Just as the headline indicates, the women’s team showed up ready to race at Philly’s late Fall road race weekend. Facing big names such as Aziza Ayilu, Clara Peterson (nee Horowitz), and Marina Muncan, Michele paced the girl’s team by showing no ill-effects from the Twin Cities Marathon and setting a club record for 8k! Claire continued to show great fitness and scored a PR, along with a sixth place finish in a highly competitive field. And speaking of showing no ill-effects after taking on big races, Abby Dean ran her first official race for PRTC just one week after competing in the Half Ironman World Championships! Amazingly, Abby ran a PR for 8k by over 30 seconds! That’s not a bad way to introduce yourself to the team! Finally, Shannon Klick rounded out the women’s team, finishing just outside the top – running 30:51 for 11th overall. So in this race, the girls established a new club record, set a bunch of PR’s, and placed four runners in the top 11 at a big, deep road race. Sounds like just another day at the office for our girls. Ted competed in the men’s 8k, running 24:48.
In the long version of the day’s races, Pat Ward and Seann Mulcahy ran their first marathon ever. Pat and Seann were fortunate to find almost ideal conditions at the American Express Philadelphia Marathon. Pat said he felt it was extremely tough late in the race – even to simply keep his legs moving. But Pat and Seann both ran a great first effort and learned a good deal about the marathon before the day was over. Since most of the guys and girls on the team have run marathons before, these two neophytes to the long race should be able to obtain some great tips and advice, making their second effort even that much better. On the day, both Emily and Tom had rough races in the marathon. But Emily has won a marathon before, and we know she will rebound with great races in the near future. The same is true for Tom. Tom has run plenty of great races since joining the club and will definitely turn his ship around. The team believes in both of these athletes, and we can’t wait to see what they run in the Spring!
But before the Spring comes, there is the very end of the Fall and the whole Winter ahead. To end the Fall, we will give you a report on Renee’s race for Team USA at the International Chiba Ekiden in Chiba, Japan, as well as the performances of Claire, Gina, and Shannon at Club Cross Country Nationals in San Francisco, CA. Good training!