Day 6: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Russell Branded

Run It Fast’sRace Across the USA‘ brought out the freaks on Saturday as Day 6 was one for the record books. It included six runs of 31+ miles, a record day from Karl Studtmann with 57.2 miles, and team highs from every team. It even saw one of the teams finally put down more miles than the Suzy Michelson Team.

There’s a lot to get to, and likely some things will be overlooked by mistake, but let’s get to it…

Suzy Michelson Team: The Suzy’s were epic one again on Saturday. It included nearly matching 35+ mile performances from Chris Clemens (36.52 mi) and David Nichols (35.05 mi). They both have been on fire throughout the race and have both set a tone that the rest of the team has played in harmony to.

Alex Barrientos added a superb supporting total of 31.3 miles. Barry Reece hit 20 again with 20.04. Thomas Fowler a 23.74 giving him 110 miles for the week. Leslie Studtmann racked up 24.04 miles going over 20 miles in a day for the first time in the race. Eleven of fifteen on the team reached double digits today. A thoroughbred of a team that has dominated since leaving the pier in Santa Monica.

The Suzy’s passed Amarillo this morning and currently are positioned in McLean, Texas, a town of just 756 people directly on the ‘Mother Road’ – Route 66. They will be out of Texas as quickly tomorrow as they entered it today. Their eyes are set on Oklahoma City.

They finished the day with 262.39 miles, their biggest day of the race. However, it was only good enough for the second most miles on Saturday.

Suzy Team Data at a Glance
Place: 1st
Day 6 Miles: 262.39 (2nd)
Total Miles: 1,157.10
Top 4 SMT Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Chris Clemens – 148.76
  2. Barry Reece – 123.39
  3. David Nichols – 116.13
  4. Alex Barrientos – 114.08

Jeffrey Price Team: Strong, sturdy, steady, and relentless would sum up this team. They had a record high number of miles today, not just for their team but by any team in the event so far.

They finished the day with 270.66 miles.

As aforementioned in the intro, they were led by the massive performance by Karl Studtmann who laid down the gauntlet with 57.2 miles. Karl did it with multiple 5+ mile runs over the last 24 hours. His performance was buttressed with super strong efforts from team captain, Melissa Price (25.89 mi), Darrell Richardson (24.6 mi), Heather ‘Double Dime’ McComb (20.64 mi), Karla Kent (19.05 mi), and the Orr man…

Tom ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Orr continued his daily mileage ascension for the sixth consecutive day. He put down 22.21 miles on Saturday.. His daily is as follows: 16.09, 18.39, 20.29, 21.14, 22.21, and 23.21.

It was Heather’s sixth consecutive day of 20+ miles for the Jeffs.

The team finally gained ground on the race leading Suzys. It wasn’t much, but they gained 8.27 miles on the leaders.  They are now 166.57 miles behind in second. They are currently just west of San Jon, New Mexico.

Jeffrey Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 2nd
Day 6 Miles: 270.66 (1st)
Total Miles: 990.53
Miles Back: -166.57
Top 4 JPT Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Karl Studtmann – 133.34
  2. Heather McComb – 127.04
  3. Tom Orr – 121.33
  4. Melissa Price – 87.95

The entire Jeffrey Price Team is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performer of the Day for putting down the most single team miles in a day with 270.66. Karl’s 57 mile performance along with Melissa’s multiple runs to get close to 26 miles exemplified how deep this team is digging. Melissa has accumulated 87.95 miles in the last six days. The Jeff’s had twelve runners run between 10 – 57 miles each today.

Charlie Taylor Team: The Chuck’s had their best day of the race. Everyone contributed for the 6th consecutive day. They were led by Jen ‘Big Sexy’ Metcalf with her impressive 32.6 miles. It was her biggest output of the race, and one of the biggest by any runner so far. She had support from Tiffani Glass (24.04 mi), Seth Crowe (21.02), and Aimee Shilling (22.55) for the Charlie Taylor Team. It was Aimee’s biggest day of the race.

The most inspirational performance of the entire race came from Renee Holcomb. She pieced together six different runs/walks to tally 17.37 big miles. She had 12.55 miles the previous five days combined. She just kept reloading, giving it all she had, and then would take the baton again to put down a few more miles. Even when she looked totally wiped out, she went out once again for even more.

It was the most miles in a day for the CTT. They will restart in the AM east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. If they can build on today, then they might just make it to Texas before tomorrow night’s check-in.

Charlie Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 3rd
Day 6 Miles: 215.64 (3rd)
Total Miles: 855.64
Miles Back: -301.46
Top 4 CTT Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Seth Crowe – 101.85
  2. Jeremy Reed – 93.47
  3. Joshua Holmes – 92.73
  4. Jen Metcalf – 78.91

Hope Shull Team: What a difference a day can make. The Hope’s, less than 24 hours of their worst day of the race with just 52.07 miles, bounced back with their most miles today with 201.32. They were led by Randy Broadway with 32 miles and  Cathy ‘Chicken Legs’ Downes with 31.35 miles. Houston Wolf added 22.16 miles to help in the cause. Other notable performances for the team today included Lori Robinson (18.14 mi), and Racheal Anderson (13.05).

Captain Marylou also got 7.8 miles from Juleann Roberts. The 9-year old running sensation has put down miles every day of the event so far for a total of 29.08 miles.

The team was super excited after today’s outburst of miles. They remain in a distant fourth, but are having a lot of fun and food along the way. They are still in New Mexico, about halfway between Gallup and Albuquerque.

Hope Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 4th
Day 6 Miles: 201.32 (4th)
Total Miles: 735.59
Miles Back: -421.51
Top 4 HST Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Marylou Corino – 100.6
  2. Kit Brazier – 99.98
  3. Randy Broadway – 92.5
  4. Cathy Downes – 71.98

Click HERE to view where the teams are on the Google Map

Day 6 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 262.39 miles (17.49 mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 270.66 miles (18.04 mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 215.64 miles (14.38 mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 201.32 miles (13.42 mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings (thru Day 6)

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 1,157.10 miles (192.85/day, 39.8% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 990.53  miles (165.09 mi/day, 34.1% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 855.64 miles (142.61 mi/day, 29.4% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 735.59 miles (122.6 mi/day, 25.3% completed)

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Chris Clemens (36.52 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Karl Studtmann (57.2 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Jen Metcalf (32.6 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team – Randy Broadway (32 mi)

Top 11 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 57.2
  2. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 36.52
  3. David Nichols (SMT) – 35.05
  4. Jen Metcalf (CTT) – 32.6
  5. Randy Broadway (HST) – 32
  6. Cathy Downes (HST) – 31.35
  7. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 31.3
  8. Melissa Price (JPT) – 25.89
  9. Darrell Richardson (JPT) – 24.6
  10. Leslie Studtmann (SMT) – 24.04
  11. Tiffani Glass (CTT) – 24.04

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 148.76
  2. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 133.34
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 127.04
  4. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 123.39
  5. Tom Orr (JPT) – 121.33
  6. David Nichols (SMT) – 116.13
  7. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 114.08
  8. Thomas Fowler  (SMT) – 110.01
  9. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 101.85
  10. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 100.6
  11. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 100.12

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