For the first time ever, the men’s team participate in the USATF National Club Relay Marathon Championships. And right off the bat, the team finished “in the money,” so to speak. The men’s team finished fifth overall and earned $1,000!
The race was definitely going to be a challenge for our club that is located basically at sea level (literally just over an hour from the Atlantic Ocean), as the race was staged in the thin air of Denver. Add national powerhouse clubs like Hanson’s/Brooks, Wisconsin Runner, and Boulder Running Company/Adidas – and the guys had their work but out for them. The relay featured two 5k legs, two 10k legs, and one 12k leg. Bryan Skelly kicked things off for the club, running the first of the two 10k legs. According to the guys, they all seemed to run relatively similar legs in terms of effort. “No one seemed to run an unbelievable leg,” Matt Byrne said afterwards, “but we all ran solid legs.” The guys held fourth place at one point in the relay, but finally finished in fifth.
This makes the second weekend in a row in which the team competed in a national championship. We’re very proud to say that the club places our runners in the national championships and most competitive races we can find. This not only helps our individual runners reach their full potential, but says a great deal about the club as a whole as well.