Friday, October 12, 2012

Week in Review: 10/12/2012

by Brenda Chroniak

Hi BTT and Friends! Boy do I have some catching up to do on Week In Review. Between traveling for business and getting a nasty cold when I returned, I haven't been of much use lately. But I couldn't let our fearless athletes who are racing the Ironman World Championships in Kona start their race this weekend without a proper Week In Review sendoff, so here I am.  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

When I last left you, we had a slew of teammates getting ready to close out September strong and/or start off October right. And they sure did!  Carrie Mosher had a top-10 finish at the Midnight CX Ride, Pete Jensen and Noah Manacas both had a great races at the Grand Prix of Gloucester CX race, and Lori McKellar honored a dear friend at the Samaritans Run For Someone Else's Life 5K (read her touching story here). 

That weekend also brought with it the Duxbury Tri, where Fedor Smith, Lauren Bonaca, and Erica Allen all had podium finishes (third, first, and second in their respective age groups); Matt Pawa, Laura Miyakawa, and Elaine Metcalf all had top-10 age group finishes; and Matt Mead had a great race, too. Way to represent, guys!  Steve Wall also closed out the local tri season strong with a first place age group finish at the Brickman Triathlon.

And what would Week In Review be without Brett Johnston taking on an ultra-distance trail run? If you thought he was tough before, read his race report about the Vermont 50 Mile Trail Run, and you'll be even more amazed.

Erica Allen also tackled some trails to finish September strong at the Houghton's Pond Trail Race, while Elaine Metcalf stuck with running on pavement, bringing home a top-10 age group finish at the Jack Kerouac 5K road race. 

As busy as the last weekend in September was, Columbus Day Weekend was even busier! Off-season? What off-season?

There was plenty of bike racing, both Cyclocross and Road. Carrie Mosher had a top-10 finish at The Night Weasels Cometh CX race, she and Noah Manacas both had great races at the Providence Cyclocross Festival, and Noah and Maggie O'Toole both had awesome races at the Jamestown Classic Cycling Road Race--Maggie finished top-10 in her division!

And of course, Columbus Day Weekend is always a big running race weekend, and we had plenty of teammates take advantage of this. Mary Beth Begley had a great run at the Tufts 10K for Women; Eric Lambi, Austin Whitman, and Jess Douglas all rocked the BAA Half--and Eric finished 6th in his age group; Tim Dewland and Dan Schorr conquered the Chicago Marathon; and The Bruces and I headed up to New Hampshire for the Applefest Half Marathon. Sue and Will, a.k.a. Team Bula Birds, took second in the mixed relay division, bringing home TWO apple pies as a prize, and I managed a strong finish with a smile, despite my head cold, and didn't hit anyone with a snot rocket. All in all, a successful day.

PHEW! Is everyone still with me? Good! Let's wish another giant good luck to our athletes racing Kona this weekend, and also to our teammates racing the TARC Fall Classic Half Marathon Trail Race, the Amica 5K, and the Newport Amica Marathon. 

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