You train and train and train.  For what speaks volumes about where you fall on my Real Runner continuum.  Is it just to keep those extra pounds off?  Is it to battle inner demons?  Is it for the social atmosphere?

If you train to Race then you get me.  And the Twin Rivers YMCA Freedom Run is giving you the chance to test against The Best.

Carlos Trujillo is the men’s marquee invited elite for the Half Marathon.  He’ll be bringing some Real Speed to Valley on September 7th.  With personal bests of 28:15 for 10K and 2:14 for the marathon, he looks to be the Man to beat.  Aaron Hohn and Aaron Davidson of the Kansas City Smoke will toe the line too.  I’ve worked out some pacers for Carlos, a few hand picked runners will take turns assisting his assault on the Open State Record for the Half Marathon, 1:04:34 is the listed record for the Lincoln Half so that is the mark I’m using.  If you have the skinny on anything faster thanks for the heads up.

On the women’s side Nicole Camp will be tearing it up along with Amanda Lee and Whitney Bevins.  Nicole brings a 2:37 marathon personal best, Whitney a 2:42,  and Amanda will be gunning for the Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials half marathon standard of 1:15.  With the Lincoln Half record at 1:15:10, look to rewrite the ledgers on the women’s side too.  And still with an ace or two up my sleeve.

Its going to be a Barn Burner.


Nicole (49) and Carlos will be using the Freedom Run Half Marathon as a tune up for the Chicago Marathon.    The opportunity to run a flat, fast event leading into the fall marathon season is just what these athletes are looking for.  You too are invited to come out and test with the best or simply watch some Real Racing, national class style.