OMAHA MARATHON ET AL

Some Great Stories from today but for now I’m going to post some photos and save my narrative for manana.  These pics are mostly of the mates but if you go to our flickr account there are a bunch posted and you just might be in one.  And as always, free and free.   Thanks to Jody Green, Rodney Green, and Bruce Barnhart (Gracias Amy Mollak) for capturing the morning.

This shot is my favorite of the day because it reflects the cross section of athletes that I am privileged to work with.  Left to Right: Steve Stender, Linda Barnhart Dylan Wilson, Laurie Halpenny, Luka Thor, Linda Pedraza Hendrickson, moi, Tom  Corell, Cassandra Herfindahl, and Shane Kephart.

Shane Kephart and Cory Logsdon lead Justin Mollak. Justin would run a sweet 1:14:mid and these two cats were in less than a minute later.

Steve Stender ran 1:26:low completely barefoot.  He ran and won the full barefoot division last year.

Luka Thor repeated as Overall Half Marathon Champion.  A man among men!

Tom Whitaker presented the RRCA State Championship plaques (and some $$) to Luka, Justin, and Cory.   Who’s the proud papa?

Stacy Shaw and Natalie Jetensky share pacing duties early on.  Dig this, Stacy is in her mid 40s, so is Natalie.  Stacy was running only her second marathon (she finished 2nd at 2010 Omaha in 3:14), and BAM!  She pops a 3:03 this morning for 2nd Overall!  Natalie improved her pr to 3:07 and was next across the line.  I’m so Happy I could cry.  Running Really Is Fun After All!

Dustin Llewellyn ran 2:44:55 (I’m pretty sure that was it, official results at the link at bottom when they get it up) for 2nd overall male.  His cross country team will hoist him Monday.

50 year old Brian Bergt always gives the younger guns someone to chase.  It was Brian’s day today as he turned in a sparkling 1:22:xx.  Brian is the physically strongest guy on TNB and that dude behind him is a behemoth as well.

Kraig Vanderbeek was our top masters runner coming in at 1:19:xx.  Thanks again for not holding me to the seconds until results are official.

Linda Barnhart was masterful as always running 1:32:xx for the Overall Masters Female.  It was her 4th or 5th RRCA State Championship this year, catch her if you can!

Thanks to everyone for coming out and cheering on the Good Mates this morning.  I always expect excellence from them and was not disappointed.  But the performances and prs by our Wednesday night group were truly the highlight of my morning.  Thank all of you for allowing me to be some small part of your Personal Achievements!