And I hope you are too! Headline banner, ushering a new era drip wise, briefly satisfied this weekend, fueling what keeps me running/writing.
Let me break it down for you.
Al and Luka battled at the Good Life Halfsy. Sanabria’s 1:07:32 besting Thor’s 1:07:35 for the best road race of 2016. Best being defined as most competitive. Johnny Rutford’s 1:08:02 taking the measure of Zach Baker (Iowa RunAblaze) at 1:08:13. Some fine times and top 3 fellas from Nebraska. Gerardo Hernandez of the KC Smoke (12th, 1:12:50), this is almost exactly what I was pimping to Ben and Cal for the Midwest Champions Series. Now let’s grow it for 2017.
NE16010GM. Is there a Real Runner left in Nebraska that doesn’t understand and accept the importance of USATF Course Certification? That battle now over thank The Buddha. Gary Meyer of Omaha our new Midwest Regional Certifier.
Sunday’s course was new from 14 & 15. And improved. As reflected in the times. Some very impressive course records now taking shape. The 33.16% degree of separation between the start and finish makes it ineligible for USATF Nebraska Association records purposes but matters not elsewise. All about downhill courses and much too technical for today’s column.
Obsie Birru of Iowa RunAblaze (1:15:23) improved by almost 5:00 over last year’s 2nd place (1:20:17) for the win on the women’s side. That’s a new CR for the women. Iowa, Iowa, Colorado and Minnesota all represented at the finish line before our first Nebraskan, Michelle Paxton (1:24:50). Christy Nielsen (41) set the new standard for 40+ women in 1:25:28.
Ivan Ivanov has a hat trick of GLH titles, 1:11 in ’14, 1:12 in ’15 and 1:14:04 yesterday, fast fast fast forty six year old.
Molly & Abdi both on the podium at NYC, solid thirds against international fields. All in all a good weekend!