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Laura Eriks – Race Across the USA Peak Performer of the Day

Day 1: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Rev Run Takes Lead Out of NYC

Day One of Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA started as the twelve teams left Battery Park in New York City on their 2,907 mile epic journey towards the West Coast. These teams seem to be, by and large, evenly match as they are filled with some of the most driven people from across the globe. We started with 132 runners from sixteen states and four countries.

All the teams were revved up out of the starting corrals, but Rev Run took off and made it all the way to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Day 1 to take the early lead. They finished the day with 172.83 miles and were led by Lisa Devon’s 33.03 miles.

About forty miles back of Rev Run there was a cluster of teams that included The Metcalvary, Mojo Rising, Breaking Glass, Crowe Bars, and Grapes of Rath all within 10 miles of each other.

All twelve teams are roughly between Allentown and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Alfa’s Omegas deciding to be the Omegas…at least for today.

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

Race Across the USA Overall Standings

  1. Rev Run – 172.83 miles
  2. The Metcalvary – 130.92 miles
  3. Mojo Rising – 128.92 miles
  4. Kicking Glass – 126.69 miles
  5. Grapes of Rath – 121.35 miles
  6. Crowe Bars – 120.60 miles
  7. Trip 2 My Lou – 115.56 miles
  8. The Beetroots – 104.30 miles
  9. Tuck ‘n Stroll – 101.56 miles
  10. Peers One – 90.95 miles
  11. Eli’s PR Ice – 87.69 miles
  12. Alfa’s Omegas – 87.36 miles

Laura Eriks, of Trip 2 My Lou, was the Race Across the USA Peak Performer of the day with her massive 50.02 mile day.

Top 10 Miles of the Day

  1. Laura Eriks (LOU) – 50.02 miles
  2. Lisa Van Wolde (KG) – 35.13 miles
  3. Lisa Devona (REV) – 33.03 miles
  4. Thomas Fowler (ONE) – 31.51 miles
  5. Steve Troxel (CB) – 31.00 miles
  6. Marylou Corino (LOU) – 27.31 miles
  7. Kimberly Atkins (GOR) – 26.28 miles
  8. Chris Clemens (GOR) – 25.02 miles
  9. Carrie O’Bryan (BR) – 24.99 miles
  10. Andrew Glaze (MET) – 24.44 miles

The Day’s Quick Team-by-Team Recaps

REV RUN- Day 1: 172.83 Miles (1st) – 1st overall

The odd’s on favorite wasted no time breaking loose out of New York City and claiming the yellow jersey for Day 1. They were led by a 1/3 slice of a 100 from Florida native Lisa Devona. The team had nearly half it’s members break 20 miles for the day.

RR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisa Devona – 33.03 miles
  2. Emily Ryan – 21.49 miles
  3. Ed Ettinghausen – 21.1 miles

THE METCALVARY – Day 1: 130.92 Miles (2nd) – 2nd overall

Team captain Jen Metcalf humbly voted her team as the favorite to win the race in a poll conducted earlier in the day. She stated, “My team doesn’t get out of bed for anything less than 1st place.” The Mets were led by Andrew Glaze with 24.44 miles. The California native started the race ‘fresh’ off a 200-mile week he completed before hopping his flight to NYC. The team is bedded down at the Lamp Lighter for the night.

MET’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Andrew Glaze – 24.44 miles
  2. Randy Broadway – 20.00 miles
  3. Elissa Higgins – 19.16 miles

MOJO RISING- Day 1: 128.82 Miles (3rd) – 3rd overall

This team must have thought it was bad mojo to hit 20 miles or more as all their top runners for the day stopped in the 19’s. They were led by Lindsay Phenix with 19.51 miles and got contributions from all everyone on their team today. They are two miles down the road from The Mets by the Penn Jersey Pork & Beef Farms. By the smell of things, there is no meat shortage as reported by several media outlets.

MR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lindsay Phenix – 19.51 miles
  2. Joshua Holmes – 19.11 miles
  3. Kit Brazier – 19.01 miles

KICKING GLASS – Day 1: 126.69 Miles (4th) – 4th overall

Kicking Glass was kicking the back heels of Mojo with a really strong first day. They are just two miles off the podium, and were led by Canadian Lisa Van Wolde’s 35.13 miles.  She had great support from Tiffani Glass with 21.08 miles and Barry Reece with 20.31. Both of them put up big miles on the inaugural Race Across the USA as well. They are currently positioned on the corner of Bloody Spring Rd and Power Dr.

KG’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Lisa Van Wolde – 35.13 miles
  2. Tiffani Glass – 21.08 miles
  3. Barry Reece – 20.31 miles

GRAPES OF RATH – Day 1: 121.35 Miles (5th) – 5th overall

GOR was a fierce 3-headed monster consisting of Kimberly Atkins 26.28 miles, Chris Clemens 25.02, and Tom Orr 24.23. Atkins and Clemens were on the same team of our last cross country journey and are heavy hitters. It would appear they packed the lumber for this race too. Orr was the breakout star last round, and he delivered today for his new team. GOR is only about a kilometer ahead of the Crowe Bars.

GOR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Kimberly Atkins – 26.28 miles
  2. Chris Clemens – 25.02 miles
  3. Tom Orr – 24.23 miles

CROWE BARS – Day 1: 120.60 Miles (6th) – 6th overall

The Crowe Bars were led on day one by Steve Troxel with 31 miles.  Steve really set the tone for the team with his strong effort, but kept them loose with his newly braided pigtails. The Queen of Pinson Mounds, Marj Mitchell got all her gardening done over the weekend, because she made it clear she was going to bring the hammer starting on Monday morning for her new team. Did she ever…with 18.08 miles. The Bars are chasing GOR and plan to keep the heat on them tomorrow.

CB’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Steve Troxel – 31.00 miles
  2. Marj Mitchell – 18.08 miles
  3. Seth Crowe – 17.38 miles

TRIP 2 MY LOU – Day 1: 115.56 Miles (7th) – 7th overall

A 50-spot on Day 1, much less from a rookie – Laura Eriks, is something to behold. Laura and team captain, Marylou Corino combined for 77.31 of the team’s 115.56 miles for the day. Their two-person total would have put them just 10 miles behind our 12th place team on the day. Quite appropriately, Laura’s legs and the team currently are positioned next to Lehigh Cement.

LOU’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Laura Eriks – 50.02 miles
  2. Marylou Corino – 27.31 miles
  3. Jeremy Kluttz – 13.09 miles

THE BEETROOTS – Day 1: 104.30 Miles (8th) – 8th overall

The Roots were led by Carrie O’Bryan with a quarter spot. A strong race debut that helped her team break the century spot for the day. She had help from Florida native Amy Costa with 17.11 miles and Brenda Cross with 15.00. After dinner, the team spent a couple hours touring the Old Spokes Car Museum in New Smithville.

BR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Carrie O’Bryan – 24.99 miles
  2. Amy Costa – 17.11 miles
  3. Brenda Cross – 15.00 miles

TUCK N’ STROLL – Day 1: 101.56 Miles (9th) – 9th overall

X marked the spot for TNS on Day 1 with 24.03 miles from Ximena Kriete. Ironically, our 9th place team is showing up on the map at Cloud Nine Pet Services. Hopefully, TNS will unleash the greyhounds tomorrow as they try to move into the top half of the field.

TNS’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Ximena Kriete – 24.03 miles
  2. Donna Bullington – 15.02 miles
  3. Jd Barnette – 12.15 miles

PEERS ONE- Day 1: 90.95 Miles (10th) – 10th overall

Thomas Fowler did his part for Peers with a 31.51 mile marker. He told his teammates in their pre-race pep talk to get on his back and he’d carry them on Day 1. Perhaps he forgot to buckle them in before his torrid rampage. The team is camped out for the night by the Little Lehigh Creek.

PR’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Thomas Fowler – 31.51 miles
  2. Diane Taylor – 10.96 miles
  3. Sofie Romero – 10.08 miles

ELI’S P.R. ICE – Day 1: 87.69 Miles (11th) – 11th overall

Former Vol State 500K winner Francesca Muccini led Eli’s PR Ice with 20.10 miles. The team got off to a bit of a slow start. Team captain Melissa Price contributed 15.50 miles. Eli’s is just south of Harrisburg with the Omegas tight on their tail.

ELI’S Top Performers of the Day

  1. Francesca Muccini – 20.10 miles
  2. Melissa Price – 15.50 miles
  3. Ruth Thomas – 10.26 miles

ALFA’S OMEGAS – Day 1: 87.36 Miles (12th) – 12th overall

This race is all about pacing. It will test you as it’s relentless day, after day, after day. With that said, the Alfa’s should be fresh for Day 2. They were low on the totem pole today, but they can see teams in front of them they will be chasing tomorrow. They were led on Day 1 by team captain, Alfa Severino with 13.1 miles.

AO’s Top Performers of the Day

  1. Alfa Severino – 13.1 miles
  2. Kelly Paul – 10.35 miles
  3. Houston Wolf – 10.33 miles

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Karl Studtmann – RIF Race Across the USA Peak Performer

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

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

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

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

Day 15 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

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

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

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


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

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

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

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

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

The Suzy Michelson Team (Shane Tucker, captain)

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

Congrats to all these amazing runners!

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

Top 5 SMT Runners (Day 15)

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 JPT Runners (Day 15)

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 CTT Runners (Day 15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 HST Runners (Day 15)

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

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

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

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

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

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

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

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

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Barry Reece RIF Race Across the USA Peak Performer

Day 14: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – The Final Countdown

Run It Fast’s ‘Race Across the USA‘ ended it’s second week on Sunday night. It’s been 14 amazing days of running from all four teams. Tomorrow our champion will reach New York City. The race won’t be over though, as the other three teams still have to get there.

Today belonged to The Charlie Taylor Team. They tallied 186.02 miles and really stood out from the competition today. It was their best all-around team performance as far as having a lot of balance from teammates. The Suzy Michelson Team and Jeffrey Price Team virtually tied with The Suzys taking 2nd place. Fourth place went to the Hope Shull Team with 130.47 miles, a solid day for them.

Day 14 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 163.85 miles (10.92 mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 162.63 miles (10.84 mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 186.02 miles (12.40 mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 130.47 miles (8.70 mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 2,746.60 miles (196.19/day, 94.5% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 2,298.92  miles (164.21 mi/day, 79.1% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 2,196.98 miles (156.93 mi/day, 75.6% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 1,854.05 miles (132.43 mi/day, 63.8% completed)

 

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

Suzy Michelson Team: After yesterday’s record setting day of 331.52 miles, today was going to be a bit of a relaxed, busy-work day for The Suzys, before they cross the finish in NYC, tomorrow. Today, they were a three-headed spear consisting of Barry Reece (28.09 mi), Chris Clemens (27.25), and Kimberly Atkins (26.20).

They were bolstered as well by Violeta Heisler (15.60) and Eryn Tyner (14.51).

The Suzys are currently in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This team has been dominant from the very start…the last time any of the other teams saw them.

Suzy Team Data at a Glance
Place: 1st
Day 14 Miles: 163.85 (2nd)
Total Miles: 2,746.60

Top 5 SMT Runners (Day 14)

  1. Barry Reece – 28.09
  2. Chris Clemens – 27.25
  3. Kimberly Atkins – 26.20
  4. Violeta Heisler – 15.60
  5. Eryn Tyner – 14.51

Jeffrey Price Team: All-in-all a great weekend for The Jeffs. This team has been consistently led every day by Heather ‘Double-Dime’ McComb and Tom ‘Mr McFeely’ Orr. They delivered again today, Heather with 25.04 miles and Tom with 24.37. Both will go over the 300-mile mark tomorrow.

Donna Burns had her biggest day so far with 12.66 miles.

The Jeffs are very near to the Virginia border. They are in Blountville which is in the very northeastern corner of Tennessee.

Jeffrey Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 2nd
Day 14 Miles: 162.63 (3rd)
Total Miles: 2,298.92
Miles Back: -447.68

Top 5 JPT Runners (Day 14)

  1. Heather McComb – 25.04
  2. Tom Orr – 24.37
  3. Melissa Price – 16.22
  4. Alfa Severino – 15.20
  5. Karla Kent – 14.20

Charlie Taylor Team: The (Seth) Crowe returneth on the 14th day with 28.41 miles to pull The Chucks to a first place finish for the day with 186.02 points. It is their second stage win of the event.

The team had it’s most consistent overall day with big miles from so many. Steve Acciarito, Jen Metcalf, and Tiffani Glass all added 20+ miles.

Robin Robbins had his biggest day of the race with 15.32 miles. A total of 8 Chucks had double-digits.

And they kept their perfect scorecard in place with all 15 runners contributing for the 14th consecutive day.

The Chucks are positioned just outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The team captain can’t wait to get moving.

Charlie Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 3rd
Day 14 Miles: 186.02 (1st)
Total Miles: 2,196.98
Miles Back: -549.62

Top 5 CTT Runners (Day 14)

  1. Seth Crowe – 28.41
  2. Steve Acciarito – 21.11
  3. Tiffani Glass – 20.05
  4. Jen Metcalf – 20.00
  5. Joshua Holmes – 19.13

Hope Shull Team:  The Hopes had a really great weekend. On Sunday, they were led by Cathy Downes (20.50) and Randy Broadway (20.00).

Additional firepower was supplied by Houston Wolf (15.74) and Josh Tyner (14.50).

The Hopes are at the Pilot Gas Station in Yum Yum, Tennessee. That seems appropriate for this team, and their appetite for food and sleep.

Hope Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 4th
Day 14 Miles: 130.57 (4th)
Total Miles: 1,854.05
Miles Back: -892.55

Top 5 HST Runners (Day 14)

  1. Cathy Downes – 20.50
  2. Randy Broadway – 20.00
  3. Houston Wolf – 15.74
  4. Marylou Corino – 15.00
  5. Josh Tyner – 14.50

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Barry Reece (28.09 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Heather McComb (25.04 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Seth Crowe (28.41 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team –  Cathy Downes (20.50 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 28.41
  2. Barry Reece (SMT) – 28.09
  3. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 27.25
  4. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 26.20
  5. Heather McComb (JPT) – 25.04
  6. Tom Orr (JPT) – 24.37
  7. Steve Acciarito (CTT) – 21.11
  8. Cathy Downes (HST) – 20.50
  9. Tiffani Glass (CTT) – 20.05
  10. Jen Metcalf (CTT) – 20.00
  11. Randy Broadway (HST) – 20.00

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 362.53
  2. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 300.53
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 297.37
  4. Tom Orr (JPT) – 294.02
  5. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 278.68
  6. David Nichols (SMT) – 278.52
  7. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 267.80
  8. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 258.45
  9. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 247.48
  10. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 240.68

Barry Reece is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performer of the Day. He had 28.09 miles for the day and now has 300.53 miles for the race.

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Day 9: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Jeremy’s Calling

Run It Fast’s ‘Race Across the USA‘ has all the teams to Texas or beyond. Every team was solid today with the Charlie Taylor Team having the best day outperforming their daily average by 24 miles. They had the 2nd most miles for the day, fourteen miles behind the race leaders, the Suzy Michelson Team, that racked up 185.59 miles, just below their daily average. The Hope Shull Team paced above their daily tracking average, and the Jeffrey Price Team fell about 20 miles below their average.

All-in-all, it was a great day with some strong performances once again. None bigger than the 42.03 miles Jeremy Reed led the Charlie Taylor Team and entire race for Day 9.

Day 9 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 185.59 miles (12.37 mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 142.95 miles (9.53 mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 171.50 miles (11.43 mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 131.36 miles (8.76 mi/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 1,705.95 miles (189.55/day, 58.68% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 1,472.25  miles (163.58 mi/day, 50.64% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 1,329.49 miles (147.72 mi/day, 45.7% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 1,142.59 miles (126.95 mi/day, 39.3% completed)


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

Suzy Michelson Team: The Suzy’s were back in the throttle for a second day in a row with three teammates knocking out 20’s with many strong supporting performances. Chris Clemens did his thing with 25.56 miles, Kimberly Atkins hit 20 again as did David Nichols. Barry Reece (18.62) and team captain Shane Tucker (17.97) more than did their part. The Suzys had miles from all of their runners today with ten hitting double digits.

Dinner tonight was at Nick’s BBQ and Catfish about 30 miles east of Little Rock, Arkansas. Trent Rosenbloom, a Nashville Hot Chicken expert, persuaded the cook to add some Nashville heat. He then challenged several teammates to match him bite for bite. If they couldn’t they had to buy him a beer. Fourteen beers later for Monkey Trent, the team left Nick’s. Tomorrow should be interesting for the Suzy’s on the road putting down miles after their hot night. Hopefully, Anthony Ohrey remembered to pack the Home Depot bucket for the team. He’s got to be good for something.

Suzy Team Data at a Glance
Place: 1st
Day 9 Miles: 185.59 (1st)
Total Miles: 1,705.95
Top 5 SMT Runners (Day 9)

  1. Chris Clemens – 25.56
  2. Kimberly Atkins – 20.04
  3. David Nichols – 20.00
  4. Barry Reece – 18.62
  5. Shane Tucker – 17.97

Jeffrey Price Team: After an amazing weekend where the Jeffs put miles on the race leading Suzys, it was only natural that they’d likely take a step back today. They did only have the 3rd most miles on Day 9, but it was still a respectable 142.95 miles. ‘Friendly Delivery’ Tom Orr was back on route and delivered 20 miles today with 21.28. He led the team but was followed closely by Heather ‘Double-Dime’ McComb with ANOTHER 20-spot – her 9th straight.

Karla Kent (14.13), John Leighton (14.06), and Sofie Romero (13.50) solidified the output for the Jeffs today.

The team is in Warner, Oklahoma and tomorrow will rock into Arkansas, just one state away from where most of the team resides, Tennessee.

Jeffrey Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 2nd
Day 9 Miles: 142.95 (3rd)
Total Miles: 1,472.25
Miles Back: -233.7
Top 5 JPT Runners (Day 9)

  1. Tom Orr – 21.28
  2. Heather McComb – 20.27
  3. Karla Kent – 14.13
  4. John Leighton – 14.06
  5. Sofie Romero- 13.50

Charlie Taylor Team: What an amazing three-run performance Jeremy Reed put down today for 42.03 miles to give the Chucks their highest daily finish of the race. His phone went dead on his last run, but his wife Greta gave us a head’s up that Jeremy would be calling in big miles shorty…and boy did he with a 21.17 miles to finish with 42 miles. Steve Acciarito delivered another heroic performance after yesterday’s 32.78 miles by following it up today with 23.85 miles. Seth Crowe gave a solid contribution again with 15.21 miles as did Elva Matamoros with 12.57 miles. Even more bright news for the team today was that Sharon Carver, feeling better from her injury, was able to run 7 miles.

The Chucks are currently at the Starbucks in Yukon, Oklahoma where Jen Metcalf is propped up against a duffel bag double fisting frappuccinos.

Charlie Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 3rd
Day 9 Miles: 171.50 (2nd)
Total Miles: 1,329.49
Miles Back: -376.46
Top 5 CTT Runners (Day 9)

  1. Jeremy Reed – 42.03
  2. Steve Acciarito – 23.85
  3. Joshua Holmes – 16.52
  4. Seth Crowe – 15.21
  5. Elva Matamoros – 12.57

Hope Shull Team: A great bounce-back day for the Hope Shull Team with 131.36 miles after failing to break the century mark yesterday. They were led today by Randy Broadway with 22.52 miles. Kit Brazier was strong as always contributing 22.06 miles. After several runners on the team needed rest yesterday, they all bounced back to contribute today. A total team effort and a result they should all be proud of.

They look forward to reaching Oklahoma tomorrow after a quick one-day stay over in Texas.

Hope Team Data at a Glance
Overall Place: 4th
Day 9 Miles: 131.36 (4th)
Total Miles: 1,142.59
Miles Back: -563.37
Top 5 HST Runners (Day 9)

  1. Randy Broadway – 22.52
  2. Kit Brazier – 22.06
  3. Sherry Meador – 12.31
  4. Marylou Corino – 10.00
  5. Cathy Downes – 10.00

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Chris Clemens (25.56 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Tom Orr (21.28 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Jeremy Reed (42.03 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team – Randy Broadway (22.52 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 42.03
  2. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 25.56
  3. Steve Acciarito (CTT) – 23.85
  4. Randy Broadway (HST) – 22.52
  5. Kit Brazier (HST) – 22.06
  6. Tom Orr (JPT) – 21.28
  7. Heather McComb (JPT) – 20.27
  8. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 20.04
  9. David Nichols (SMT) – 20.00
  10. Barry Reece (SMT) – 18.62

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 222.93
  2. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 196.72
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 188.68
  4. Tom Orr (JPT) – 179.08
  5. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 176.04
  6. David Nichols (SMT) – 172.43
  7. Seth Crowe (CTT) – 160.43
  8. Jeremy Reed (CTT) – 158.23
  9. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 155.60
  10. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 155.50


Jeremy Reed,with his massive 42.03 mile day, is the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performer of the Day for Day 9.

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

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

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

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

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

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


RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Day 5 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

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

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

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

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

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

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

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

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

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

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Kit Brazier and Marylou Corino RIF Run Across the USA Peak Performers

Day 3: Run It Fast’s Race Across the USA – Razing Arizona

Arizona is on fire as the four teams in the Run It FastRace Across the USA‘ blazed across ‘The Grand Canyon State’ razing up ruts of asphalt on their way towards Flagstaff and beyond for one team.

The story of the day came from the back of the field as the Hope Shull Team laid down 149.88 miles after their lackluster 94.79 miles the day before. The 149.88 also topped their Day 1 mark of 108.5 miles. HST had the second most team miles for the day. This team was led by Kit Brazier and team captain Marylou Corino. Brazier’s miles from the day before came in after check-in last night. So they were included in today’s total along with another big run she put down. They totaled a whopping 39.65 miles.

Marylou put down two 15 spots today for 30.39 miles. One of the highest single day totals of the event. It was an inspirational push that has inspired her team to realize that they have a chance in this contest.  Hope’s team finished the day a few miles past Kingman, Arizona having been led by two queens.

The double-headed dragon performances from Marylou Corino and Kit Brazier are the ‘Race Across the USA’ –  Peak Performances of the Day.

The Jeffrey Price Team was strong once again today. They were down a bit mileage from yesterday’s high, but they topped their Day 1 total by a couple of miles. They had a large number of runners knock out double digit runs. Their biggest drama today was fighting each other to get out of the van, and back on the road, each runner wanting to pound more pavement. This team is really pushing each other at a very high level.

The break out star of the entire race so far has been JPT’s Tom Orr. Tom’s been building a mileage stairway to heaven over the first three days with totals of 16.09, 18.39, and 20.29. He is the ‘McFeely-Good’ story of the race so far.  ‘Double-Dime’ Heather McComb once again knocked out 20+ miles. Over the first 3 days of the event she has 65.24 miles. Karl Studtmann was strong again today running 20.16 miles, while, at the same time, taking 17 telemedicine calls (and nine from Leslie).

The team camped out atop Bill Williams Mountain in Williams, Arizona tonight at 6,765 feet. The West Tennesseans on the team kept referring to it as Mt Everest. JPT’s biggest mistake of the day was letting David ‘Smokeless’ Oglesby attempt to build the campfire. After a ‘loud’ text message from his wife Melissa, back in Tennessee, ‘500K Dave’ finally relented and let Donna Burns get the fire going. Jeffrey’s team finished the day with 144.16 miles, 2nd place overall and built upon their lead over third.

The Charlie Taylor Team had participation from all 15 members again today. The only team to have ‘perfect attendance’ over the first three days. The team had no massive-mile stars today, but everyone was solid with five reaching double-digits led by team captain Joshua Holmes‘ 13 miles. They finished the day with 112.5 miles just short of Seligman, Arizona. The team is healthy and sticking with their consistent, all-hands-on-deck approach. They remain in third place overall.

The Suzy Michelson Team fell off slightly today, but they still put down the most miles of Day 3 with 160.2 miles powered by five 20-mile days from Barry Reece, Captain Shane Tucker, Alex Barrientos, David Nichols, and led by Chris Clemens‘ 25.77 miles. Reece hit the 20-mile mark for the 3rd consecutive day. Kimberly Atkins added a half marathon+ after her 26.22 miles yesterday. This team has the most heavy hitters. If they can stay healthy, they will be tough to beat.

The team finished the day in Winslow.  A few minutes later, Mission Control received the following message from Clemens:

“Well, I’m a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowin’ down to take a look at me”

Captain  Tucker made sure to pay for the rooms in cash and not put a credit card down for incidentals.

Hopefully the team is taking it easy, having a good night on the town, and safely asleep by now.  The SMT may lose, or they might win, but it’s sure they will never be here again.

The Suzy Michelson Team remains in the overall lead with 534.01 miles covered for the race.

Day 3 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

  • Suzy Michelson Team – 160.2 miles (10.68mi/runner)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – 144.16 miles (9.61mi/runner)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – 112.5 miles (7.50mi/runner)
  • Hope Shull Team – 149.88 miles (9.99/runner)

RIF’s Race Across the USA Overall Standings (thru Day 3)

  1. Suzy Michelson Team – 534.01 miles (178.00/day, 18.4% completed)
  2. Jeffrey Price Team – 449.25  miles (149.78 mi/day, 15.5% completed)
  3. Charlie Taylor Team – 392.9 miles (130.97 mi/day, 13.5% completed)
  4. Hope Shull Team – 352.72 miles (117.57 mi/day, 12.1% completed)

 

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

  • Suzy Michelson Team – Chris Clemens (25.77 mi)
  • Jeffrey Price Team – Heather McComb (21.1 mi)
  • Charlie Taylor Team – Joshua Holmes (13.0 mi)
  • Hope Shull Team – Kit Brazier (39.65 mi)

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

  1. Kit Brazier (HST) – 39.65
  2. Marylou Corino (HST) – 30.00
  3. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 25.77
  4. Heather McComb (JPT) – 21.10
  5. David Nichols (SMT) – 20.53
  6. Tom Orr (JPT) – 20.29
  7. Shane Tucker (SMT) – 20.25
  8. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 20.23
  9. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 20.16
  10. Barry Reece (SMT) – 19.98

Top 11 Race Mile Leaders

  1. Barry Reece  (SMT) – 69.0
  2. Chris Clemens (SMT) – 66.32
  3. Heather McComb (JPT) – 65.24
  4. Kit Brazier (HST) – 57.89
  5. Karl Studtmann (JPT) – 56.78
  6. Alex Barrientos (SMT) – 55.56
  7. Tom Orr (JPT) – 54.77
  8. Thomas Fowler  (SMT) – 54.23
  9. Marylou Corino – (HST) – 52.5
  10. Randy Broadway (HST) – 50.0
  11. Kimberly Atkins (SMT) – 49.91

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 2 Mileage Results of the Race Across the USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Mileage Leader of the Day

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

Top 10 Mega-Miles of the Day

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

Top 10 Race Mile Leaders

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

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