time of 21:59:52 brought a 17th place finish and was a PR by over four hours. The race featured over 11,000 feet of vertical climb.

June 1, 2007- San Diego, CA

Michael Hayden (Age 17) of Rancho Palos Verdes (Los Angeles), CA ran a PR 3:07:54 on Saturday at the San Diego Rock-N-Roll Marathon. This time placed him as second in the 18-year and under age group in the race and fourth male under 20 in the race. Mike was looking for a qualifier for the 2008 Boston Marathon, which he got.

June 1, 2007- Roanoke, VA

Steve Crowder (Botetourt, VA) served notice that the birth of his new daughter Kaitlyn was not going to impact his training or racing. Steve won the 10K at the Festival in the Park in downtown Roanoke, VA. After just three quarters of a mile into the race, Steve found himself leading both the 10K and 5K runners. He made the decision that if he was going to get it done, it would be alone—and that’s just what he did. Steve said “I would have liked to be 10-15 seconds faster, but it was really humid and hot. It would have been nice to have some help out there, but it was a good indicator of my fitness level and a hint of things to come.”