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...]

Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Race

By Larry Miller The Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Race is 7.6 miles of brutality and it is one of the funnest races around. Somewhat difficult to get into due to the cap on the number of runners, I was able to run this year by using a transfer of a runner that could not make the race. The day was mid 30's, very gray and a little drizzly at times. Fortunately the rain and sleet held off … [Read more...]

Journey to Ironman Arizona

by Randy Held They say the hardest part of competing in an Ironman is finding the courage to sign up for one. It took a lot of thought, planning, and commitment but I sat by the computer one year ago anxiously waited for the registration to open for the 2009 Arizona Ironman. I had the computer all loaded and ready. I even took the day off from work to be sure I was available since all of the … [Read more...]

24 hours of Moab

by Nick Brummer After leaving Burger King in Moab after a bite to eat, we pulled into tent city after dark. It was crazy!!!! Almost like a city with running water and electricity had sprung up in the middle of the desert. It was truly a sight to behold. Got a campsite (wherever you decide you want to stay), got things set up and headed to bed around 11 to wait for the day ahead. Next day camp … [Read more...]

It was a dark and stormy morning

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein By Mike Comerford It was a dark and stormy morning in Millstadt, IL. I helped Jeremy get onto the stretcher and loaded into the ambulance and knew that now would be my only chance to ask the question. “Jeremy, your bike is still rideable and mine is trashed, can I ride yours the rest of … [Read more...]