I like to recognize toughness.  I have been critiquing the Nebraska running scene for 10+ years now, quick to point out the fast and strong.  Being Spot On in my assessment of Real Running Talent and Mental Toughness has inspired many towards their true potential.  It has also created a small but Very Vocal anti-Will cadre as a Bonus, Giddyup!

I’m going to hand out some bona fides this morning starting with our own Jody Green.  She describes herself as “not even a Real Runner”, but ah, I knew better!  Her completing yesterday’s Silver Rush 50 Miler earns her a Big Studette!   The fact that she made her debut at the distance in the thin air of Leadville, on the rugged trails, makes her accomplishment all the more glorious.  She came to the finish line in 12 hrs 7 minutes, Mentally Tough!

Some non-TNB Nebraskans also impressed at Leadville.  Lauren Klima (debut) came in bloodied but not broken in under 11 hours, one of the top female performances of the day.  Tim  M. (not sure of last name but I was getting reports on him) was also in under 11 hours (10 hours 54 minutes),  Greg Liewer was in at 11 hour 18 minutes in his debut at the distance.  Jason Zakaras was next on my radar in at 11 hours 48 minutes.  Scott Giddings battled bravely through 8 hours before having to drop, but he will be back in Leadville for the 100 Miler.  Studs one and all!  Our Linda Barnhart served as crew for not only Jody but also provided electrolytes, hugs, and motivation for all those mentioned above.

Cory Logsdon continued his  winning ways by taking the overall title at the CASA 5.8 K.  Nice to see another USATF Certified course on the local scene and all the better that a Good Mate gets the win!  Jeff Marshall was 1st in the 50+ age group.

Todd Nott was 2nd overall at the Resurrection Run 5 Mile in Gretna.  I’m decidedly not a stud but managed to come in 15th in that hilly race.

Kaci Lickteig ran the Lake Atwood 10 Miler and finished 3rd overall, 1st Female in 1:03:39.

Aaron Carrizales won the Morrill Horse Creek Rendezvous 5K on Saturday finishing in 15:50.  John Seiler was 2nd in 17:09.  On Sunday John was 2nd at the Don Childs 5 Mile in 31:02, teammate Brittany Hubbard was 1st Female in 34:12.

Ben Shultz returned to his hometown of Henning, MN to win the Henning Polzine 5K in a new course record of 17:05.  Ben is shown below on his way to a 3rd place finish at this year’s Run For Justin.

Congratulations to all the Studs and Studettes that competed this weekend, taking on all runners and racers, No Sweat!