“Long Time Since I Have Been Able To Surprise Myself Like This”

Scott Alford set a goal to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon. The 43-year-old from Chicago signed up for private coaching back in January and got matched with Run SMART Project coach Gary Berard. He needed 3:25 to BQ but was looking for more like 3:22 for insurance.

Can’t Stop Edgar

Edgar Suris of Lake Mary, FL (pictured right with his running guide) has lived most of his life with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). RP is a degenerative eye disease and has rendered Edgar legally blind. RP hasn’t stopped Edgar from competing in races on a regular basis or slowed him down. Just in the past few years he has completed multiple training plans and keeps chipping away towards his goal of sub-4 in the marathon.

Ram Kalakkad Ranganathan Drops 33-Minutes In Chicago

Ram Kalakkad Ranganathan of Wood Ridge, NJ has been training with our NYC chapter for the past two years. After his first full year of training with us he set new PRs but it wasn’t until the completion of his second year when he transformed into a new runner. Despite the conditions in Chicago Ram still managed to set a ginormous 33-minute PR. His official time was 3:55:02. [Full Results]

Most Improved Couple In Chicago

It’s unconfirmed but we’re proclaiming David and Mary Beth Ezra as the most improved couple at the Chicago Marathon 😉 Between their two results they shaved 25-minutes off their personal bests. Mary Beth took home bragging rights with a 14-minute PR. Her official time was 3:41:34. David improved by 11-minutes with an official time of 3:19:16.

“I Did It – First Sub 3!”

Anthony DiAngelus of  Odessa, FL overcame the heat and sun in Chicago this past weekend to set a 14-minute PR. He also accomplished his long-term goal of breaking 3-hours with an official time of 2:59:11.  [Full Results]

Denise Iannizzotto Finishes 2nd In Age Group At Chicago

We’re extremely proud of Denise Iannizzotto and her PR performance at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month. The 53-year old from Lake Katrine, NY, competing in her 28th marathon, finished 2nd in the 50-54 age group. Her official time was 3:14:38, 1-minute and 18 seconds faster than her performance there last year [Full results]. Since 2004, she’s now improved by 1-hour and 24-minutes when she ran 4:38:22 at the Hudson Mohawk Marathon.

“I’ve never been happier for one of my runners, ” said her coach Brian Rosetti. “Denise lives about 2-hours outside of New York City and she comes in every Wednesday night on the bus so she can train with our group (NY Flyers’ MTP). She’s one of the most dedicated and consistent runners I’ve ever coached. Once again, she executed our training and race plan perfectly, and here she is still getting faster at age 53!”

Hakim Laughing His Way To A 23-Minute PR

Hakim Ghanem is on a tear right now! Fresh off his new PR at the Chicago Half Marathon last month, Hakim casually (from the looks of it) waltzed his way to 23-minute PR at the Chicago Marathon. His official time was 3:44:27. [Full results]

Big congrats to Hakim and coach Jay Bawcom on a very successful training cycle this season!

“His Program Was Challenging Yet Very Thoughtful”

Congrats to Mieko on reaching her goal of sub-4 at the Chicago Marathon last weekend. Mieko’s official time was 3:54:13, a 10-minute improvement from her previous best.

Kind words for her coach Mr. Gary Berard:

Gary prepared me so well for this race – his program was challenging yet very thoughtful.  No flare-ups/physical issues while training/racing either. As a result, I was able to truly enjoy the entire 26.2 miles last Sunday 🙂