Day 15: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Suzy Michelson Team 1st to NYC.

The Suzy Michelson Team won Run It Fast’s ‘Race Across the USA‘ when Barry Reece, running the last leg for the team, stepped foot into Battery Park in New York City. His team was all smiles and cheers with the Statute of Liberty in the background behind the team.

The Suzys blazed the entire route from Santa Monica, California to New York City in 14 days, 21 hours, and 10 minutes.

Team captain Shane Tucker was the ‘Zen-Master’ keeping his high-fueled, mega-mile team of egos in check as they pushed each other hard every day of the race. They completed 160.4 miles today to finish the 2,907 mile journey.

Day 15 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 160.4 miles (10.69 mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 177.35 miles (11.82 mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 134.12 miles (8.94 mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 88.93 miles (5.93 mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 2,907.00 miles (193.80/day, 100.0% FINISHED)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 2,476.27  miles (165.08 mi/day, 85.2% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 2,331.10 miles (155.41 mi/day, 80.2% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 1,942.98 miles (132.43 mi/day, 66.8% completed)


Click HERE to view where the teams are on the Google Map
Let’s get into the stats, standings, and recaps from the road…

Suzy Michelson Team: The Suzys are living it up in New York City after an amazing run. They got here days and even weeks before the pundits and experts predicted.

The team averaged 193.80 miles a day over the ~15 days. Their biggest day came two days ago when they ran 331.52 miles. Their lowest mileage day was on April 15th when they covered 160.2 miles. The Suzys ran over 200 miles three times.

The other captains sent over their congratulations to Shane Tucker, who went nearly Canadian, almost apologizing for whipping their butts so soundly. Tucker even got out his own beat-down stick putting down 33.16 miles himself on the final day to drive the stake into the hearts of the other teams.

All of the 15 team members made a big contribution to the team. Some were heavy hitters every day, and others, juggling life and jobs, did the miles they could, when they could. A total, joint team effort.

The Suzy Michelson Team (Shane Tucker, captain)

  • Chris Clemens – 393.33
  • Barry Reece – 309.54
  • David Nichols – 293.63
  • Alex Barrientos – 286.87
  • Kimberly Atkins – 248.63
  • Thomas Fowler – 230.10
  • JR Reynolds – 203.67
  • Shane Tucker – 181.93
  • Leslie Studtmann – 168.60
  • Violeta Heisler – 127.05
  • Eryn Tyner – 114.81
  • Kim Crowe – 108.41
  • Anthony Ohrey – 99.35 (so, Anthony!)
  • Jeff Lea – 83.32
  • Trent Rosenbloom – 65.29

Congrats to all these amazing runners!

Suzy Team Data at a Glance
Place: 1st
Day 15 Miles: 160.4 (2nd)
Total Miles: 2,907.00 – Run It Fast – Race Across the USA Champions

Top 5 SMT Runners (Day 15)

  1. Shane Tucker – 33.16
  2. Chris Clemens – 31.10
  3. Kimberly Atkins – 18.09
  4. David Nichols – 15.11
  5. JR Reynolds – 10.27

Jeffrey Price Team: Big day for this team in huge part to Karl ‘Doc Hollywood Drive’ Studtmann’s 61.34 mile gallop of a day. His second massive outburst of the race. It brought his total contribution to date for the team to 319.79 miles.

But it woulnd’t be a day in the life for this team without some 20+ mile power from Heather and Tom. Heather McComb racked up 20.31 miles, her 15th consecutive double-dime of the race. Tom Orr, who has discovered the fountain of youth, hit 20.71 miles for the day.

The Jeffs just crossed the Buchanan Swinging Bridge in Buchanan, Virginia. They are 430 miles from the finish and should arrive in NYC on Thursday.

Jeffrey Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 2nd
Day 15 Miles: 177.35 (1st)
Total Miles: 2,476.27
Miles From NYC: -430.73

Top 5 JPT Runners (Day 15)

  1. Karl Studtmann – 61.34
  2. Tom Orr – 20.71
  3. Heather McComb – 20.32
  4. Alfa Severino – 13.11
  5. John Leighton – 11.52

Charlie Taylor Team: A down-dip day for the Chucks, but a day closer to a Top-4 finish. Big Jeremy Reed with 24.17 miles and Steve Acciarito with 23.65 miles carried the team for the day.

Elva Matamoros dug deep to chip in 16.64 miles. Tiffani Glass hit double digits for the eighth straight day.

The Chucks are in Abingdon, Virginia with 575 miles to go. It looks like they will probably arrive to the finish on Friday.

Charlie Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 3rd
Day 15 Miles: 134.12 (3rd)
Total Miles: 2,331.10
Miles From NYC: -575.9

Top 5 CTT Runners (Day 15)

  1. Jeremy Reed – 24.17
  2. Steve Acciarito – 23.65
  3. Elva Matamoros – 16.64
  4. Joshua Holmes – 13.10
  5. Tiffani Glass – 10.83

Hope Shull Team:  The positive today for this team was Kit Brazier’s 20.56 mile day.

Other help came from Marylou Corino (15.3), Ben Herron (11.19), Sherry Meador (9.31), and Megan Chiu (7.02)

Based on today’s miles, The Hopes are on pace to get to NYC in eleven days (mid-May).

The team just passed the Benton-Decatur Sewer Plant, and Juleann Roberts is about to run across the Tennessee River into middle Tennessee.

Hope Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 4th
Day 15 Miles: 88.93 (4th)
Total Miles: 1,942.98
Miles From NYC: -964.02

Top 5 HST Runners (Day 15)

  1. Kit Brazier – 20.56
  2. Marylou Corino – 15.3
  3. Ben Herron – 11.19
  4. Sherry Meador – 9.31
  5. Megan Chiu – 7.02

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Shane Tucker (33.16 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Karl Studtmann (61.34 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Jeremy Reed (24.17 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team –  Kit Brazier (20.56 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 61.34
  2. Shane Tucker (SMT) – 33.16
  3. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 31.10
  4. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 24.17
  5. Steve Acciarito (CTT) – 23.65
  6. Tom Orr (JPT) – 20.71
  7. Kit Brazier (HST) – 20.56
  8. Heather McComb (JPT) – 20.32
  9. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 18.09
  10. Elva Matamoros (CTT) – 16.64

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 393.33
  2. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 319.79
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 317.69
  4. Tom Orr (JPT) – 314.73
  5. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 309.54
  6. David Nichols (SMT) – 293.63
  7. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 286.87
  8. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 283.10
  9. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 264.85
  10. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 258.04

Karl Studtmann is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performer of the Day. He racked up 61.34 miles for the day and now has 319.79 miles for the race.

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