Here is a look at where everyone is running this weekend. We had just 7 responses this week. Good luck to everyone and Run It Fast!
Posted on 28 December 2012.
Here is a look at where everyone is running this weekend. We had just 7 responses this week. Good luck to everyone and Run It Fast!
Posted on 27 December 2012.
This is the medal for the Trail of Fears: The Day After the End of the World Elimination Race that was held on December 22, 2012 in Jackson, Tennessee.
Love, love, love this medal. The detail is awesome and the “ribbon” is perfect for it!
Congratulations to RIF #65 Jonathan Harrison who was the Last Man Standing and won the Trail of Fears by completing 16 loops for a total of 68.8 miles! He received the beautiful buckle at the top for his first place finish.
[Medal photo submitted by RIF #65 Jonathan Harrison – follow him on Twitter @jdharrison37]
Posted on 27 December 2012.
This week’s Run It Fast – The Club profile is #185 David Pharr. David’s running resume includes just completing his first 50 Miler AND finishing it 38 minutes under his goal time and running in a blue dress with a crown. Both feats show he’s got guts!
Intrigued? Meet David aka Lady Liberty:
Years Running: 3 years
Favorite Race Distance: Marathon or more
Favorite PR: Any PR is my favorite
Favorite Race: Currently my last one, Lookout Mtn 50
Favorite Bling: Myrtle Beach Marathon
Next Race: Probably the Mill Stone 50k in Fort Mill, SC
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: Beautiful morning on a country road with some great tunes.
FUN RUNNING QUESTIONS
Who inspires your running and why?
This is a difficult question because it has many answers. My dad was a runner in college (even bought a lifetime subscription to a little start up magazine called Runner’s World back in the 70’s) and continued when I was a little kid. In fact he surprised me one time when I was 12 or 13 that he had entered me in a local 5k. It was the first and only race I ran till 2010. But I attended many of his 5k’s and 10k’s, holding his keys and waiting at the finish. He always told me that if I keep running that eventually I would “love it.” However it took over ten years past that statement before I loved it. My college roommate, Nathan Judd RIF#166 , also encouraged me to start running and has been a great race buddy over the past year. Reading Dean’s The Ultramarathon Man caused me to be fascinated with the thought of what a human can do with running (however at the time I never dreamed of running a marathon). I receive inspiration by knowing that I have inspired others to fitness/running goals. My family has been the constant inspiration though. I started running because I wanted them to have a healthy dad that wasn’t 100lbs overweight and on his way to an early death or heart disease. Still everyday when I lace up my kicks I think about those I love and making myself better for them.
If you could go for a run with any famous person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Running with Dean Karnazes would be pretty awesome. I entered a contest once for the chance…but didn’t win.
What’s the most beautiful place that you’ve run?
David, Panama was a beautiful and neat experience.
Which of your running routes makes you the happiest and why?
There are several routes around my town of Boiling Springs that are special. Some because of things that happened on them (good training runs, or firsts), others because of how certain things were “hard” when I first started out.
Have you ever worn a costume during a race? What was it and for what race? If not, would you?
Yes…I have worn a “Lady Liberty Outfit” for 2 or 3 different races. I have some buddies that own Liberty Tax Franchises and they paid for my race fees if I would run in the outfit. People give some great looks when a 6′ 4″ Lady Liberty passes them in a race.
What is your favorite go-to pre-race meal?
Ever since I have switched my diet to Paleo it has been ribs and sweet potato fries.
What is the thing you splurge on after a race?
Chocolate Milk Shakes and Pizza.
Why do you race?
I race so I will train hard. I race so that I know if I trained hard enough. I race for the joy of making my training pay off.
Big races or small races? And why?
The biggest race I ran in was the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, I did not enjoy all the people. The smallest race was a local 5k of under 50 people that I got 3rd in. So I prefer somewhere in between.
What is the one piece of running gear you can’t leave the house without?
If you see me running, I am always wearing my garmin, my road id, an ipod and carrying a Camelbak handheld.
What’s your pre-race routine?
Selecting playlist, dynamic stretching, and a visit to the porta-potty.
What running moment are you most proud of?
Most recently completing my first 50 miler and beating my goal time by nearly 40 mins.
If you can’t run, you’re __dead or close to it______?
Finally, is there anything else you would like the rest of the club?
I started running mainly to lose weight. Back in June of 09 I was over 310lbs. I was sick of being fat and started working out and running, although I couldn’t do a full mile on the treadmill without stopping. I quickly dropped 20lbs just by increasing activity. I discovered the more I ran the more weight I loss, meaning that I was going to start running more. By Nov of 09 I set a goal to run 100 miles that month and ran 106. Then in December in hopes to fight off the holiday weight gain and the urge to stop working out/running, I decided I was going to run 2 miles everyday for 100 days. I started on December 1, 2009 this Dec. 1st I celebrated 3 years of that streak and am still going.
I’m not sure what I give David more credit for: running as Lady Liberty or losing weight and getting back into shape! But seriously, I can see why David inspires so many people. He’s accomplished a lot in a short time and his transformation is pretty darn cool. He obviously takes running seriously and works hard but also has a sense of humor about it so I’m sure he will have great success in the future! He’s a great example of RIF – The Club…someone who goes farther and faster than he ever thought he could. It’s not about being faster or better than anyone else. It’s all about being the best you/runner that you can be and David has that figured out.
Thank you for sharing with us David and I LOVE the Lady Liberty photo! Good luck with the Mill Stone 50K!
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[All photos submitted by David Pharr]
Posted on 26 December 2012.
Last Man Standing
This story actually begins a few weeks before the race. When the race details for the Trail of Fears were announced on the Run It Fast Facebook page I got really excited…buuut then I saw the date. NOOO!!! My wife, Leah Harrison (RIF #64), and I planned to be in the Smoky Mountains to celebrate our 10 year anniversary that weekend, sooo I tried to not pay attention to the details and conversations about the race as they unfolded. I really did try. A week later I was texting with RD Joshua Holmes (RIF #1) about why I couldn’t make the race and I jokingly said, “I wonder if Leah would stay with me another 10 years if I cut our trip short?” We had a good laugh about it and Josh later said, “If you had been able to run this one you would’ve been 1 of only 3 or 4 people to run all the RIF races this year (Jackass 50k, Jackal Trail Marathon, Black Diamond 40 Miler, Trail of Fears). Talk about a dagger to the heart.
The next morning while getting ready for work I was recounting the conversation to Leah (not trying to change her mind about anything btw) and when I mentioned the part about being 1 of only 3 or 4 people to run all of the RIF races her face changed and said, “Maybe you can call the hotel and move the reservations up. You have to run this race!” BEST. WIFE. EVER. It’s great being married to an ultrarunner who understands.
Obviously everything worked out, so fast forward to the race. Having trained and run races on the Trail of Fears course was a definite advantage going in. My strategy from the beginning was to complete each loop with 5-10 min. left before the start of the next loop. I think the fastest I ever ran the loop was 39 min. in a training run, but I wanted to conserve my energy and not leave too much time between loops to get stiff. I knew this would be important in the later stages of the race. Another important component of this race was my crew chief/training partner, Nathan Judd (RIF #166). Nathan drove me to the race, crewed for me every stop and was there to celebrate with me at the end. We had discussed my fueling plan, strategy, etc. He helped me stay the course and definitely played a big role in this victory. Thanks bro!
The first loop was about finding a rhythm for my strategy. It helped that on that first loop I fell in step with Kevin Leathers (RIF #12), an experienced, knowledgeable ultrarunner, who I had ran several loops with on the course back in February in the Jackass 50k. Kevin and I had similar strategies and since we enjoy one other’s company we stuck together and went to work. We found a good rhythm early on and after a few loops we started making mental time checkpoints along the trail. It was like clockwork. Leah showed up with our 2 boys after the 3rd loop with definitely lifted my spirits.
I felt a very minor pain on the outside of my left knee for the first 4 loops. I wasn’t worried about it but I didn’t want it to come back and bite me in the later stages of the race so I changed out of my Brooks Cascadia 7s into my Saucony Peregrines (the original) thinking that landing differently would make it stop. After Nathan gave my knee a quick massage (we’re very comfortable in our masculinity) while I ate some warm homemade chicken noodle soup (refer to above comment about BEST. WIFE. EVER.) I took off again and immediately the pain started to disappear. I wore my Peregrines for 2 loops and then switched back into my Cascadias for the extra cushioning. It had worked.
After 10 strong, consistent loops my running partner for the day, Kevin, came over to say he was done. He had met his goal. He could’ve kept going but for him this race was a fun training day. Stud. He told me to stay steady and keep doing what I was doing. I gave him a quick hug and then got ready for the next loop. I later heard that he told someone I was the one to watch out for. Thanks man!
Even though the time to complete each loop had been reduced to 55 min. or less by this point I didn’t change my strategy. My plan was to keep coming in after 52 or 53 min. like I had been all day because I didn’t see the reasoning in speeding up until I had to. It was making Nathan nervous though. He told me I should probably speed up a little bit to be safe, but I told him I was feeling good and was confident I could keep coming in at the same time. Seven of us started the 11th loop and I just kept following my plan. On this loop I had the pleasure of catching up with an old friend from Freed-Hardeman University, CrossFit phenom Brett Beckham (RIF #85). We ran together for about 10 min. and had a good conversation. What a performance outta that guy. 47.3 miles when he hadn’t run more than a half marathon in over 2 years. Incredible!
When I completed the 12th loop I had met my second to biggest goal of the day, passing the 50 mile mark. My personal long before this race was 40.5 miles (Black Diamond 40 Miler) back on November 23rd just one month earlier, so it felt great to reach the 50 milestone.
Now to be completely honest I really hadn’t thought much about winning during the race. I wasn’t even really paying attention to who was left. However, the beginning of loop 13 was different. Immediately after the 13th loop started, Jeff Fugate (RIF #17), who had passed his goal of 50 miles, took a few steps and said, “Good luck man. I’m done.” Now it was down to 3. “Wow!” I thought to myself. “I might actually win this thing.” I still felt pretty strong. I took note of who was left, Travis Redden and Rob Philip (RIF #212). Both guys had run strong all day and were experienced ultrarunners. If I’m not mistaken, I believe both had finished ahead of me every single previous loop at that point. Nathan told me they had consistently come in near the front of the pack all day, finishing between 44 and 48 min., so I knew I had to stay focused. Rob admitted to me that he was tired so I thought it was probably his last loop, but he still finished the loop a little ahead of me. What a warrior! Travis, on the other hand, was out of view ½ mile into the loop and continued pulling away the entire loop. Nevertheless, I pushed that out of my mind and kept doing what I had been doing the all day.
The 3 of us started the 14th loop, with 52 minutes on the clock so it was finally time to speed up. I was a little tired and a little sore (obviously) but I didn’t doubt for a second that I could make it. I passed Rob a little over a mile and a half in and keep moving. I think I finished with a minute something left, but Rob didn’t make it back in time. The Trail of Fears had claimed another victim, but not without a fight. Travis had finished several minutes ahead of me, which surprised me a little since we were that deep into the race. So now it was down to me and Travis, Method vs. Madness, as it had been coined. 51 minutes on the clock. Before taking off Nathan and Leah asked me what my plan was so they would know what to expect and not get too nervous. I told them, “I’m gonna be honest. I’m only going to speed up just a little. Expect me to come in with 30 to 60 seconds left on the clock.” Nathan nervously said, “Ok man. You know what you’re doing.” Travis took off and left me again but I tried not to think about it. Anytime the trail folded back on itself I noticed his headlamp swiveling towards me to see where I was. I just kept running. Once again I hit my checkpoints like clockwork. I completed loop 15 with 40 seconds left…just like I had planned. Nathan was just laughing. Travis had finished with 3:46 left I believe. BEAST!
Loop 16: Josh rolled the clock back to 50 min., I was back at the starting line, still confident, and then I heard Travis tell Josh he was finished. He had some old injuries starting to flare up and he was afraid if he ran another loop he would tear something. Per the rules, since Travis finished loop 15 ahead of me I had to complete this loop alone for the win. I had a rush of adrenaline that started the second I heard Travis say he was done. “This is it!” I thought, “Either way this is the last time I have to run this loop.” So when Josh said “Go!” I took off faster than any previously loop. I heard Nathan and Leah yelling, cheering me on as I left. I honestly at that point wasn’t sure which loop it was and I didn’t know how many miles I was at. I knew I was at 60-something but I forced that out of my mind and kept moving. I ran moderate inclines and hills that I had walked all day. I had been praying on and off for the past 6 or 7 loops, but I prayed almost constantly the entire last loop. I was asking God to guide my steps and to keep me safe and strong. I wasn’t pushing as hard as I could, but I was pushing enough to finish with some cushion this time. Near the end I started calculating the loops and miles and realized that I was about to finish my 16th loop, 68.8 miles! I finally saw Nathan standing on the path that was about 2 min. from the finish and I knew I had it. I crossed the finish line with 1:05 making it my fastest loop of the day! I couldn’t believe it! It was finally over. Nearly 11:00 p.m., 16 hours after the race started, I was the last man standing on the Trail of Fears.
With God’s help and an amazing crew I was able to accomplish my ultimate goal: Winning the Trail of Fears. And to think I had only run my first marathon just over a year ago. What made it even more special was that it was a race filled with so many great running friends I had made this year, fellow RIFers, just having fun in the coolest RIF race of the year. The cherry on top was that Leah and Nathan were there to celebrate with me.
– Jonathan Harrison RIF #65 (December 22, 2012)
Posted on 26 December 2012.
This is the medal for the Mile Cup that was held on December 23, 2012 in Russia.
Congratulations to RIF #133 Michelle who took 3rd in her age group at the indoor mile! Here is a photo of the back.
[medal photos submitted by RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell – follow her on Twitter @runnerchickey]
Posted on 26 December 2012.
This is the medal for End of the World 5K that was held on December 21, 2012 in Nags Head, North Carolina.
[Medal photo submitted by Bill Jordan. Follow him on Twitter @billjordan4]
Posted on 23 December 2012.
Jonathan Harrison won the inaugural Trail of Fears: The Day After the End of the World Elimination Race late Saturday night after outdueling Illinois native Travis Redden in one of the most exciting race finishes of 2012.
Runners started with 60 minutes to finish the 4.3 mile trail loop. If runners didn’t make it back to the start/finish in that time then they were eliminated. The race restarted every hour. If runners tapped out or didn’t make it back to the start for the restart then they were eliminated as well.
After four hours, a minute was subtracted from the clock per hour until stabilizing at 55 min/loop. It remained at 55 min until lap 14 when it was reduced to 53 minutes then 51 minutes for lap 15 and 50 minutes for lap 16.
Third place went to Mississippi native Rob Philip after he was eliminated after 13 loops as he barely missed making it back to complete his 14th loop.
That left just Harrison and Redden for loop 15. Redden smoked the loop as he had done the last handful of loops coming in with 3:43 remaining on the 51-minute clock. Harrison, perhaps the most cerebral runner of the day came in with just 40 seconds remaining.
It was then announced for lap 16 that the clock would be reduced by 1-minute down to just 50 minutes. As both runners headed back to the start line, Redden stated that he thought he was done and was going to call it after 15 amazing loops. Since Travis had beat Jonathan on the prior lap then this meant that Jonathan had to complete the 16th loop in less than 50 minutes for the win while Travis waited at race headquarters along with everyone else. If Jonathan failed to do it in less than 50 minutes then Travis would be the winner of the race and the coveted Mayan Calendar belt buckle.
So the clock started and Jonathan took off into the dark wilderness to try to win his first race of any distance ever. His personal long coming into the Trail of Fears was 40.5 miles a month before. If he finished loop 16 then he’d have run 68.8 miles for the day.
So everyone waited and made guesses on the outcome of the race as Jonathan ran with more adrenaline than he could probably harness. He controlled his own fate and the outcome of a very exciting day.
As you already know from the headline and intro, Jonathan Harrison dug deep and came across the finish line for the 16th time on the day with about 65 seconds remaning and the win.
His wife Leah and friend Nathan Judd were there to hug and congratulate him on his amazing day, personal long, and win.
Last Woman Standing went to Julie Montgomery with 8 loops (34.3 miles) which was a new personal long for her as well. Second place female was Jennifer Whitley (6 loops) and third place went to Alicia Eno (4 loops).
|1||Jonathan Harrison||Henderson, TN||16 loops||68.8 miles|
|2||Travis Redden||Troy, IL||15 loops||64.5 miles|
|3||Rob Philip||Saltillo, MS||13 loops*||55.9 miles|
|4||Jeff Fugate||Jackson, TN||12 loops||51.6 miles|
|5||Stewart Crouch||Angleton, TX||11 loops*||47.3 miles|
|6||Brett Beckham||Jackson, TN||11 loops||47.3 miles|
|7||James Donahue||Bethalto, IL||11 loops||47.3 miles|
|8||Joshua Holmes||Jackson, TN||10 loops||43.0 miles|
|9||Kevin Leathers||Cordova, TN||10 loops||43.0 miles|
|10||Clark Bilbrey||Dickson, TN||10 loops||43.0 miles|
|11||Mark Watson||Medina, TN||10 loops||43.0 miles|
|12||Nathan Bass||Madison, MS||8 loops||34.4 miles|
|13||Kenneth Mescall||Jackson, TN||8 loops||34.4 miles|
|14||Julie Montgomery||Jackson, TN||8 loops||34.4 miles|
|15||Anthony Ohrey||Henderson, TN||7 loops||30.1 miles|
|16||Rusty Butcher||Jackson, TN||7 loops||30.1 miles|
|17||Billy Cannon||Milan, TN||7 loops||30.1 miles|
|18||Danny Staggs||Livingston, TN||7 loops||30.1 miles|
|19||David Mickelsen||Nashville, TN||6 loops||25.8 miles|
|20||Robin Robbins||Milan, TN||6 loops||25.8 miles|
|21||Jennifer Whitley||Murfreesboro, TN||6 loops||25.8 miles|
|22||Bob Beasley||Jackson, TN||5 loops||21.5 miles|
|23||Kevin Brandon||Dickson, TN||5 loops||21.5 miles|
|24||Jonathan Stewart||Jackson, TN||4 loops||17.2 miles|
|25||Alicia Eno||Marion, AR||4 loops||17.2 miles|
|26||Victor Mickelsen||Nashville, TN||4 loops||17.2 miles|
|27||Michelle Trujillo||Cookeville, TN||3 loops*||12.9 miles|
|28||Karl Studtmann||Jackson, TN||3 loops||12.9 miles|
|29||John Carraher||Jackson, TN||3 loops||12.9 miles|
|30||Bradford Box||Jackson, TN||3 loops||12.9 miles|
|31||Jonathan Bobbitt||Jackson, TN||3 loops||12.9 miles|
|32||David Greenway||Jackson, TN||3 loops||12.9 miles|
|33||Amanda Staggs||Hermitage, TN||3 loops||12.9 miles|
|34||Sandy Staggs||Livingston, TN||3 loops||12.9 miles|
|35||Marjorie Miitchell||Henderson, TN||2 loops*||8.6 miles|
|DNS||Todd Shadburn||Jackson, TN|
|DNS||Trent McDowell||Franklin, TN|
|DNS||Heather Shoemaker||Alpharetta, GA|
|DNS||Martha Floyd||Jackson, TN|
*= runners that completed 1 additional loop (4.3 miles) but not before the clock ran out, eliminating them from the race.
More info, photos, updates from the race can be found on the Trail Of Fears: The Day After the End of the World Facebook Page
Posted on 21 December 2012.
Here is a look at where everyone is running this weekend. We had just 12 responses this week. Good luck to everyone and Run It Fast!
Posted on 21 December 2012.
The year is almost over and WOW…Run It Fast – The Club members have done a LOT of racing! They have submitted 23,263.12 race miles thru November for 2012. They have almost raced their way around the world (and they probably have since not all members have submitted their points…ahem!)! Kind of mind boggling when you think about it but also very, very cool and inspiring.
RIF #194 Steve Hughes, a racing machine, has a seemingly insurmountable lead thru November with 2182.6 points! RIF #159 Diane Bolton is in 2nd place with 1616.51 points and RIF #190 John Kent Leighton is still in 3rd with 1437.98 points.
The Men’s Leaderboard is the same as the Overall Leaderboard for the first two spots with RIF #1 Joshua Holmes in 3rd (1405.9 points) to round out the top 3. Joshua is right on John’s heels in points so that could change by the end of the year!
Diane is leading the women and she is followed by new RIF – The Club member RIF #218 Carol Goslin in 2nd (1096.6) and RIF #124 Michelle Walker in 3rd (696.7 points).
Not only are 3rd and 4th really close in points but so are 5th and 6th! One more month to go but anything can happen! Who will come out on top? Here are the complete standings through November 2012:
Top Ten Overall
1. Steve Hughes – 2182.6 (RIF #194)
2. Diane Bolton – 1616.51 (RIF #159)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1437.98 (RIF #190)
4. Joshua Holmes – 1405.9 (RIF #1)
5. Hideki Kinoshita – 1101.4 (RIF #88)
6. Carol Goslin – 1096.6 (RIF #218)
7. Michelle Walker – 696.7 (RIF #124)
8. Heather Shoemaker – 680.9 (RIF #44)
9. Nadia Ruiz Gonzales – 561.5 (RIF #69)
10. Scott Stader – 514.9 (RIF #40)
1. Steve Hughes – 2182.6 (RIF #194)
2. John Kent Leighton – 1437.98 (RIF #190)
3. Joshua Holmes – 1405.9 (RIF #1)
4. Hideki Kinoshita – 1101.4 (RIF #88)
5. Scott Stader – 514.9 (RIF #40)
6. Alvin Lee – 460.2 (RIF #30)
7. Danny Staggs – 440.9 (RIF #186)
8. Nicholas Norfolk – 398.8 (RIF #116)
9. Jason Howard – 379.9 (RIF #150)
10. David Wingard – 365.4 (RIF #101)
11. Rick Thiounn – 299.9 (RIF #111)
12. Rick Jarvis – 296.8 (RIF #18)
13. Daniel Escue – 290.25 (RIF #187)
14. Mark Watson – 244.9 (RIF #173)
15. Chris Estes – 226.2 (RIF #151)
16. David Donald – 203.96 (RIF #54)
17. Perry Ligon – 193 (RIF #146)
18. Jonathan Bobbitt – 180.6 (RIF #3)
19. Dennis Arriaga – 176.26 (RIF #140)
20. Wade Anderson – 170.6 (RIF #22)
21. Rodrigo Jiménez – 167.2 (RIF #203)
22. Kevin Leathers – 143 (RIF #12)
23. Trent Rosenbloom – 141.6 (RIF #57)
24. David Pharr – 128.2 (RIF #185)
25. Winston Trice – 126.4 (RIF #29)
26. Greg Smith – 118.2 (RIF #168)
27. Robin Robbins – 115.9 (RIF #33)
28. Steven Reagan – 113.62 (RIF #157)
29. Mark Sikkila – 113.4 (RIF #108)
30. Kevin Ronayne – 106.3 (RIF #11)
31. Josh Liggett – 102.52 (RIF #147)
32. Nathan Bass – 97.9 (RIF #174)
33. James Krenis – 83.6 (RIF #67)
34. Naresh Kumar – 83.4 (RIF #2)
35. John Hudson – 79.6 (RIF #63)
36. Brian Wooldridge – 77.9 (RIF #141)
37. Victor Fleitas – 71.12 (RIF #21)
38. Scott Lochridge – 65.5 (RIF #32)
39. Stewart Crouch – 64.8 (RIF #89)
40. JD Leman – 39.3 (RIF #139)
41. Scott Gatlin – 29.3 (RIF #80)
42. Scott Gorski – 25.5 (RIF #107)
43. Chris Nelson – 19.3 (RIF #135)
44. Patrick Johnson – 10 (RIF #87)
1. Diane Bolton – 1616.51 (RIF #159)
2. Carol Goslin – 1096.6 (RIF #218)
3. Michelle Walker – 696.7 (RIF #124)
4. Heather Shoemaker – 680.9 (RIF #44)
5. Nadia Ruiz Gonzales – 561.5 (RIF #69)
6. Lisa Gonzales – 514 (RIF #5)
7. Shannon Burke – 498.93 (RIF #171)
8. Laura Raeder – 491.1 (RIF #20)
9. Mikki Trujillo – 461.9 (RIF #13)
10. Emily Conley – 426.4 (RIF #24)
11. Robin Mancinelli – 413.8 (RIF #134)
12. Alicia Eno – 382.3 (RIF #126)
13. Michelle Mitchell – 357.2 (RIF #133)
14. Shannon McGinn – 333 (RIF #46)
15. Leigh Marsh – 306.5 (RIF #192)
16. Marlene Deem – 265 (RIF #189)
17. Jennifer Whitley – 184.9 (RIF #160)
18. Donna Pittman – 147.2 (RIF #181)
19. Marj Mitchell – 136.7 (RIF #4)
20. Christy Bowers – 121.5 (RIF #60)
21. Daniela Obregon – 107.7 (RIF #49)
22. Amber Goetz-Bouchard – 105.98 (RIF #15)
23. Nicole Knutson – 104.8 (RIF #47)
24. Lisa Edwards – 58 (RIF #122)
25. Natalie Torres – 42.4 (RIF #72)
26. Meredith Yox – 40.2 (RIF #128)
27. Debra Jacildo – 17.39 (RIF #98)
[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]
[photo from Diane Bolton]
Posted on 20 December 2012.
Runner Suzy Favor Hamilton has appeared in three Summer Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000) and was a very accomplished runner during her professional career.
In the past year, Suzy has found favor as a high-end Las Vegas call girl for Haley Heston’s Private Collection bringing in $600 a hour for her work according to The Smoking Gun.
Beginning last December, Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, has worked with one of Las Vegas’s premier escort services, booking scores of “dates” in Sin City and other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
While Favor Hamilton (seen at right) has used an alias, “Kelly Lundy,” when working as an escort, she inexplicably shared her true identity with several male clients, believing that her secret was somehow safe with strangers who paid for her company by leaving envelopes stuffed with cash on bathroom vanities in swanky hotels.
When approached by a reporter earlier this month in the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel, Favor Hamilton initially denied any connection with the escort service, Haley Heston’s Private Collection. But Favor Hamilton–who is married to her college sweetheart, a lawyer, and is the mother of a seven-year-old girl–eventually acknowledged her work as “Kelly.”
“I take full responsibility for my mistakes. I’m not the victim and I’m not going that route,” Favor Hamilton said. “I’m owning up to what I did. I would not blame anybody except myself.” She added, “Everybody in this world makes mistakes. I made a huge mistake. Huge.”
She held the U.S. record for the 1000m, had five sub-4 minute 1500’s, won a bronze at the Goodwill Games in 1998, and was the #1 U.S. female runner from 1989-2002. Hamilton is one of the most famous mid-distance runners of the past twenty-five years.
Hamilton wasn’t per se desperate for cash but moreso for attention as she has a successful career post racing.
Favor Hamilton described the escort business as “exciting,” an illicit midlife diversion from her routine existence, one in which she operates a successful Madison, Wisconsin real estate brokerage with her husband, delivers motivational speeches, and does promotional work for various businesses and groups, including Disney’s running series and Wisconsin’s Potato & Vegetable Growers Association.
Hamilton’s husband, Mark, was aware of Suzy’s escorting but couldn’t persuade her to stop according to TSG.
Before this scandal, she was most famous for intentionally falling during the 2000 Olympics when she lost the lead with less than 200 meters to go, embarrassed because she wouldn’t be medaling.
Additionally, she told reporter Gary D’Amato how her brother Dan committed suicide in 1999, a year before she ran for the gold medal in the 1500-meter final at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium. She led that race with 200 meters to go, but when other competitors began to pass her, Favor Hamilton recalled, she intentionally tumbled to the track, ashamed that she could not medal in honor of her late sibling.
Hamilton seems to be accepting responsibility now that the story is out and doesn’t want to seek revenge on the john that she suspects outed her:
Referring to a client she suspected of contacting a reporter, Favor Hamilton said, “He totally broke all the rules by outing me.” But she stressed that returning fire was not her style. “I don’t want to be like him. Because he is scum. And I will not become scum to make myself feel good,” Favor Hamilton said. “I will not do it. I would suffer rather than go that route of being vindictive.”
One client offered The Smoking Gun money to keep the story from going public. He wrote this review of her services on the escort site:
In a July 2012 online review, the client–who recounted two separate encounters with “Kelly”–enthused, “She is worth every penny. I will go bankrupt before I stop seeing her. I hope no one else goes to see her, because I want her all to myself.” He added, “I never thought I would find anyone in this hobby like her.”
Suzy Favor Hamilton has had an interesting life for sure. This story was not exactly what every runner was expecting to come across when sipping on their coffee this morning, but it shows that runners are real people with real issues that sometimes make mistakes that we later regret.
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And who said runners were boring?
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