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May 2014 Extreme Racer Standings

RIF #159 Diane & RIF #287 Carol

May is the best month of the year! Why? Because it’s my birthday month. :) But also because there is some really great racing to be had during May and it looks like our Run It Fast Club Members took advantage of that!

Here are the Extreme Racer Standings through May 2014. RIF #121 Ed Ettinghausen is still in the lead with 1452.8 points! Ed, the Jester, is followed by RIF #190 John Kent Leighton who is back in second with 689.5 points and RIF #279 George Southgate in third with 662.67 points and . They are also the top 3 on the Men’s Leaderboard.

There was a little bit of a shakeup on the Women’s Leaderboard. RIF #323 Jennifer Hatcher is now in the lead with 531.2 points. She is followed by 2013 Leaderboard Rockstar RIF #159 Diane Bolton in second with 459.8 points and RIF #287 Carol Earles is now in third with 453.9 points. They are all really close though!

49 Run It Fast Club Members are participating so far this year (only 46 have submitted race miles). They have raced 11,060.16 miles in 462 races (95 5Ks, 21 10Ks, 61 Half Marathons, 162 Marathons, 20 50Ks, 11 50 Milers, 6 100Ks, 20 100 Milers, and 66 Other race distances).

Here are the full standings through May 2014:

Top Ten Leaderboard
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 1452.8 (RIF #121)
2. John Kent Leighton – 689.5 (RIF #190)
3. George Southgate – 662.67 (RIF #279)
4. Joshua Holmes – 637.3 (RIF #1)
5. Jennifer Hatcher – 531.2 (RIF #323)
6. Bill Wells – 476.4 (RIF #327)
7. Hideki Kinoshita – 459.8 (RIF #88)
8. Diane Bolton – 459.8 (RIF #159)
9. Carol Earles – 453.9 (RIF #287)
10. Shane Tucker – 371.36 (RIF #337)

Men’s Leaderboard
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 1452.8 (RIF #121)
2. John Kent Leighton – 689.5 (RIF #190)
3. George Southgate – 662.67 (RIF #279)
4. Joshua Holmes – 637.3 (RIF #1)
5. Bill Wells – 476.4 (RIF #327)
6. Hideki Kinoshita – 459.8 (RIF #88)
7. Shane Tucker – 371.36 (RIF #337)
8. Danny Staggs – 335.1 (RIF #186)
9. Denis McCarthy – 271.32057 (RIF #263)
10. Jeff Le – 260.2 (RIF #248)
11. Rob Distante – 255.805 (RIF #259)
12. Ben Pennington – 207.6 (RIF #315)
13. Jeff Liu – 194.1 (RIF #275)
14. Bill Baker – 134.4 (RIF #196)
15. Eric Spencer – 121.23 (RIF #320)
16. Arland Blanton – 107.9 (RIF #290)
17. Nathan Bass – 106.8 (RIF #174)
18. Jeff Van Demark – 74.1 (RIF #322)
19. Robin Robbins – 56.7 (RIF #33)
20. Stephen Griffin – 55.5 (RIF #48)
21. Alex Barrientos – 41.7 (RIF #258)
22. Dennis Arriaga – 39.3 (RIF #140)
23. Jason Scott – 26.2 (RIF #265)
24. Steven Reagan – 16.2 (RIF #157)
25. Brennan Thompson – 11.2 (RIF #274)

Women’s Leaderboard
1. Jennifer Hatcher – 531.2 (RIF #323)
2. Diane Bolton – 459.8 (RIF #159)
3. Carol Earles – 453.9 (RIF #287)
4. Suzanne Michelson – 301.3 (RIF #280)
5. Robin Mancinelli – 276 (RIF #134)
6. Christy Scott – 230.7 (RIF #231)
7. Heather Zeigler – 215.8 (RIF #246)
8. Kim Crowe – 205.3 (RIF #245)
9. Alicia Eno – 181.5 (RIF #126)
10. Amber Goetz-Bouchard – 172.8 (RIF #15)
11. Donna England – 168.9 (RIF #277)
12. Christy Bowers – 156.97 (RIF #60)
13. Julia Beavers – 148.9 (RIF #339)
14. Amanda Staggs – 122.7 (RIF #210)
15. Tiffani Glass – 94.1 (RIF #328)
16. Marj Mitchell – 90.5 (RIF #4)
17. Michelle Lenahan – 65.5 (RIF #283)
18. Shannon Miller – 41.2 (RIF #338)
19. Sue Stephens-Wright – 38.6 (RIF #321)
20. Kristen Love – 26.2 (RIF #238)
21. Natalie Torres – 13.1 (RIF #72)

Here is what all of the individual Races Leaderboards look like through May:

Now that it’s summer, will are RIFers keep racing like mad? Will anybody be able to catch Ed? He is running a 100 Miler every weekend so he will be hard to catch! Check back next month to find out! And until then…good luck and Run It Fast!

This month’s  winners of the random drawing was RIF #339 Julia Beavers! Congratulations Julia!

Details on joining Run It Fast – The Club

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Lisa Gonzales]

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Carol Earles

April 2014 Extreme Racer Standings

RIF #287 Carol Earles

It’s spring and in the spring a runner’s thoughts turn to racing! Here are the Extreme Racer Standings through April 2014. RIF #121 Ed Ettinghausen is still in the lead with 743.8 points! Ed, the Jester, is followed by RIF #279 George Southgate in second with 523.77 points and RIF #190 John Kent Leighton is now in third with 472 points. They are also the top 3 on the Men’s Leaderboard.

There was a little bit of a switch on the Women’s Leaderboard. RIF #287 Carol Earles is now in first with 387.1 points. She is followed by RIF #323 Jennifer Hatcher in second with 360.9 points and RIF #280 Suzy Michelson in third with 230.8 points.

46 Run It Fast Club Members are participating so far this year (only 43 have submitted race miles). They have raced 8,090.05 miles in 354 races (73 5Ks, 16 10Ks, 52 Half Marathons, 127 Marathons, 16 50Ks, 9 50 Milers, 5 100Ks, 12 100 Milers, and 44 Other race distances).

Here are the full standings through March 2014:

Top Ten Leaderboard
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 743.8 (RIF #121)
2. George Southgate – 523.77 (RIF #279)
3. John Kent Leighton – 472 (RIF #190)
4. Hideki Kinoshita – 459.8 (RIF #88)
5. Bill Wells – 424 (RIF #327)
6. Joshua Holmes – 415.1 (RIF #1)
7. Carol Earles – 387.1 (RIF #287)
8. Jennifer Hatcher – 360.9 (RIF #323)
9. Danny Staggs – 295.1 (RIF #186)
10. Shane Tucker – 284.25 (RIF #337)

Men’s Leaderboard
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 743.8 (RIF #121)
2. George Southgate – 523.77 (RIF #279)
3. John Kent Leighton – 472 (RIF #190)
4. Hideki Kinoshita – 459.8 (RIF #88)
5. Bill Wells – 424 (RIF #327)
6. Joshua Holmes – 415.1 (RIF #1)
7. Danny Staggs – 295.1 (RIF #186)
8. Shane Tucker – 284.25 (RIF #337)
9. Denis McCarthy – 271.32057 (RIF #263)
10. Rob Distante – 255.805 (RIF #259)
11. Ben Pennington – 207.6 (RIF #315)
12. Jeff Liu – 141 (RIF #275)
13. Jeff Le – 138.2 (RIF #248)
14. Eric Spencer – 121.23 (RIF #320)
15. Nathan Bass – 106.8 (RIF #174)
16. Bill Baker – 79.3 (RIF #196)
17. Jeff Van Demark – 71 (RIF #322)
18. Robin Robbins – 56.7 (RIF #33)
19. Arland Blanton – 55.5 (RIF #290)
20. Alex Barrientos – 41.7 (RIF #258)
21. Dennis Arriaga – 39.3 (RIF #140)
22. Stephen Griffin – 26.2 (RIF #48)
23. Jason Scott – 26.2 (RIF #265)
24. Steven Reagan – 16.2 (RIF #157)

Women’s Leaderboard
1. Carol Earles – 387.1 (RIF #287)
2. Jennifer Hatcher – 360.9 (RIF #323)
3. Suzanne Michelson – 230.8 (RIF #280)
4. Christy Scott – 230.7 (RIF #231)
5. Heather Zeigler – 202.7 (RIF #246)
6. Kim Crowe – 174.3 (RIF #245)
7. Amber Goetz-Bouchard – 172.8 (RIF #15)
8. Donna England – 168.9 (RIF #277)
9. Robin Mancinelli – 138.6 (RIF #134)
10. Alicia Eno – 129.1 (RIF #126)
11. Christy Bowers – 127.67 (RIF #60)
12. Julia Beavers – 125.6 (RIF #339)
13. Amanda Staggs – 122.7 (RIF #210)
14. Michelle Lenahan – 65.5 (RIF #283)
15. Tiffani Glass – 64.8 (RIF #328)
16. Marj Mitchell – 54.3 (RIF #4)
17. Kristen Love – 26.2 (RIF #238)
18. Sue Stephens-Wright – 22.4 (RIF #321)
19. Natalie Torres – 13.1 (RIF #72)

Here is what all of the individual Races Leaderboards look like:

Will there be any shakeups for the May Standings? How much racing did they do? Check back next month to find out! And until then…good luck and Run It Fast!

This month’s  winners of the random drawing was RIF #283 Michelle Lenahan! Congratulations Michelle!

Details on joining Run It Fast – The Club

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Lisa Gonzales]

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March 2014 Extreme Racer Standings

RIF #121 Ed "The Jester" Ettinghausen

March saw a big increase in points for many of our top 10 runners and a few new additions to the top 3.

RIF #121 Ed Ettinghausen is still in the lead with 743.8 points! Ed, the Jester, is followed by RIF #279 George Southgate in second with 434.3 points and RIF #1 Joshua Holmes is now in third with 385.8 points. They are also the top 3 on the Men’s Leaderboard.

RIF #323 Jennifer Hatcher leads the women with 298.9 points. Jennifer is now followed by RIF #287 Carol Earles in second with 295.4 points and RIF #280 Suzy Michelson in third with 175.3 points.

Here are the full standings through March 2014:

Top Ten Leaderboard
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 743.8 (RIF #121)
2. George Southgate – 434.3 (RIF #279)
3. Joshua Holmes – 385.8 (RIF #1)
4. John Kent Leighton – 345.8 (RIF #190)
5. Jennifer Hatcher – 298.9 (RIF #323)
6. Carol Earles – 295.4 (RIF #287)
7. Bill Wells – 293 (RIF #327)
8. Denis McCarthy – 271.32057 (RIF #263)
9. Rob Distante – 255.805 (RIF #259)
10. Hideki Kinoshita – 245.4 (RIF #88)

Men’s Leaderboard
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 743.8 (RIF #121)
2. George Southgate – 434.3 (RIF #279)
3. Joshua Holmes – 385.8 (RIF #1)
4. John Kent Leighton – 345.8 (RIF #190)
5. Bill Wells – 293 (RIF #327)
6. Denis McCarthy – 271.32057 (RIF #263)
7. Rob Distante – 255.805 (RIF #259)
8. Hideki Kinoshita – 245.4 (RIF #88)
9. Danny Staggs – 242.7 (RIF #186)
10. Ben Pennington – 140.6 (RIF #315)
11. Jeff Le – 138.2 (RIF #248)
12. Eric Spencer – 121.23 (RIF #320)
13. Nathan Bass – 106.8 (RIF #174)
14. Jeff Liu – 82.4 (RIF #275)
15. Bill Baker – 79.3 (RIF #196)
13. Shane Tucker – 58.05 (RIF #337)
17. Jeff Van Demark – 57.9 (RIF #322)
18. Arland Blanton – 55.5 (RIF #290)
19. Alex Barrientos – 41.7 (RIF #258)
20. Dennis Arriaga – 39.3 (RIF #140)
21. Stephen Griffin – 26.2 (RIF #48)
22. Jason Scott – 26.2 (RIF #265)
23. Robin Robbins – 19.3 (RIF #33)
24. Steven Reagan – 16.2 (RIF #157)

Women’s Leaderboard
1. Jennifer Hatcher – 298.9 (RIF #323)
2. Carol Earles – 295.4 (RIF #287)
3. Suzanne Michelson – 175.3 (RIF #280)
4. Donna England – 155.8 (RIF #277)
5. Amber Goetz-Bouchard – 146.6 (RIF #15)
6. Robin Mancinelli – 138.6 (RIF #134)
7. Amanda Staggs – 122.7 (RIF #210)
8. Christy Scott – 119.2 (RIF #231)
9. Kim Crowe – 112.3 (RIF #245)
10. Christy Bowers – 95.27 (RIF #60)
11. Alicia Eno – 86.7 (RIF #126)
12. Marj Mitchell – 47.2 (RIF #4)
13. Kristen Love – 26.2 (RIF #238)
14. Tiffani Glass – 26.2 (RIF #328)
15. Natalie Torres – 13.1 (RIF #72)

Here is what all of the individual Races Leaderboards look like:

Looks like spring racing is in full swing! Good luck everyone and Run It Fast!

This month’s  winners of the random drawing was RIF #263 Denis McCarthy! Congratulations!

Details on joining Run It Fast – The Club

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Lisa Gonzales]

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RIF121 Ed Ettinghausen

Extreme Racer 2014 Is Off And Running!

RIF #121 Ed Ettinghausen

We are a little late getting started but Extreme Racer 2014 is off and running!

RIF #121 Ed Ettinghausen is in the lead with 300 points! Ed, the Jester, is followed by RIF #279 George Southgate in second with 292.3 points and RIF #259 Rob Distante in third with 255.805 points. They are also the top 3 on the Men’s Leaderboard.

RIF #323 Jennifer Hatcher leads the women with 194.1 points. Jennifer is followed by RIF #277 Donna England in second with 118.6 points and RIF #231 Christy Scott in third with 113 points.

Here are the full standings through February 2014:

Top Ten
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 300 (RIF #121)
2. George Southgate – 292.3 (RIF #279)
3. Rob Distante – 255.805 (RIF #259)
4. Hideki Kinoshita – 245.4 (RIF #88)
5. Joshua Holmes – 209.6 (RIF #1)
6. John Kent Leighton – 206.1 (RIF #190)
7. Jennifer Hatcher – 194.1 (RIF #323)
8. Danny Staggs – 139.3 (RIF #186)
9. Bill Wells – 135.8 (RIF #327)
10. Eric Spencer – 121.23 (RIF #320)

Women’s Leaderboard
1. Jennifer Hatcher – 194.1 (RIF #323)
2. Donna England – 118.6 (RIF #277)
3. Christy Scott – 113 (RIF #231)
4. Robin Mancinelli – 112.4 (RIF #134)
5. Kim Crowe – 112.3 (RIF #245)
6. Suzanne Spiceland – 91.7 (RIF #280)
7. Amber Goetz – 82.2 (RIF #15)
8. Christy Bowers – 71 (RIF #60)
9. Amanda Staggs – 57.2 (RIF #210)
10. Natalie Torres – 13.1 (RIF #72)

Men’s Leaderboard
1. Ed Ettinghausen – 300 (RIF #121)
2. George Southgate – 292.3 (RIF #279)
3. Rob Distante – 255.805 (RIF #259)
4. Hideki Kinoshita – 245.4 (RIF #88)
5. Joshua Holmes – 209.6 (RIF #1)
6. John Kent Leighton – 206.1 (RIF #190)
7. Danny Staggs – 139.3 (RIF #186)
8. Bill Wells – 135.8 (RIF #327)
9. Eric Spencer – 121.23 (RIF #320)
10. Denis McCarthy – 114.12057 (RIF #263)
11. Jeff Le – 107.2 (RIF #248)
12. Jeff Liu – 82.4 (RIF #275)
13. Ben Pennington – 62 (RIF #315)
14. Nathan Bass – 44.1 (RIF #174)
15. Alex Barrientos – 41.7 (RIF #258)
16. Jeff Van Demark – 41.7 (RIF #322)
17. Stephen Griffin – 26.2 (RIF #48)
18. Dennis Arriaga – 26.2 (RIF #140)
19. Robin Robbins – 6.2 (RIF #33)
20. Steven Reagan – 3.1 (RIF #157)
21. Bill Baker – 3.1 (RIF #196)

This has been a tough winter for racing but now that spring is here…mostly…racing should be kicking into high gear! Good luck RIFers and Run It Fast!

Since we didn’t do a January post, we picked 2 names for our drawing winners from the submissions for January and February. This month’s  winners of the random drawings are RIF #15 Amber Goetz and RIF #248 Jeff Le! Congratulations!

Details on joining Run It Fast – The Club

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Lisa Gonzales]

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Joshua Holmes and Rob Distante

Extreme Racer Standings – August 2013

RIF #1 Joshua Holmes and RIF #259 Rob Distante

It’s time for the August Extreme Racer update! Not much has changed since the July update though. RIF #159 Diane Bolton is still in the lead with 1387.9 points, followed by RIF #190 John Kent Leighton in 2nd with 1246.3 points, and RIF #1 Joshua Holmes in 3rd with 1185.6 points.

On the Women’s Leaderboard, Diane is in 1st, followed by RIF #287 Carol Earles in 2nd with 798.59 points, and RIF #218 Carol Goslin is back in 3rd with 748.3 points. On the Men’s Leaderboard, John is in 1st followed by Joshua in 2nd and RIF #279 George Southgate in 3rd with 1064.07 points.

Once again, the Top Ten is split evenly with 5 Women and 5 Men which is very cool to see! Many of the Top Ten…in fact, quite a few Run It Fast Club members, are racing addicts with 50, 100, and 200+ races under their belts. When you realize how much they race, it’s not suprising that the in the last 8 months, our RIF Club Members have raced 21,575.96 miles! That total is made up of 992 races, including:

-17 100 Milers
-19 50 Milers
-55 50Ks
-382 Marathons
-120 Half Marathons
-53 10Ks
-176 5Ks
-170 races of non-traditional distances.

And that’s just from 74 of the 299 club members reporting in! In total, 76 RIF Club members have submitted points and/or monthly miles so far for 2013 (only points count in the standings so only 74 RIF Club members are listed below).

Here are the full standings through August:

Top Ten Overall
1. Diane Bolton – 1387.9 (RIF #159)
2. John Kent Leighton – 1246.3 (RIF #190)
3. Joshua Holmes – 1185.6 (RIF #1)
4. George Southgate – 1064.07 (RIF #279)
5. Carol Earles – 798.59 (RIF #287)
6. Carol Goslin – 748.3 (RIF #218)
7. Hideki Kinoshita – 727.4 (RIF #88)
8. Elaine Bickel Green – 716.7 (RIF #217)
9. Kerri Haskins – 661.6 (RIF #261)
10. Rob Distante – 624.63 (RIF #259)

Men’s Leaderboard
1. John Kent Leighton – 1246.3 (RIF #190)
2. Joshua Holmes – 1185.6 (RIF #1)
3. George Southgate – 1064.07 (RIF #279)
4. Hideki Kinoshita – 727.4 (RIF #88)
5. Rob Distante – 624.63 (RIF #259)
6. Denis McCarthy – 574.9 (RIF #263)
7. Danny Staggs – 454.9 (RIF #186)
8. Eric Waterman – 408.7 (RIF #289)
9. David Wingard – 333.9 (RIF #101)
10. Jeff Le – 320.16 (RIF #248)
11. Houston Wolf – 317.7 (RIF #254)
12. Billy Cannon – 306.8 (RIF #169)
13. Anthony Ohrey – 293.6 (RIF #27)
14. Nicholas Norfolk – 238.9 (RIF #116)
15. Arland Blanton – 236.7 (RIF #290)
16. Kevin Brandon – 203.7 (RIF #214)
17. Mark Watson – 194 (RIF #173)
18. Nathan Bass – 186.1 (RIF #174)
19. Jeff Liu – 178.6 (RIF #275)
20. Mark Ogletree – 163.7 (RIF #247)
21. Rodrigo Jiménez – 158.32 (RIF #203)
22. Steven Reagan – 156.3 (RIF #157)
23. Dennis Arriaga – 148.9 (RIF #140)
24. Josh Liggett – 142.5 (RIF #147)
25. James Krenis – 126.8 (RIF #67)
26. Bill Baker – 106 (RIF #196)
27. Nikiah Nudell – 94.8 (RIF #234)
28. Charles Carmen – 89.63 (RIF #255)
29. Kevin Ronayne – 89.1 (RIF #11)
30. Robin Robbins – 81.4 (RIF #33)
31. Rick Thiounn – 79.5 (RIF #111)
32. Stephen Griffin – 60.3 (RIF #48)
33. Neil Dryland – 57.2 (RIF #252)
34. Jason Scott – 55.5 (RIF #265)
35. Naresh Kumar – 50 (RIF #2)
36. Stewart Crouch – 29.3 (RIF #89)
37. Brian Wooldridge – 26.2 (RIF #141)
38. Chris Haynes – 26.2 (RIF #223)
39. Brennan Thompson – 25.5 (RIF #274)
40. Daniel Escue – 22.4 (RIF #187)
41. Austin Coates – 22.4 (RIF #241)

Women’s Leaderboard
1. Diane Bolton – 1387.9 (RIF #159)
2. Carol Earles – 798.59 (RIF #287)
3. Carol Goslin – 748.3 (RIF #218)
4. Elaine Bickel Green – 716.7 (RIF #217)
5. Kerri Haskins – 661.6 (RIF #261)
6. Heather Zeigler – 545 (RIF #246)
7. Suzanne Spiceland – 468.2 (RIF #280)
8. Michelle Walker – 422.3 (RIF #124)
9. Katrina Mumaw – 399.5 (RIF #268)
10. Laura Raeder – 392.5 (RIF #20)
11. Christy Scott – 382.8 (RIF #231)
12. Robin Mancinelli – 364.6 (RIF #134)
13. Lisa Gonzales – 319.26 (RIF #5)
14. Sandy Staggs – 274 (RIF #220)
15. Heather Shoemaker – 261.8 (RIF #44)
16. Alicia Eno – 246.1 (RIF #126)
17. Shannon Burke – 236.8 (RIF #171)
18. Donna England – 222.2 (RIF #277)
19. Amanda Staggs – 209.3 (RIF #210)
20. Michelle Lenahan – 192.08 (RIF #283)
21. Marj Mitchell – 188.6 (RIF #4)
22. Jennifer Wood – 183.4 (RIF #243)
23. Donna Pittman – 162.7 (RIF #181)
24. Beth Hosick – 145.5 (RIF #219)
25. Melanie Casey – 144 (RIF #202)
26. Christy Bowers – 131.22 (RIF #60)
27. Michelle Mitchell – 127.4 (RIF #133)
28. Jennifer Whitley – 82 (RIF #160)
29. Leigh Marsh – 61.7 (RIF #192)
30. Jill Hassen – 57.2 (RIF #242)
31. Natalie Torres – 55.5 (RIF #72)
32. Marlene Deem – 52.4 (RIF #189)
33. Martine Kincade – 26.2 (RIF #260)

Now that summer is coming to a close, I expect the racing to pick up. Will it have any affect on the standings? Check back next month to find out!

Some RIF Club business…

This month’s random drawing winner is RIF #261 Kerri Haskins! We will be sending her a Gone For A Run sign!

Don’t forget to submit your points/monthly miles next month for a chance to win! Anyone who submits races or miles or even to say they didn’t race/run because life got in the way is eligible for the drawing. We just want to hear what everyone is up to and it’s fun to see the race miles add up. :)

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[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Joshua Holmes]

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They Ran How Far? – July 2013 Extreme Racer Standings

RIF #1 Joshua Holmes and RIF #159 Diane Bolton at VS500K

You know what they say…you can’t keep a good woman down! RIF #159 Diane Bolton is back in the lead in the Extreme Racer Standings. After running a little race called the Last Annual Vol State 500K in Tennesse in July, Diane has vaulted herself back into the lead with 1304 points! RIF #190 John Kent Leighton is now in 2nd with 1092.6 points followed closely by RIF #1 Joshua Holmes in 3rd with 1059.4 point (after also completing the Last Annual Vol State 500K).

On the Women’s Leaderboard, Diane is in 1st, followed by RIF #287 Carol Earles in 2nd with 734 points and RIF #217 Elaine Bickel Green in 3rd with 659.5 points. On the Men’s Leaderboard, John is in 1st followed by Joshua in 2nd and RIF #279 George Southgate in 3rd with 980.67 points.

In the last 7 months, our RIF Club Members have raced 20,011.37 miles! That total is made up of 909 races, including 352 marathons, 16 100 Milers, 18 50 Milers, 52 50Ks, 109 Half Marathons, 155 5Ks, 45 10Ks, and 162 races of non-traditional distances. And that’s just from 73 of the 293 club members reporting in! In total, 75 RIF Club members have submitted points and/or monthly miles so far for 2013 (only points count in the standings so only 73 Club members are listed below).

Here are the full standings through July:

Top Ten Overall
1.   Diane Bolton – 1304 (RIF#159)
2.   John Kent Leighton – 1092.6 (RIF#190)
3.   Joshua Holmes – 1059.4 (RIF#1)
4.   George Southgate – 980.67 (RIF#279)
5.   Carol Earles – 734 (RIF#287)
6.   Hideki Kinoshita – 727.4 (RIF#88)
7.   Elaine Bickel Green – 659.5 (RIF#217)
8.   Rob Distante – 624.63 (RIF#259)
9.   Kerri Haskins – 595.9 (RIF#261)
10.  Denis McCarthy – 522.5 (RIF#263)

Men’s Leaderboard
1.   John Kent Leighton – 1092.6 (RIF#190)
2.   Joshua Holmes – 1059.4 (RIF#1)
3.   George Southgate – 980.67 (RIF#279)
4.   Hideki Kinoshita – 727.4 (RIF#88)
5.   Rob Distante – 624.63 (RIF#259)
6.   Denis McCarthy – 522.5 (RIF#263)
7.   Danny Staggs – 428.7 (RIF#186)
8.   David Wingard – 333.9 (RIF#101)
9.   Houston Wolf – 317.7 (RIF#254)
10.   Billy Cannon – 306.8 (RIF#169)
11.   Eric Waterman – 306.7 (RIF#289)
12.   Jeff Le – 293.96 (RIF#248)
13.   Anthony Ohrey – 293.6 (RIF#27)
14.   Nicholas Norfolk – 238.9 (RIF#116)
15.   Arland Blanton – 210.5 (RIF#290)
16.   Kevin Brandon – 203.7 (RIF#214)
17.   Mark Watson – 194 (RIF#173)
18.   Nathan Bass – 186.1 (RIF#174)
19.   Jeff Liu – 178.6 (RIF#275)
20.   Mark Ogletree – 163.7 (RIF#247)
21.   Rodrigo Jiménez – 158.32 (RIF#203)
22.   Steven Reagan – 147 (RIF#157)
23.   Dennis Arriaga – 135.8 (RIF#140)
24.   James Krenis – 126.8 (RIF#67)
25.   Josh Liggett – 122.6 (RIF#147)
26.   Bill Baker – 106 (RIF#196)
27.   Nikiah Nudell – 94.8 (RIF#234)
28.   Charles Carmen – 89.63 (RIF#255)
29.   Kevin Ronayne – 89.1 (RIF#11)
30.   Robin Robbins – 81.4 (RIF#33)
31.   Rick Thiounn – 79.5 (RIF#111)
32.   Stephen Griffin – 60.3 (RIF#48)
33.   Neil Dryland – 57.2 (RIF#252)
34.   Jason Scott – 55.5 (RIF#265)
35.   Naresh Kumar – 50 (RIF#2)
36.   Stewart Crouch – 29.3 (RIF#89)
37.   Brian Wooldridge – 26.2 (RIF#141)
38.   Chris Haynes – 26.2 (RIF#223)
39.   Daniel Escue – 22.4 (RIF#187)
40.   Austin Coates – 22.4 (RIF#241)

Women’s Leaderboard
1.   Diane Bolton – 1304 (RIF#159)
2.   Carol Earles – 734 (RIF#287)
3.   Elaine Bickel Green – 659.5 (RIF#217)
4.   Kerri Haskins – 595.9 (RIF#261)
5.   Carol Goslin – 503.6 (RIF#218)
6.   Suzanne Spiceland – 435.8 (RIF#280)
7.   Katrina Mumaw – 399.5 (RIF#268)
8.   Heather Zeigler – 397.8 (RIF#246)
9.   Christy Scott – 382.8 (RIF#231)
10.   Michelle Walker – 369.9 (RIF#124)
11.   Robin Mancinelli – 364.6 (RIF#134)
12.   Laura Raeder – 342.5 (RIF#20)
13.   Lisa Gonzales – 306.16 (RIF#5)
14.   Sandy Staggs – 274 (RIF#220)
15.   Heather Shoemaker – 261.8 (RIF#44)
16.   Donna England – 248.4 (RIF#277)
17.   Shannon Burke – 236.8 (RIF#171)
18.   Alicia Eno – 197.5 (RIF#126)
19.   Michelle Lenahan – 192.08 (RIF#283)
20.   Marj Mitchell – 185.5 (RIF#4)
21.   Amanda Staggs – 173.8 (RIF#210)
22.   Jennifer Wood – 170.3 (RIF#243)
23.   Donna Pittman – 153.7 (RIF#181)
24.   Melanie Casey – 144 (RIF#202)
25.   Beth Hosick – 142.4 (RIF#219)
26.   Christy Bowers – 128.12 (RIF#60)
27.   Michelle Mitchell – 127.4 (RIF#133)
28.   Jennifer Whitley – 82 (RIF#160)
29.   Leigh Marsh – 61.7 (RIF#192)
30.   Jill Hassen – 57.2 (RIF#242)
31.   Natalie Torres – 55.5 (RIF#72)
32.   Marlene Deem – 52.4 (RIF#189)
33.   Martine Kincade – 26.2 (RIF#260)

Will anybody be able to catch Diane again? I know there are quite a few 100s and multi-day events coming up so it could happen. Unless Diane signs up for them too! We hope everyone has an awesome fall racing season.

Now for a little biz… This month’s random drawing winner is RIF #277 Donna England! We will be sending her a Gone For A Run sign. Don’t forget to submit your points/monthly miles next month for a chance to win! Anyone who submits races or miles or even to say they didn’t race/run because life got in the way is eligible for the drawing. We just want to hear what everyone is up to and it’s fun to see the race miles add up. :)

Details on joining Run It Fast – The Club

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Joshua Holmes]

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Great Cranberry Island 50K Medal 2013_2

Great Cranberry Island 50K Medal (2013)

This is the finisher’s medal for the Great Cranberry Island 50K that was held on July 27, 2013 on Great Cranberry Island, Maine.

Very cool medal that I think is also a buckle. It is pictured on the rock the finishers also receive so they can take a little piece of the island home with them but also probably comes in handy for eating lobster. Here is another view of the medal and rock.

MORE PHOTOS OF MARATHON/ULTRA MEDALS AND BUCKLES

[medals submitted by RIF #116 Nicholas Norfolk. Follow him on Twitter @absolut_zer0 and by RIF #88 Hideki Kinoshita, follow him on Twitter @RunKino]

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RIF 1 Joshua Holmes

Extreme Racer Standings April 2013

RIF #1 Joshua Holmes

One fourth of the year gone…just like that! Time flies when you are running, don’t you think? :) Our RIF Club Members have raced 442 races in the first 4 months of the year. They have done 163 marathons, 11 50 Milers, 34 50Ks, 67 Half Marathons, 60 5Ks, and handful of 100 milers, 10Ks, and other distances. We are rockin’ the running world! 64 RIF Club members have submitted points and/or monthly miles so far for 2013 (only points count in the standings so only 62 Club members are listed below).

The top 3 experienced a slight shakeup! RIF #159 Diane Bolton is in the lead with 690.3 points, followed by RIF #190 John Kent Leighton in 2nd with 608.7 points and RIF #1 Joshua Holmes is back in the top 3 with 487.9 points in 3rd.

On the Women’s Leaderboard, Diane is in 1st, followed by RIF #217 Elaine Bickel Green in 2nd with 397.8 points and RIF #218 Carol Goslin in 3rd with 303.0 points. On the Men’s Leaderboard, John is in 1st followed by Josh in 2nd and RIF #259 Rob Distante in 3rd with 409.13 points.

I am always inspired to race/run more when I see how much fun our RIF Club Members are having. I have got to win the lottery… ;)

Here are the full standings:

Overall Leaderboard
1.   Diane Bolton – 690.3  (RIF #159)
2.   John Kent Leighton – 608.7  (RIF #190)
3.   Joshua Holmes – 487.9  (RIF #1)
4.   Rob Distante – 409.13  (RIF #259)
5.   Elaine Bickel Green – 397.8  (RIF #217)
6.   Hideki Kinoshita – 396.2  (RIF #88)
7.   Danny Staggs – 322.7  (RIF #186)
8.   Carol Goslin – 303  (RIF #218)
9.   Jeff Le – 293.96  (RIF #248)
10.   Kerri Haskins – 276.8  (RIF #261)

Men’s Leaderboard
1.   John Kent Leighton – 608.7  (RIF #190)
2.   Joshua Holmes – 487.9  (RIF #1)
3.   Rob Distante – 409.13  (RIF #259)
4.   Hideki Kinoshita – 396.2  (RIF #88)
5.   Danny Staggs – 322.7  (RIF #186)
6.   Jeff Le – 293.96  (RIF #248)
7.   Nicholas Norfolk – 225.8  (RIF #116)
8.   Houston Wolf – 182.2  (RIF #254)
9.   Mark Watson – 146.8  (RIF #173)
10.   Billy Cannon – 142.7  (RIF #169)
11.   Anthony Ohrey – 125.8  (RIF #27)
12.   Rodrigo Jiménez – 93.56  (RIF #203)
13.   Nathan Bass – 91.1  (RIF #174)
14.   Charles Carmen – 89.63  (RIF #255)
15.   James Krenis – 84.8  (RIF #67)
16.   Denis McCarthy – 84.8  (RIF #263)
17.   Rick Thiounn – 79.5  (RIF #111)
18.   Dennis Arriaga – 78.6  (RIF #140)
19.   Steven Reagan – 75.8  (RIF #157)
20.   Kevin Brandon – 75.1  (RIF #214)
21.   David Wingard – 65.5  (RIF #101)
22.   Robin Robbins – 58.3  (RIF #33)
23.   Neil Dryland – 57.2  (RIF #252)
24.   Jason Scott – 55.5  (RIF #265)
25.   Josh Liggett – 55.3  (RIF #147)
26.   Naresh Kumar – 50  (RIF #2)
27.   Stephen Griffin – 44.8  (RIF #48)
28.   Mark Ogletree – 44.1  (RIF #247)
29.   Kevin Ronayne – 43.6  (RIF #11)
30.   Bill Baker – 39.3  (RIF #196)
31.   Stewart Crouch – 29.3  (RIF #89)
32.   Brian Wooldridge – 26.2  (RIF #141)
33.   Chris Haynes – 26.2  (RIF #223)
34.   Nikiah Nudell – 26.2  (RIF #234)
35.   Austin Coates – 22.4  (RIF #241)

Women’s Leaderboard
1.   Diane Bolton – 690.3  (RIF #159)
2.   Elaine Bickel Green – 397.8  (RIF #217)
3.   Carol Goslin – 303  (RIF #218)
4.   Kerri Haskins – 276.8  (RIF #261)
5.   Heather Shoemaker – 261.8  (RIF #44)
6.   Sandy Staggs – 227.5  (RIF #220)
7.   Heather Zeigler – 214.4  (RIF #246)
8.   Laura Raeder – 193.4  (RIF #20)
9.   Lisa Gonzales – 177.26  (RIF #5)
10.   Alicia Eno – 146.5  (RIF #126)
11.   Robin Mancinelli – 142.3  (RIF #134)
12.   Christy Scott – 134  (RIF #231)
13.   Amanda Staggs – 121  (RIF #210)
14.   Michelle Mitchell – 112.4  (RIF #133)
15.   Melanie Kayal – 108.9  (RIF #202)
16.   Shannon Burke – 95.6  (RIF #171)
17.   Christy Bowers – 85.3  (RIF #60)
18.   Jennifer Whitley – 82  (RIF #160)
19.   Jennifer Wood – 78.6  (RIF #243)
20.   Marj Mitchell – 75.7  (RIF #4)
21.   Beth Hosick – 70  (RIF #219)
22.   Donna Pittman – 62.8  (RIF #181)
23.   Leigh Marsh – 61.7  (RIF #192)
24.   Marlene Deem – 52.4  (RIF #189)
25.   Natalie Torres – 42.4  (RIF #72)
26.   Jill Hassen – 31  (RIF #242)
27.   Martine Kincade – 26.2  (RIF #260)

We did a random drawing to pick one RIF Club member who submitted points for April and this month’s winner is RIF #243 Jenny Wood! We will be sending her a Gone For A Run sign. Don’t forget to submit your points/monthly miles next month for a chance to win!

Details on joining Run It Fast – The Club

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Lisa Gonzales]

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Rob at BLU

March 2013 Extreme Racer Standings

RIF #259 Rob Distante

 It’s only March and RIF Club Members have already raced 102 marathons, 8 50 Milers, 30 50Ks, 45 Half Marathons, 36 5Ks, and handful of 100 milers, 10Ks, and other distances. What a year we are having! We now have 57 RIF Club members who have submitted points and/or monthly miles for 2013 (only points count in the standings so only 54 Club members are listed below)

We have a new member in the top 3! Superwoman, RIF #159 Diane Bolton, is still in the lead with 506.9 points, followed by RIF #259 Rob Distante with 409.13 in 2nd and RIF #190 John Kent Leighton rounds out the top 3 with 403.9 points in 3rd.

On the Women’s Leaderboard, Diane is in 1st, followed by RIF #44 Heather Shoemaker in 2nd with 261.8 points and RIF #218 Carol Goslin in 3rd with 195.1 points. On the Men’s Leaderboard, Rob is in 1st, followed by John in 2nd, and RIF #1 Joshua Holmes in 3rd with 355.5 points.

Besides RIF #259 Rob, RIF #88 Hideki Kinoshita (266 points) is new to the top 10 along with RIF #248 Jeff Le (197.76 points) and RIF #261 Kerri Haskins (192 points). The new members are really giving the rest of us a run for our money!

Here are the full standings:

Top Ten Overall
1.   Diane Bolton – 506.9  (RIF #159)
2.   Rob Distante – 409.13  (RIF #259)
3.   John Kent Leighton – 403.9  (RIF #190)
4.   Joshua Holmes – 355.5  (RIF #1)
5.   Hideki Kinoshita – 266  (RIF #88)
6.   Heather Shoemaker – 261.8  (RIF #44)
7.   Danny Staggs – 244.1  (RIF #186)
8.   Jeff Le – 197.76  (RIF #248)
9.   Carol Goslin – 195.1  (RIF #218)
10.   Kerri Haskins – 192  (RIF #261)

Women’s Leaderboard
1.   Diane Bolton – 506.9  (RIF #159)
2.   Heather Shoemaker – 261.8  (RIF #44)
3.   Carol Goslin – 195.1  (RIF #218)
4.   Kerri Haskins – 192  (RIF #261)
5.   Sandy Staggs – 175.1  (RIF #220)
6.   Elaine Bickel Green – 162  (RIF #217)
7.   Laura Raeder – 157.2  (RIF #20)
8.   Lisa Gonzales – 137.96  (RIF #5)
9.   Heather Zeigler – 122.7  (RIF #246)
10.   Christy Scott – 117.8  (RIF #231)
11.   Alicia Eno – 91  (RIF #126)
12.   Melanie Kayal – 89.6  (RIF #202)
13.   Jennifer Whitley – 82  (RIF #160)
14.   Amanda Staggs – 68.6  (RIF #210)
15.   Jennifer Wood – 65.5  (RIF #243)
16.   Leigh Marsh – 61.7  (RIF #192)
17.   Marj Mitchell – 52.4  (RIF #4)
18.   Marlene Deem – 52.4  (RIF #189)
19.   Beth Hosick – 43.6  (RIF #219)
20.   Christy Bowers – 41.7  (RIF #60)
21.   Jill Hassen – 31  (RIF #242)
22.   Donna Pittman – 23.5  (RIF #181)
23.   Natalie Torres – 19.3  (RIF #72)

Men’s Leaderboard
1.   Rob Distante – 409.13  (RIF #259)
2.   John Kent Leighton – 403.9  (RIF #190)
3.   Joshua Holmes – 355.5  (RIF #1)
4.   Hideki Kinoshita – 266  (RIF #88)
5.   Danny Staggs – 244.1  (RIF #186)
6.   Jeff Le – 197.76  (RIF #248)
7.   Nicholas Norfolk – 156.2  (RIF #116)
8.   Billy Cannon – 120.3  (RIF #169)
9.   Mark Watson – 117.5  (RIF #173)
10.   Anthony Ohrey – 99.6  (RIF #27)
11.   Charles Carmen – 89.63  (RIF #255)
12.   Nathan Bass – 88  (RIF #174)
13.   Rick Thiounn – 79.5  (RIF #111)
14.   Kevin Brandon – 75.1  (RIF #214)
15.   David Wingard – 65.5  (RIF #101)
16.   Neil Dryland – 57.2  (RIF #252)
17.   Josh Liggett – 55.3  (RIF #147)
18.   Steven Reagan – 53.4  (RIF #157)
19.   James Krenis – 52.4  (RIF #67)
20.   Rodrigo Jiménez – 51.31  (RIF #203)
21.   Naresh Kumar – 50  (RIF #2)
22.   Robin Robbins – 45.2  (RIF #33)
23.   Dennis Arriaga – 39.3  (RIF #140)
24.   Bill Baker – 39.3  (RIF #196)
25.   Kevin Ronayne – 37.4  (RIF #11)
26.   Stewart Crouch – 29.3  (RIF #89)
27.   Chris Haynes – 26.2  (RIF #223)
28.   Nikiah Nudell – 26.2  (RIF #234)
29.   Stephen Griffin – 22.4  (RIF #48)
30.   Austin Coates – 22.4  (RIF #241)
31.   Brian Wooldridge – 13.1  (RIF #141)

We did a random drawing to pick one RIF Club member who submitted points in April and this month’s winner is RIF #157 Steven Reagan! We’ll be sending him a Gone For A Run sign. Don’t forget to submit your points/monthly miles next month for a chance to win!

Details on joining Run It Fast – The Club

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

[photo from Rob Distante]

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Kino Fargo Marathon

Run It Fast – The Club Profile Hideki Kinoshita #88

RIF #88 Hideki Kinoshita after the Comrades Marathon

This week’s Run It Fast – The Club profile is Hideki Kinoshita #88, also known as Kino, Kino the Maniac, Kino the superhero, and Kino the Awesome. Okay, the last 3 titles are ones that I gave him but after you read his profile, I’m sure you will agree with me!

Check out this amazing runner’s story:

INFO

Name: Hideki Kinoshita aka Kino
RIF #: 88
Blog: RunKino.com
Twitter: @RunKino
Facebook: RunKino

STATS

Years Running: 4.5 years (my first marathon was on 2008/09/21)
Favorite Race Distance: The Marathon (26.2mi / 42.2km)
Favorite PR: 2012 Fargo Marathon (Fargo, ND), 3:19:12 (7:36 min/mile)
Favorite Race: Comrades Marathon (56 mi ultra in Durban, South Africa)
Favorite Bling: 50 States Marathon Club – Certified Finisher Plaque

Next Race: Lower Potomac River Marathon (Piney Point, MD) on 2013/03/10 / LA Marathon (Los Angeles, CA) on 2013/03/17
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: I feel fast when I’m passing other runners during the second half of a race, and right before the finish line.

FUN RUNNING QUESTIONS

Why did you start running?
From 2006 to 2008, my main hobby was skiing and snowboarding.  I was a ski trip “maniac”, hitting the slopes more than 20 days per winter.  I enjoyed traveling to different states to glide on fresh powder.  Some of my favorite places were Whistler (BC), Canyons (UT), Steamboat Springs (CO), Mount Tremblant (QC), & Stratton (VT).  I relished the camaraderie of traveling together and renting cabins, then enjoyed being in the fresh and scenic outdoors.   These are some of the same reasons that would later attract me to the sport of distance running.
 
When spring would roll around melting the leftover snow, I would go through ski trip withdrawal because I could not find anything to replace the excitement of these frequent weekend trips.  Reflecting back on the previous weekend’s ski trip, and making plans for the next one, would help make each painful workweek more bearable.  I needed a new summertime hobby that could carry me over to the next ski season.  I didn’t realize it at first, but the answer to this was: Running.
 
At my first job, my co-worker Yasuaki Shimizu would often share his stories of training with his PoweredByDimSum NYC running group friends and the frequent New York Road Runners (NYRR) races he ran.  I enjoyed listening to him, but had no desire to join him.  He finally suckered me into running my first race, the inaugural Japan Day 4-miler in Central Park on 2007/06/03.  Interestingly, I would go on to run my 100th marathon + ultra exactly 5 years later, to the date.  The Japan Day race was started to celebrate Japanese culture in NYC.  We were both Japanese-Americans, working for a Japanese firm, so it was hard for me to turn him down.  I begrudgingly agreed to run.  I did no training and this 4 mile distance was double the length of any distance I had ever run before.  I was 28 at the time, and I made the rookie mistake of going out too fast.  Of course I did, I was after all a rookie.  The later miles were miserable.  I ran the entire distance in 35:31 (8:52 min/mile) without having to walk and was happy to have finished, but swore off running races.  It was that painful.

Then 5 months later, that same co-worker Yasu asked me to go cheer for him in the 2007 NYC Marathon.  I was free and had never seen a marathon live.  Since this event is NYC’s biggest one day event, I figured why not.  Little would I know, November 4, 2007 would be a turning point and forever change my life.  After cheering in Central Park around Mile 24 for Yasu and another friend Melissa Hon, then seeing thousands of runners cheerfully running the final portion of the race, I was inspired to take up running.  I immediately aimed to run a full marathon within one year’s time, by Fall 2008. 

The very next day, I registered to become an NYRR member, joined my very first running club, and signed up for a series of upcoming races.  I outdid my initial goal of running one marathon a year later by running the Yonkers Marathon (9/2008), Chicago Marathon (10/2008), & the Philadelphia Marathon (11/2008) in less than a 3 month time span, thus unknowingly qualifying me for the Marathon Maniacs with my very first three marathons.  After I learned about the Maniacs and joining as MM #1382 in 2/2009, things became, well… maniacal thereafter. 

It’s been 4.5 years since my first marathon, and I’ve now run 125 of them in all 50 states & DC, 26 states & DC into my second round, 7 countries, and 4 continents, including 23 ultramarathons, 6 of which were 100 milers.  Just when I complete one goal, a new goal pops into mind.  First it was 50 States then Titanium (the highest Marathon Maniacs level), and now it’s the 50sub4 Club (a sub-4 hour marathon in all 50 states), 7 Continents, and Boston Qualifying.  The fun never stops.

Kino at the Fargo Marathon with RIF #92 Steven and friend Benny Tam

Which of your running routes makes you the happiest and why?
Running the loop in Central Park in Manhattan, NYC makes me happiest.  It was here where I was reborn, from couch potato to runner.  It is where I have run over 50 local races, where I train with my NYC Niketown @TeamRunNYC,  and is my favorite place in my favorite city in the world. 
 
There is hardly a time where you’re in Central Park and you do not spot another runner along the paths and loops.  Whenever I run there, I am always able to spot a familiar face and exchange a “good job” with them.  It’s always an added bonus to be able to catch up with them to hear about their most recent and upcoming running adventures. 
 
It is this luxury of having a convenient central oasis within an immense concrete jungle where good friends can congregate that makes Frederick Law Olmsted’s Central Park such a special place.  If it were not for this 1.3 square mile swath of land, I can almost guarantee that I would have never discovered the joys and transformative power that the simple act of quickly stepping one foot in front of the other possesses.

Have you ever worn a costume during a race? What was it and for what race?
Oh have I worn a costume during a race?  Let’s see, I have dressed up and run marathons and ultras as a Viking, Three Wolf Moon Man, Old Spice Guy, The Burger King, and Thor.  I love dressing up for big time races, especially the NYC Marathon.  In all 3 of the NYCM’s that I have run, I have dressed up each time.  For the 2012 NYC Marathon, I was supposed to run dressed as Darth Vader, along with my band of Star Wars characters, but sadly Hurricane Sandy altered those plans.
 
My fondest costume running memory was easily the 2011 NYC Marathon, in which I ran as the Avenger Thor, along with my super hero friends who ran dressed as Superman, Batgirl, Captain America, Ironman, Mr. Incredible, and Super Mario.  It is so much fun to run in costume in big city races because there are so many kids and enthusiastic fans cheering along the route.  You end up energizing the crowd if they like your outfit, and in turn you get to feed off their energy and enjoy the race experience even more.  It’s always hilarious to hear all the wrong names you are called.  As Thor, I was mistaken for a viking, Optimus Prime the Transformer, and He-Man.
 
Another great aspect of costume running is that since it allows you to stand out, you can use that additional attention to your benefit.  For this race as Thor, I draped my Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) TeamHOPE charity running team jersey over my hammer, an essential part of Thor’s attire.  Even though the hammer was becoming a burden over the marathon distance, I ran with it and ended up raising $1,000 for PanCAN.  It was also a special experience to help my charity runner teammate, Travis Simpson, finish his very first marathon. 

Kino as Thor at the NYC Marathon

Why do you race?
I race because it gives me a sense of personal fulfillment and accomplishment, especially if my performance sets a new personal record (PR) time or distance.  I believe these feelings are the main reason why any of us are willing to undertake the journey of 26.2 miles on foot.  Successfully conquering such goals adds purpose to life.  Becoming a marathon finisher arms you with the newfound belief in yourself that if you are able accomplish what you set out to do, other obstacles in life do not feel as daunting.  This feeling is further amplified when one becomes a 100 miler finisher.  Such accomplishments instill a new feeling of confidence that carry over into other aspects in life, improving your overall psyche and individual satisfaction.
 
The next reason is that running races is simply fun, no matter how painful it may feel at times.  Ultras are a different kind of painful “fun”, which I’ll save for another Q&A.   The whole experience of traveling with friends and loved ones to a race and hanging out with other friends from far off places, gives marathon weekends a memorable reunion feeling to them.  Running races is a great excuse to travel and visit worthwhile destinations, especially to places you have never been before or otherwise would never have visited had it not been for that particular race.  Marathons tend to be during the most temperate times of year, so they take place during some of the best times of year to visit said location.
 
I enjoy being around other runners.  Runners tend to share a laid back outlook and be genuinely kind.  I immediately noticed this when I started becoming friends with other long distance runners.  I have heard other marathoners and ultra runners making the same remarks countless times.  I believe that since runners voluntarily put themselves into and endure high pain threshold situations, this allows them to be better able to empathize with others who are less fortunate.  From my experience, runners are an overwhelmingly caring and compassionate group of people.  Running also makes me a better person.

Umstead 100 with friends and fellow RIFers

Another reason that I choose to run is for its health benefits.  It is a great activity for weight loss, weight gain prevention, improving the cardiovascular system, increasing endurance, heightening alertness, and strengthening the immune system.  Whenever I go for a morning run, I don’t require coffee to keep me awake and am a lot more productive for the rest of the day.  Additionally, since I have become a runner it has become extremely rare for me to catch a cold, despite the lack of daily sleep I get.

The last main reason why I like to run races is that it is a great way to draw awareness to under-represented causes.   I choose to continually run my races for these three small charities:

I have been drawn to help each of these nonprofits for various reasons ranging from a painful loss, a desire to improve our community, and wanting to honor heroes of this modern age.  Each fundraising page above will explain what I find so special about each organization and how they help those in need with the donations they receive.  I have run over 55 marathons and ultras for these great causes and with the support of the loving running community, have been fortunate to raise over $64,000 for them.  I feel very blessed by the steadfast encouragement of friends and followers who continue to pour in moral and financial support for my various charity fundraising endeavors.  Thanks to my involvement in philanthropy, I have met such amazingly wonderful people who champion the same causes and provide me with tremendous inspiration.  Running is what single-handedly provided me with the impetus and motivation to become involved.

Kino at the Turtle Marathon with friends

What running moment are you most proud of?
It is hard to narrow down a single proud running moment.  Some moments that come to mind are:

  • 2008 Yonkers Marathon (Yonkers, NY) in 5:00:15 was my first marathon finish.  I was the 4th to last to cross the finish line out of 93 finishers.
  • 2009 Asbury Park Relay Marathon (Asbury Park, NJ) in 3:59:41 was my first sub-4 marathon.  It took me until my 15th marathon to finally break the elusive 4 hour barrier.  I had friends Marco Cheung and Mike Moschitta to help pace me at the end.
  • 2010 Javelina Jundred (Fountain Hills, AZ) in 28:23:21 was my first 100 miler finish.  I had run 3 straight weeks of double marathons in 6 different states to build up to this race.  My local Phoenix friend Amy Wang helped pace me for 15 miles.
  • 2011 North Coast 24-Hour Endurance Run (Cleveland, OH) with 104.79 miles was my 24 hour ultra PR.  It was the USA Track & Field 24 Hour National Championships, and I placed 29th.  This race took place a week after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on NY & DC. I put together a last minute fundraiser based on per mile pledges, raising $5,550 for the Mount Sinai Medical Center WTC Health Program.  The pledges were what kept me going and not quit.  It was a nice quick trip to Ohio with my long-time friend Jackie Choi, who is an accomplished ultra runner.
  • 2011 Berlin Marathon (Berlin, GER) in 3:38:21 was a huge unexpected 10 minute PR.  My closest running friend Steven Thunder Lee decided to forgo running at his pace to pace me on the back half all the way to the finish line.  I would later lower my marathon PR to 3:19:12 at the 2012 Fargo Marathon the next May, but lost to Thunder by 5 seconds as we raced to the finish line.
  • 2012 Comrades Marathon (Durban, ZAF) 56 miler in 9:37:39 was Marathon / Ultra #100.  It was a fun trip with so many good friends from NYC, Houston, & Dallas.
  • 2012 Honolulu Marathon (Honolulu, HI) in 3:58:52 was my 50th State Marathon and a ton of friends from NYC and Cali came out to celebrate with Steven Thunder Lee & me for finishing Round 1 of the 50 States.  Pacers and friends Derrick Tsang, Rick Thiounn, & Dave Carlsson helped me out big time on the second half of this race. I barely broke 4 hours, making this my 41st sub-4 state.  I currently have 5 more sub-4 states to go to finish my 50sub4 goal. 

One last thing from Kino:
I look forward to more proud running moments and enjoy being your Run It Fast teammate.  It is great to meet RIF members at races all over the country.  Special thanks to Joshua Holmes for forming this club and his constant encouragement, and to Lisa Gonzales who took the time to put together this Q&A!

Cheers,
Kino
RIF #88

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So you agree with me, right? He’s pretty amazing. I think he’s awesome, not only for running so many marathons/ultras and continuing to set PRs and bigger goals, but for doing so much to give back while he’s doing it. The thing that I love most about reading his profile though is the joy that he gets from running with friends and meeting new friends along the way. You can see that in the photos he sent along with his profile. Only one of them was of just him (I had to twist his arm to get the Thor pic. ;) and the rest were with runners and friends who made it more special for him. Even his best running moments are not all about him. We at Run It Fast are extremely proud to have someone as big-hearted and inspiring as Kino in The Club!

Thank you for sharing your incredible journey with us Kino. Good luck at the Lower Potomac River Marathon and the LA Marathon!

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[All photos submitted by Hideki Kinoshita and the Kino as Thor pic by Otto Lam]

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