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Race Across the USA Week 1 Mile Leaders

RIF’s Race Across the USA – Overall Miles of Every Runner – Week 1

The first week of Run It Fast’s – Race Across the USA had massive miles and contributions from all 60 runners that make up the four teams.

Eight of the top 10 most miles came from the Suzy Michelson Team and Jeffrey Price Team.

Sixteen runners had 100+ mile weeks, many for the very first time. Others recorded the most miles they ever have in a week as well.

Here is a complete list of the 4,440.61 miles put down over the past seven days in this fun and challenging event.

Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA
Overall Mileage
Name Team Week 1
1 Chris Clemens (SMT) 172.86
2 Karl Studtman (JPT) 153.87
3 Heather McComb (JPT) 148.08
4 Tom Orr (JPT) 141.7
5 Barry Reece (SMT) 140.4
6 David Nichols (SMT) 131.15
7 Seth Crowe (CTT) 131.1
8 Marylou Corino (HST) 125.6
9 Alex Barrientos (SMT) 120.78
10 Thomas Fowler (SMT) 120.02
11 Kimberly Atkins (SMT) 115.26
12 Joshua Holmes (CTT) 114.43
13 Jeremy Reed (CTT) 103.81
14 Melissa Price (JPT) 102.96
15 Kit Brazier (HST) 102.11
16 Randy Broadway (HST) 100.5
17 Alfa Severino (JPT) 93.09
18 Cathy Downes (HST) 92.14
19 Elva Matamoros (CTT) 90.53
20 Jen Metcalf (CTT) 86.97
21 Jamie JR Reynolds (SMT) 86.91
22 Leslie Studtmann (SMT) 83.86
23 Ben Herron (HST) 83.42
24 Karla Kent (JPT) 82.73
25 Tiffani Glass (CTT) 76.63
26 Shane Tucker (SMT) 76.62
27 John Leighton (JPT) 73.15
28 Steve Acciarito (CTT) 71.12
29 Darrell Richardson (JPT) 68.03
30 Lance Forest (JPT) 64.55
31 Lori Robinson (HST) 61.01
32 Eryn Tyner (SMT) 59.83
33 Aimee Shilling (CTT) 59.47
34 Greta Reed (CTT) 57.95
35 Anthony Ohrey (SMT) 57.15
36 Donna Jones Burns (JPT) 55.65
37 Sherry Meador (HST) 53.54
38 Houston Wolf (HST) 52.95
39 Megan Chiu (HST) 51.56
40 Robin Robbins (CTT) 50.32
41 Violeta Heisler (SMT) 50.27
42 Jemal Swoboda (CTT) 46.32
43 Kim Crowe (SMT) 44.18
44 Alicja Grace S Miles (JPT) 42.81
45 Jeff Lea (SMT) 42.34
46 Rachael Anderson (HST) 42.24
47 Eric Spencer (JPT) 42.18
48 Sofie Romero (JPT) 41.75
49 David Oglesby (JPT) 40.93
50 Scott Kufferath (HST) 38.83
51 Juleann Roberts (HST) 35.39
52 Renée Holcomb (CTT) 33.92
53 Sharon Carver (CTT) 30.8
54 Trent Rosenbloom (SMT) 30.5
55 Marj Mitchell (CTT) 30.34
56 Aaron Braunstein (JPT) 30.0
57 Jill Williams (CTT) 28.96
58 Jimmy Girten (HST) 26.7
59 Josh Tyner (HST) 24.19
60 Chuck Roberts (HST) 24.15
Total Miles  4,440.61
Average Per Runner  74.01

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 1,332.13 miles (192.85/day, 45.8% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 1,181.48  miles (165.09 mi/day, 40.6% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 1,012.67 miles (142.61 mi/day, 34.8% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 914.33 miles (122.6 mi/day, 31.5% completed)

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Ben Herron Race Across the USA Peak Performer

Day 7: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Ben Hur-on

Run It Fast’s ‘Race Across the USA‘ has moved into it’s seventh day. No one on any of these teams rested though, even after yesterday’s record setting day by all four teams.

The weekend was won by the Jeffrey Price Team. For the second day in a row they made up ground on the first place Suzy Michelson Team. The Jeffs compiled 461.61 miles over the two days with 190.95 coming today after their race high of 270.66 miles on Saturday. With this strong push they’ve gained 24 miles on The Suzys.

The Suzy’s still hold a comfortable overall lead of 150.65 miles. However, after smashing the first five days with the most daily miles every day, they’ve been beaten the last two days, and today two teams finished with more miles than they did. The resurgent Hope Shull Team tallied 178.74 miles today just edging the Suzys. The Suzys ended up with 175.03.

The Charlie Taylor Team had what they thought was a strong day, with 157.03, until they heard what the other three teams recorded for the day. They had the fourth most miles for the day, but they remain a strong hold of third place over the fourth place team.

Day 7 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 175.03 miles (11.67 mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 190.95 miles (12.73 mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 157.03 miles (10.47 mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 178.74 miles (11.92 mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 1,332.13 miles (192.85/day, 45.8% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 1,181.48  miles (165.09 mi/day, 40.6% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 1,012.67 miles (142.61 mi/day, 34.8% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 914.33 miles (122.6 mi/day, 31.5% completed)

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

The four teams currently are split into three states. The Suzy Michelson Team, currently in 1st place, is already in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Jeffrey Price Team is in Shamrock, Texas and getting very close to the ‘Sooner State.’ Our third and fourth place teams, the Charlie Taylor Team and the Hope Shull Team, are still in New Mexico with the Chucks practically nestled up on the barbed wire of the Texas border.

Suzy Michelson Team: Any true criticism of this team would be nitpicking. They dominated this week with 1,332.13 miles over seven days. They have a 150 mile lead, and they have heavy hitters that would make the 1932 New York Yankees envious.

Today they had the third most miles with 175.03 but were just 15 miles off the top team of the day. They were led once again by the ‘Tullahoma Tornado’ Chris Clemens with 24.1 miles. He’s had a remarkable 172.86 miles since the start of the race a week ago, the most of any runner on any team. His main support today came from JR Reynolds with 20.41 miles, his third 20 mile day of the week.

Other strong efforts for the race leaders today came from Barry Reece (17.01 mi), Leslie Studtmann (15.25), and Kimberly Atkins (15.14).

Violeta Heisler, who has been burning the candle at both ends while working herself back into shape from an injury, rocked out with 29.09 miles for the weekend. So many stories like Violeta’s have uplifted and inspired so many people this week.

Suzy Team Data at a Glance
Place: 1st
Day 7 Miles: 175.03 (3rd)
Total Miles: 1,332.13
Top 5 SMT Runners (Day 7)

  1. Chris Clemens – 24.1
  2. JR Reynolds – 20.41
  3. Barry Reece – 17.01
  4. Leslie Studtmann – 15.25
  5. Kimberly Atkins – 15.14

Jeffrey Price Team: The Jeffs shoot 20-mile bombs out of a cannon day in and day out. Heather McComb finished her week of 20+’s with 21.04 miles. She had an astounding 148.08 miles this week. She has set the early tone, day in and day out. Tom ‘Stairway’ Orr took a step down today, but he still knocked out 20.37 miles. He finished the week with 141.7 miles, the biggest mileage week of his life. Heather and Tom have provided a consistent base every day that the team built on this weekend that led this team to the most miles of the weekend.

Karl Studtmann had a cool 20.53 miles after his 57.2 megatron bomb yesterday that reset the narrative of the race between the Jeffs and Suzys. Alfa Severino also contributed 20.01 miles.

Team captain Melissa Price finished the week with 15.01 miles topping off with the week with 102.96 miles. A epic week from this entire team, top to bottom. Can they keep it up and catch the leaders? Week two will tell a lot.

Jeffrey Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 2nd
Day 7 Miles: 190.95 (1st)
Total Miles: 1,181.48
Miles Back: -150.65
Top 5 JPT Runners (Day 7)

  1. Heather McComb – 21.04
  2. Karl Studtmann – 20.53
  3. Tom Orr – 20.37
  4. Alfa Severino – 20.01
  5. Alicja Miles – 16.30

Charlie Taylor Team: Today the CTT team got a major performance from Elva Matamoros with 32.02 miles. Those big miles gave her 90.53 miles for the week. Her miles were a major boost to the Chucks today after many members of this team were sore and hobbled today. The team also got help from Seth Crowe  with 29.25 miles. Seth’s 131.1 miles easily made him the team’s MVP of the Week. Team captain Joshua Holmes rounded out his week with 21.7 miles.

The Chucks once again had everyone contribute and finished the week a perfect 105 for 105.

Charlie Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 3rd
Day 7 Miles: 157.03 (4th)
Total Miles: 1,012.67
Miles Back: -319.46
Top 5 CTT Runners (Day 7)

  1. Elva Matamoros – 32.02
  2. Seth Crowe – 29.25
  3. Joshua Holmes – 21.70
  4. Steve Acciarito – 13.13
  5. Aimee Shilling – 12.04

Hope Shull Team: Ultra veteran Ben Herron led a multi-faceted attack today for Hope’s team. He rolled off 32.42 miles, by far his most miles of the race to this point. He was joined by team captain Marylou Corino who nailed 25.0 miles, her third 25+ mile performance of the week. More help came from Cathy Downes with 20.16 miles which gave her an impressive 51.51 miles for the weekend. Arizona native Lori Robinson was also superb today with 20.22 miles making a strong two day contribution of 38.36 miles. Sherry Meador’s 15.08 miles topped off a nice weekend for her, and Jimmy Girten ran 10.07 miles today. His longest run since the inception of the iPhone.

The Hopes had 380.06 miles over the two day weekend. They have a lot of momentum going into the new week as they try to chase down the Charlie Taylor Team that is in front of them.

Hope Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 4th
Day 7 Miles: 178.74 (2nd)
Total Miles: 914.33
Miles Back: -417.8
Top 5 HST Runners (Day 7)

  1. Ben Herron – 32.42
  2. Marylou Corino – 25.00
  3. Lori Robinson – 20.22
  4. Cathy Downes – 20.16
  5. Sherry Meador – 15.08

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Chris Clemens (24.10 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Heather McComb (21.04 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Elva Matamoros (32.02 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team – Ben Herron (32.42 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Ben Herron (HST) – 32.42
  2. Elva Matamoros – (CTT) – 32.02
  3. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 29.25
  4. Marylou Corino (HST) – 25.00
  5. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 24.1
  6. Joshua Holmes (CTT) – 21.7
  7. Heather McComb (JPT) – 21.04
  8. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 20.53
  9. JR Reynolds (SMT) – 20.41
  10. Tom Orr (JPT) – 20.37

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 172.86
  2. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 153.87
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 148.08
  4. Tom Orr (JPT) – 141.70
  5. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 140.40
  6. David Nichols (SMT) – 131.15
  7. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 131.10
  8. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 125.60
  9. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 120.78
  10. Thomas Fowler (SMT) – 120.02

Ben Herron (HST) is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performer of the Day with his 32.42 miles.

Honorable Mention: Elva Matamoros (CTT) with 32.02 miles.

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Chris Clemens RIF Race Across the USA Day 6

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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Tornados Food

Day 5: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Stairway to Heaven

Run It Fast’sRace Across the USA‘ has brought together strangers, friends, frenemies, and down-right enemies that are on four diverse teams working hard together, and for each other, to try to advance their team across the country towards the finish line in New York City.

Today was a workman/woman day on the road that was a bit boring from a spectator’s viewpoint looking at the race in a one day prism. But this race isn’t a one day event, and several performances today concluded amazing 5-Day workweek totals.

Suzy Michelson Team: The Suzy’s don’t have bad days. They have days where they inhale and other days when they exhale. Today was an inhale day for the team that included their usual impressive output from it’s very deep roster. They dipped slightly from yesterday’s record output but still easily had more miles than any other team. They finished the day with 164.93 miles. They had contributions from everyone on Day 5 and were led by Barry Reece (23.15 mi), Chris Clemens (20.73), JR Reynolds (20.06), and Kimberly Atkins (20.0). Other notable performances came from Thomas Fowler (16.01) and Alex Barrientos (13.11).

The Suzy’s put even more distance between them and the rest of the field. They are 2/3rd’s of the way through New Mexico which is amazing considering two of the four teams are still back in Arizona. They called in their miles for the day from Santa Rosa, New Mexico (population 2,848).

The Suzy’s (applying proper social distancing procedures) met with the Santa Rosa High School lawn mower racing club, one of the very first in the USA. They traded racing stories while eating pizza and drinking some awful electrolyte mix Captain Tucker has been making the team drink every night.

Our lawyers say we aren’t at liberty to discuss the special ointment Tucker has his team applying liberally to their legs every night and before they run the next day.

Suzy Team Data at a Glance
Place: 1st
Day 5 Miles: 164.93
Total Miles: 894.71
Top 3 SMT Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Chris Clemens – 112.24
  2. Barry Reece – 103.35
  3. Thomas Fowler – 86.27

Jeffrey Price Team: It was the fourth consecutive day output dropped for the JP’s, but they still were able to put distance on the two teams behind them. The three most developing story-lines with this team are as follows. One, Heather ‘Double Dime’ McComb shows up and knocks out 20’s daily, every day. Friday was no different as she uncorked a 21.03 mile performance. It knocked her over the century mark for the workweek. Secondly, team captain Melissa Price has been running miles at such an escalating rate that the national debt is envious. She had her strongest day of the race with 16.47 miles (and has a total of 62.06 for the race). Jeffrey is for sure shining down on Melissa and how she is inspiring her entire team.

“And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
And she’s buying a stairway to Heaven”

And lastly, Tom ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Orr did it yet again on Friday. Increasing his daily miles for the fifth consecutive day. He put down 22.21 miles on Friday, ending with 98.12 miles for the week. His progression this week is as follows: 16.09, 18.39, 20.29, 21.14, and 22.21.

Jeffrey Team Data at a Glance
Place: 2nd
Day 5 Miles: 126.9
Total Miles: 719.87
Miles Back: -174.84
Top 3 JPT Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Heather McComb – 106.4
  2. Tom Orr – 98.12
  3. Karl Studtmann – 76.14

Tom Orr is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performer of the Day.

Charlie Taylor Team: This gang woke up fresh, dressed, like a million bucks, threw on white socks, with their all blue chucks, stepped out the RV with no other team in sight. So, Steve Acciarito took their first asphalt bite, while the rest of the team dilly and dallied, and Ms. Marj met this exotic tea dealer, Sally, in the ally, while Greta Reed continued the team’s rally that started back in Cali.

The Chucks all showed up again, finishing the week a perfect 75 for 75 with team participation for the first 5 days of the race.

While their miles were slow to accumulate in the AM, a late day, hot baton passed back and forth that led to a respectful 110.04 miles for the day. They were led by Joshua Holmes (20.20 mi), Jeremy Reed (19.13 mi), and Elva Matamoros (16.03 mi). The Chucks are currently straddling the Arizona-New Mexico border and beyond socially distanced from the 2nd and 4th place teams.

Charlie Team Data at a Glance
Place: 3rd
Day 5 Miles: 110.04
Total Miles: 640.0
Miles Back: -254.71
Top 3 CTT Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Seth Crowe – 80.83
  2. Joshua Holmes – 78.69
  3. Jeremy Reed – 78.13

Hope Shull Team: The snooze crew, after two strong days, relapsed into Napageddon with just 52.07 miles for Day 5. They were led by team captain, Marylou Corino, with 13.1 miles. Sherry Meador followed Lou with 11.11 miles. Five runners didn’t lace up today for the HST. Load management was listed as the reason in the captain’s report. We are expecting a big weekend from this team, though. They are the most rested and well fed team in the race.

The Hopes were last seen at the Love’s Travel Stop in Joseph City, Arizona where Juleann Roberts was sipping a slushie and Houston Wolf was seen bagging four Tornados.

Hope Team Data at a Glance
Place: 4th
Day 5 Miles: 52.07
Total Miles: 534.27
Miles Back: -338.64
Calories Consumed: 783,193
Top 3 HST Runners (Entire Race)

  1. Marylou Corino – 90.6
  2. Kit Brazier – 85.48
  3. Randy Broadway – 60.5

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

Day 5 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 164.93 miles (11.0 mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 126.9 miles (8.46 mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 110.04 miles (7.34 mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 73.87 miles (3.47 mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings (thru Day 5)

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 894.71 miles (180.95/day, 30.8% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 719.87  miles (143.97 mi/day, 24.8% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 640.00 miles (128.00 mi/day, 22.0% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 556.07 miles (111.21 mi/day, 18.4% completed)

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Barry Reece (23.15 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Tom Orr (22.21 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Joshua Holmes (20.20 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team – Marylou Corino (13.10 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Barry Reece (SMT) – 23.15
  2. Tom Orr (JPT) – 22.21
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 21.03
  4. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 20.73
  5. Joshua Holmes (CTT) – 20.20
  6. JR Reynolds (SMT) – 20.06
  7. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 20.00
  8. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 19.13
  9. Melissa Price (JPT) – 16.47
  10. Elva Matamoros (CTT) – 16.03

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 112.24
  2. Heather McComb (JPT) – 106.4
  3. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 103.35
  4. Tom Orr (JPT) – 98.12
  5. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 90.6
  6. Thomas Fowler  (SMT) – 86.27
  7. Kit Brazier (HST) – 85.48
  8. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 85.1
  9. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 82.78
  10. David Nichols (SMT) – 81.08

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David Nichols RIF Race Across the USA Day 4 – Hotel

Day 4: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – 5 Nichols & 1 Penny

Day 4 of the Run It FastRace Across the USA‘ is in the books, and we are running out of adjectives to describe these endorphin crazed road warriors.  The four teams combined for a total of 605.93 miles on Thursday, the most of any of the four days of the race. Many thought coming into today that these teams, with tired legs and life on the road setting in, would have fewer miles today. That just simply wasn’t the case. More on that below.

The front of the race to this point has been dominated by the Suzy Michelson Team and today they showed out like a 21-year old woman on Tik Tok. It would be unfair to call them a broken record, because they are knocking out hit, after hit, after hit every day on the road. The Suzy’s just missed a 200-mile day coming in at 195.77 miles. This is the most single day miles, by a team, so far in the race. The team was fueled today by…everyone.

The Suzy’s were led by David ‘5’ Nichols ‘and a penny’ today who romped to 26.32 miles (and a relaxing dip in the pool). The 20-somethings didn’t stop there as motivational speaker Chris Clemens put down 25.19 miles before retiring for the night in a van down by the river. Other 20’s from the SMT were put down by Eryn Tyner (20.03) and JR Reynolds (20.11).

The Suzy’s galloped into New Mexico and are stationed currently in the town of Grants. They have completed 25.1% of the race with 729.78 miles. They sit comfortably ahead of the field with a 136-mile lead.

David Nichols is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performance of the Day.

The other three teams were very comparable today in the amount of miles they put down.

The Hope Shull Team, building on yesterday’s strong push, had another strong day with 129.48 miles. They have now put down strong back-to-back days that has lifted team morale. They simply refuse to roll over with the rest of the roadkill on the route. Today they were lead by Captain Marylou. She followed up yesterday’s 30-piece with 25 more miles today. She has turned it up the past two days. Again, she was joined by Kit Brazier for big miles today. Kit laid down 21.6 miles and has 79.49 miles over the last four days. Ben Herron, Cathy Downes, and Randy Broadway each went over double digit miles, as well.

HST is currently at 482.2 miles. They currently are at a Wal-Mart in Flagstaff, Arizona looking for muscle rub for Kufferath, peach pies, and sweet tea (3 teammates used the electric wheelchairs – no names were given).

The Jeffrey Price Team continues to be solid and strong. They are such a fierce and strong group just like their namesake was to so many. They lost some ground to The Suzys today, but they are in a good spot where they will be able to take advantage of any misfortune that might occur on the road ahead of them. Aaron Braunstein, left for dead on the injured list back in California, had a Lazarus awakening today coming back for 3 miles. He hobbled out of the van, Willis Reed style, then hobbled back up in the RV. ‘Mr. Climbing the Stairway to Heaven’ Tom Orr did it once again today with a remarkable 21.14 miles. His daily mile progression from the start has been 16.09, 18.39, 20.29, and 21.14 today (75.79 total). Alfa Severino stepped it up a notch with 19.07 miles for JPT.

But the MVP of the race so far for JPT has been Heather ‘Double Dime’ McComb. She knocked out her fourth consecutive day of 20+ miles with 20.13 today giving her a team leading 85.37 miles. That total is also the second most by an individual in the entire race.

JPT is currently at 592.97 miles and in 2nd place overall. On the tracking map it looks like they are in the middle of a Petrified Forest National Park in New Mexico. Many of their legs are likely feeling the same.

The Charlie Taylor Team (which we are petitioning to change to the Charlie Taylor Band) did their thing today. They increased their output over yesterday by 25 miles clipping off 137.06 miles before check-in tonight. Every single runner on the team contributed for the fourth day in a row (60-60).

They were led by Seth Crowe (22.06 mi), Tiffani Glass (20.01mi), and Joshua Holmes (18.29 mi). Crowe has been the high scorer for the team so far with 70.43 miles over the four days. Tiffani, stated that she wanted to get 10 today, but that she felt so good, with the warm sun at her back, that she just kept on running for a total of 20 miles. Jen Metcalf and Jeremy Reed also reached into double figures once again.

Steve Acciarito is currently listed on the injury report with pain on the top of his foot. He is listed as day-to-day.

CTT has completed 18.2% of the race with 529.96 miles. They sit in third place, a handful of miles just west of Winslow, Arizona.

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

Day 4 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 195.77 miles (13.05mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 143.62 miles (9.57mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 137.06 miles (9.14mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 129.48 miles (8.63mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings (thru Day 4)

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 729.78 miles (182.45/day, 25.1% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 592.97  miles (148.24 mi/day, 20.4% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 529.96 miles (132.49 mi/day, 18.2% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 482.20 miles (120.55 mi/day, 16.6% completed)


Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – David Nichols (26.32 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Tom Orr (21.14 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Seth Crowe (22.06 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team – Marylou Corino (25.00 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. David Nichols (SMT) – 26.32
  2. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 25.19
  3. Marylou Corino (HST) – 25.00
  4. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 22.06
  5. Kit Brazier (HST) – 21.6
  6. Tom Orr (JPT) – 21.14
  7. Heather McComb (JPT) – 20.13
  8. JR Reynolds (SMT) – 20.11
  9. Eryn Tyner (SMT) – 20.03
  10. Tiffani Glass (CTT) – 20.01

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 91.51
  2. Heather McComb (JPT) – 85.37
  3. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 80.2
  4. Kit Brazier (HST) – 79.49
  5. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 77.5
  6. Tom Orr (JPT) – 75.91
  7. David Nichols (SMT) – 74.65
  8. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 70.96
  9. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 70.43
  10. Thomas Fowler  (SMT) – 70.26

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Day 2: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Showdown in the Desert

The Run It FastRace Across the USA‘ relay continued to move eastward on Day 2 with the Suzy Michelson Team starting the day with a comfortable lead over the Jeffrey Price Team. But is that how the day ended? Who made it to Arizona and who didn’t? Who was the star performer of the day? All those answers await you below!

Day 2 saw 56 of the 60 runners put down a total of 596.0 miles. Amazingly that is 30 miles more than these four teams aggressively, on fresh legs, put down yesterday on Day 1. Every runner on the Charlie Taylor Team and Suzy Michelson Team once again put down miles today maintaining ‘perfect attendance’ of their team members over the first 48 hours of the race.

The Charlie Taylor Team’s Seth Crowe left the Crowe’s Nest late, last night for a run, only to return home, and leave it for four more runs today. Amidst cold temps and rain, Seth kept Crowe, Crowe, Crowe’ing his leggy-boat aggressively down the street. A throw-back Flintstonian who easily averaged more miles with his legs today than his beat-up Chevy pickup can garner coasting downhill with a full load.

A man on a mission with five runs of of 10.07, 10.31, 12.0, 3.0, and 2.01 for a total of 37.39 miles. Seth is the Race Across the USA Performance of the Day.

Kimberly Atkins impressed her team (SMT) and competition by walking 26.22 miles today in the brrr, brrr, bodiddley, frigid cold. An impressive feat for sure.

While Georgia native Heather McComb (JPT) knocked our her second consecutive 20+ mile day with 24.12 miles for a total of 44.14 miles over the first 2 days. Barry Reece (SMT) did the same as well with 22.0 miles (49.02/2 day total).

Other big mile stars from Day 2 included Chris Clemens (SMT) 25.55 mi, Randy Broadway (HST) 21.0 mi, and 8x Badwater 135 veteran, Karla Kent (JPT) 22.58 mi.

Day 2 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 184.84 miles (12.32mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 162.9 miles (10.86mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 153.47 miles (10.23mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 94.79 miles (6.32mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings (thru Day 2)

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 373.81 miles (186.91mi/day, 12.8% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 305.19 miles (152.60mi/day, 10.5% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 280.4 miles (140.20mi/day, 9.7% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 202.84 miles (101.42mi/day, 7.0% completed)

The Suzy Michelson Team kept unleashing big run after big run and made it to Needles, AZ before midday. They kept the pedal down with three team members going for 20+ miles and a total of seven in double digits. They gathered 184.84 miles on Day 2, almost matching their impressive Day 1 total of 188.97. The Suzy’s have now set their sight on making it to Flagstaff, AZ tomorrow. If the lactic acid in their legs and the high altitude getting to Flagstaff doesn’t slow them tomorrow then nothing might.

A member of another team was peddling a rumor around that Chris Clemens was trying to talk his team into a ‘quick’ detour north of Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon for a quick R2R2R out and back. Whether true or fake news, SMT captain Shane Tucker will use his school room laser focus and discipline to keep his team on track.

The Jeffrey Price Team was one of two teams to put down more miles on Day 2. JPT ended the day with 162.9 miles, which topped their Day 1 total by over 20 miles. They kept thinking they could see the SMT far in the distance, and it kept them a churning. However, that dry arid air, and desert landscape was likely creating a mirage that didn’t match reality, because they finished the day in a strong second place with 305.19 miles but a big 68.62 mile gulp behind the SMT.  They did increase their lead over the third place team by +9 miles.

Team Note: Aaron Braunstein has been placed on the Disabled List with a calf issue. His status is Day-to-Day.

The Charlie Taylor Team spent most of the day with bedazzled eyes after Seth Crowe put down his 5-run performance of 37.39 miles. But later in the afternoon, the team kicked into gear as every member once again put down miles including strong double digits from Steve Acciarito, Tiffani Glass, Jeremy Reed, Elva Matamoros, and Joshua Holmes. The team’s strength so far has been it’s consistency and snacks. Steve has taken it upon himself after his morning runs to make sure everyone’s nutrition is on point. He has dubbed himself the ‘Snack Coach.’ Say what you will but multiple cups of chocolate pudding has kept this team from boinking and also from putting down more miles than they need to this early. Luckily the team RV is always nearby as the desert is barren and mostly treeless during this stage of the race. They finished the day with 153.47 miles, a +26 mile jump over yesterday. This gives them a total of 280.4 miles solidly ahead of the HST and still within reach of the JPT.

That leaves the Hope Shull Team. Let’s just say the Cracker Barrel hangover is not a myth. The HST was sluggish from the start today. Some pundits worried HST would come out too aggressive today trying to chase down the other teams to try to erase the early deficit they amassed yesterday. By 10am, no one had that worry any more. By noon, team captain Marylou Corino said something that we can’t repeat here. But she theorized that if they stopped for lunch at the Cracker Barrel, in Needles, Arizona, that it would somehow reverse the curse, hangover, or whatever. She was probably just hungry. The team did bond over lunch, soothed some egos, and put down respectable miles in the afternoon. This included double digits from Ben Herron, Rachael Anderson, Randy Broadway, and Marylou. They only ran with 12 runners today and that for sure played a factor. They finished the day with 94.79 miles and are a good bit back of the pack, but there is thousands of miles of race to go. Their stated goal is to make it to Kingman, AZ tomorrow night.

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Kimberly Atkins (26.22 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Heather McComb (24.12 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Seth Crowe (37.39 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team – Randy Broadway (21.0 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Seth Crowe (CMT) – 37.39
  2. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 26.22
  3. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 25.55
  4. Heather McComb (JPT) – 24.12
  5. Karla Kent (JPT) – 22.58
  6. Barry Reece (SMT) – 22.00
  7. Randy Broadway (HST) – 21.0
  8. Tom Orr (JPT) – 18.39
  9. David Nichols (SMT) – 17.75
  10. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 16.35

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 49.2
  2. Thomas Fowler  (SMT) – 46.2
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 44.14
  4. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 40.55
  5. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 39.46
  6. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 36.62
  7. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 36.31
  8. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 36.25
  9. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 35.33
  10. Randy Broadway (HST) – 35.0

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Screenshot Quarntine Backyard Ultra Radek and Laz

Michael Wardian Wins Controversial Quarantine Backyard Ultra

American ultra-legend Michael Wardian has been declared the winner of the Quarantine Backyard Ultra after finishing the 63rd lap of 4.1667 miles by himself for a total of 262.52 miles. One more official lap than the Czech Republic’s Radek Brunner.

The event was hosted online by Canadian coaching group, Personal Peak. The Quarantine Backyard Ultra had about 2,500 starters from all over the globe.

The concept of the race is that runners have 60 minutes to finish running 4.1667 miles. With the world on lockdown, this virtual event allowed runners to do it from the comfort of their own home on a treadmill or doing it outside. They were asked to verify their results on Strava and/or on Zoom that connected all the runners participating in the race. The event was comprised almost evenly of some runners on treadmills in their homes, others running outside in their neighborhoods, along with one Russian man running laps around his living room, and another man in Canada running laps around an empty coffee shop in his socks.

The original race format was created by ultra race mastermind Lazarus Lake in 2012. His Big’s Backyard Ultra has become a hot destination in Bell Buckle, Tennessee where the best runners from around the world descend every October to see how long they can go before they time out or quit.

The final four was comprised of two Americans and two Europeans. Wardian and Brunner had been battling it out for round after round after American Greg Armstrong bowed out after his 43rd lap (179.17 miles), and Sweden’s Anna Carlsson quit after 46 laps (187 miles). Anna was the last female in the field and an inspiration to many as she ran her laps on the snow and ice in extremely frigid temps.

The finale of the event was not without controversy though. Radek and Wardian both finished the 62nd lap (258.4 miles). Moments before the round 63 bell was to ring, Radek climbed back onto his stationary treadmill and finished his drink, as could be seen on the live feed. As the bell rang to start round 63, he handed the discarded cup to his wife, who then exited the frame. She returned a few seconds later to deliver an iPad. Under normal Backyard rules any aid after a round started would be considered a DQ. However, the Personal Peak rules for the event clearly stated that this was not a rule for this event.

Click HERE to Watch the Zoom Feed as It Unfolded Live (Fast Fwd to the 4 hour 54 min mark)

Radek stood on his treadmill for a minute in place, and then almost two minutes as he positioned his book/papers and his iPad. He was in no rush and going through his usual routine. He seemed very alert and mentally ready to go. The Personal Peak RD, Travis, along with Laz, on the Zoom feed tried to tell Radek that he needed to get going. During this time, he stood on the treadmill oblivious to their comments as he couldn’t hear them. I’m not sure if his Zoom feed was on mute on his end, muted by Peak Performance, or if there was a delay in the internet/Zoom connection over to Czech Republic at his home.

Finally, after about 104 seconds into the 60 minute countdown clock, Laz could be heard on the Zoom feed saying, “It’s over,” and walked away at literally the very moment Radek’s treadmill started moving with him running at

58:15 remaining on the clock. Personal Peak ruled that Radek had not started the loop promptly enough and he was DQ’d out of the race although he kept running (at least until 20 min left on the clock when the feed went dead again)

As stated on the Personal Peak website: “you must be back on your treadmill when the bell rings to start the next lap.” Radek was clearly on the treadmill.

Elsewhere on the site it states: “Participants must be in their starting corral at the bell, and must leave immediately to start their loop.”

Did Radek know the the bell had rang and the clock started? He clearly couldn’t hear on his end what was going on or what the RD was trying to tell him. He for sure had not quit the race. He was on his treadmill going through his routine to start round 63 and running by 58:15 on the PP countdown clock that was displayed.

Is there a vast looseness of the rules from an official Backyard Ultra to this Virtual event? Yes, of course. Many runners, even finalists couldn’t even be seen to see if they started some of their loops or not. Radek had his entire show live for the world to see the entire time.

Radek, per the Zoom feed started with 58:15 remaining in the 63rd round and kept running until the feed went out with about 20 minutes left on the clock. He never timed out on any of the loops, and he never quit. In the spirit of the Virtual Challenge’s popular appeal, and it’s loosely interpreted rules (until round 63), he should have been allowed to continue in our opinion.

Did Laz’s words at the time carry weight with the Personal Peak RD and his decision? That’s very possible for sure. Laz is the Backyard godfather.

It was Personal Peak’s event, and ultimately their call for sure. They confirmed this as well in a tweet:

Were the RD’s tired, exhausted, and infuriated with the YouTube and technical issues? Without a doubt, any RD would be, much less one manning multiple days. thousands of runners from all over the globe while trying to wrestle all the technology and headaches that came with it.

Laz upon after a few minutes reflection on how it ended posted on his Facebook page the following about how it unfolded:

“maybe i am the only person who is glad not to be in charge.
not this time.
people tend to see the world in black and white,
and with the screen of not having to make decisions when things go grey
deal in absolutes.

being here in quarantine in the house on the hill,
and handcuffed by a near total absence of technological skill,
i dont know how many people saw the events that unfolded at the start of hour 63.
but here is what i saw….

with the caveat that i had finally gotten to sleep for a couple of hours…..
i did not realize it at the time,
thinking i had just taken a nap between the start of hour 61 and the start of 62
i actually slept thru hour 62 and it was time for 63.
i got to the computer during the countdown.

as the final minute counted down i just saw radek’s treadmill standing alone.
it got under 30 seconds and still no radek.
i thought he must have quit.

then with just seconds left here is radek.
he gets on his treadmill and is just standing there.
i am yelling at him,
which is useless because he cant hear me.
by a minute after the start i think he is done..
almost 2 minutes in, he starts running.

the race management disqualified him.

maybe in the world of people who are absolutely certain they know the right answer i am the only one
who is glad to not be in charge today.

mike did his 63rd hour,
and now he is the winner.
radek was left with the taste of ashes.”

It should be noted how immensely popular this ultra baby Laz birthed in 2012 has become all over the world even before this Quarantine Backyard Ultra. There are now Backyard Ultras all over the world that serve as qualifying events where the winner often wins a coveted golden ticket to Big’s Backyard Ultra.

I have hosted last runner standing events for eight years, including the longest, continuous running one in the world, the Trail of Fears, since 2012, along with The Cannonball, both in Tennessee. I know the Backyard rules, and the spirit of the rules fairly well at this point. I know and have had to interpret some of these gray area issues before, and I usually decide them with one simple question, “Was there an unfair advantage gained?”

I don’t believe an advantage was gained here, and believe this fell well into the gray area that Laz mentions in his Facebook comments above.  If between a rock and a hard spot, or delving in between the black and white, deep within the grays, the tie should go to the runner…quite literally.

This would for sure have been a tough decision for a Race Director at a real, in-person event where all the variants were more equal and both were on the same course and starting in the same corral. But with the setup of this Quarantine Backyard Ultra for a fun escape from what’s happening in the world, and the massive large following it had going for days, I would have erred on the side of letting it continue on and play out. I don’t envy the decision Personal Peak had to make. I have no doubt it was a tough one.

It would have been fun to see Radek and Michael duke it out until one quit or timed out. Without a doubt it was disappointing that the event ended on a technicality of a loosely interpreted rule in the event (up until that point). But that doesn’t take away from an amazing 63 hours that enthralled the endurance community in a time when we have no other sports to watch or entertain us.

Mike and Radek both put down two epic performances when considering not just the total distance, but the varying difficulties each were facing. Radek on a treadmill in his home in the Czech Republic for the duration of his run, and Wardian out in the conditions near his home in Virginia which were very wet and cold at times.

Mike messaged me after the race and simply stated, “That was incredible. Would have loved to keep pushing each other. What a champion,” referring to Radek.

All of late drama aside, Personal Peak did an amazing job putting together this widely popular Quarantine Backyard Ultra. It was extremely professionally done. They put this together very quickly with nearly 2,500 runners from all over the world. The dynamics of that many runners and trying to connect them all with technology, on many levels with the social component of the live Zoom feeds broadcast to YouTube was simply amazing. The hourly Twitter updates were almost on the hour and made the race easy to track. Personal Peak managed the issues that arose as well as anyone could, and they always had a backup or end around to keep the live video feed and updates for the masses to watch on YouTube and then Facebook after they were booted off YouTube.

Congrats to Mike on the win, Radek on an amazing performance, all the finalists, and everyone who participated over the course of three days. A big thank you to Personal Peak on an amazing production that entertained so many of us when we all needed this fun distraction to follow and root for our favorite runners.


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Day 6 – Vol State 500K – Run It Fast Members Update (2018)

Many finishers have reached The Rock of The Last Annual Vol State 500K over the last 24 hours including Run It Fast’s own Cathy ‘Happy Pace’ Downes. Cathy finished in a time of 5 days 21 hours 28 minutes 59 seconds.

Other finishers over the past 24 hours include Rich Flint, Douglas Long, J.T. Hardy, Tim Purol, Kimberly Durst, Rob Greer, Carl Kidwell, Bo Millwood, and James Fleming.

On a sad note two Vol State 500K legends bowed out of the race during this same time, RIF’s Juli Aistars at mile 223 and John Price at The Bench of Despair 184.

Overall Vol State 500K Top Finishers – tracker
1. Grant Maughan – 3:22:02:59 – 314 Miles – KING OF THE ROAD
2. Rhoda Smoker – 4:12:05:35 – 314 Miles – First Female to The Rock (3rd fastest female time ever)
3. Andrea Kooiman – 4:14:40:59 – 314 Miles (2nd Female, 4th fastest female time ever)
4. Brian Trinkle – 4:19:59:23 – 314 Miles
5. Alan Abbs – 4:19:59:40 – 314 Miles
6. Regina Sooey – 4:20:27:54 – 314 Miles (3rd female)
7. Rich Flint – 5:00:19:35 – 314 Miles
8. Douglas Long – 5:01:17:13 – 314 Miles
9. J.T. Hardy – 5:01:19:13 – 314 Miles
10. Tim Purol – 5:11:45:45 – 314 Miles
11. Kimberly Durst – 5:19:06:50 – 314 Miles (4th female)
12. Rob Greer – 5:20:41:40
13. Carl Kidwell – 5:21:28:14
14. Cathy Downes – 5:21:28:59 (5th female)
15. Bo Millwood – 5:21:43:43
16. James Fleming – 6:00:34:51

Here is where all our Run It Fast Members stood as of the 144 Hour Check-In.  Congrats again to Cathy.

144 Hour Run It Fast @ LAVS Check-In
Andrea Casella Kooiman – 4:14:40:59
Cathy Downes – 5:21:28:59
Lisa Van Wolde – 294
Steven Smith – 294
Seth Crowe – 286
Chris Clemens – 274
Cary Long – 260
Sherry Meador – 249
Sal Bill Coll – 249
David Nichols – 244
Kendra Fields Schoffstall – 229
David Oglesby – 224
Beth Ann Russell Hosick – 206
Sharon Carver – 204

21 Run It Fast members started, 14 remain. Best of luck as you continue to pursue The Rock.

Day 5 – Vol State 500K – Run It Fast Members Update (2018)
Day 4 – Vol State 500K – Run It Fast Members Update (2018)
Day 3 – Vol State 500K – Run It Fast Members Update (2018)
Day 2 – Vol State 500K – Run It Fast Members Update (2018)
Day 1 – Vol State 500K – Run It Fast Members Update (2018)

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2018 Last Annual Vol State 500K Results

2018 Last Annual Vol State 500K Results

On July 16, 2018, Grant Maughan was crowned the new King of the Road after winning The Last Annual Vol State 500K with a time of 3 days 22 hours 2 minutes 59 seconds. His finish was the 6th fastest all-time in race history.

First female to The Rock was Rhoda Smoker with a  time of 4 days 12 hours 5 minutes 35 seconds. Her time was the 3rd fastest time ever by a female. Andrea Kooiman was second female to The Rock in 4 days 14 hours 40 seconds 59 seconds which was the 4th fastest female time of all-time. Third female was Regina Sooey in 4 days 20 hours 27 minutes 54 seconds.

Brian Trinkle was 2nd male to The Rock in 4 days 19 hours 59 seconds 23 seconds. Vol State veteran Alan Abbs took 3rd male in 4 days 19 hours 59 seconds 40 seconds, just 17 seconds behind Brian. Both Brian and Alan ran uncrewed.

Overall Top Finishers – tracker
1. Grant Maughan – 3:22:02:59 – 314 Miles – KING OF THE ROAD
2. Rhoda Smoker – 4:12:05:35 – 314 Miles – First Female to The Rock (3rd fastest female time ever)
3. Andrea Kooiman – 4:14:40:59 – 314 Miles (2nd Female, 4th fastest female time ever) RIF
4. Brian Trinkle – 4:19:59:23 – 314 Miles
5. Alan Abbs – 4:19:59:40 – 314 Miles
6. Regina Sooey – 4:20:27:54 – 314 Miles (3rd female)
7. Rich Flint – 5:00:19:35 – 314 Miles
8. Douglas Long – 5:01:17:13 – 314 Miles
9. J.T. Hardy – 5:01:19:13 – 314 Miles
10. Tim Purol – 5:11:45:45 – 314 Miles
11. Kimberly Durst – 5:19:06:50 – 314 Miles (4th female)
12. Rob Greer – 5:20:41:40
13. Carl Kidwell – 5:21:28:14
14. Cathy Downes – 5:21:28:59 (5th female) RIF
15. Bo Millwood – 5:21:43:43
16. James Fleming – 6:00:34:51
17. Terry Bonnett – 6:07:04:36
18. Lisa Van Wolde – 6:07:13:11 RIF
19. Steven Smith – 6:07:30:09 RIF
20. Seth Crowe – 6:09:05:45 RIF
21. Seth Wolpin – 6:09:55:16
22. Chris Clemens – 6:15:34:57 RIF
23. Ben Yancey – 6:18:37:39
24. Chad Burgess – 6:23:20:06
25. Rebecca Gartell – 6:23:20:28
26. Ken Chappell – 6:22:44:59
27. Jim Halsey – 7:01:35:07
28. Eric Houser – 7:03:13:34
29. Sherry Meador – 7:04:00:40 RIF
30. Anastasia Hutchings – 7:04:01:04
31. Sal Coll – 7:04:01:57 RIF
32. Cary Long – 7:06:24:24 RIF
33. David Nichols – 7:06:39:29 RIF
34. Ray Krolewicz – 7:06:54:32
35. Angie White – 7:10:30:41
36. Kelly Shaer – 7:10:31:19
37. Rob Donkersloot – 7:11:56:04
38. Sergio Bianchini – 7:18:55:10
39. Rick Lehto – 7:18:55:56
40. Kendra Schoffstall – 7:20:32:36 RIF
41. Harold Donnelly – 7:21:02:20
42. Danny Warren – 7:22:34:17
43. Bernadette Dubois – 7:23:51:30
44. Natalia Harrison – 7:23:52:52
45. Shenoa Creer – 8:03:13:33
46. Polly Choate – 8:03:32:30
47. Jameelah Abudul-Rahim Musaahid – 8:04:25:04
48. Tasha Holland – 8:05:52:42
49. Cathy Nevans – 8:07:07:03
50. David Oglesby – 8:07:08:14 RIF
51. Ruth Cunningham – 8:08:42:20
52. Janet Duncan – 8:09:57:53
53. Sharon Carver – 8:10:59:02 RIF
54. Laurie Matecki – 8:11:17:33
55. Cherie McCafferty – 8:13:47:34
56. Ray Baum – 8:14:30:22
57. Clay Vick – 8:15:03:21
58. Karen Heath – 8:15:37:35
59. Colin Heath – 8:15:38:02
60. Michael Crenshaw – 8:16:14:45
61. Rhonda-Marie Parke – 8:16:25:10
62. BJ Timoner – 8:16:54:37
63. Jeff Russell – 8:18:22:57
64. Sarah Oliver – 8:18:23:36
65. Veronica Johnson – 9:00:05:53
66. Beth Hosick – 9:01:23:48 RIF
67. Pamela Smith – 9:02:14:38
68. Sean Halstead – 9:02:34:36
69. Fran Libasci – 9:02:35:46
70. Carol Manwaring – 9:04:16:53
71. Jeff Manwaring – 9:04:17:24
72. Tim Nelson – 9:05:59:54
73. Andrea Lynn Sloan – 9:06:00:40
74. Lisa McFadden – 9:06:32:49
75. Tim Hardy – 9:07:30:48
76. Terrie Wurzbacher – 9:08:36:33
77. Garry Price – 9:16:46:50
78. Edward Masuoka – 9:16:47:07
79. Juliet Brundige – 9:19:23:48
80. Richard Westbrook – 9:20:03:54

Still on road – 4

DNF’s (34): Juli Aistars 223, Alex Morton 223, Meredith Johnson 202, Remy Brandefalk 202, Geir Frykholm 187, Karen Jackson 186, Geir Frykholm 187, John Price 185, Glenn Kasper 164, Newton Baker 137, David Baikie 137, John Cash 133, Henry Lupton 133, Paul Heckert 128, Dale Rucker 125, Greg Armstrong 114, Shaun Miller 111, Chris Valenti 111, Diane Durden 111, Julia Kraimer 109, Diane Taylor 107, Rachael Howard 102, Jeff Deaton 92, Don Winkley 92, Novle Rogers 85, Simon Bonnick 82, Tom Orr 82, Jennifer Carvallo 69, Lynn Turner 67, John Schuerzinger 67, Kevin Gerteisen 57, Scott Haller 56, Joey Lichter 56, Mary Harvey 48, Curtis Barton 29

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Francois D’haene Wins 2017 UTMB – IRunFar

François D’haene Wins the 2017 UTMB (Top 10 Results)

Francois D'haene Wins 2017 UTMB - IRunFar

France’s François D’haene held off Spain’s Kilian Jornet to win the 2017 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc with a time of 19:01:32.

Jornet finished 15 minutes back in 19:16:38. The first American, third overall, finisher was Tim Tollefson in 19:53:00.

Top 10 Finishers 2017 UTMB

  1. François D’HAENE (France) – 19:01:32
  2. Kilian JORNET (Spain) – 19:16:38
  3. Tim TOLLEFSON (USA) – 19:53:00
  4. Xavier THEVENARD (France) – 20:03:14
  5. Jim WALMSLEY (USA) – 20:11:38
  6. Pau CAPELL (Spain) – 20:12:43
  7. Dylan BOWMAN (USA) – 20:19:48
  8. Gediminas GRINIUS (Lithuania) – 21:24:19
  9. Zach MILLER (USA) – 21:28:32
  10. Jordi GAMITO (Spain) – 21:44:31

Spain’s Nuria Picas was the female winner of the 2017 UTMB in 25:46:43 barely holding off Switzerland’s Andrea Huser who finished less than 3 minutes back in 25:49:18. Third female went to France’s Christelle Bard in 26:39:03.

Top 5 Female Finishers 2017 UTMB

  1. Núria PICAS (Spain) – 25:46:43
  2. Andrea HUSER (Switzerland) – 25:49:18
  3. Christelle BARD (France) – 26:39:03
  4. Kaori NIWA (Japan) – 27:31:39
  5. Kellie EMMERSON (Australia) – 28:13:06

2017 UTMB Results and Live Tracking

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