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Andrea Kooiman AC 100 Trail Work

Am I a Real Runner?

Am I a Real Runner?

When did you realize you were a real runner? Such an odd question to ask of someone, but I have been asked it many times. I have actually gone to battle with myself over this question and had difficulty finding the answer when trying to justify it to others.

I guess in order to answer the question; you must first understand what a “real runner” is.

Dictonary.com defines the words like this:

Runner:
a person who runs, especially in a specified way.
“Mary was a fast runner”

Real:
actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.
“Julius Caesar was a real person”

So, based on the definitions, I guess the day I became a “real runner” was the day I hit the ground running. Each time I ran, whether for sport, to get to something faster (or maybe get away from something more quickly), I was running in a specified way. Just by the act of doing it, it became real. More importantly though, is the moment when I “owned” the title for myself. The day I decided that I in fact was a runner. That moment did not come until years after taking my first “running” steps. As I write this, I know that deep down I still struggle with the definition and what it means on a much grander scale.

Let’s rewind to my youth. I loved sports, I loved being outside and I loved a good dose of healthy competition. I wanted to win. It didn’t matter what it was, I wanted to give it a shot and I wanted to be the best at it. I had drive (some would say, I still do). I ran a few youth track meets and enjoyed the thrill of the chase and of course the recognition of a podium finish. As I entered high school, I ran with the cross country team, but to be honest, I only joined because the boy I liked was on the team. I was not a fast runner, but held my own for a few years until I lost interest in the sport. I still loved to run. I ran for fitness through early adulthood and would enter the occasional local 10K. It was my sanity at times, my reset button. It was my freedom.

It wasn’t until 2005 when a co-worker, friend and retired ultra-runner challenged me to run my first marathon. I took her up on the challenge and trained with her for 6 months. I ran my first marathon in January 2006 at the Orange County Marathon event. It was amazing. I must have liked it because the year I ran my first marathon, I ended up running three. The year 2006 is when I feel I started my official running journey. Instead of running for fitness only, I was running to complete a series of goals. I began coaching a youth marathon program and found new and interesting ways to insert my life into the running community.

With this new found passion for running and racing, I began to set more and more goals. Places I would like to run, PR’s I would like to set and distances I wanted to conquer. This was a transitional phase for me as I learned how remarkable my body was. I wanted to push harder, I wanted to run faster and eventually I wanted to run farther. A LOT FARTHER!

Here is where my “real runner” phase really begins to kick in. Maybe it was the pressure I placed on myself, or the comparisons I made when meeting other runners, but there was a need for validation in what I was doing. Each and every time I stood at a starting line, I always felt a bit inferior to the others, almost as if I didn’t belong there. This feeling didn’t start to take shape until my goals became more out of the ordinary like when I wanted to stack up back to back races, or run distances of 100 miles. While trying to qualify for Boston, I was reading The Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. He speaks about Western States 100 and Badwater 135 in the book. Both of those races seemed far out of reach at that time, but as I progressed in my running and as my hunger for more difficult challenges could not be satisfied, these races became my goals that kept pushing me. They became my desire. I needed to go for it. With that, I started to sign up for races that would help me achieve my goal. Badwater was first on the list. I knew I needed at minimum three 100 mile races completed before I would be considered as an applicant. I also knew that I needed to crew/pace at the event to determine whether or not I should actually go through with this crazy idea that had started to consume my mind. I had already completed two 100 mile races, but they were on loop courses. I wanted to add some trail races to my resume so that it would look better when submitting for Badwater. I registered for the Angeles Crest 100, Leadville 100, Endurance Challenge 100 and Chimera 100. By finishing these, my resume would certainly have the minimum three 100 mile finishes I needed (and then some).

The Angeles Crest 100 Miler was first up and I needed to complete required trail work in order to be allowed to start the race. The day of my trail work, I was partnered up with many highly seasoned ultra runners to do trail maintenance. Many of these runners had run not only the AC100 course a number of times, but had completed dozens of other trail races that I had only heard about. I loved hearing their stories. I wanted to ask them so many questions about trail racing but didn’t want to seem stupid or too eager.

During the course of the trail work I learned so much valuable information from this experienced ultra vets. However, during that time, one of the guys made me feel very bad. While we were discussing upcoming races he mentioned that he would be at Leadville. I was going to be there too! It happened to be just two weeks after AC100. I spoke up, how exciting we would both be racing these two events so close together! He looked me straight in the face and asked how I thought I could pull that off without having any 100 mile trail race finishes under my belt. I felt foolish. The truth is, I really hadn’t thought about it. I just knew I wanted to do it and the only way to reach my goal is to take the start line.

I was too naive to know the difference until he pointed it out. It didn’t matter to me when I signed up for them. My goal was my goal, and I was on my way to achieving it. The only problem with his comment, is that I began to doubt myself. I believe that you should go into every race with a respect for the distance and the course. It is important to go into an event with the ability to SEE the finish line. Picture yourself there. Visualize the medal, buckle or whatever it is that they give to you upon completion. You need to be able to see your completion of the race. Own it. It needs to be YOURS! Until this moment, AC100 was going to be my first trail 100 finish.

Now, well…..now I wasn’t so sure. Maybe he was right? What made me think I could pull this off?

AC100 came and went. I missed the time cutoff at mile 52 and therefore did not finish AC. My first DNF! I could go into a long story about all that happened, but the truth is, I gave up mentally. I didn’t think so at the time, but after the tears had dried and the dirt was washed away, the harsh reality stared me in the face. I gave up on myself. I doubted myself. I didn’t feel like I belonged there and now in two more weeks I was going to do it again, but this time at 10,000+ feet in Leadville, Colorado.

What made me think I could pull this off?

I decided to pull up my big girl panties and get my head in check. I had trained well, my body was strong, and I had a clean slate with a new starting line. I wanted to finish Leadville really bad. I wanted to have my qualifiers for Badwater and I didn’t care what that guy at the AC trail work said to me anymore. What did he know?

So, two weeks later, I started Leadville and DNF’d at mile 60. This time I missed a cut off, but I gave it all I had. I never quit, I never gave up and I pushed until I was told I was no longer allowed to continue. I felt better about this DNF, but I wasn’t OK with it. Maybe that guy was right. Maybe I had no idea what I was doing, and maybe I had bit off more than I could chew. The cold hard fact is that I had 2 DNF’s 2 weeks apart and it stung.

But I didn’t quit, and I didn’t give up. EC100 and Chimera 100 were coming up and I needed those finishes. I trained hard, I trained smart, and I finished both.

I went on to run Badwater in 2014 and continued running long hard races. Each time I showed up, I never felt like I was a true Ultra Runner. Even after completing Badwater, I still wondered when I would become a “real runner”.

It wasn’t until November 2016 at the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra in China that I finally realized that I belonged on the course. At that time, I already had completed Badwater twice, the Grand Slam of 100 Milers, and many other difficult 100 mile races. I had won some and placed at others. I was close to dead last at a few as well. The difference from my failures at AC100 and Leadville compared to my success at the 100 milers I finished is that I simply believed in myself and my ability.

Starting the MGU 100 Miler race in China was magical. I was one of a few American women who made the trek 1/2 across the world for this inaugural event. It was an incredible honor to wear the US flag on my bib and to represent my country.

I stood there surrounded by some of the most talented athletes with running resumes and accomplishments that would blow your mind. I stood there and looked around and asked myself, “Why am I here? How did I get here?” Then I just started to soak it all in. I took some deep breaths and listened to the sounds of the drums that introduced us to the crowd around us as the heat of the fires burning in cauldrons at the start line warmed me. I began to tell myself in amazement that THIS WAS MY LIFE. I worked hard for this moment and I earned it.

As I ran, I went through many personal and emotional battles. I finally came to the conclusion, over the course of those 104 miles across the rugged hillside of Tengchong, that I belonged there. I finally, after many years, realized I was a “real runner.” I actually had been all along.

I was a real runner the day I laced up my shoes and decided I wanted to start a race. I belonged at every starting line even when others thought I had bit off more than I could chew. It is my journey, and I am proud of it. I am even more proud when I look back on it and how far I have come from those DNF’s at AC100 and Leadville early in my ultra running career. It is my story.

With every misstep, I found my way to greater success. With each mistake, I learned something new about myself. With every tear and outcry of heartache and disappointment, I was awarded with greater victories down the road I could have never imagined at the onset of this journey.

I encourage you to set your goals high and follow your own dreams even when they scare you. Feel the fear, but do it anyway. They aren’t you, and they sure don’t know you like you know yourself.

Do hard things and then find even harder things to do.

And always remember…that you are a “REAL RUNNER!”

Andrea Kooiman
RIF #404

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Ila Brandli 2017 Run It Fast Extreme Racer of the Year

Ila Brandli Wins Run It Fast’s 2017 Extreme Racer (Final Results)

Ila Brandli Wins Run It Fast’s 2017 Extreme Racer (Final Results)

Arizona’s Ila Brandli is the winner of Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer for 2017. Ila (RIF #644) ended the Extreme Racer year with an amazing 2,529.1 points.

She is the second female to win the Extreme Racer, and joins RIF legends Karen Vollan, John Leighton, Ed Ettinghausen, David Wingard, and Steve Hughes as winners of this year-long competition.

Ila completed 111 races in 2017 of half marathon distance (13.1) or longer for a total of 2,529.1 points. Extreme Racer awards 1 point for each race mile. She averaged 22.78 miles per race. Very impressive numbers. Congrats, Ila!

First place male and second place overall is RIF #263 Denis McCarthy with 2,172.39 points and third place Extreme Racer is RIF #638 Ken Fattmann with 2,002.5 points.

Run It Fast Members (who participated in Extreme Racer) ran 27,009.06 total miles for the year! If you are a RIF member and have questions on participating in Extreme Racer then simply message us.

Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Top 3 Women for 2017: 1st Place, RIF #644 Ila Brandli – 2,529.1 points. 2nd Place, RIF #525 Karen Vollan – 1,762.8 points. 3rd Place, RIF #450 Patricia Klein – 1,644 points.

Top 3 Men for 2017: 1st Place, RIF #263 Denis McCarthy – 2,172.39 points. 2nd Place, RIF #638 Ken Fattmann – 2,002.5 points. 3rd Place, RIF #279 George Southgate  – 1,379.3 points.

Extreme Racer Final 2017 Standings

  1. Ila Brandli – 2,529.1 points (RIF #644)

  2. Denis McCarthy – 2,172.39 points (RIF #263)

  3. Ken Fattmann – 2,002.5 points (RIF #638)

  4. Karen Vollan – 1,762.8 points (RIF #525)

  5. Patricia Klein – 1,644 points (RIF #450)

  6. George Southgate – 1,379.3 points (RIF #279)

  7. Joshua Holmes – 1,197.5 points (RIF #1)

  8. Teal Clark – 1,077.4 points (RIF #473)

  9. Marylou Corino – 971.3 points (RIF #410)

  10. Andrea Kooiman – 903.5 points (RIF #404)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Ila Brandli – 2,529.1 points (RIF #644)

  2. Karen Vollan – 1,762.8 points (RIF #525)

  3. Patricia Klein – 1,644 points (RIF #450)

  4. Teal Clark – 1,077.4 points (RIF #473)

  5. Marylou Corino – 971.3 points (RIF #410)

  6. Andrea Kooiman – 903.5 points (RIF #404)

  7. Tiffani Glass – 530.53 points (RIF #328)

  8. Greta Reed – 428.1 points (RIF #643)

  9. Cheryl Bryll – 413.3 points (RIF #432)

  10. Robin Brunet – 403.38 points (RIF #564)

  11. Christy Bowers – 387.8 points (RIF #60)

  12. Kit Brazier – 266.4 points (RIF #548)

  13. Diane Bolton – 259.2 points (RIF #159)

  14. Jill Williams – 202.12 points (RIF #521)

  15. Audrena Liu – 169.1 points (RIF #463)

  16. Marj Mitchell – 135.4 points (RIF #4)

  17. Taleighda Crowe – 120.4 points (RIF #628)

  18. Aimee Shilling – 101 points (RIF #418)

  19. Juleann Roberts – 88.08 points (RIF #623)

  20. Candice Graciano – 59.6 points (RIF #545)

  21. Michelle Talbott – 37.5 points (RIF #527)

  22. Sue Peterson – 37.2 points (RIF #648)

  23. Amber Huddleston – 31 points (RIF #626)

  24. Leslie Harwell – 16.2 points (RIF #417)

 

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Denis McCarthy – 2,172.39 points (RIF #263)

  2. Ken Fattmann – 2,002.5 points (RIF #638)

  3. George Southgate – 1,379.3 points (RIF #279)

  4. Joshua Holmes – 1,197.5 points (RIF #1)

  5. Shane Tucker – 814.8 points (RIF #337)

  6. Jeremy Reed – 731.4 points (RIF #642)

  7. Derek Tinnin – 635.2 points (RIF #637)

  8. Seth Crowe – 626.8 points (RIF #541)

  9. Calix Fattmann – 593.6 points (RIF #653)

  10. John Kent Leighton – 545.9 points (RIF #190)

  11. Eric Hunziker – 458.6 points (RIF #660)

  12. Mike Samuelson – 429 points (RIF #282)

  13. Steve Acciarito – 413.8 points (RIF #607)

  14. Chewey BK Lam – 402.8 points (RIF #679)

  15. Michael SK Mortensen – 305.5 points (RIF #553)

  16. Steven Smith – 250 points (RIF #387)

  17. Jean Aponte – 247.2 points (RIF #659)

  18. Jared Matsunaga – 222 points (RIF #665)

  19. Michael Dasalla – 188.6 points (RIF #411)

  20. Darrell Richardson – 173.1 points (RIF #625)

  21. Aaron Braunstein – 166.8 points (RIF #355)

  22. Aaron Smith – 161.1 points (RIF #640)

  23. Stewart Crouch – 120.3 points (RIF #89)

  24. Shane Beck – 72.4 points (RIF #585)

  25. Charles Roberts – 67.86 points (RIF #622)

  26. Matthew Berube – 50 points (RIF #651)

  27. David Essary – 6.2 points (RIF #475)

 

Past Extreme Racer Winners

2016 Extreme Racer Winner – Karen Vollan (Results)

2015 Extreme Racer Winner – John Leighton (Results)

2014 Extreme Racer Winner – Ed Ettinghausen (Results)

2013 Extreme Racer Winner – David Wingard (Results)

2012 Extreme Racer Winner – Steve Hughes (Results)

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” –John Bingham, running speaker and writer

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

 

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2016 Extreme Racer Champ Karen Vollan

Karen Vollan Wins Run It Fast’s 2016 Extreme Racer (Final Results)

2016 Extreme Racer Champ Karen Vollan

Las Vegas native Karen Vollan is the winner of Run It Fast’s 2016 Extreme Racer. Karen (RIF #525) rocked the Extreme Racer racking up 3,496.7 points. She is the first female to win the Extreme Racer, and joins RIF legends John Leighton, Ed Ettinghausen, David Wingard, and Steve Hughes as winners of this grueling, year-long competition.

Karen completed 125 races in 2016 of marathon distance (26.2) or longer for a total of 3,496.7 points. Extreme Racer awards 1 point for each race mile. She averaged 27.97 miles per race. Impressive and unfathomable numbers for most of us. Congrats, Karen!

Last year’s Extreme Racer champion, RIF #190 John Leighton, finished strong again with a second place finish of 1,889.35 points. John is the most consistently impressive runner in Extreme Racer history. In addition to last year’s win, he has three runner-ups including this year, and a fourth place finish the very first year of the XR.

Third place Extreme Racer is RIF #279 George Southgate with 1,761.3 points. In his four years of competing in Extreme Racer he has a 3rd, 2nd, and two 5th place finishes.

Run It Fast Members (who participated in Extreme Racer) ran 25,156.19 miles total for the year!

Don’t forget to update your points for January at the end of the month! If you are a RIF member and have questions on participating in Extreme Racer then simply message us.

 Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Top 3 Women for 2016: First Place, RIF #525 Karen Vollan – 3,496.7 points. Second Place, RIF #473 Teal Clark – 1071.55 points. Third Place, RIF #159 Diane Bolton – 1026.72 points.

Top 3 Men for 2016: First Place, RIF #190 John Kent Leighton – 1,889.35 points. Second Place, RIF #279 George Southgate – 1,761.3 points. Third Place, RIF #387 Steven Smith  – 1,335.7 points..

Extreme Racer Final 2016 Standings

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1.       Karen Vollan – 3,496.7 points (RIF #525)
  2.       John Kent Leighton – 1,889.35 points (RIF #190)
  3.       George Southgate – 1,761.3 points (RIF #279)
  4.       Steven Smith – 1,335.7 points (RIF #387)
  5.       Mark McCaslin – 1,226.7 points (RIF #486)
  6.       Teal Clark – 1,071.55 points (RIF #473)
  7.       Mike Samuelson – 1,037.6 points (RIF #282)
  8.       Diane Bolton – 1,026.72 points (RIF #159)
  9.       Marylou Corino – 1,022.1 points (RIF #410)
  10.       Joshua Holmes – 914 points (RIF #1)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1.       Karen Vollan – 3496.7 points (RIF #525)
  2.       Teal Clark – 1071.55 points (RIF #473)
  3.       Diane Bolton – 1026.72 points (RIF #159)
  4.       Marylou Corino – 1022.1 points (RIF #410)
  5.       Andrea Kooiman – 727.9 points (RIF #404)
  6.       Tiffani Glass – 570.82 points (RIF #328)
  7.       Kit Brazier – 530.58 points (RIF #548)
  8.       Patricia Klein – 497.8 points (RIF #450)
  9.       Robin Brunet – 496.23 points (RIF #564)
  10.   Maricris Beauchamp – 436.08 points (RIF #518)
  11.   Christy Bowers – 436.07 points (RIF #60)
  12.   Cheryl Bryll – 379.4 points (RIF #432)
  13.   Jill Williams – 255.8 points (RIF #521)
  14.   Marj Mitchell – 196.7 points (RIF #4)
  15.   Suzanne Michelson – 191.2 points (RIF #280)
  16.   Shannon Miller – 124.8 points (RIF #338)
  17.   Michelle Lenahan – 114.4 points (RIF #283)
  18.   Jennifer Liles-Dorris – 99.9 points (RIF #398)
  19.   Michelle Talbott – 99.7 points (RIF #527)
  20.   Erin Goetz – 92 points (RIF #443)
  21.   Candice Graciano – 77.9 points (RIF #545)
  22.   Lisa Gonzales – 51.7 points (RIF #5)
  23.   Daniela Obregon – 30 points (RIF #49)
  24.   Robin Crouch – 29.3 points (RIF #208)
  25.   Angie Whitworth Pace – 29.3 points (RIF #447)

 

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton – 1889.35 points (RIF #190)
  2. George Southgate – 1761.3 points (RIF #279)
  3. Steven Smith – 1335.7 points (RIF #387)
  4. Mark McCaslin – 1226.7 points (RIF #486)
  5. Mike Samuelson – 1037.6 points (RIF #282)
  6. Joshua Holmes – 914 points (RIF #1)
  7. Shane Tucker – 769.7 points (RIF #337)
  8. Sal Coll – 711.55 points (RIF #425)
  9. Denis McCarthy – 508.17 points (RIF #263)
  10. Chuck Engle – 463.15 points (RIF #70)
  11. Jeff Liu – 423.8 points (RIF #275)
  12. Seth Crowe – 414.1 points (RIF #541)
  13. Michael Dasalla – 369.42 points (RIF #411)
  14. Scotty Winston – 276.4 points (RIF #364)
  15. Andy Noise – 245.2 points (RIF #570)
  16. Michael SK Mortensen – 204 points (RIF #553)
  17. David Mickelsen – 142.4 points (RIF #164)
  18. Shane Beck – 120.3 points (RIF #585)
  19. Rich Peers – 107.2 points (RIF #591)
  20. Karl Studtmann – 78.6 points (RIF #221)
  21. Stewart Crouch – 42.4 points (RIF #89)
  22. Arland Blanton – 26.2 points (RIF #290)


Past Extreme Racer Winners

2015 Extreme Racer Winner – John Leighton (Results)
2014 Extreme Racer Winner – Ed Ettinghausen (Results)
2013 Extreme Racer Winner – David Wingard (Results)
2012 Extreme Racer Winner – Steve Hughes (Results)

Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” –John Bingham, running speaker and writer

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

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Lemi Berhanu Hayle Wins 120th Boston Marathon (Results)

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Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle easily won the 120th Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day with a time of 2:12:45. Hayle’s powerful close over the last 5K left last year’s winner Lelisa Desisa nearly a minute back

Desisa finished in second place in 2:13:32. Yemane Adhane Tsegay passed Wesley Korir to claim third place in 2:14:02. Korir finished fourth in 2:14:05.

2016 Boston Marathon Top 10 Male Results

  1. Lemi Berhanu Hayle (Ethiopia) – 2:12:45
  2. Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) – 2:13:32
  3. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (Ethiopia) – 2:14:02
  4. Wesley Korir (Kenya) – 2:14:05
  5. Paul Lonyangata (Kenya) – 2:15:45
  6. Sammy Kitwara (Kenya) – 2:16:43
  7. Stephen Chebogut (Kenya) – 2:16:52
  8. Abdi Nageeye (Netherlands) – 2:18:05
  9. Getu Feleke (Ethiopia) – 2:18:46
  10. Zachary Hine (USA) – 2:21:37

Congrats to Zachary Hine on being the first finisher from the United States. He finished in 2:21:37.

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Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa surprised almost everyone by winning the 120th Boston Marathon. She was the top female to finish after passing Tirfi Tsegaye in the last 10K and just getting stronger and stronger until she reached the finish line. She beat Tsegaye by 44 seconds.

Tsegaye finished in 2:30:03. Third place went to Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) in 2:30:50.

2016 Boston Marathon Top 10 Female Results

  1. Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) – 2:29:19
  2. Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia) – 2:30:03
  3. Joyce Chepkirui (Kenya) – 2:30:50
  4. Jelena Prokopcuka (LVA) – 2:32:28
  5. Valentine Kipketer (Kenya) – 2:33:13
  6. Flomena Cheyech Daniel (Kenya) – 2:33:40
  7. Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) – 2:33:56
  8. Fate Tola (Ethiopia) – 2:34:38
  9. Neely Spence Gracey (USA) – 2:35:00
  10. Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia) – 2:37:31

Congrats to Neely Spence Gracey on being the first female finisher from the United States. She ran a strong race and finished in 2:35:00 with a big gap over second American, Sarah Crouch.

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120th Boston Marathon Live Coverage (2016)

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Kenneth Williams finished the Boston Marathon in 4:57:51. It’s about Kenneth’s 14th Boston Marathon finish. Congrats, Kenneth! #RunItFast

RIF’s Linzie Starr finished the Boston Marathon in 5:19:43. Congrats!! #RunItFast

Run It Fast’s Angie Whitworth Pace finished the Boston Marathon in 4:28:30. Congrats, Angie!!! #RunItFast

Run It Fast’s Kendra Fields Schoffstall finishes the Boston Marathon in 4:38:36. Congrats, Kendra!! #RunItFast

He did it! RIF #33 Robin Robbins finished the Boston Marathon in 4:12:11. Congrats, Robin! Dreams do come true with a vision and hard work. Proud of you my friend! ‪#‎HylandsFYFL‬ ‪#‎RunItFast‬

Legendary RIF member Dallas Smith, at 75 yo, finishes another Boston Marathon. This one in 4;07:25. #RunItFast

Run It Fast’s Aimee Shilling finishes in 3:53:03. Congrats, Aimee!

Run It Fast members Cary Morgan finishes 3:46:05 and Jen Metcalf finishes in 3:54:36.

Run It Fast’s Kevin Gerteisen finishes in 3:47:30.

Run It Fast’s Nadia Ruiz finishes in 3:35:43.

Run It Fast’s Michelle Bischoff finishes strong with a time of 3:34:11. Congrats, Michelle! #RunItFast

RIF’s Linzie Starr hits halfway in 2:19:03. Projected for a 4:42 finish.

Run It Fast’s David Dye finishes in 4:01:03.

Run It Fast’s Dean Karnazes finishes in 3:48:58.

Mas Korima’s Patrick Sweeney finishes in 3:23:13.

#HylandsFYFL Robin Robbins hits halfway in 2:00:28.

Run It Fast’s Tim Christoni finishes the Boston Marathon in 3:11:39.

RIF Angie Whitworth Pace hits half in 2:08:55. Tim Christoni is at 40k and close to a finish.

RIF Roy Tamaz 1:54:15 half marathon split.

Run It Fast member rundown:

  • Robin Robbins 10K in 56:07
  • Dallas Smith 10K in 53:57
  • Angie Whitworth Pace 15K in 1:26:27
  • Jen Metcalf 15K in 1:21:20
  • David Dye 25K in 2:03:01
  • Michelle Bischof 15K in  1:15:08
  • Aimee Shilling 15K in 1:15:16
  • Roy Tamaz 15K in 1:19:47
  • Tim Christoni 30K in 2:13:20
  • Kendra Fields Schoffstall 10K in 58:11
  • Kevin Gerteisen 25K in 2:05:21

Congrats to the top 3 men and women:

Men

  1. Lemi Berhanu Hayle (Ethiopia) – 2:12:45
  2. Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) – 2:13:32
  3. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (Ethiopia) – 2:14:02

Women

  1. Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) – 2:29:19
  2. Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia) – 2:30:03
  3. Joyce Chepkirui (Kenya) – 2:30:50

Tsegay takes Korir for 3rd place. Korir finishes in 4th.

Desisa, last year’s champ, finishes in 2nd place.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle (Ethiopia) WINS the 120th Boston Marathon in 2:12:45. Hayle is just 21 years old.

Men: Hayle has a dominating lead. It’s been a coronation jaunt for him the last few miles. He will win the Boston Marathon.

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Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) is the female winner of the 120th Boston Marathon in 2:29:19 in a remarkable come from behind win.

Less than a mile left for Baysa and she is in control and will win the Boston Marathon barring an absolute disaster. She’s left the field and Tsegaye far behind.

Baysa is in a solid lead now by about 10 seconds. She is looking strong and getting stronger as she passes 40k.

The women are neck in neck now between Tsegaye and Baysa.

Tsegaye is currently leading the women with about a 5 second lead over Joyce.

Run It Fast’s David Dye has hit the half way point in 1:39:57.

Top 3 women through 35k

  1. Tirfi Tsegaye 2:04:19
  2. Joyce Chepkirui 2:04:29
  3. Valentine Kipketer 2:04:40

Run It Fast’s Robin Robbins has been spotted before the start of his race. He’s part of the Hylands Find Your Finish Line team. Robin’s journey and story to get to this race is quite amazing.

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Mas Korima’s Patrick Sweeney hits the half way point in 1:25:35 wearing Luna sandals and a kilt.

At the half way point the top men stand as:

  1. Yemane Tsegay – 1:06:45
  2. Getu Feleke – 1:06:46
  3. Lemi Hayle – 1:06:46

At the half way point the top three women stand as:

  1. Tirfi Tsegaye – 1:15:33
  2. Valentine Kipketer – 1:15:34
  3. Joyce Chepkirui – 1:15:34

Wind currently at 10mph

Late start to our 120th Boston Marathon live coverage. Someone had to get the kids ready for and to school this morning.

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John Leighton Wins Run It Fast’s 2015 Extreme Racer (Final Standings)

John Leighton 2015 Extreme Racer Champion Collage - Run It Fast

RIF #190 John Leighton, the Susan Lucci of the Extreme Racer challenge with several runner-up finishes, is Run It Fast’s 2015 Extreme Racer of the Year with 1,706.27 points. That’s over, 1,700 miles of racing that covered several states.

“All they found of John back in Ohio was a muddy set of running clothes, a bar of soap, and an old pair of Hokas, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to race as far as he did. Old John did it in less than three hundred sixty-five days..

John ran, walked, and crawled to freedom through seventeen hundred race miles of sh!t smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, or maybe I just don’t want to. Seventeen hundred miles… that’s the length of 29,920 football fields, just shy of 9 million feet.” – JohnShank Redemption

John had just enough points, with a final push on the last day of the year, to eclipse RIF #279 George Southgate who finished in second place for the year with 1,592.2 points.

Third place once again this year went to RIF #1 Joshua Holmes with 1,456.2 points.

Congrats to John on being the Run It Fast’s 2015 Extreme Racer of the Year!

Extreme Racer Final Top 10 Leaderboard
1. John Kent Leighton – 1,706.27 (RIF #190)
2. George Southgate – 1,592.2 (RIF #279)
3. Joshua Holmes – 1,456.2 (RIF #1)
4. Mark McCaslin – 1,314.1 (RIF #486)
5. Steven Smith – 1,269.1 (RIF #387)
6. Teal Clark – 1,217.5 (RIF #473) – Top Female
7. Patricia Klein – 1,201.6 (RIF #450)
8. Diane Bolton – 1,160.46 (RIF #159)
9. Carol Earles – 1,049.7 (RIF #287)
10. Deo Jaravata – 1,029.7 (RIF #333)

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Congrats to RIF #473 Teal Clark on finishing 2015 with the most points of any female competing in Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer with 1,217.5 points.

Second place female goes to RIF #450 Patricia Klein who had a very strong finish to the year with a total of 1,201.6 points.

Three-time Extreme Racer female winner, RIF #159 Diane Bolton, finished with 1,160.46 points for third place barely edging out RIF #287 Carol Earles who finished in fourth with 1,049.7 points.

Congrats to Teal, Patricia, and Diane on their hard work and extreme racing in 2015!

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard
1. Teal Clark – 1,217.5 (RIF #473)
2. Patricia Klein – 1,201.6 (RIF #450)
3. Diane Bolton – 1,160.46 (RIF #159)
4. Carol Earles – 1,049.7 (RIF #287)
5. Marylou Corino – 1,027.9 (RIF #410)
6. Cathie Johnson – 843.8 (RIF #507)
7. Heather Zeigler – 832.18 (RIF #246)
8. Andrea Kooiman – 672.1 (RIF #404)
9. Angie Whitworth Pace – 645.1 (RIF #447)
10. Suzanne Michelson – 580.5 (RIF #280)
11. Amanda Staggs – 563.6 (RIF #210)
12. Cheryl Bryll – 557.9 (RIF #432)
13. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
14. Alicia Eno – 445.6 (RIF #126)
15. Tiffani Glass – 403 (RIF #328)
16. Belinda Young – 361.4 (RIF #358)
17. Jamila Williams – 353.7 (RIF #459)
18. Nicole Eldridge – 347 (RIF #446)
19. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
20. Christy Bowers – 338.01 (RIF #60)
21. Aimee Shilling – 310.7 (RIF #418)
22. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 273 (RIF #5)
24. Kim Crowe – 271.9 (RIF #245)
25. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
26. Jennifer Hatcher – 255.1 (RIF #323)
27. Marj Mitchell – 224.8 (RIF #4)
28. Audrena Liu – 212 (RIF #463)
29. Erin Goetz – 164.7 (RIF #443)
30. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
31. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
32. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
33. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
34. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
35. Katy Cook – 57.9 (RIF #510)
36. Michelle Bischof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
37. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
38. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
39. Debra Jacildo – 22.2 (RIF #98)
40. Martine Kincade – 18.6 (RIF #260)
41. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard
1. John Kent Leighton – 1,706.27 (RIF #190)
2. George Southgate – 1,592.2 (RIF #279)
3. Joshua Holmes – 1,456.2 (RIF #1)
4. Mark McCaslin – 1,314.1 (RIF #486)
5. Steven Smith – 1,269.1 (RIF #387)
6. Deo Jaravata – 1,029.7 (RIF #333)
7. Shane Tucker – 1,024.1 (RIF #337)
8. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
9. Troy Johnson – 870 (RIF #506)
10. Brian Recore – 673.2 (RIF #395)
11. Denis McCarthy – 628.8 (RIF #263)
12. Ben Herron – 578.1 (RIF #408)
13. David Essary – 435.7 (RIF #475)
14. Jeff Liu – 403.2 (RIF #275)
15. John Sotomayor – 402.2 (RIF #393)
16. Arland Blanton – 295.8 (RIF #290)
17. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
18. Michael Dasalla – 280.3 (RIF #411)
19. Jeff Van Demark – 279.1 (RIF #322)
20. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
21. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
22. Nathan Bass – 157.9 (RIF #174)
23. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
24. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
25. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
26. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
27. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
28. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
29. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Congrats to everyone who submitted Extreme Racer points in 2015. So many great runners from The Club did amazing races all over the globe. Thank you to everyone who participated.

All-Time Records
1,000 Point Extreme Racer Club

1. Ed Ettinghausen – 4,803.8 (2014) – Overall Winner
2. Steve Hughes – 2,742.4 (2012) – Overall Winner
3. Diane Bolton – 1,961.9 (2012) – Female Winner/2nd Overall
4. David Wingard – 1,928.3 (2013) – Overall Winner
5. John Kent Leighton – 1,910.9 (2013) – 2nd Overall
6. Joshua Holmes – 1,834.7 (2013) – 3rd Overall
7. Diane Bolton – 1,783.45 (2013) – Female Winner
8. John Kent Leighton – 1,706.27 (2015) – Overall Winner
9. John Kent Leighton – 1,703.8 (2014) – 2nd Overall
10. Joshua Holmes – 1,652.1 (2012) – 3rd Overall
11. John Kent Leighton – 1,648.88 (2012)
12. Joshua Holmes – 1,644.4 (2014) – 3rd Overall
13. George Southgate – 1,592.2 (2015)
14. George Southgate – 1,524.04 (2013)
15. Diane Bolton – 1,486.56 (2014) – Female Winner
16. Joshua Holmes – 1,456.2 (2015)
17. George Southgate – 1,452.6 (2014)
18. Carol Goslin – 1,388.8 (2013)
19. Mark McCaslin – 1,314.1 (2015)
20. Carol Earles – 1,284.19 (2013)
21. Steven Smith – 1,269.1 (2015)
22. Teal Clark – 1,217.5 (2015) – Female Winner
23. Patricia Klein – 1,201.6 (2015)
24. Carol Goslin – 1,188.3 (2012)
25. Jennifer Hatcher – 1,187.2 (2014)
26. Diane Bolton – 1,160.46 (2015)
27. Hideki Kinoshita – 1,153.8 (2012)
28. Denis McCarthy – 1,117.36 (2013)
29. Carol Earles – 1,049.7 (2015)
30. Steven Lee – 1,044.4 (2012)
31. Deo Jaravata – 1,029.7 (2015)
32. Shane Tucker – 1,024.1 (2015)
33. Marylou Corino – 1,027.9 (2015)
34. Kerri Haskins – 1,026.5 (2013)


Extreme Racer Winners By Year

2015 – John Leighton (Final Standings)
2014 – Ed Ettinghausen (Final Standings)
2013 – David Wingard (Final Standings)
2012 – Steve Hughes (Final Standings)

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

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru November 2015)

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The conclusion of November brought the Run It Fast – Extreme Racer standings into an extremely tight competition as the top three overall were separated by less than 42 points with John Leighton leading the way with 1,458.67. Following closely in 2nd was George Southgate with 1,427.1 points and in Joshua Holmes in 3rd place with 1,417.5 points.

When we look at the women’s side we have a new leader as well as Arkansas native Teal Clark takes over the pole position with 1,124.1 points. Diane Bolton, last year’s Extreme Racer top female, moves into 2nd place with 1,077.06 points. Patricia Klein drops to third with a staggering 1,069.4 points to round out an extremely competitive leaderboard amongst the women.

With one month to go…actually just a couple more weeks left in the year…it will be interesting to see who can knock off more race miles while finishing their races. DNF miles do not count towards ER points. Will John and Teal be able to hold on to their top spots or will George, Diane, or Patricia be able to over take them? We will know soon enough.

Thank you to all RIF members who have submitted race points throughout the year.

Here is a look at the full standings:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard
1. John Kent Leighton – 1,458.67 (RIF #190)
2. George Southgate – 1,427.1 (RIF #279)
3. Joshua Holmes – 1,417.5 (RIF #1)
4. Mark McCaslin – 1,314.1 (RIF #486)
5. Steven Smith – 1,269.1 (RIF #387)
6. Teal Clark – 1,124.1 (RIF #473)
7. Diane Bolton – 1,077.06 (RIF #159)
8. Patricia Klein – 1,069.4 (RIF #450)
9. Shane Tucker – 1,024.1 (RIF #337)
10. Marylou Corino – 972.1 (RIF #410)

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard
1. Teal Clark – 1124.1 (RIF #473)
2. Diane Bolton – 1077.06 (RIF #159)
3. Patricia Klein – 1069.4 (RIF #450)
4. Marylou Corino – 972.1 (RIF #410)
5. Carol Earles – 956.3 (RIF #287)
6. Cathie Johnson – 811.4 (RIF #507)
7. Andrea Kooiman – 672.1 (RIF #404)
8. Angie Whitworth Pace – 645.1 (RIF #447)
9. Heather Zeigler – 622.58 (RIF #246)
10. Amanda Staggs – 563.6 (RIF #210)
11. Suzanne Michelson – 541.2 (RIF #280)
12. Cheryl Bryll – 531.7 (RIF #432)
13. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
14. Belinda Young – 361.4 (RIF #358)
15. Tiffani Glass – 359.6 (RIF #328)
16. Nicole Eldridge – 347 (RIF #446)
17. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
18. Christy Bowers – 317.42 (RIF #60)
19. Aimee Shilling – 310.7 (RIF #418)
20. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
21. Kim Crowe – 271.9 (RIF #245)
22. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 260.6 (RIF #5)
24. Jennifer Hatcher – 202.7 (RIF #323)
25. Alicia Eno – 195.2 (RIF #126)
26. Marj Mitchell – 172.4 (RIF #4)
27. Erin Goetz – 164.7 (RIF #443)
28. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
29. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
30. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
31. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
32. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
33. Katy Cook – 57.9 (RIF #510)
34. Michelle Bischof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
35. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
36. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
37. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
38. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard
1. John Kent Leighton – 1458.67 (RIF #190)
2. George Southgate – 1427.1 (RIF #279)
3. Joshua Holmes – 1417.5 (RIF #1)
4. Mark McCaslin – 1314.1 (RIF #486)
5. Steven Smith – 1269.1 (RIF #387)
6. Shane Tucker – 1024.1 (RIF #337)
7. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
8. Deo Jaravata – 964.2 (RIF #333)
9. Troy Johnson – 837.6 (RIF #506)
10. Brian Recore – 673.2 (RIF #395)
11. Denis McCarthy – 628.8 (RIF #263)
12. Ben Herron – 578.1 (RIF #408)
13. David Essary – 435.7 (RIF #475)
14. Jeff Liu – 373.9 (RIF #275)
15. Arland Blanton – 295.8 (RIF #290)
16. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
17. Michael Dasalla – 267.2 (RIF #411)
18. John Sotomayor – 252.2 (RIF #393)
19. Jeff Van Demark – 230.5 (RIF #322)
20. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
21. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
22. Nathan Bass – 157.9 (RIF #174)
23. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
24. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
25. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
26. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
27. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
28. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
29. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Things have been interesting all year and the standings have never been constant. The last 3 months will no doubt see many changes and many more numbers added to this already impressive roster of miles. This club continues to inspire all kinds of people all over the world. Keep racing, keep running, keep being awesome!

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

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru October 2015)

Bart Yasso and Patricia Klein - Run It Fast

The year is winding down and the standings through October are pretty close on both sides of the gender coin for Run It Fast members. The overall leader is Joshua Holmes with 1,377 points while the current top female is Patricia Klein with 1,024.1 points.

After Holmes, Steven Smith is in 2nd place with 1,269.1 points and in third is John Leighton with 1,259.57 points. Fourth male is the ever steady thoroughbred known as George Southgate with 1,217.2 points.

On the women’s side after Klein, we have Teal Clark of Arkansas with 976.9 points in 2nd place and Diane Bolton in 3rd with 940.76 points. Forth female is Canadian Marylou Corino with 864.9 points.

These standings should change often until the end of the year when we will crown a new Extreme Racer.

Extreme Racer Top 10 Leaderboard
1. Joshua Holmes – 1377 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1269.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1259.57 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1217.2 (RIF #279)
5. Patricia Klein – 1024.1 (RIF #450)
6. Teal Clark – 976.9 (RIF #473)
7. Mark McCaslin – 969 (RIF #486)
8. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
9. Diane Bolton – 940.76 (RIF #159)
10. Shane Tucker – 924.1 (RIF #337)

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard
1. Patricia Klein – 1024.1 (RIF #450)
2. Teal Clark – 976.9 (RIF #473)
3. Diane Bolton – 940.76 (RIF #159)
4. Marylou Corino – 864.9 (RIF #410)
5. Carol Earles – 864.6 (RIF #287)
6. Cathie Johnson – 811.4 (RIF #507)
7. Andrea Kooiman – 642.8 (RIF #404)
8. Heather Zeigler – 622.58 (RIF #246)
9. Angie Whitworth Pace – 602.7 (RIF #447)
10. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
11. Cheryl Bryll – 479.3 (RIF #432)
12. Amanda Staggs – 470.7 (RIF #210)
13. Suzanne Michelson – 446.4 (RIF #280)
14. Belinda Young – 361.4 (RIF #358)
15. Nicole Eldridge – 347 (RIF #446)
16. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
17. Tiffani Glass – 291.6 (RIF #328)
18. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
19. Christy Bowers – 277.82 (RIF #60)
20. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
21. Aimee Shilling – 226.9 (RIF #418)
22. Kim Crowe – 218.3 (RIF #245)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 215.1 (RIF #5)
24. Jennifer Hatcher – 202.7 (RIF #323)
25. Alicia Eno – 195.2 (RIF #126)
26. Marj Mitchell – 172.4 (RIF #4)
27. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
28. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
29. Erin Goetz – 110.5 (RIF #443)
30. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
31. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
32. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
33. Michelle Bischof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
34. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
35. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
36. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
37. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard
1. Joshua Holmes – 1377 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1269.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1259.57 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1217.2 (RIF #279)
5. Mark McCaslin – 969 (RIF #486)
6. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
7. Shane Tucker – 924.1 (RIF #337)
8. Troy Johnson – 837.6 (RIF #506)
9. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)
10. Brian Recore – 573.2 (RIF #395)
11. Denis McCarthy – 550.2 (RIF #263)
12. Ben Herron – 520.9 (RIF #408)
13. Jeff Liu – 373.9 (RIF #275)
14. David Essary – 333.3 (RIF #475)
15. Arland Blanton – 295.8 (RIF #290)
16. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
17. Michael Dasalla – 256.2 (RIF #411)
18. John Sotomayor – 252.2 (RIF #393)
19. Jeff Van Demark – 230.5 (RIF #322)
20. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
21. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
22. Nathan Bass – 157.9 (RIF #174)
23. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
24. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
25. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
26. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
27. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
28. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
29. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Things have been interesting all year and the standings have never been constant. The last 3 months will no doubt see many changes and many more numbers added to this already impressive roster of miles. This club continues to inspire all kinds of people all over the world. Keep racing, keep running, keep being awesome!

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

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru September 2015)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru September 2015)

Joshua Holmes at Born to Run, photo by Joel Livesey - Run It Fast

It’s hard to believe how fast 2015 has flown by. We are looking towards the end of the year, and the last few months in the Extreme Racer competition for 2015. Even though there are only 3 months left to accrue race points, this time of year brings some of my favorite races, at least in this corner of the world. The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon, Tunnel Hill 100/50 miler, and RIF’s own Black Diamond 40 miler, Double Black Diamond 40 miler, and Sequoyah series are all taking place in November and each will be a reunion of sorts for many RIF members who plan to attend.

Founder and RIF #1 Joshua Holmes is still in the lead with 1350.8 points. Only 81.7 points behind is RIF #387 Steven Smith with 1269.1 points. Taking third place is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1207.17 points.

The top women seem to be continuously shaking things up. RIF #450 Patricia Klein has taken over first place with 965.7 points. Coming in second place is RIF #473 Teal Clark with 869 points. And in third place is Canadian RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 781.5 points.

Here are the Extreme Racer standings through September:

Extreme Racer Top 10 Leaderboard

1. Joshua Holmes – 1350.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1269.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1207.17 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Patricia Klein – 965.7 (RIF #450)
7. Teal Clark – 869 (RIF #473)
8. Mark McCaslin – 869 (RIF #486)
9. Shane Tucker – 840.9 (RIF #337)
10. Marylou Corino – 781.5 (RIF #410)

Extreme Racer Male Leaderboard:

1. Joshua Holmes – 1350.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1238.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1044.17 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Mark McCaslin – 869 (RIF #486)
7. Shane Tucker – 780.2 (RIF #337)
8. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)
9. Brian Recore – 516 (RIF #395)
10. Ben Herron – 513.3 (RIF #408)
11. Denis McCarthy – 419.2 (RIF #263)
12. Jeff Liu – 373.9 (RIF #275)
13. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
14. John Sotomayor – 252.2 (RIF #393)
15. David Essary – 85.5 (RIF #475)
16. Michael Dasalla – 216.9 (RIF #411)
17. Arland Blanton – 195.8 (RIF #290)
18. Jeff Van Demark – 175.7 (RIF #322)
19. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
20. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
21. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
22. Nathan Bass – 125.5 (RIF #174)
23. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
24. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
25. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
26. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
27. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
28. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Extreme Racer Female Leaderboard

1. Patricia Klein – 965.7 (RIF #450)
2. Teal Clark – 869 (RIF #473)
3. Marylou Corino – 781.5 (RIF #410)
4. Carol Earles – 759.8 (RIF #287)
5. Diane Bolton – 736.76 (RIF #159)
6. Andrea Kooiman – 642.8 (RIF #404)
7. Heather Zeigler – 517.78 (RIF #246)
8. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
9. Cheryl Bryll – 453.1 (RIF #432)
10. Angie Whitworth Pace – 450.3 (RIF #447)
11. Belinda Young – 448.6 (RIF #358)
12. Suzanne Michelson – 394 (RIF #280)
13. Nicole Eldridge – 357 (RIF #446)
14. Amanda Staggs – 340.1 (RIF #210)
15. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
16. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
17. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
18. Tiffani Glass – 251.3 (RIF #328)
19. Christy Bowers – 247.57 (RIF #60)
20. Aimee Shilling – 226.9 (RIF #418)
21. Kim Crowe – 218.3 (RIF #245)
22. Alicia Eno – 195.2 (RIF #126)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 178.9 (RIF #5)
24. Marj Mitchell – 156.2 (RIF #4)
25. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
26. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
27. Erin Goetz – 103.4 (RIF #443)
28. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
29. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
30. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
31. Jennifer Hatcher – 81.7 (RIF #323)
32. Michelle Bishof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
33. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
34. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
35. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
36. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

 

Things have been interesting all year and the standings have never been constant. The last 3 months will no doubt see many changes and many more numbers added to this already impressive roster of miles. This club continues to inspire all kinds of people all over the world. Keep racing, keep running, keep being awesome!

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

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Steven Smith – Silverton Challenge 2015 – Run It Fast

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru August 2015)

Steven Smith - Silverton Challenge 2015 - Run It Fast

Finally, we are beginning to see some cooler temperatures blowing in. Summer is slipping away and Autumn is making its appearance. Autumn is my favorite season. It brings with it not only cooler weather, but beautiful colors, warm flavors, crisp air, fun holidays and great races, too. And there are only a few months left in the year to accrue race miles and battle for the top spot in the Extreme Racer competition.

Having recently finished the Wasatch 100 and successfully attaining a victory in the “Slamwater” challenge (a combination of the Grand Slam of 100’s and Badwater 135 in the same summer), Run It Fast’s founder and leader RIF #1 Joshua Holmes is leading the men with 1250.8 points. However, RIF #387 Steven Smith is hot on his heels in second place with 1238.1 points after winning the Silverton Challenge 6-Day, only a 12.7 point difference. RIF #279 George Southgate takes third place with 1055 points.

RIF #473 Teal Clark has taken over the first place spot in our women’s leaderboard with 761.8 points. Only 2 points behind, RIF #287 Carol Earles takes second place with 759.8 points. And RIF #410 Marylou Corino takes third place with 731.5 points, only 28.3 points behind Carol.

Here are the Extreme Racer standings through August:

Extreme Racer Top 10 Leaderboard

1. Joshua Holmes – 1250.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1238.1 (RIF #387)
3. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
4. John Kent Leighton – 1044.17 (RIF #190)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Shane Tucker – 780.2 (RIF #337)
7. Teal Clark – 761.8 (RIF #473)
8. Carol Earles – 759.8 (RIF #287)
9. Marylou Corino – 731.5 (RIF #410)
10. Patricia Klein – 685.7 (RIF #450)

Extreme Racer Male Leaderboard:

1. Joshua Holmes – 1250.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1238.1 (RIF #387)
3. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
4. John Kent Leighton – 1044.17 (RIF #190)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Shane Tucker – 780.2 (RIF #337)
7. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)
8. Brian Recore – 516 (RIF #395)
9. Ben Herron – 513.3 (RIF #408)
10. Denis McCarthy – 419.2 (RIF #263)
11. Jeff Liu – 373.9 (RIF #275)
12. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
13. John Sotomayor – 252.2 (RIF #393)
14. Michael Dasalla – 216.9 (RIF #411)
15. Arland Blanton – 195.8 (RIF #290)
16. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
17. Jeff Van Demark – 175.7 (RIF #322)
18. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
19. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
20. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
21. Nathan Bass – 125.5 (RIF #174)
22. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
23. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
24. David Essary – 85.5 (RIF #475)
25. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
26. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
27. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Extreme Racer Female Leaderboard

1. Teal Clark – 761.8 (RIF #473)
2. Carol Earles – 759.8 (RIF #287)
3. Marylou Corino – 731.5 (RIF #410)
4. Patricia Klein – 685.7 (RIF #450)
5. Andrea Kooiman – 642.8 (RIF #404)
6. Diane Bolton – 559.6 (RIF #159)
7. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
8. Belinda Young – 448.6 (RIF #358)
9. Heather Zeigler – 439.18 (RIF #246)
10. Angie Whitworth Pace – 396.4 (RIF #447)
11. Nicole Eldridge – 357 (RIF #446)
12. Suzanne Michelson – 341.6 (RIF #280)
13. Amanda Staggs – 340.1 (RIF #210)
14. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
15. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
16. Cheryl Bryll – 280.9 (RIF #432)
17. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
18. Tiffani Glass – 228.1 (RIF #328)
19. Aimee Shilling – 226.9 (RIF #418)
21. Kim Crowe – 218.3 (RIF #245)
21. Alicia Eno – 195.2 (RIF #126)
22. Christy Bowers – 192.67 (RIF #60)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 153.4 (RIF #5)
24. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
25. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
26. Marj Mitchell – 115.1 (RIF #4)
27. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
28. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
29. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
30. Erin Goetz – 90.3 (RIF #443)
31. Jennifer Hatcher – 81.7 (RIF #323)
32. Michelle Bishof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
33. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
34. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
35. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
36. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

Run It Fast has officially reached 500 members, which is a pretty big milestone. That’s over 500 of the most driven and inspiring runners across the globe, and I am so proud to say I’m a part of it. Every one of you continues to inspire me and make me want to be better, both in running and in every other aspect of my life. Whether you’re just starting out or are a grizzled veteran of the running world, keep doing what you’re doing. Keep pushing on and inspiring the people around you to change their lives. You may not think anyone is watching, but I promise you, they are.

Happy running!

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

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