Ryan Montgomery (San Francisco, CA)
Sometimes you need to push past what you think is possible to find your true potential. This weekend, Ryan Montgomery did just that, competing in two (yes, two!) 50K trail races.
On Saturday, Ryan took on the, “stunningly beautiful and epically hard” course of the San Jose Trail Run 50K, 70% of which was through sloppy, shoe sucking, mud sections. Ryan took the lead from the gun and held that lead to come across the finishing tape with the overall victory, a personal best time (4:22), and the course record!
After a great performance on Saturday, Sunday’s Whiskey Hill Redwood Run 50K would be a real test. “My legs were pretty sore [from] the race the day before, but I was determined to see what my body was capable of doing... and what experiences I could capture for the day!”
After 20 miles in 2nd place, on yet another muddy and hilly course, Ryan took the lead and never looked back. Finishing with another new PR (4:14), Ryan took another course record and top podium spot.
Looking back on the race, Ryan had this to day, “I often looked up and around at the stunningly large redwood trees and was reminded of how lucky I am to live by and run these trails!
Brandi Swicegood (Austin, TX)
While most of us where out in St. George for team camp, Brandi was sitting on a sea wall in Mexico, calming the nerves before her first big race of the season, Campeche 70.3.
Battling through a brutal swim, a windy and hilly bike course, and painful cramps on the run, Brandi could only fall back on the mantra that she’s been teaching her daughter for the strength to push forward. “Every night after her bath, she stands on the counter in front of the bathroom mirror, and we say ‘I’m strong (she flexes her muscles)! I’m amazing (throws her hands in the air)! I’m smart (fingers to temples)! I’m kind (hands over heart)!’”
Brandi finished 10th overall and 1st in her age group by over 8 minutes. Next up for her is Texas 70.3 on April 7th, followed by the Boston Marathon, April 15th.
Tim Hola (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Golden, CO hosted the Spring Fever 1/2 marathon over the weekend with over 500 runners. Tim, no stranger to the podium, finished 2nd overall and 1st in the masters division with a time of 1 hour 25 minutes.
Other Notable Performances
1st Place - Samantha Mazer
Palm Beach TT - Palm Beach, FL
6th Place Pro - Lisa Roberts
10th Place - Ralph Nurse @ 14th Place - Denise Saurol
Shamrock Shuffle 8K - Chicago, IL
SUUNTO What to “Watch”
Calvert County, MD - Brian Boyle (Welcome, MD) will be running the Miocene Epic 6 hour trail run on March 30th
Vogel/Amicalola, GA – Liz Canty (Huntsville, AL) will be attempting to nab an elusive Western States Golden Ticket at the Georgia Death Race, a 72-ish mile event.