Just got back from Cincinnati where I ran in the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships. My club, Team Good River, ran great with outstanding performances in all four races: Men and Women’s Open and Men and Women’s Masters. Over 50 of us from TGR braved snowy and muddy conditions and gutted out great races and had a lot of fun afterwards! There were over 1000 participants in the four races from all over the country. Really proud to be part of such a great team. Thanks so much to the team’s organizer and great runner in his own right, Tim Budic, for making it all happen. I was really happy with the way I ran in the Masters race. I was the top scorer for the TGR “B” team with a 39:40 over the unbelievably muddy course. For what it’s worth, the course was actually long and more like 6.5 miles — not that it matters since XC is all about place. This was a really good end to my season and quite an improvement over my XC race in San Francisco last year as I placed much higher in the overall and Age Group standings. Also, I was about 1:30 closer to the winner than I was last year, which is probably the best way to gauge XC success. The whole weekend was a lot of fun. A bunch of us met up for dinner the night before. I caught up with my friends Stephen and Jennifer from Ann Arbor on race day and even had a post-race beer on the course thanks to Stephen’s ever present Dogfish Head cooler! Later in the evening I enjoyed quite a few post-race beers with the TGR crew. A great end to my 2007 season where I set masters PRs in 5K, 5 miles and 10K. Looking forward to crushing them all next season!
USATF Club Nationals Cross Country
Now for the photos:
The reason we all run! Posing with my old high school teammate and BMLC brother Stephen Magee who ran a solid race in the Masters Division for the Ann Arbor Track Club. In the background is his sister Robin and nephew Ben, who was allowed to have a sip of beer!
My wife Bella (left) with Stephen’s gal Jennifer, who ran a great race in the Women’s Open Division!