Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hall of Fame Update - Vegas

Double race weekends are usually full of pictures and since we're still collecting and downloading, the race recap is still in the works.  However, since John was kind enough to send the updated Rock n Roll race totals, I wanted this out there before San Antonio.

The Pannell Report - Vegas Edition

With one race weekend left on the 2015 Tour (San Antonio), 67 people have already completed the 15 races for entry into the Hall of Fame and another 25 are one race away. There may be more as John notes that the European race data format is a bit wonky and the numbers from Vegas were starting to stress his spreadsheet. Another 123 have already earned the 10-race Gold Record with another 107 on the bubble. In 2011, the first year of the Rock Idol, 127 of the 10-race medals were awarded. We've come a long way.

Races    #
9 107
10 74
11 26
12 12
13 11 14 25
15 29 <--- Hall of Fame 16 14 17 8 18 1 19 6 20 4 21 4
22 1

A quick scan of my news feed showed a lot of friends getting the big gold microphone.

Left to Right: Aidin, Hyalker, Juan and Jim Diego. Juan is a Repeat Hall of Famer from 2014 and is one of the top 10 all time in Rock n Roll Heavy Medal qualifying races (Half and Full), at least according to our informal survey. This year, Jim kicked off both Rock n Roll Brooklyn and the New York City Marathon by singing the national anthem. Monique and Jim Austin also entered the Hall of Fame, but I couldn't find pictures!

In the background are De and Rebecca. Carl and Ilona renewed their vows at the mile 3 Run Through Wedding and had custom bibs created for the occasion. 

Other Repeat Hall of Famers include Jessica who went for the double-double over the weekend, doing the Disney Avengers Infinity Gauntlet and the RNR Las Vegas Remix. 

Wesley also repeated.  He rocked the double races SA2LV in 2013 and Disney2LV in 2014 and 2015). Wesley joins his fiancee Martin as Repeat Hall of Famers.

... and Susan and Ron. We had a long day, including the Avengers race in the morning, an hour delay on the ground at John Wayne Airport and, with the 28,000+ other runners and walkers, braving the winds and rain in Vegas. Basically we forgot to take pictures at the race wearing our medals. This was the best we could come up with. We need to find another extender bar for the last two months of medals.

With the exception of the Elite Heavy Medal plaques that go to those doing the most races in the year, we've now earned the highest Heavy Medal awarded every year since 2011 (Rock Idol in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Hall of Fame 2014 and 2015). The only other person to do this that we know of is "VIP Joe" Harris. 

I've been saving this SportHooks rack for a special bib. It turns out the twin hooks should be enough to hold a few medals.  Or maybe just one big one.

Thanks, Marcey and Pete!
We'll be finishing the year with at Rock n Roll San Antonio. Near the end of the Saturday expo session (3:30 PM), CGI will be presenting the Elite Heavy Medal awards and likely will recognize the Hall of Famers for 2015. If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by because I'm sure there will be a lot of pictures. I'll do my best, but this may be the day I won't be able to fit everyone into a selfie. We'll need Adrian to bring a longer stick.

Our race plan is to do the 10K on Saturday and the half on Sunday.

And then we start looking at the 2016 calendar and figure out which 16 races we want to do next year!

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