Some interesting racing this past weekend. Tale of Two Cities. Omaha and Lincoln. Both had talented athletes on the line. Omaha featured *Team Up for Teammates, Lincoln the *GSK Orange Run 5K. Colin Morrissey (15:08) repeated as T4T champ. He was pushed by Ryan Bauermeister (15:13), making his Run Guru Elite debut. A scant :05 victory on the *short course before heading to Lincoln where Colin (15:47) dispatched Michael Rathje (16:14). *Neither event was USATF certified.
The Lake Wehrspann 10K (USATF Certification #NE08003KU) was also contested (Nate Swenson fourpeats in 36:34). The only certified event had the least amount of interest. Omaha Running Club’s 30th (?) annual 6.2 mile tour at Chalco hills had 82 finishers.
I was pretty jacked about the women’s race at Team Up. Liz Starbuck making her Run Guru Elite debut against her mate Nicole Norris. Both eyeing the $100 for first. Liz being trained up by Nebraska’s newest USATF Level I certified coach, Jay Welp. Me training up Nicole. Liz young and ambitious – breaking 17:00- when was the last time a female 5K runner from Nebraska aspired to that? Nicole still a neophyte despite turning in one of the best half/full doubles of the year (1:29:24/3:13:52). Liz 18:16, Nicole 18:47. At GSK Erica Doering (18:29), Bridget Easley (18:33) and Michelle Paxton (18:41). I’m wishing up on a star that these 5 ladies will very soon toe a common, USATF Certified line.
Nicole and Liz, bright stars with Run Guru Elite!