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Clinton Lake Trail Race Report

by Adam Hawkins My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 was simple: I would participate in a race or a triathlon every month. Since I love trail running, I tried to find as many trail races as close to home as possible.  Luckily, there would be a trail race held in March in nearby Clinton.   This was the first year a 10 mile race was offered at Clinton Lake. It is held in conjunction with … [Read more...]

Branson Ironman 70.3

by Peter Wise I like symmetry in my world. If am doing my first half Ironman, then I might as well do the first half Ironman to be held in Branson, Mo. Mike Comerford raised the idea of the new Branson race last November. The discussion gained steam at his wife's birthday party. By the end of the night, four of us, Comerford, Scott Harry, Diane Hillard Sembell and I had agreed to register. … [Read more...]

Hy Vee – Rain, Roots and More Rain

by Peter Wise How do you measure a good weekend race experience? If rain and thunderstorms result in the cancellation of the youth race and then turn the transition area of the age group racing into a quagmire but you still had a good time, then that is a good race weekend. So it was with the 2010 Des Moines Hy Vee triathlon. For years, my sister who lives in Des Moines has been suggesting … [Read more...]

Three Peat

by John Lawyer I guess this is the”official” third annual Capital City Biathlon (fourth year running). I have always loved this event, it was one of my first races I’ve ever competed in and it’s fun all around, plus it’s a local race with tons of friends around to “shoot the poop” with. Being lucky enough to be the previous winner for two years running I knew that it’s only a matter of time … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Report

By Adam Hawkins The St. Patrick’s Day 5K was held on March 14, 2010 in Bloomington, Illinois. This was my second consecutive year running this race. I stopped to get gas in Forsyth on my way north to Bloomington and realized something…it was COLD! Was it this cold in Illiopolis? It didn’t feel like it when I walked to the car. Am I gonna freeze? Crap. My GPS got me to the VFW Hall in … [Read more...]

Walt Disney Worlds Goofy Experience

By David Drennan Let the fun begin I am not sure where or how this adventure began or where the thought really came from.  The blame was partly put on Jeremy, but it is all a blur now.  I do believe the idea of doing the Goofy Race and a Half in Disney World in 2010 started with a simple conversation in late 2008 at the Memphis half marathon.  Just to be clear the Goofy Race and a Half … [Read more...]

Big Shoulders 2009: A Retrospective Diary of a First Timer

By Peter Wise Rewind. August 2008. I had spent the summer swimming with the pleasant ladies at Colony West. Was I ready for Big Shoulders 2008? Tested myself with a Nelson Center workout. I had my ass handed to me by the Big Shoulders training crowd. Fast forward. April 2009. Turned 50. Big Shoulders on the bucket list. Late May at Nelson Center. Damn, this pool is long and lumpy. … [Read more...]

Castlewood Cup does John Lawyer

By John Lawyer The race was the Castlewood Cup 10 mile trail run on Feb. 28th. I was coming off of straining my knee a couple of weeks before so I didn't have high expectations for this; I just wanted to enjoy a good trail run. This was only my second trail run/race, the first ended in a knee injury so it scared me to do another. I went down on Friday to meet up with my good friend Ben. … [Read more...]

Rockin’ and Rollin’

By Lance Cull On Sunday, January 18, 2009, I ran my first Marathon. The Marathon of choice was the 6th Annual P.F. Chang’s Arizona Rock-n-Roll Marathon/Half Marathon held in sunny Phoenix, AZ. The Marathon and Half Marathon routes are run on different courses but both start in downtown Phoenix and run through Scottsdale before finishing up in Tempe on the Campus of Arizona State … [Read more...]

My First Marathon

By Julie Waters Some friends and I made plans about six months ago to participate in the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Antonio, TX on November 16, 2008. For me and my running partner, it was our first marathon. For our friends Jeff and Traci, marathon veterans, it was a chance to qualify for Boston. There were four of us running, and we had twelve supporters from St. Louis/ Springfield, who … [Read more...]