Day 12: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Mare Bears

Run It Fast’s ‘Race Across the USA‘ is starting to near the home stretch as Day 12 has concluded. The Suzy Michelson Team continues to dominate. They are less than 700 miles from the finish in New York City. The Charlie Taylor Team was strong once again gaining 20 miles on the second place, Jeffrey Price Team. The Hope Shull Team fueled with some massive ‘woman-power’ today had one of their best days of the race and nearly had the third most miles of the day.

Let’s get into the stats, standings, and recaps from the road…

Day 12 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 180.01 miles (12.00 mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 140.54 miles (9.37 mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 160.24 miles (10.68 mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 138.81 miles (9.25 mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 2,251.23 miles (187.60/day, 77.4% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 1,907.61  miles (158.97 mi/day, 65.6% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 1,809.96 miles (150.83 mi/day, 62.3% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 1,518.15 miles (126.51 mi/day, 52.2% completed)


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

Suzy Michelson Team: It’s another day closer to the champagne in NYC as The Suzys rued the day once again with 180.01 miles. They were led by Chris Clemens who sets the tone for this team. He finished the day with 26.42 miles. He again had monster performances from Barry Reece (22.49), David Nichols (20.76), Kimberly Atkins (20.32), and Violeta Heisler (16.4). Violeta’s been a great surprise for this team and has put down some big miles over the course of the event.

Leslie Studtmann reached double-digits again today with 14.4 miles. Anthony Ohrey also knocked off a half marathon and has been solid. He was silly happy about his new kicks he got to run in today.

The team is in White Pine, Tennessee. They should cross the Virginia border tomorrow. They are 657 miles from the finish.

Suzy Team Data at a Glance
Place: 1st
Day 12 Miles: 180.01 (1st)
Total Miles: 2,251.23

Top 5 SMT Runners (Day 12)

  1. Chris Clemens – 26.42
  2. Barry Reece – 22.49
  3. David Nichols – 20.76
  4. Kimberly Atkins – 20.32
  5. Violeta Heisler – 16.4

Jeffrey Price Team: The Jeffs put up a respectable 140.54 miles on Friday, but they’ve lost a bit of their mojo this week. They’ve also lost sight of The Suzys. They will have to re-focus if they are going to hold off The Chucks from taking silver from them.

Even with that said, they had some inspiring performances today. Team Captain Melissa Price had 20.18 miles, her second highest result from the race. She has put down big miles every day, digging deep, obviously inspired and driven by Jeffrey.

Tom Orr is one of the big all-stars of this race. Tom had his biggest haul today with 26.08 miles, his 9th day of 20+ miles. He now has an astonishing 249.21 miles for the race.

Heather ‘Double-Dime’ McComb recorded 22.21 miles. She has run 20+ miles for all twelve days of the race. I think it’s required that she has to do that now until her team reaches the finish. It’s simply an amazing stat that is inspiring so many to dig even deeper.

Alfa Severino (16.04) and Karla Kent (15.41) were great today as well.

The team is holed up for the night in Beech Bluff, TN at the captain’s home. Half the team is inside and the other half is camping out in the yard. Dinner was catered by Los Portales, and Fleet Feet – Jackson (TN) owner Danny Crossett showed up and surprised the team with new shoes for everyone.

Jeffrey Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 2nd
Day 12 Miles: 140.54 (3rd)
Total Miles: 1,907.61
Miles Back: -343.62

Top 5 JPT Runners (Day 12)

  1. Tom Orr – 26.08
  2. Heather McComb – 22.21
  3. Melissa Price – 20.18
  4. Alfa Severino – 16.04
  5. Karla Kent – 15.41

Charlie Taylor Team: The Chucks continued their great week with 160.24 miles and another 2nd place daily finish. They have gained 73 miles on The Jeffs over the last 4 days. Will the race end before they can catch them, though? 97.65 miles currently separate the two teams. The Jeffs are always super-strong on the weekends.

The Chucks were led today by Joshua Holmes with 30.03 miles, along with Steve Acciarito (20.75 miles), Tiffani Glass (20.54), and Jen Metcalf (20.00). Jen reached deep emotionally today and put down big miles in memory of Bub.

The Chucks are currently in Memphis, Tennessee, elbow deep in Rendezvous ribs, after crossing the Mississippi River from Arkansas. Tiffani’s husband Rick Glass made the short drive from their home in Dyersburg to join the team for dinner. He was so stoked about the Cubs having not lost a game so far this season.

Charlie Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 3rd
Day 12 Miles: 160.24 (2nd)
Total Miles: 1,809.96
Miles Back: -441.27

Top 5 CTT Runners (Day 12)

  1. Joshua Holmes – 30.03
  2. Steve Acciarito – 20.75
  3. Tiffani Glass – 20.54
  4. Jen Metcalf – 20.00
  5. Jeremy Reed – 13.36

Hope Shull Team: A truly superb effort today from The Hopes. Captain Marylou Corino racked up 32.00 miles, the most of anyone in the race today. She had great support from Kit Brazier (21.31 miles), and Cathy Downes (20.30 miles).

Randy Broadway, who has been very solid throughout the Run Across the USA, put down 15.00 miles. Sherry Meador was a dollar short of a half marathon with 12.02 miles on the day.

The team is somehow still in Oklahoma, but near the Arkansas border. They stopped, albeit briefly, at the 64 Swap and Flea Market to satisfy Marylou’s curiosity. Ben Herron tried to buy a pig runt at the Swap Meet to make it the team mascot, but the team outvoted him 14-1. The team then dined at Mazzio’s Italian Eatery.

Hope Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 4th
Day 12 Miles: 138.81 (4th)
Total Miles: 1,518.15
Miles Back: -733.08

Top 5 HST Runners (Day 12)

  1. Marylou Corino – 32.00
  2. Kit Brazier – 21.31
  3. Cathy Downes – 20.30
  4. Randy Broadway – 15.00
  5. Sherry Meador – 12.02

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Chris Clemens (26.42 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Tom Orr (26.08 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Joshua Holmes (30.03 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team –  Marylou Corino (32.00 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Marylou Corino (HST) – 32.00
  2. Joshua Holmes (CTT) – 30.03
  3. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 26.42
  4. Tom Orr (JPT) – 26.08
  5. Barry Reece (SMT) – 22.49
  6. Heather McComb (JPT) – 22.21
  7. Kit Brazier (HST) – 21.31
  8. David Nichols (SMT) – 20.76
  9. Steve Acciarito (CTT) – 20.75
  10. Tiffani Glass (CTT) – 20.54
  11. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 20.32
  12. Cathy Downes (HST) – 20.30
  13. Melissa Price (JPT) – 20.18
  14. Jen Metcalf (CTT) – 20.00

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 302.03
  2. Heather McComb (JPT) – 251.73
  3. Tom Orr (JPT) – 249.21
  4. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 245.38
  5. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 240.32
  6. David Nichols (SMT) – 237.32
  7. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 227.80
  8. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 213.18
  9. Kit Brazier (HST) – 211.76
  10. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 209.62


Marylou Corino, with her 32.00 miles for the Hope Shull Team, is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performer of the Day.

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