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Arthur Priddy – 2012 Andrew Jackson Marathon Winner

Arthur Priddy Wins 2012 Andrew Jackson Marathon

Jacksonian Arthur Priddy won the 2012 Andrew Jackson Marathon on Saturday with a winning time of 2:57:42.

“The first quarter mile I wanted to maintain my pace,” Priddy said. “I stayed within the pace range I was comfortable with and never looked back.”

Priddy, who runs for Breakaway Running out of Memphis, beat out fellow Jacksonian Keith Caruso (3:04:38) who finished in second place and Evan Perperis (3:08:15) who finished in third place.

Top 5 Andrew Jackson Marathon Male Results

  1. Arthur Priddy – 2:57:42
  2. Keith Caruso – 3:04:38
  3. Evan Perperis – 3:08:15
  4. Jonathan Stewart – 3:08:41
  5. Bailey Bell – 3:08:59

Catie Caldwell was the 1st overall female finishing in 3:20:05.

Second place female went to Jane Shettles (3:31:09) and third to Misty Thompson (3:37:35)

Top 5 Andrew Jackson Marathon Female Results

  1. Catie Caldwell – 3:20:05
  2. Jane Shettles – 3:31:09
  3. Misty Thompson – 3:37:35
  4. Emily Smith – 3:42:50
  5. Chellie Jannin – 3:46:43

Complete Andrew Jackson Marathon Results

The Andrew Jackson Half Marathon was won by Jacksonian Neil Wolford with a time of 1:17:38.

Top overall female for the half marathon went to Laura Henry with a time of 1:33:01.

Complete Andrew Jackson Half Marathon Results

Congrats to all of the finishers of both races and especially the 15+ member of Run It Fast – The Club that took part in the half and full.

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Jonathan Stewart Running the Boston Marathon

Chicago Marathon Revisited

This past week I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Chicago, which of course raised the very significant question of where I might be able to run. In 2008, I ran the Chicago Marathon with my “running wife” Brad.

As an aside, I did not come up with the term “running wife.” Frankly, I am not sure who coined the term, but it is what it is. For whatever reason, the term was repugnant to me at first. But over the course of four or so years running together, including somewhere in the vicinity of 8,500 miles, I simply got over it. That’s a lot of miles together, with a lot of conversation. At a pace of 7:30 per mile, that is 63,750 (+/-) minutes.  And as you might imagine, being guys, we did eventually run out of things to discuss…o.k., not really, but there are a lot more quiet miles than four years ago.  So, back to the story since I am completely baffled as to why I felt the need to share this little anecdote.

We trained all summer in the intense heat and humidty of West Tennessee for the Chicago race.  I mean heat that was terrible.  We did speed work, long runs, runs in the rain. You dream it, we did it, for one singular goal – to get a BQ. (If you are wondering, BQ means Boston Qualifier).  And Brad did.  He ran a perfect race and earned the chance to run Boston.  And the conditions were tough on race day, hot, humid.  This was not the year that the race was cancelled mid-event, but the following year.  I won’t belabour the point.  I ran terribly.  At mile 20 or so, I stopped to ask a medical attendant where the next medical tent was. The response was something to the effect of “about a mile and half from here.”  I remember saying “surely I can make it that far.”  Beyond that, I have no memory of miles 20 through 25.  I remember the last mile vaguely.  And I remember my first ever massage following the race (FYI, never get a massage for the first time after a marathon, whew boy did I ever cry).  But despite my dissappointment, I got to celebrate with my wife (my real wife) and my running-wife (and his real wife, does that make four wives? This story just took a weird turn). Anywho…Sometimes we are hesitant to attempt to reach a goal with someone else.  There is the fear that one person won’t acheive and if not, can we really celebrate our accomplishment? Yes you can.  (Obama-flare).  We had more fun celebrating Brad’s victory than you could imagine (probably a little too much fun actually).  The great people of St. Jude just kept giving us beer – which is a nice reward for being the first two St. Jude Finishers that year.

So, this week, what did I do?  I ran the part of the course I don’t remember, of course!  Wouldn’t you?  Chinatown by the way is not fun in the cold and rain, at least not like I heard it was that day in 2008.

So my question is this: Have you ever done something or not done something because you were afraid what somebody else thought?  Of course, the answer for both people reading this is “yes.”  But why?  Why do we do this for running?  I mean for real.  There are always people faster than us.  Ryan Hall, one of my running heroes, has folks faster than he is (2:06 PR marathon).  But he runs for a different reason.  Google him and you will learn why.  There is something about running together, the shared experience, that transcends the an individual’s failure in an event.  At least, that’s my opinion today.

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