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Day 13: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – All Hell Breaks Loose

Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA exploded for so many runners and so many teams on Day 13. The race had it’s most total miles of any day with 2,265.75 miles. Rev Run nearly broke 300 miles with 292.46. Six total teams broke 200 miles for the day including Eli’s PR Ice, our last place team in the race. So many amazing numbers and runners mentioned below in this recap.

There is a very good chance our first place team, Rev Run, will finish tomorrow and be dipping it’s toes into the Pacific Ocean before sunset.

The Top 12 Teams on Day 13

  1. Rev Run – 292.46
  2. Crowe Bars – 241.46
  3. The Metcalvary – 236.27
  4. Alfa’s Omegas – 235.61
  5. Tuck n’ Stroll– 208.37
  6. Eli’s PR Ice – 202.68
  7. The Beetroots – 165.39
  8. Peers One – 159.99
  9. Grapes of Rath – 151.68
  10. Kicking Glass – 136.33
  11. Mojo Rising – 132.65
  12. Trip 2 My Lou – 102.86

Link to the Google Map showing where each team is on it’s Race Across the USA

Race Across the USA Overall Standings (daily total)

  1. Rev Run – 2,662.76 miles (292.46)
  2. The Metcalvary – 2,025.00 miles (236.27)
  3. Crowe Bars – 1,809.11 miles (241.46) +3
  4. Tuck ‘n Stroll – 1,799.63 miles (208.37)
  5. Alfa’s Omegas – 1,782.82 miles (235.61) +2
  6. Grapes of Rath – 1,768.29 (151.68) -3
  7. Mojo Rising – 1,709.25 miles (132.65) -2
  8. Trip 2 My Lou – 1,584.35 miles (102.86)
  9. Kicking Glass – 1,534.95 miles (136.33)
  10. Peers One – 1,441.10 miles (159.99)
  11. The Beetroots – 1,437.89 miles (165.39)
  12. Eli’s PR Ice – 1,434.25 miles (202.68)

New York City to Santa Monica Pier Distance: 2,907.00 Miles

Randy Marks  is the Race Across the USA Peak Performer of the Day with 26.47 miles for The Metcalvary.

Top 10 Miles of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona (REV) – 50.15
  2. Cathy Downes (CB) – 47.41
  3. Alfa Severino (AO) – 42.00
  4. David Pharr (REV) – 40.42
  5. Ximena Kriete (TNS) – 40.29
  6. Andy Glaze (MET) – 40.13
  7. Lisamarie Griffin (GOR) – 39.74
  8. Rene Fosdal-Griffin (TNS) – 39.28
  9. Erik Pascual (LOU) – 37.56
  10. Melissa Price (ELI) – 36.49

The Day’s Quick Team-by-Team Recaps

REV RUN- Day 13: 292.46 Miles (1st) – 1st overall

How does a team of 11 knock on the door of 300? Well, the answer is below from 1 to 11. On a team of Ace’s the biggest one today was Rene Holcomb with 26.20 miles. Rene, who has inspired many on both treks across the country, had her biggest mileage day of either race. She was magnificent, as was every single member on this team today, and throughout the entire race.

Rev crossed the California border and is currently in the Mojave Desert on I-40.

There is a good chance they finish this thing by sunset tomorrow on the Santa Monica Pier. Only 244.24 miles to go!!

RR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona – 50.15 miles
  2. David Pharr – 40.42 miles
  3. Ed Ettinghausen – 36.00 miles
  4. Steve Snyder – 26.48 miles
  5. Rene Holcomb – 26.20 miles
  6. Emily Ryan –  25.58 miles
  7. Karl Studtmann – 21.80 miles
  8. Jeremy Reed – 20.36 miles
  9. Sherry Meador – 17.64 miles
  10. Reich Gapasin – 17.37 miles
  11. Jeff Lea – 10.46 miles

THE METCALVARY – Day 13: 236.27 Miles (3rd) – 2nd overall

An amazing performance from The Mets today getting 20+ miles from seven different runners. A strong supporting cast helped the Randy-Andy-Randy Show choreographed by Jen Metcalf to an amazing 236.27 miles. A huge bounce-back from yesterday’s stinker.

The team is currently in Dahlia, New Mexico.

MET’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Andrew Glaze – 40.13 miles
  2. Erik Pascual – 37.56 miles
  3. Jen Metcalf – 31.02 miles
  4. Randy Marks – 26.47 miles
  5. Kelly Tipple – 26.43 miles
  6. Randy Broadway – 25.59 miles
  7. Heather McComb – 21.31 miles

CROWE BARS – Day 13: 241.46 Miles (2nd) – 3rd overall

Cathy Downes had the hot hand again for the Crowes with 47.41 miles. But the real story of the day was the massive output from Jimmy Girten with 26.30 miles and Tanner Lee’s 25.48. Consistent as can be, Steve Troxel and Marj Mitchell combined for 65.89 miles.

The team is currently in Amarillo, Texas.

CB’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Cathy Downes – 47.41 miles
  2. Steve Troxel – 33.21 miles
  3. Marj Mitchell- 32.68 miles
  4. Amy Hazlewood – 26.62 miles
  5. Jimmy Girten – 26.30 miles
  6. Tanner Lee – 25.48 miles
  7. Seth Crowe – 20.41 miles

TUCK N’ STROLL – Day 13: 208.37 Miles (5th) – 4th overall

Ximena Kriete ran for 40.29 miles on the day and is closing in on 400 for the race. She had great help again from Rene Fosdal-Griffin with 39.28 miles. Team captain Shane Tucker led by example with 34.24. A really strong 208.37 miles for Tuck n’ Stroll on Day 13.

The team is currently Amarillo, Texas.

TNS’s Top Performers of the Day.

  1. Ximena Kriete – 40.29 miles
  2. Rene Fosdal-Griffin – 39.28 miles
  3. Shane Tucker – 34.24 miles
  4. Henriett Blodgett – 26.20 miles
  5. Jd Barnette – 22.58 miles
  6. Donna Bullington – 22.06 miles

ALFA’S OMEGAS – Day 13: 235.61 Miles (4th) – 5th overall

Usually you can almost set your clock by team captain Alfa Severino’s 20 mile days, but she doubled that on Saturday with 42.00 miles. Ryan Malecha, who has been wonderful every day since we started, had 33.05 miles. Rob Kelly doubled his previous high mileage day with 30.01 miles providing a big boost to The Omegas.

The team is currently in Groom, Texas.

AO’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Alfa Severino – 42.00 miles
  2. Ryan Malecha – 33.05 miles
  3. Rob Kelly – 30.01 miles
  4. Eric McMillen – 21.55 miles
  5. Fiona McMillen – 20.60 miles
  6. Allison Barcelona – 20.11 miles

GRAPES OF RATH – Day 13: 151.68 Miles (9th) – 6th overall

The Grapes fell back in the standings with all the high mileage outbursts from so many teams on the day, but Lisamarie Griffin was wonderful for GOR with just under 40 miles.

The team is in currently in Bushlick, Texas.

GOR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisamarie Griffin – 39.74 miles
  2. Chris Clemens – 24.45 miles
  3. Tom Orr – 20.14 miles

MOJO RISING- Day 13: 132.65 Miles (11th) – 7th overall

The team dipped after a great day yesterday. They were led by Lindsay Phenix with 23.87. Mark Atkins had his biggest contribution so far with 18.38 miles. Kit ‘Grandmother of 19’ Brazier ran for 18.14 miles.

The team is near the Texas border in Texola, Oklahoma.

MR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lindsay Phenix – 23.87 miles
  2. Mark Atkins- 18.38 miles
  3. Kit Brazier – 18.14 miles

TRIP 2 MY LOU – Day 13: 102.86 Miles (12th) – 8th overall

A rough couple of days for Trip 2 My Lou with just 102.86 miles on a day teams really put down big miles. They were led again by Marylou Corino. Her two biggest contributors on the day were Laura Eriks (22.09) and Christy Brewer (19.71).

The team is in El Reno, Oklahoma.

LOU’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Marylou Corino – 27.75 miles
  2. Laura Eriks – 22.09 miles
  3. Christy Brewer – 19.71 miles

KICKING GLASS – Day 13: 136.33 Miles (10th) – 9th overall

Big matching 50K days for team captain Tiffani Glass and Aaron Debord. The Glass finished 10th on the day and continue to make up ground on Trip 2 My Lou.

The team is in Dale, Oklahoma.

KG’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Aaron Debord – 31.10 miles
  2. Tiffani Glass – 31.10 miles
  3. Yvette Campos – 23.36 miles

PEERS ONE- Day 13: 159.99 Miles (8th) – 10th overall

This team has more lives than certain politicians. They were led today by Stacy Saunders with 28.00 miles. Team captain Rich Peers had a big day as well with 27.80. And back from the abyss, Thomas Fowler covered 20.70 miles. Peers finished 8th on the day. This team has so much heart.

The team is in Checotah, Oklahoma.

PR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Stacy Saunders – 28.00 miles
  2. Rich Peers – 27.80 miles
  3. Thomas Fowler – 20.70 miles

THE BEETROOTS – Day 13: 165.39 Miles (7th) – 11th overall

Truly the Yo-Yo team!!! Today, The Roots had three massive performances. They were led by Leslie Studtmann’s 36.44 miles. Carrie O’Bryan ran 32.54, along with Glenn Richardson’s 31.10 miles.

The team is currently in Shady Grove, Oklahoma.

BR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Leslie Studtmann – 36.44 miles
  2. Carrie O’Bryan – 32.54 miles
  3. Glenn Richardson- 31.10 miles
  4. Amy Costa – 20.44 miles

ELI’S P.R. ICE – Day 13: 202.68 Miles (6th) – 12th overall

Wild weekends are the best in this race. It’s then when your last place overall team can surprise the entire race with over 200 miles and a 6th place finish for the day. Eli hit 202.68 miles today after failing to crack 100 miles the last four days. They were led by near matching performances from team captain Melissa Price (36.49) and Francesca Muccini (36.48). Abbi Auger was huge for them as well with 34.11 miles.

The team is in Warner, Oklahoma.

ELI’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Melissa Price – 36.49 miles
  2. Francesca Muccini – 36.48 miles
  3. Abbi Auger – 34.11 miles
  4. Ed Barnette – 22.26 miles

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Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Week 1 Individual Mileage Totals

Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Week 1 Individual Mileage Totals

The first week of Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA (New York City to Los Angeles) saw a lot of big miles and contributions from every runner, on every team, from 1 to 132. This is just simply a summary look at all amazing 132 runners and walkers that 11,318.17 miles over the first 7 days of the race. A truly great job by everyone.

Overall Mileage
Name Team Week 1
1 Lisa Devona (REV) 238.01
2 Steve Troxel (CB) 218.27
3 Ximena Kriete (TNS) 214.97
4 Mare Cara (LOU) 204.38
5 Thomas Fowler (ONE) 200.11
6 Chris Clemens (GOR) 199.94
7 Andrew Glaze (MET) 182.56
8 Ed Ettinghausen (REV) 173.09
9 Francesca Muccini (ELI) 171.88
10 David Pharr (REV) 157.10
11 Lisamarie Griffin (GOR) 156.55
12 Randy Broadway (MET) 154.44
13 Lindsay Phenix (MR) 149.93
14 Seth Crowe (CB) 149.91
15 Tom Orr (GOR) 149.74
16 Rene Fosdal-Griffin (TNS) 149.71
17 Jen Metcalf (MET) 146.78
18 Alfa Severiono (AO) 143.86
19 Lisa Van Wolde (KG) 142.00
20 Laura Eriks (LOU) 137.06
21 Kit Brazier (MR) 135.62
22 Emily Ryan (REV) 134.91
23 Elva Matamoros (GOR) 131.85
24 Cathy Downes (CB) 131.47
25 Steve Snyder (REV) 130.71
26 Marjorie Mitchell (CB) 130.60
27 Karl Studtmann (REV) 129.80
28 Rich Peers (ONE) 125.54
29 Sherry Meador (REV) 121.23
30 Elissa Higgins (MET) 121.07
31 JR Reynolds (MR) 120.70
32 Tiffani Glass (KG) 120.18
33 Melissa Price (ELI) 117.38
34 Shane Tucker (TNS) 114.59
35 Joshua Holmes (MR) 112.74
36 Jeremy Reed (REV) 111.88
37 Ryan Malecha (AO) 111.28
38 Henriett Blodgett (TNS) 107.80
39 Amy Hazlewood (CB) 107.14
40 Jeremy Kluttz (LOU) 105.76
41 Yvette Campos (KG) 105.69
42 Amy Costa (BR) 105.50
43 Barry Reece (KG) 105.50
44 Audrey Davis (MR) 103.08
45 Christy Brewer (LOU) 102.99
46 Kelly Paul (AO) 102.86
47 Russ Metteer (LOU) 102.45
48 Reich Gapasin (REV) 100.45
49 Donna Bullington (TNS) 100.15
50 Heather McComb (MET) 96.58
51 Erik Pascual (MET) 92.63
52 Houston Wolf (AO) 90.09
53 Sofie Romero (ONE) 89.08
54 Leslie Studtmann (BR) 88.84
55 Kimberly Atkins (GOR) 88.68
56 Lance McDermott (BR) 88.61
57 Brenda Cross (BR) 86.94
58 Ed Barnette (ELI) 85.85
59 Allison Barcelona (AO) 85.39
60 Carrie O’Bryan (BR) 84.32
61 Kevin Lashley (MR) 83.58
62 Wayne McComb (ONE) 83.01
63 Kelly Tipple (MET) 82.51
64 Karla Kent (ONE) 81.21
65 Glenn Richardson (BR) 81.16
66 John Leighton (ELI) 75.78
67 Fiona McMillen (AO) 75.54
68 Donna Burns (MR) 73.23
69 Rob Kelly (AO) 72.09
70 Jess Britt (TNS) 71.60
71 Rachael Howard (LOU) 70.10
72 Jd Barnette (TNS) 69.63
73 Jaime Grammer (AO) 68.10
74 Ruth Thomas (ELI) 67.48
75 David Essary (AO) 66.96
76 Eric McMillen (AO) 66.92
77 Diane Taylor (ONE) 66.33
78 Kendra Schoffstall (BR) 65.98
79 Gregory Hart (LOU) 64.57
80 Taylor Dupler (MET) 64.08
81 Randy Marks (MET) 63.49
82 Rose Hennessey (KG) 60.78
83 Jimmy Girten (CB) 60.29
84 Aaron Debord (KG) 58.53
85 Scott Devona (GOR) 56.51
86 Joan Lamayo-Buse (KG) 55.68
87 Mark Atkins (MR) 55.07
88 Adam Holloway (CB) 54.75
89 Kim Crowe (TNS) 54.30
90 Michael Racine (BR) 53.86
91 Veronique Bourbeau (ELI) 53.69
92 Stewart Crouch (BR) 53.13
93 Kelli Brown (MR) 50.85
94 George Buse (TNS) 50.39
95 Jeff Lea (REV) 50.06
96 Amy Cummings (LOU) 49.06
97 Drew Cox (CB) 48.60
98 Charles Roberts (ONE) 48.02
99 Steve Durbin (ONE) 47.57
100 Abbi Auger (ELI) 47.33
101 Lauren Glaze (MET) 46.72
102 Trent Rosenbloom (GOR) 45.22
103 Adam Boyd (LOU) 45.10
104 Megan Maiser (KG) 44.54
105 Stacy Saunders (ONE) 44.40
106 Gibson Kelley (AO) 44.19
107 Lori Robinson (BR) 44.05
108 Sue Stephens-Wright (BR) 42.11
109 Megan Chiu (LOU) 41.26
110 Brittany Aussieker (ELI) 39.63
111 Brendon Chiu (KG) 39.11
112 Crystal Baumberger (ELI) 38.95
113 Rebecca Sunday (GOR) 38.91
114 Ray Berlanga (LOU) 36.40
115 Greta Reed (GOR) 36.27
116 Renée Holcomb (REV) 33.09
117 Sharon Carver (ELI) 32.80
118 Justin Chiu (KG) 32.17
119 Stacy King (KG) 32.07
120 Brittany Pendley (CB) 30.82
121 Hannah Faulkner (ELI) 26.44
122 Troy Harp (CB) 26.32
123 Anthony Ohrey (MR) 25.35
124 Yoka Christopher (GOR) 24.64
125 Juleann Roberts (ONE) 24.08
126 Jill Williams (MR) 22.60
127 Jolea Stone (GOR) 19.60
128 Eryn Tyner (ONE) 16.74
129 Brooke King (MET) 16.51
130 June Uhlig (TNS) 15.02
131 Doug Barnette (TNS) 12.64
132 Tanner Lee (CB) 11.08
Total Miles 11,318.87

A big thank you to Mission Control (Jill Williams), all the team captains, and runners.


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Lisa Devona – Rainbow – Run It Fast Race Across the USA – Day 9

Day 9: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Holiday Hangover Edition

Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA no doubt had a ‘Holiday Hangover’ on Day 9. The fewest total miles were recorded of the entire race to date. Some things didn’t change though. Rev Run still had the most miles for the day and padded their insurmountable lead. The Metcalvary, our second place overall team, had the second most miles on the day. So those teams were lock-n-key.

Where we saw the best performances outside of the two two came from Grapes of Rath, third place on the day with 141.64 points, and Alfa’s Omega’s 133.29, miles on the day for fourth. Both of these teams moved up two spots in the standings. GOR to third and AO to sixth. They were the only teams in the race to outperform their daily averages.

The Top 5 Teams on Day 9

  1. Rev Run – 175.09
  2. The Metcalvary – 144.53
  3. Grapes of Rath – 141.64
  4. Alfa’s Omegas – 133.29
  5. Mojo Rising – 115.14

Link to the Google Map showing where each team is on it’s Race Across the USA
Race Across the USA Overall Standings (daily total)

  1. Rev Run – 1,749.03 miles (175.09)
  2. The Metcalvary – 1,360.54 miles (144.53)
  3. Grapes of Rath – 1,212.17 (141.64)  +2
  4. Tuck ‘n Stroll – 1,194.03 miles (95.79) -1
  5. Mojo Rising – 1,179.71 miles (115.14) +1
  6. Alfa’s Omegas – 1,178.83 miles (133.29) +2
  7. Crowe Bars – 1,177.36 miles (91.81) -3
  8. Trip 2 My Lou – 1,158.53 miles (94.89) -1
  9. Kicking Glass – 1,039.78 miles (105.06) +1
  10. Peers One – 1,026.21 miles (87.12) -1
  11. The Beetroots – 968.92 miles (74.25)
  12. Eli’s PR Ice – 953.85 miles (92.72)

New York City to Santa Monica Pier Distance: 2,907.00 Miles

Tom Orr is the Race Across the USA’s Peak Performer of the day with 28.33 miles for the Grapes of Rath.

Top 10 Miles of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona (REV) – 36.09
  2. Tom Orr (GOR) – 28.33
  3. Elva Matamoros (GOR) – 27.84
  4. Chris Clemens (GOR) – 27.31
  5. David Pharr (REV) – 26.60
  6. Marylou Corino (LOU) – 26.50
  7. Andy Glaze (MET) – 25.14
  8. Francesca Muccini (ELI) – 24.32
  9. Lisamarie Griffin (GOR) – 23.96
  10. Lindsay Phenix (MR) – 23.35

The Day’s Quick Team-by-Team Recaps

REV RUN- Day 9: 175.09 Miles (1st) – 1st overall

A below average day for Rev, but they still put miles on every team in the field. Lisa Devona was great once again with 30.19 miles. Team captain David Pharr repeated his marathon distance from yesterday. Emily Ryan stepped up and ran 22.61 miles.

The team is near Amarillo, Texas.

RR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona – 30.19 miles
  2. David Pharr –  26.60 miles
  3. Emily Ryan – 22.61 miles

THE METCALVARY – Day 9: 148.64 Miles (2nd) – 2nd overall

A great day for The Mets as they were able to avoid the holiday hangover. Andy Glaze was big once again with 25.14 miles. Randy Broadway, one of the most consistent runners in this race, ran 21.58. Elissa Higgins broke the 20-mile mark once again.

The team is near the eastern Oklahoma border.

MET’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Andy Glaze- 25.14 miles
  2. Randy Broadway – 21.58 miles
  3. Elissa Higgins – 20.32 miles

GRAPES OF RATH – Day 9: 141.64 Miles (3rd) – 3rd overall

A third place day for GOR that bumped them up two spots in the standings to third overall. They had a balanced attack today from Tom Orr, Elva Matamoros, and Chris Clemens. Lisamarie Griffin also contributed 23.96 miles.

The team is in Little Rock, Arkansas.

GOR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Tom Orr – 28.33 miles
  2. Elva Matamoros – 27.84 miles
  3. Chris Clemens – 27.31 miles

TUCK N’ STROLL – Day 9: 95.79 Miles (7th) – 4th overall

Tuck dropped a spot down to 4th overall after a down day. It followed several really strong days for the team. They were led today by Rene Fosdal-Griffin.

The team is in Carlisle, Arkansas.

TNS’s Top Performers of the Day.

  1. Rene Fosdal-Griffin – 17.26 miles
  2. Ximena Kriete – 16.14 miles
  3. Henriett Blodgett – 15.00 miles

MOJO RISING- Day 9: 115.14 Miles (5th) – 5th overall

Not a huge day from Mojo but compared to the rest of the field it was good enough for 5th on the day and jumped them a spot in the standings up to 5th. They were led by Lindsay Phenix with 23.35 miles. Kit Brazier added 15.50 miles along with Audrey Davis’s 13.45.

The team is near Biscoe, Arkansas.

MR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lindsay Phenix – 23.35 miles
  2. Kit Brazier – 15.50 miles
  3. Audrey Davis – 13.45 miles

ALFA’S OMEGAS – Day 9: 133.29 Miles (4th) – 6th overall

Team captain Alfa Severino is really doing a great job leading this team as they have been moving up the standings and getting stronger as the race unfolds. She has been leading by example with her big miles and did again today.

The team is near Biscoe, Arkansas.

AO’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Alfa Severino – 20.00 miles
  2. Ryan Malecha – 15.05 miles
  3. Eric McMillen – 13.44 miles

CROWE BARS – Day 9: 91.81 Miles (10th) – 7th overall

After a really nice weekend, the Crowe Bars took a rest day on Tuesday finishing 10th on the day. They dropped in the standings but are in good shape, in the thick of the field, as we move into Day 10.

The team is near Biscoe, Arkansas.

CB’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Steve Troxel – 20.41 miles
  2. Marj Mitchell – 19.61 miles
  3. Amy Hazlewood – 11.10 miles

TRIP 2 MY LOU – Day 9: 94.89 Miles (8th) – 8th overall

Once upon a time Marylou Corino said she was going to take it a bit easier on ‘The Return Voyage’ after a massive amount of miles on the initial journey. Instead she’s turned it up even more. She led her team once again today with 26.50 miles. She had help from Jeremy Kluttz (18.50) and Christy Brewer (15.00).

The team is near Wheatley, Arkansas.

LOU’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Marylou Corino – 26.50 miles
  2. Jeremy Kluttz- 18.50 miles
  3. Christy Brewer – 15.00 miles

KICKING GLASS – Day 9: 105.06 Miles (6th) – 9th overall

A 6th place day for Tiffani’s team. They were led today by Lisa Van Wolde with 23.10 miles.

The team is near Brownsville, Tennessee.

KG’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisa Van Wolde – 23.10 miles
  2. Yvette Campos – 11.73 miles
  3. Barry Reece – 10.27 miles

PEERS ONE- Day 9: 87.12 Miles (11th) – 10th overall

A devastating day for Peers One. They finished 11th on the day but that wasn’t the bad news. Thomas Fowler, their team leader in miles with 208.57 miles, is injured and likely out for the rest of the journey. He will be driving the team RV and in charge of making the grilled cheeses and milkshakes the rest of the way to Cali…barring a miracle.

Diane ‘Song of the South’ Taylor was big for the team making up some of Fowler’s slack today with 17.16 miles.

The team is near Jackson, Tennessee.

PR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Rich Peers – 17.72 miles
  2. Diane Taylor – 17.16 miles
  3. Wayne McComb – 13.98 miles

THE BEETROOTS – Day 9: 74.25 Miles (12th) – 11th overall

  • The first oranges weren’t orange
  • There is only one letter that doesn’t appear in any state name – Q
  • Johnny Appleseed’s apples weren’t grown to be eaten. He grew them to be made into hard apple cider
  • Octopuses lay 56,000 eggs at one time
  • That tiny pocket in jeans was designed to hold pocket watches
  • Avocados were named after testicles. The Nahuatl word āhuacatl means both “testicles” and “avocado”

The team is near Sugar Tree, Tennessee.

BR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Leslie Studtmann- 12.67 miles
  2. Amy Costa – 10.34 miles
  3. Lance McDermott – 10.02 miles

ELI’S P.R. ICE – Day 9: 92.72 Miles (9th) – 12th overall

A bounce day for Eli as they finished 9th on the day, a great day for the team that is currently in 12th place overall. They were led by Francesca Muccini with 24.32 miles. Melissa Price contributed 15.00, along with John Leighton’s 10.59.

The team is near Bucksnort, Tennessee.

ELI’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Francesca Muccini – 24.32 miles
  2. Melissa Price – 15.00 miles
  3. John Leighton – 10.59 miles

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Run It Fast Race Across the USA Map Day 8

Day 8: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Memorial Day

Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA paused today to remember those that have fallen serving our country and thank everyone that has to protect our land and freedoms.

On the road today, the Harlem Globetrotters were up to their usual tricks and domination of their opponents. They ended the day with 193.61 miles which is about their magic spot during the workweek.

In the Washington Generals division, the race saw The Metcalvary continue to create separation from the other ten teams. Currently the Rev’s are on another planet, then there is The Metcalvary creating it’s own modular radius around them.

The biggest bounce up today came from Kicking Glass that finished 3rd on the day with 138.48 miles, a 40-mile jump from yesterday.

[aside: Tuck n’ Stroll’s Doug Barnette played several years on the Washington Generals, never once beating the Globetrotters. As a member of the Generals, they were something like 0-345.]

The Top 5 Teams on Day 8

  1. Rev Run – 193.61
  2. The Metcalvary – 148.64
  3. Kicking Glass – 138.48
  4. Tuck n’ Stroll – 137.44
  5. Mojo Rising – 131.82

Link to the Google Map showing where each team is on it’s Race Across the USA

Race Across the USA Overall Standings (daily total)

  1. Rev Run – 1,573.94 miles (193.64)
  2. The Metcalvary – 1,216.01 miles (148.64)
  3. Tuck ‘n Stroll – 1,098.24 miles (137.44) +1
  4. Crowe Bars – 1,085.55 miles (116.30) -1
  5. Grapes of Rath – 1,070.53 (122.62) +1
  6. Mojo Rising – 1,064.57 miles (131.82) +1
  7. Trip 2 My Lou – 1,063.64 miles (104.51) -2
  8. Alfa’s Omegas – 1,045.54 miles (118.16)
  9. Peers One – 939.09 miles (113.00)
  10. Kicking Glass – 934.72 miles (138.44)
  11. The Beetroots – 894.67 miles (100.17)
  12. Eli’s PR Ice – 861.13 miles (103.92)

New York City to Santa Monica Pier Distance: 2,907.00 Miles

Today on Memorial Day we had two veterans that really above and beyond their normal mileage to remember those who have fallen in combat for our freedom. Two truly amazing performances today.

J.d. Barnette (Tuck n’ Stroll) and David Essary (Alfa’s Omega’s, photographed above) are the Race Across the USA’s Peak Performers of the day with 31.20 and 32.20 miles, respectively. A big thank you to both of these guys along with all the other men and women in our race who have served or are serving to protect us.

J.d. Barnette photographed with his dad, Doug Barnette, both team members of Tuck n’ Stroll.

Top 10 Miles of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona (REV) – 36.09
  2. Chris Clemens (GOR) – 33.00
  3. David Essary (AO) – 32.20
  4. Ximena Kriete (TNS) – 31.55
  5. J.d. Barnette (TNS) – 31.20
  6. Marylou Corino (LOU) – 27.20
  7. David Pharr (REV) – 26.55
  8. Tiffani Glass (KG) – 26.41
  9. Karl Studtmann (REV) – 26.31
  10. Leslie Studtmann (BR) – 26.27

The Day’s Quick Team-by-Team Recaps

REV RUN- Day 8: 193.61 Miles (1st) – 1st overall

Lisa Devona was back at the top of the board for the Rev’s on Day 8 with 36.09 miles. She leads the entire event with 274.1 miles. Team Captain David Pharr got in on the big-mile action with 26.55 miles. Dr. Karl Studtmann went for a marathon distance with 26.31 miles. Emily Ryan and Steve Snyder went for 20+ as the team has been flawless every single day.

The team is currently about 1/3 a nation ahead of the other teams and is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

RR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona – 36.09 miles
  2. David Pharr –  26.55 miles
  3. Karl Studtmann – 26.31 miles

THE METCALVARY – Day 8: 148.64 Miles (2nd) – 2nd overall

Jen Metcalf has captained The Mets into a strong grip of 2nd place overall. They likely won’t catch Rev Run, but she has the team in a spot where no team behind them will likely catch them, as well.

Not a massive day from anyone, but really solid days from so many that gave them the 2nd most miles on the day. Elissa Higgins, a rising star, led the team with 22.08 miles. She was followed by Erik Pascual with 21.48, and Randy ‘Mustaine’ Broadway has been rock (n’ roll) solid every day.

The team is in Little Rock, Arkansas.

MET’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Elissa Higgins – 22.08 miles
  2. Erik Pascual – 21.48 miles
  3. Randy Broadway – 21.16 miles

TUCK N’ STROLL – Day 8: 137.44 Miles (4th) – 3rd overall

X always marks the spot on The Tucks. Ximena Kriete had 31.55 miles on Monday, but as mentioned above, J.d. Barnette was spectacular with his 31.20 miles.

They moved up a spot in the standings since yesterday.

TNS’s Top Performers of the Day.

  1. Ximena Kriete – 31.55 miles
  2. J.d. Barnette – 31.20 miles
  3. Rene Fosdal-Griffin – 17.68 miles

CROWE BARS – Day 8: 116.30 Miles (8th) – 4th overall

A relaxing day of BBQ, yard-darts, and cake-pops at the Crowe Bars n’ Grill. Steve Troxel, taking a step back from his 50K-a-day, still knocked down a double-dime (20.37 miles). Amy Hazlewood was splendid again with 18.32 miles and Cathy Downes rebounded from her big Saturday to have 18.29 today.

The team is in Bartlett, Tennessee which might explain why their miles were down and spirits were high. Fleet Feet – Jackson owner Danny Crossett was reportedly seen with the team earlier and likely the leader in their Memorial Day celebration.

CB’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Steve Troxel – 20.37 miles
  2. Amy Hazlewood – 18.32 miles
  3. Cathy Downes – 18.29 miles

GRAPES OF RATH – Day 8: 122.62 Miles (6th) – 5th overall

GOR tore down I-40 today between Jackson and Memphis. With the temps up, and tired legs-a-dragging, team captain Scott Kufferath decided to take the team to Adventure River to enjoy the water slides and wave pool. It seemed to work as the team had a bit more lift in their legs late in the afternoon when they got back to putting miles on the road.

They were led in miles today by Chris Clemens with 33.o0. Lisamarie Griffin ran 23.02 miles and Elva Matamoros ran 17.88.

GOR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Chris Clemens – 33.00 miles
  2. Lisamarie Griffin – 23.02 miles
  3. Elva Matamoros – 17.88 miles

MOJO RISING- Day 8: 131.82 Miles (5th) – 6th overall

A bit of a rebound today for Mojo Rising. After a rough weekend, the team finished 5th on the day with 131.82 miles and moved up a spot in the standings. They were led by Audrey Davis with 24.08 miles. JR Reynolds continued his shirtless work with another strong day of 23.84 miles. Lindsay Phenix upped her mileage for the 8th consecutive day to 23.24 miles.

The team is currently near Mason, Tennessee. They enjoyed dinner at the original Gus’s World Famous Chicken…sweet tea, fried pickles, chicken, and chess pie. Does it get any better?

MR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Audrey Davis – 24.08 miles
  2. JR Reynolds – 23.84 miles
  3. Lindsay Phenix – 23.24 miles

TRIP 2 MY LOU – Day 8: 104.51 Miles (10th) – 7th overall

A drop in miles for the Lou’s and down two spots in the standings, but not really a huge deal as most everyone was down a bit today. They are in 7th overall but less than a mile behind Mojo.

They were led by team captain Marylou Corino’s 27.20 miles. Russ Metteer continued his 3-day hot streak with 23.03 miles. Christy Brewer, currently passing through her hometown of Memphis, contributed a total of 13.10 miles for Lou.

LOU’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Marylou Corino – 27.20 miles
  2. Russ Metteer – 23.03 miles
  3. Christy Brewer – 13.10 miles

ALFA’S OMEGAS – Day 8: 118.16 Miles (7th) – 8th overall

David ‘Five-O’ Essary really dug deep all day to compile 32.30 miles for the Alfa’s. He was magnificent, and the Alfa’s really needed those miles to save the day. Essary got to see his wife and children as the race came down I-40 close to his homestead in Lexington.

The Alfa’s miles were down a good bit from yesterday, but they still placed higher on the day than they are overall which is good.

Team captain Alfa Severino added 20.28 miles. Allison Barcelona landed on 14.93 for the day.

AO’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. David Essary – 32.30 miles
  2. Alfa Severino – 20.28 miles
  3. Allison Barcelona- 14.93 miles

PEERS ONE- Day 8: 113.00 Miles (9th) – 9th overall

Peers One was led on Day 8 by Sofie Romero with 20.10 miles. Captain Rich Peers ran 17.58 miles, and Diane ‘Vol State’ Taylor walked a strong 13.89 miles.

The team is currently in Bucksnort, Tennessee.

PR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Sofie Romero – 20.10 miles
  2. Rich Peers – 17.58 miles
  3. Diane Taylor – 13.89 miles

KICKING GLASS – Day 8: 138.48 Miles (3rd) – 10th overall

The most impressive performance of the day came from Kicking Glass with 138.48 miles, 3rd most on the day. It didn’t bump them up in the overall standings, but it moved them a lot closer to the teams ahead of them.

Team captain Tiffani Glass led the way with 26.41 miles. Canadian Lisa Van Wolde ran 22.03 miles, and Aaron Debord ran 20.05.

KG’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Tiffani Glass – 26.41 miles
  2. Lisa Van Wolde – 22.03 miles
  3. Aaron Debord- 20.05 miles

THE BEETROOTS – Day 8: 100.17 Miles (12th) – 11th overall

The Roots got over 46% of it’s daily production from Leslie Studtmann (26.27) and Amy Costa (20.25). Kendra Schoffstall added 16.04 miles for the yo-yo’s as well.

The team is currently in Bell Meade, Tennessee

BR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Leslie Studtmann- 26.27 miles
  2. Amy Costa – 20.25 miles
  3. Kendra Schoffstall – 16.04 miles

ELI’S P.R. ICE – Day 8: 103.92 Miles (11th) – 12th overall

An 11th place finish for the day for the Eli’s. They were led today by Francesca Muccini with 22.19 miles. Abbi Auger added 17.80, along with 15.01 from team captain Melissa Price.

The team is near Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

ELI’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Francesca Muccini – 22.19 miles
  2. Abbi Auger – 17.80 miles
  3. Melissa Price – 15.01 miles

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Day 6: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Mad Miles

Everyone knew that Day 6 of Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA would be explosive with miles, but it somehow went even beyond that. As usual we were led by Rev Run with 253.18 miles. They AVERAGED 23.02 miles per runner today with a ceiling of 41.27. Just simply amazing on all fronts.

Rev Run is so gung-ho that we received this message Sherry Meador sent to team captain David Pharr:

We might end up making this race into a reality tv show in future editions.

But Rev wasn’t the only amazing team on Saturday. Tuck n’ Stroll rose to 226.98 miles, along with The Metcalvary eclipsing the double-hundo mark with 218.60 miles. Bottom feeders Alfa’s Omegas and Peers One had really great days with strong miles from top to bottom.

The race leaders are already in Arkansas as the other eleven teams are all in Tennessee.

The Top 6 Teams on Day 6

  1. Rev Run – 253.18
  2. Tuck n’ Stroll – 226.98
  3. The Metcalvary – 218.60
  4. Alfa’s Omegas – 189.11
  5. Crowe Bars – 180.68
  6. Peers One – 162.05

Link to the Google Map showing where each team is on it’s Race Across the USA
Race Across the USA Overall Standings (daily total)

  1. Rev Run – 1,184.44 miles (253.18)
  2. The Metcalvary – 906.46 miles (218.60) +1
  3. Tuck ‘n Stroll – 854.62 miles (226.98) +4
  4. Crowe Bars – 833.58 miles (180.68) +1
  5. Mojo Rising – 818.64 miles (125.32) -3
  6. Grapes of Rath – 813.59 (144.18) -2
  7. Trip 2 My Lou – 798.92 miles (149.66) -1
  8. Alfa’s Omegas – 763.32 miles (189.11)
  9. Peers One – 704.02 miles (162.05) +2
  10. Kicking Glass – 697.62 miles (146.16) -1
  11. Eli’s PR Ice – 653.18 miles (146.22) +1
  12. The Beetroots – 648.64 miles (103.84) -2

New York City to Santa Monica Pier Distance: 2,907.00 Miles

Lisamarie Griffin (GOR) and Rene Fosdal-Griffin (TNS) are the Race Across the USA’s Peak Performers of the day with 67.08 and 66.10 miles respectively. This couple truly took couple’s skating to a whole new level.

Top 10 Miles of the Day

  1. Lisamarie Griffin (GOR) – 67.08
  2. Rene Fodsal-Griffin (TNS) – 66.10
  3. Cathy Downes (CB) – 52.50
  4. Seth Crowe (CB) – 50.05
  5. Andy Glaze (MET) – 46.35
  6. Lisa Devona (REV) – 41.27
  7. Russ Metteer (LOU) – 39.63
  8. Shane Tucker (TNS) – 34.67
  9. David Pharr (REV) – 34.13
  10. Reich Gapasin (REV) – 33.21

The Day’s Quick Team-by-Team Recaps

REV RUN- Day 6: 253.18 Miles (1st) – 1st overall

Monster miles from the monster team, four Rev’s had 32 or more miles. But this team had big miles from members on the team that don’t always get the headlines, too. Renee Holcomb, dug deep, and came home with 15.03 miles. Jeff Lea donated a half marathon of miles. And the aforementioned Sherry ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Meador with 16.81 miles and 77 new friend requests. Emily Ryan had 20.21 miles, and Jeremy Reid 16.74. Once again, major kudos to Rev Run on a historic day.

RR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona – 41.27 miles
  2. David Pharr – 34.13 miles
  3. Reich Gapasin – 33.21 miles
  4. Karl Studtmann – 32.42 miles

THE METCALVARY – Day 6: 218.60 Miles (3rd) – 2nd overall

Andy Glaze added extra cherries on top today with 46.35 miles giving him 154.48 over the last six days. Erik Pascual played a great Pippen to Glaze’s Jordan with 31.45 miles. Kelly Tipple was big with 25.04 miles. The Mets had 6 runners go for 20 or more miles. They moved into 2nd place and have a firm grasp of it.

MET’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Andy Glaze – 46.35 miles
  2. Erik Pascual – 31.45 miles
  3. Kelly Tipple – 25.04 miles

TUCK N’ STROLL – Day 6: 226.98 Miles (2nd) – 3rd overall

The Tucks were 2nd overall on the day with 226.98 miles behind 66.10 mega-pore miles from Rene Fosdal-Griffin. Shane Tucker (34.67) and Ximena Kriete (31.48) were amazing as they both have been all week long. Rene’s big miles along with big miles from Jd Barnette (18.79) and Henriet Blodgett (20.00) are really the reason this team skyrocketed today. TNS jumped four spots from 7th all the way up to 3rd place. This time might be in it to win it (mortal division).

TNS’s Top Performers of the Day.

  1. Rene Fosdal-Griffin – 66.10 miles
  2. Shane Tucker – 34.67 miles
  3. Ximena Kriete – 31.48 miles

CROWE BARS – Day 6: 180.68 Miles (5th) – 4th overall

103.7 plays the best of the 90’s hits and Tag Team was back again with Cathy Downes and Seth Crowe doing near matching half-centuries on the comp. Combined they nearly netted the miles from our 12th place team today. But lets not forget Steve Troxel, the master of the 50k, who is a constant for the Bars. The heart and soul of this team though might be Marj Mitchell, who recorded 20.31 for the day and has 109.14 over the last six.

CB’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Cathy Downes – 52.50 miles
  2. Seth Crowe – 50.05 miles
  3. Steve Troxel – 31.37 miles

MOJO RISING- Day 6: 125.32 Miles (11th) – 5th overall

The new car smell has left Mojo Rising. Their overall miles were decent if it had been a weekday, but they got blown out on this mega-watt weekend day finishing an abysmal 11th place. They fell all the way from the #2 spot to fifth in the overall standings. Lindsay Phenix and JR Reynolds were strong as usual. Kevin Lashley had his biggest day of the race so far with 17.02 miles. Donna Burns really stepped it up with 13.93 miles. Tomorrow will be an interesting day to see if they can save the weekend with a strong performance.

MR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lindsay Phenix – 22.70 miles
  2. JR Reynolds – 21.65 miles
  3. Kevin Lashley – 17.02 miles

GRAPES OF RATH – Day 6: 144.18 Miles (10th) – 6th overall

Lisamarie Griffin saved the day for GOR with 67.08 hot, long miles of dodging the police and anything else that got in her way. Tom Orr did his part with 18.10, and Chris Clemens clocked in with 17.01.

GOR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisamarie Griffin – 67.08 miles
  2. Tom Orr – 18.10 miles
  3. Chris Clemens – 17.01 miles

TRIP 2 MY LOU – Day 6: 149.66 Miles (7th) – 7th overall

Seventh for the day, seventh overall. That’s consistency. The Lou’s were led by Russ Metteer with 39.63 miles. Team captain Marylou Corino had 27.00 miles and Memphian Christy Brewer had a nice contribution to the team with 23.89 miles. Also, Ray Berlanga upped his game adding 9.70 miles.

LOU’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Russ Metteer – 39.63 miles
  2. Marylou Corino – 27.00 miles
  3. Christy Brewer – 23.89 miles

ALFA’S OMEGAS – Day 6: 189.11 Miles (4th) – 8th overall

Alfa-like on Day 6 for AO. They came really close to breaking 200 miles for the day, and it’s because every member on their team ran at least double-digit miles including a team high 32.24 from captain Alfa Severino. She was followed by Allison Barcelona with 21.02 miles and Houston Wolf with 20.04.

AO’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Alfa Severino – 32.24 miles
  2. Allison Barcelona- 21.02 miles
  3. Houston Wolf – 20.04 miles

PEERS ONE- Day 6: 162.05 Miles (6th) – 9th overall

Peers was superb today with a 6th place daily finish with 162.05 miles after a rough day yesterday. Thomas Fowler was back strong breaking 30 again with 31.03 miles. He had a 30-buddy with team captain Rich Peers getting 31.17. Sofie Romero was very close to the 30 club with 27.97 miles. 9-year old Juleann Roberts also had a big day with 11.60 miles.

PR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Thomas Fowler – 32.03 miles
  2. Rich Peers – 31.17 miles
  3. Sofie Romero – 27.97 miles

KICKING GLASS – Day 6: 146.16 Miles (9th) – 10th overall

A solid day for Kicking Glass. They were led by Yvette Campos, who nearly tripled her daily average, with 31.13 miles. Aaron Debord dug for 23.01 and Lisa Van Wolde had 18.10 miles.

KG’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Yvette Campos – 31.13 miles
  2. Aaron Debord – 23.01 miles
  3. Lisa Van Wolde – 18.10 miles

ELI’S P.R. ICE – Day 6: 146.22 Miles (8th) – 11th overall

I’m not sure any team works harder than Eli’s. They give all they have and are trending upward as this race unfolds. They came into the day in last place, but finished 8th on the day, jumping a spot to 11th overall. They were led once again by Francesca Muccini with 31.23 miles, and she was nearly matched by Abbi Auger with 31.05. Ed Barnette had a 16.15 mile day, his most miles so far, in memory of his good friend David Clark who passed a couple days ago. David was loved by many, and his untimely passing is a big loss to the ultra running community.

ELI’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Francesca Muccini – 31.23 miles
  2. Abbi Auger – 31.05 miles
  3. Ed Barnette – 16.15 miles

THE BEETROOTS – Day 6: 103.84 Miles (12th) – 12th overall

The Yo-Yo’s were spun out far and tangled up with the fewest miles on the day, falling a spot back into 12th place in the race. However, they did have a really strong day from Glenn Richardson with 31.10 miles. Lance McDermott (20.01) and Leslie Studtmann (16.06) did their part.

BR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Glenn Richardson- 31.10 miles
  2. Lance McDermott – 20.01 miles
  3. Leslie Studtmann – 16.06 miles

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Run It Fast Strava Weekly Leaderboard

Run It Fast – Club Strava Leaderboard (Week Ending Oct 6, 2013)

Run It Fast – Club on Strava Club Leaderboard from the week ending October 6, 2013

Here is a look at how Run It Fast – Club members stacked up against each other on our Strava club page:

Total Distance:
1. David Pharr – 42.5
2. Jenny Wood – 37.8
3. Trisha Aldrich Leonard – 33.0

Total Running Time:
1. David Pharr – 6h43min
2. Jenny Wood – 6hr15min
3. Trisha Leonard – 5hr31min

Fastest Pace
1. Natalie Torres – 8:23
2. Al Edwards – 8:25
3. Alex Barrientos – 8:36

Longest Run
1. Jenny Wood – 26.5 mi
2. David Pharr – 26.1 mi
3. Natalie Torres – 20.3 mi

Most Elevation Gain:
1. Joshua Holmes – 3,809 ft
2. Al Edwards – 1,609 ft
3. Wade Anderson – 1,291 ft

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Run It Fast – The Club Profile David Phar #185

RIF #185 David Pharr

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:


Name: David J. Pharr
RIF #: 185
Twitter: @davidpharr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dpharrside


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.


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.

Before and After David's 1st marathon 2010


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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Lookout Mountain 50 Miler Finishers – Joshua Holmes, Nathan Judd, David Pharr, Jonathan Harrison-Pacer – Old Finish

Lookout Mountain 50 Miler Race Report (2012) – Nathan Judd

Lookout Mountain 50 Miler begins at Covenant College on the top of Lookout Mountain. I began the race with two Run It Fasters, David Pharr and Joshua Holmes. David and I have been friends for a long time and have done several races together here recently. He is definitely becoming a very strong ultra runner. I also had a great crew seeing me off, including my lovely wife Melissa (who was holding our precious baby daughter Brooklyn, Jonathan Harrison (who helped me out A TON) throughout the day, and Leah Harrison (Jonathan’s wife).

We ran through the parking lot of the college and then went into the woods on the west side of the mountain. We ran along a single track with some nice bluffs that could end one’s life directly to our left. We could see a beautiful view of a valley for about thirty minutes on our left. What a great way to start the day!  We continued to run north and then came to the stairs marking Point Park which was directly above us. The trail then turned around to the north side of the mountain, and we could see Chattanooga on our left. This was a very fast section of trail. I knew ahead of time that I had to be careful here. I love going fast on the downhill, but I didn’t want to expend myself 6 miles into the race.

After this section, we came to a gravel road that went back in roughly the same direction we had just come, only it was going downhill. We weren’t on this road long before getting to Craven’s House, the first aid station at mile 8. David had pulled a little ahead of me before getting to the station. I could tell he was on a mission, and I did the smart thing and just let him go. Jonathan refilled my gels, Enduralytes, and got me some food as well as a change of shirt (into my sweet Run It Fast shirt).

I looked up to start running with David again, but he was gone. I didn’t see him again the rest of the day. We continued downhill. There really wasn’t a lot going on for this section of the trail. I just made my way down to the Nature Center area. I knew there was another aid station there at about 14 miles, but I also knew I wouldn’t see anyone I knew at that station. I ended up getting to the bottom of the mountain and running along a creek to my right. This was a very moderate section of trail and very flat. I then came to the station, refilled, and started the next section.

I knew I had a monster climb ahead of me from looking at the course profile. Sure enough, the trail started going up, up, up. Before I knew it, I was about halfway up the mountain. I actually said to somebody, “This isn’t quite as bad as I thought it was going to be.” I passed several people during this stretch. My spirits really started to lift as I realized how well I was doing with what was described as the hardest section of the course. Then the trail started to go down. And it kept going down. The pump fake! I ended up at the bottom of the mountain again! The only time you don’t want to go downhill is when you know you have to go back up. This was definitely that case. When I started the real ascent, it was definitely a difficult stretch. It was near the top of this section that I started to get nauseous for the first time. I took a ginger capsule, some more gel, and some enduralytes. Somehow I was able to hold it all down.

I heard several people say they had the same thoughts I had at the top of that hill. “If my legs are already this tired, how am I going to make it thirty more miles?” It was definitely a mental/physical game at that point, especially considering the start/finish was right after that climb as the 22.5 mile aid station. My crew met me there again. They had a lawn chair for me, and I sat down for a minute. Jonathan refilled everything, and Leah got me some food from the table. I just took a minute to recuperate. Melissa gave me a kiss, which was definitely a boost to the spirits. I changed socks and mentally prepared for the next stretch.

A Rock/Creek guy told me that, if I made it through the first part, I could definitely make it the rest of the way. He said there were a lot of ATV trails, so it wasn’t nearly as difficult.  Let me say this, while the trails weren’t as technical and weren’t quite as hilly as the first section, they were VERY hilly. It was not easy.  Still, I got out of the chair and started the remaining 27.5 miles.

This section started on the ATV trails and then switched to another single track after winding through the campus woods a little bit. This single track was really narrow and had some uneven footing making it difficult to move quickly. However, I had received a second wind and even called a couple of buddies (Alex Walker and Mitch Zlatovich) to tell them I was confident I was going to finish. Mitch didn’t answer, and he later told me (after calling me back later) that he thought I had called him to tell him I had dropped.

I came out of the woods to a section of power lines that went to my left. I ran with the lines for a while and made a mental note that they would be a marker on the way back. (Boy were they a marker). I went into the woods again on the other side of the lines, and I began a pretty long downhill towards the Lula Land Trust property. There wasn’t a whole lot going on in this stretch either, except that there was one creek crossing. The good thing was that this trail was definitely a moderate trail making it easy on the feet.

I crossed a road and then began a downhill with a large bluff just to my right. The trail went down to some picnic tables, and we crossed a bridge over Rock Creek. We headed through the woods, went up and down some decent climbs, and then the next aid station appeared after I heard some water. It felt like a really long way to this station from the previous one. It turned out this station was at mile 30, right beside Lula Falls. Also of note, it was shortly before the aid station that the race leader passed me heading back to the S/F.)

I texted Jonathan to tell him I was lost… Then I texted him to tell him I was actually at mile 30. I continued down a gravel road for a short bit, saw the monster falls to my left, and then looked up to see… a rope!? Who puts a trail so tough you have to use a rope at mile 30? And what’s worse, I had to climb down the stupid thing right before mile 42.5.  What could I do, though? I climbed.

At the top, the trail became very wide and comfortable, and I was greeted with probably the best view to my left from the whole day. I took a picture, but, as in most cases, the picture doesn’t compare to what it actually looked like. There is something about covering a lot of ground and gaining a lot of elevation to be rewarded with a secluded gift from God. I became a little emotional (as most people do when they are completely drained in a race). The road kept going up a long, slight upgrade slope, which I welcomed. It was not steep, but it was steep enough that I got to walk for a while. 2nd and 3rd place started to come by me at that point. They were at least 3-4 miles behind the leader. That guy was flying.

I began a downhill stretch and was greeted with a nice view of a river below again. The footing was pretty uneven, although comfortable due to the soft dirt. I was forced to walk by the river for a bit because of the footing. I eventually came out of the woods and took a right to run along a road up to the next aid station which was marked mile 34.

I was feeling a little bit queasy, but I knew I needed to try to eat something. My crew had me some soup, and I drank some of the broth. Surprisingly, it tasted great. I changed my shoes because I knew I was going to cross a creek in the next section. I would shortly be back at this same point (miles 34-38 were a loop). I wanted to make sure to have dry trail shoes if I could keep it that way. Because the soup went down so well, I figured I would use the opportunity to try to get some food on my stomach.

I grabbed some oranges and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Jonathan jumped in with me and ran with me for the rest of the race. We waved bye to our crew before heading into the woods. Right before going into the woods, while looking back at the crew, I became very nauseous and started to dry heave, forcing the unswallowed sandwich out of my mouth onto the ground. Jonathan looked at me concerned. I said, “Don’t worry, it was just the peanut butter and jelly.” I immediately turned and hurled. Without missing a beat, I said, “Don’t worry, it was just the peanut butter and jelly. I feel great!” Then we headed into the woods.

After puking, I got a major second wind. I honestly think I maintained about a 12 minute mile average through the next section, which, at that point in the race and with some of the climbs in that section, was definitely moving. I passed five people through that section. Jonathan told me my spirits were definitely better than most of the people he had seen at that point.

We came out of the woods to the 38 mile station again. I changed back into my trail shoes, grabbed my headlamp, made sure I had everything I needed, and started the 12 (I heard it was actually 11.5 miles) back to the start finish. I was definitely glad to have company at that point because 12 miles after 38 miles is still a really long way.

I won’t rehash the views explained earlier because they’re just in reverse, but it definitely lifted my spirits to have someone to talk to for the rest of the race. I thought I was going to be completely coming apart at that point, but honestly, I still felt pretty good. I was definitely moving pretty slowly, but I had no doubt I would make it to the end.

When we got to the 42.5 mile station at the falls, I sat down by the fire for a few minutes, drank some Mountain Dew, ate some candy, and gave myself a short mental break. Then we headed back into the woods which was definitely not very runnable. After being in the woods for just a short time, we were forced to turn on the headlamps. I was able to keep my bearings for the most part somehow, but it’s hard to describe much that goes on when it is dark all around.

We passed the creek again and did a large climb away from the water. I was definitely getting tired, but Jonathan kept telling me how well I was hiking the uphills. We pressed through this connector trail, and I waited to find the power lines again.  Finally, I saw the lights of the power lines ahead of me. I knew they were close… They were not. I probably saw those stupid lights for about an hour.  What is worse, it was an uphill climb almost the whole way. That was the most mentally taxing part of the day. I kept saying, “We have go to get out of here.” Jonathan kept telling me to hang in there. That would last about five minutes, and those stupid lights never got any closer. Repeat cycle. He gave me just the right amount of encouragement without overdoing it because, honestly, at that point, I was really just ready to be done. I had gotten some feedback from people estimating distance and time, too. They told me that, if I averaged a 15 minute mile to the end, I would probably still make it in under 12 hours. Finally, I made it out of the woods and followed the power lines for a bit and then went back into the woods on the other side. I really tried to push myself to go for the 12 hour mark. We hit the last ATV trail, and I started moving. I don’t know how fast I was going, but Jonathan said the last half mile actually made him tired. My watch turned over the 12 hour mark, so I backed off a bit on the pace. I could see some Christmas lights ahead, which outlined the chute to the finish. They started announcing my name, and I saw my crew and family cheering me on. When I crossed the line, I spiked my water bottles and yelled. I was completely exhausted but completely pumped at the same time.

I did miss the 12 hour mark by 2 minutes. (Note here. That was just a hopeful goal. My goal was to finish and enjoy the race. I met both goals, and I took pictures throughout the way, took nice breaks at aid stations, and did exactly what I needed to do. Even though I didn’t get under 12 hours, I am not disappointed at all. I did it exactly how I wanted to do it, and I would not change a thing about my race strategy).

A big thanks goes out to everyone who helped and supported me throughout the day. Melissa was a major trouper, taking care of Brooklyn for 12 hours and then doing so much to take care of her over the weekend while I was too tired to do a whole lot. Jonathan was a major support throughout the entire race (crewing me for 34 miles and then running with me and crewing at the same time for 16 miles). Leah also helped crew, was a great support, and came a long way to watch me run. Thank goodness she wasn’t hungry. My parents also fought the cold to get out there to watch me at the finish.  I also want to thank David Pharr and Joshua Holmes for hanging out at the finish to see me at the end. They both killed it and finished in close to 10.5 hours. All in all, it was an awesome experience. I enjoyed every bit of 10 hours of this race.  10 out of 12 isn’t bad. Haha. Run It Fast!

Nathan Judd (RIF #166)

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Lookout Mountain 50 Mile Medal (2012)

This is the medal for the Lookout Mountain 50 Mile Trail Race that was held on December 15, 2012 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Congratulations to RIF #166 Nathan Judd, RIF #185 David Pharr, and RIF #83 Brad Box who all did their first 50 Miler there! Here’s a photo of Nathan and David before the race with RIF #1 Joshua Holmes (who shaved 2.5 hours off his previous time there) and RIF #65 Jonathan Harrison (who crewed).

RIF Club Members rocked it! Congratulations everyone!


[Medal photo submitted by RIF #166 Nathan Judd – follow him on Twitter @Beukdeup]

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Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon Medal (2012)

This is the medal for the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon that was held on November 10, 2012 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Beautiful medal! A different monument is chosen for the medal each year and this year’s medal features the Kentucky Monument. Here is another photo of the medal:


[Medal photos submitted by RIF #185 David Pharr – follow him on Twitter @DavidPharr and by RIF #166 Nathan Judd – follow him on Twitter @Beukdeup]

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