Rock n Roll Philadelphia saw another beautiful race day. Forty-four runners qualified for Olympic Trials. Timothy Ritchie took first overall with a time of 61:24. Maegan Krifchin took the women's title at 69:52. Ninety-seven of the 14,480 finishers broke 75 minutes, a pretty phenomenal field.
Most of the Rock n Roll Heavy Medal crowd were in Philly. Shout outs go to another dozen who finished their 15th race of the year to qualify for the 2015 Hall of Fame, bringing the unofficial total to 29. Among them, all-time RNR race leader Joe Harris who is the fourth to repeat as a Hall of Famer. Carl and Ilona hit 15 in San Jose. Mitch got there in Denver.
Side note, I saw Mitch on the course in San Antonio last year and asked if he was going to try for Hall of Fame again. He said 'absolutely no way'. I think the new set of Heavy Medals and an enthusiastic group of friends changed his mind.
|Photo credit: Adrian Mauricio|
Hitting a milestone in Merida was Kevin, who finished his 100th half marathon, sporting a custom bib from the 100 Half Marathons Club. Kevin was recognized by the race organizers with a special trophy similar to what the top finishers received as someone got word he had chosen Merida for this milestone. Kevin has the 2nd highest Rock n Roll race total all time.
Last up on the weekend was the biggest marathon of them all in New York City. A number of friends from White Continent/Punta Arenas were among the close to 50,000 finishers including Barb (a Nike SF Legacy runner), Fiona and Soren (coming off Ironman Copenhagen), Fran and Tom (completing their 183rd and 200th full marathon, respectively). Along with "Team Numb" were friends Rebecca and Julie. Rebecca finished her first marathon since being diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer (having never smoked a day in her life). She ran NYC after having a lung removed. Read her amazing story here.
|Left to Right: Barb, Rebecca, Julie, Soren, Fiona.|
Other friends (and maybe more that I missed on FB) completing NYC were Ann Marie, Brian (from Team in Training), Todd (Run with Clay) and Colleen from CGI. RNR Gypsy Kamika was one of probably many who ran RNR Philly and took the train to New York for the double weekend. Meb set yet another Master's record at NYC and finished 7th overall.
Weather in NYC was beautiful. This race is eventually on my bucket list as soon as we finish full marathons on all continents, establish a world record and maybe get through more of the 50 states half marathon list.
|The people you meet on the Creek Trail ;)|
I'm not sure I can take sitting on the sidelines for one more weekend, but we don't want to throw off our half marathon count. We'll hit our 100th in San Antonio! Hope to see you all there.
With only Rock n Roll Savannah, Las Vegas and San Antonio left on the Tour Stop calendar, we have 91 potential entrants to the Hall of Fame for 2015.
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Early congrats to anyone who hits the 15 mark in Savannah.