MORF in Moab
Team MORF was back at the races last weekend, with Debby Sullivan placing 9th women (first in her age group) at the XTERRA Moab triathlon in Utah.
“The race went well for the most part,” says Sullivan. “It has been really hard to mountain bike much or spend time time running on trails since they are all still covered in snow up here in the Colorado mountains.
The swim started out in Ken’s Lake and it was cold! I got in the water extra early to adjust, which helped me tremendously. The swim went smoothly and I felt good during most of the mountain bike. The course was very technical but I was had fun and pushed hard on the out-and-back Steelbender Trail.
At the bike turnaround I was in fourth place, but the return trip I did not go as smoothly. I held strong despite not being at my full strength due to an injury to a month-old ankle injury, but continued to do well during the run until I rolled my ankle and hobbled the last 2.5 miles to the finish.”
Read more about Debby’s race on her blog, dsulli.blogspot.com and an article about the race on Sky Hi Daily News.
Jeremy Freed Second at Teva Mountain Games 10K
Less than a week after winning the citizen’s division at the Bolder Boulder 10K, Newton Running’s Jeremy Freed placed second against a stacked field at the Teva Mountain Games Spring Runoff 10K trail race in Vail, Colorado. Freed, wearing the MV2 Speed Racer on muddy and partially snow-covered trails, battled against national trail-running champion Max King before King pulled ahead for the win in 41:30. Freed finished just 10 seconds back.
Check out this article for a race recap and photos on Examiner.com.
Roberto Mandje Third in Half Marathon Despite Run-In with Taxi
Newton Running’s Roberto Manje completed the toughest race of his career last weekend in West Africa, finishing third in the long half-marathon course with a time of 1:12:50, despite being hit by a car mid-race.
“The race started at 10:30 a.m. instead of the scheduled 8:00, by which time the 90+ degree heat combined with 95% humidity was brutal,” says Manje. “On top of all that, the race was 23.5K (instead of the usual 21.1K half-marathon distance.) But the toughest challenge was getting nicked in the hand and side by a taxi. YES! The race organizers didn’t even close the roads so cars zoomed by the whole way. When the taxi hit me, I fell down momentarily passed out before getting up and finishing the race. I’m happy to be alive and survive all the carnage to finish third!”