So many stories! Let me roll it like this:
Grant Wintheiser led Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc., every other Nebraska able bodied athlete, and 99.99% of the field at yesterday’s Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Fourth Overall (by scant :04) in 23:55, the fastest 8K by a Nebraska runner since David Adams’ 23:21 at the same race in 2012. Knock Knock. Who’s there? 1:05:30 at Lincoln Half.
#206, Grant Wintheiser, Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc., shining against the very best runners in the United States. I do believe the lad was In It To Win It. Mates Jay Welp and Kevin Joerger also showing well.
Good Life representation by LRC Racing (10th women’s team, 11th men’s team), Team Nebraska (women’s team 15th, men’s team 17th).
Saturday’s Ni-Bthaska-Ke, the best ever. Rizzo didn’t disappoint and Kaci showed formidable. Both crushing existing event records. Ever single runner glowing with accomplishment. Complete results at www.onlineraceresults.com
Special kudos to Tom Cody, John Tully, Cheri Noar for their great work at registration and packet pick up.
To Kyle Clouston and Linda Kunasek for doing what was called for- Make sure no one gets lost, for the first time in event history. A well marked course, no, a perfectly marked course. Multiple hundreds of flags, every questionable fork and turn brilliantly taped off, everyone running exactly the same 7.5 miles, this is how we do it.
To Jeremy Morris for being superman, he ran the course before the race, ran the race, ran it twice more, one loop picking up hundreds of flags.
To the competition for bringing out the best. Ten year legacy runner Brian Wandzilak had his fastest time ever, crediting the depth of talent.
To every runner that dared challenge themselves. Congratulations on bragging rights for the year!
Patrick, Kaci, and my dear sweet Linda join me in post race basking. I’m working through the photos and will post bunches here and on our Ni-Bthaska-Ke facebook page.