On Friday evening I found myself questioning my sanity. I was driving a 12 passenger van through the desert of northern AZ. Sitting to my right and behind me were 5 other guys, I’m assuming, in the same state of mind. We were in the second of two vans from our team, partaking in the Ragnar Del Sol Relay. The event started as early as 10AM that morning, and consisted of 200 teams of 12 runners each (assuming you could field a full team and weren’t an “ultra” team of 6). Since we were on paper as one of the faster teams our first van would start at 4PM, the idea being that all teams finish around the same time. Each runner would complete 3 legs, totaling anywhere from 12 to 21 miles. The team was made up of various local Flagstaff runners, including two of my teammates from Run Flagstaff (Rob and Jared), and fellow Run SMART Project coach, Mike Smith.
Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon won the Iowa St Classic 5k in 14:00. His time qualified him for the USA Indoor Championships in Boston tonight. You can see the startlist here.
The race starts in 10 minutes, so I’ll update soon.
***Update, Blake finished 6th overall in a time of 8:00.97. Results here.
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This past week in Frederick, MD Run SMART coach, Ben Koch, made his first racing appearance in almost two years. He’s been slowing climbing his way back into shape as of late and decided to test the waters with a local 5k race. Apparently, the water seemed nice as Koch strolled through the rolling course in 15:59 besting second place by roughly 90 seconds. Ben has been coaching for Run S.M.A.R.T. in the D.C. area for about two years. He’s currently training for the NYC marathon this November. I’m hoping to tag along that day as well!