Every run begins with this song playing on my Ipod. I envision the start line, see the crowd, and feel the energy. The New York Marathon has been a fixture on my vision board for weeks, months, years. To qualify for the New York Marathon, you need a time, a really fast time. A time my legs have never ran. Like all big dreams, I first write my goal in my journal. I force myself to believe I can succeed. I force myself to believe it IS possible. My mind needs convincing. The convincing can only happen through hard, hard work. My first qualification attempt took place at the Boston Marathon in I understood the magnitude of the glorious event.
Robert and I worked for years to qualify. After hundreds of hours of training and 3 qualifying attempts. We finally qualified in at the Long Beach Marathon in We broke the coveted 3 hour mark. Coming in at Everybody looked fast. My world anxious, nervous, and a little scared. We wore the coveted red bib reserved for the fastest, Wave 1.
The crowds erupted as the race began. The nervousness was gone. The fastest march to the finish line began. Robert and I instantly swallowed by the sea of runners. Besides the sheer number of people, I was surprised by the speed of the runners. Surely this will clear out, I thought. No, matter how fast I ran. Everybody was fast, lightning fast. I was supposed to be the fast one. Everybody at that level, including Robert, ran track or cross-country. I lifted weights. Imagine if someone tied you to a car and drove off. My legs felt like cement, heavy cement. The pace was unrelenting. Thousands of runners speeding by me, adding salt to my fresh wound.
Heck, there might not be a finish. Robert was nowhere to be found. He dropped before I did. I decided to wait for him. We gave painful high-fives to the thousands cheering. Boston became the celebration for years of effort. At the finish line Robert and I embraced. Not exactly the we aimed for.
I set many daunting goals. They can overwhelm me. I set my business, personal and life goals as big as possible. Then I go out there and fail. I fail again and again. Failing never feels good. But failing is a prerequisite for success. There was no NY qualification in Boston, but I vowed to try again. When I returned home the training began, but unfortunately, so did the injuries…. The unimaginable happened during a comfortable mile bike and six-mile run, I felt my calf pull.
I shut down my run and called Uber to the rescue. I was crushed, why me? Why are my goals so hard? How can injuries happen to me? You can drive yourself insane trying to come up with answers, with reasons. After I had my pity party, I picked myself up and realized all the blessings in my life. I would recover. In the meantime, I focused on different workouts, nutrition, and flexibility.
Control your controllables. I rested, healed, and completed my best Ironman Triathlon to date. But the injury returned after my event. I ran my last sad mile of My leg hurt, but my heart hurt more. I live to inspire, to help my clients, friends and family succeed. And when I fail, it hurts me. Failing at anything. It always hurts. Never give up on your dreams. In life, in sport, in business. Never give up. But my New York Marathon dream never relinquished. Life is never fair, it was never meant to be. My life is a choice. Our lives depend only to our response to adversity.
I spent the better part of training, waiting and hoping. The frustration was creeping in, I was nowhere even close to qualification. At this point, I just wanted a chance to run. I wanted a chance to test myself. I finally healed enough to have my chance, the Long Beach Half Marathon. My saddest finish line ever. I did everything right. The weather was perfect.
The course flat. The training complete. The race was going great. No injuries, minor cramping on mile 6, but no big deal. I faced a huge hurdle at mile 7, but I fought and held up. My pace was still there. I told myself if I can only make it to mile 10, my adrenaline, my heart would take over and I could sail to the finish line.
But I was in a world of hurt. So I decided to major in kinesiology to become a physical therapist. I love being able to help people and I hope I can continue to do so in the future! Hi y'all! I played soccer and was a gymnast growing up and decided to start running in college as a way to stay in shape. I ran my first 5k in and fell in love with this sport! My favorite distances to race are half marathons and marathons.
I love working at Rush because it gives me a way to give back to this amazing running community! Stop by and see me, I love to talk about running and inspire others to start this great sport! Likes: long runs, yoga, tigers, Georgia Tech football Dislikes: thunderstorms, being cold and winter. I began running when I joined my school cross country team in 7th grade, and I haven't stopped running since them. I ran cross country 5k races competitively for four years, three in junior high and one year in high school.
I am currently a junior at Har-Ber High School. I ran a half marathon at 13 years old, and I am almost always training for a half marathon or a local 5k race, and I'm always working to improve on personal records and race times. I love to run, and I love to see people enjoy the sport as much as I do. Be sure to stop in and say hey, I would love to meet you! Hey there! I plan to eventually run in college someday and major in some type of Engineering. Hi everyone! I am currently studying nutrition and dietetics at The University of Arkansas in hopes of becoming a dietitian someday.
I started running after high school, and have ran two half marathons so far! I plan to run many more, and maybe even a marathon someday. My hobbies include running, crossfit, cooking, and traveling. Stop by and say hi anytime! Hey Everyone! Winning the race helped. My PRs are I got my Bachelors degree in 4 years in Marketing and am currently working towards my Masters in Recreation and Sports Management. I love helping others succeed and hope to one day be a Collegiate coach.
If you need any help come in the store and I'd love to help any way I can! My name is Ryan, and I started running cross country in 8th grade while I still lived in Louisville, Kentucky. I moved to Norman, Oklahoma my sophomore year of high school and continued my cross country and track experiences there. I ended up making varsity all 3 years in Norman, and led the team as captain my senior year.
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I was not able to run for the University of Arkansas where I am currently studying chemical engineering and applied mathematics but I am still training on my own. I have more goals for the next couple years than I can list in this bio, but I'd love to talk if you come in the shop! I was born and raised in the beautiful Austin, Texas, keep Austin weird. I ran a handful of 5ks then decided to jump the gun and run in the New York City Marathon for The Scarlett Fund, raising money for rare pediatric cancers.
Mike and Alison Rush started running in middle school and haven't looked back since. Mike continued his running career at the University of Arkansas and has coached at Fayetteville High School and local runners of all distances, from the 5k to the marathon. Alison also ran for Arkansas, finishing her senior year as the LadyBacks' first runner and qualifying for the Olympic trials in the 10K.
Drew Conner Hey guys, my name is Drew Conner. Keri Letson Hi! Stuart Jackson Hey there, my name is Stuart Jackson. Heather Diebold Hi! Likes: Art and design, Nature and being outdoors Dislikes: Sitting still John Lamparski My name is John Lamparski. Wells Arkins I like to run, eat and take naps. Also, I hate tempo runs. Demetrius Mulkey My name is Demetrius Mulkey. Everything was very well organized and well directed. Hernandez, Tampa, FL. I appreciate your efforts in putting on a really nice event.
You have a very unique venue for a race and it was one of the more challenging half-marathons that I have run. It is also one of the more scenic. You may recall that I was one of the runners whose time did not register on the initial computer printout, and I was concerned about that because I knew that I had won the Grand Masters division.
Your volunteers very politely and professionally sorted out the matter and were able to come up with my correct race time. I really enjoyed the course and the event. The food was great and the fellow with the acoustic guitar added to the ambiance. Thanks again for you hard work. It is clear that a lot of thought and planning went into the event. Best regards. This was my second halfathon, and I enjoyed the race tremendously. I did not PR, but I was not trying to. As far as my impression of the race, it is a lot of fun.
The bridges are challenging, but beautiful. The volunteers were great, and I especially enjoy the post-race pasta and beer. That is a real treat. All in all, it is a great race! I am writing you a quick email to say thanks for a great race on Saturday. I really enjoyed it. I started to have IT band issues at about mile 7 and struggled for the remainder of the race so not my best half.
However, my issues aside, the race was really well organized, great route, and top notch volunteers. Thanks for all of your efforts in making the race such a great one! Back to cold IL!! I had a wonderful time at your event on Saturday. I flew in with my mother and ran with my cousin. This is the first race my mom was able to see and it was a perfect one as well. Plenty of course support and very well marked. I started with the walker group and did not have a problem following the markings.
The bridges were a challenge and I have called them some unpleasant names. Loved going through the park after the second bridge. Finish line food and help were ample even with us coming in toward the end of the pack.
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The Diet Coke was incredible!! Thanks again for a very well run event. The Halfathon was a beautiful course to run, and I would consider running again in the future. Overall it was a good experience. I had a great time. Thanks so much for a lovely 5-miler experience! As a jogger from Chicago who enjoys many of the races in the windy city, I was very impressed with the personalized attention to each athlete, and the scenic course. Thanks again! Thanks for a great race and conditions! Thank you for putting on another amazing race!
This is my 3rd yr running and I enjoy it every time. Its wonderful to see the race grow each year and get more competitive. Thanks to everyone that helped. The weather was great and a lot of wonderful scenery. I really enjoyed the great post race pasta and other foods. I will see you in March. We loved it. We hope to get back to do it again or maybe one of your other races. Nice to run a flat race for a change of pace.
The race was outstanding. Did the 5 miler. Nicely organized.
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Great volunteers! Plenty of food and drink at the end. Course was beautiful and challenging. Loved the panorama of the bay. I love this race. As a first year participant, and a returning runner who has not done a half in a decade, I was pleasantly pleased with the result. With runners its the little things that stand out e.
This race has been a two year journey that culminated with a very respectable finish. This winter I used this race as a goal in order to improve my running for the upcoming tri season which will conclude this Oct in Miami at the Inaugural I was inspired by the scenery, the volunteers, the weather, and other runners during this race, I suspect it has already become the little jewel in the clearwater running community. I also want to thank you for hosting such a wonderful race.
Everything was very well organized and the course was both scenic and challenging. Great job and thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers. The race was amazing. The course was beautiful and 5 miles is a perfect distance for me: challenging but without requiring serious training. I had a wonderful time running the race and enjoying the festivities afterward. The day could not have been more beautiful. Thank you again for providing such a wonderful running experience. I want to thank all for having such a great event and so well organized.
Thanks for organizing another great half! I will run it every year from now on!!!! Not only did we have perfect weather, the route was absolutely beautiful, the race staff was awesome and very friendly and the post race festivities were great! Thank you so much for a wonderful race!!!! The race went so well. Thanks for all your hard work that goes into these races. You put on a great race today. I participated in my half marathon last month in Madeira Beach. Thank you for all your hard work making it a well organized race.
Will be back next year. I enjoyed running on such a beautiful course. The volunteers were very kind and funny.
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One of them teased me about not stopping to drink the water. It was very nice of them to come out and share their time with us. Cheers to another wonderful day of running!!! We all three made better time than last year. Rock on or should I say run run!!!! The scenic view makes up for all the sweat and tears. Thank you very much and see you all again! Thanks so very much for another splendid race experience. Thanks for the kind and generous words at the awards table.
All the best. Thanks for another awesome race. I chose to walk to see what walking a half marathon was like in hopes to get my wife out next year. I was able to easily finish within the 4 hour time frame. There were plenty of water, Gatorade and bathroom stops. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Sign me up for next year. Just wanted to let you know how well organized and enjoyable the race was.
The race was great. Especially the pasta and meatballs. Hope you have the same next year. Thank you so much. I absolutely love your race! Great race: beautiful weather, well organized, pretty course. We had a blast at the water stop as always and hope it helped all the runners. I hope the race overall was a great success for you! Looking forward to working with you soon. Pete Mad Dogs — supporting our athletes at aid stations 2, 3, and 4. I thought the event was really great.
The weather was perfect for it and the post race food was very plentiful. Congrats on another good event. Had a great time at Station 6, it was well staffed with 6 very hard working women! Coticchio, Volunteer. Thank you for a great race; we had a great time. Thank you for your kindness and work you are doing with this. I really enjoyed the race you had. Exciting and beautiful.
Thank you again for making my annual trip so enjoyable. As always, the volunteers were awesome. Everything from check in to the awards ceremony was in line to make this race one of the best. The weather could not have been more perfect.
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I especially enjoyed the awards ceremony which gave me a glimpse into your knowledge of the running community. I had not noticed these personal touches in the past. You seemed to know something about everyone and to sincerely congratulate them on their efforts. Imagine how it must impact an year old to be so well recognized with such a personal story.
You must be pleased to attract so many out of towners, as well as local superstars. Once again, another great race. And the volunteers and law enforcement, as always, did a superlative job. Each time I have done this race, I have met great people. Keep up the good work, keep the beer cold and flowing, and the traffic out of our way.
Do these things, and the race will continue to grow. I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed running this challenging course. I really appreciate all the hard work you and the volunteers put into running a road race. This was the second time I have run this course and plan on running it again next year.
Awesome job on the holiday halfathon too!! Keep up the good work! Congratulations for the event. I hope to come back in 2 years to run again. Beautiful city, people and course.
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I ran the 5 mile race on Sunday. After reviewing the race results that were emailed to me. I noticed that I placed 3rd in my age group. Do I get an award medal? They are such fun medals I would really enjoy one if I am entitled. I also wanted to thank you for a fun, great event — I had a great time. I flew all the way from the suburbs of Cleveland, OH and it was -8 and colder in Cleveland for the weekend.
I was happy to be in Florida. The reason I flew to Florida for the event is because I plan to run 12 half marathons in 12 months! I have completed 4 so far. So, you see, I have been a part of many races big and small. I thought over all your race was a good one. I really enjoyed the challenge of the bridges. The people I spoke with were all from out of state … they were very friendly. Thank you and happy running! Based on what I heard and saw on the internet, the races appear to have gone very well.
While I was not able to run in either of these races this year, please note that I always look forward to running in your races come every December and January. Thank you for mailing me my beautiful starfish award. I received it the very next day after your call. It is beautiful and once again is a nice memory of a great race. Your races are always first class and so worth the drive from Tampa.
The food, the course, the volunteers, and of course, the starfish are what keep people coming back for more each year. I especially love running down the spiral walkway at the end of this race. It is like a reward for making it up that long bridge. Thanks again and see you next time! Thanks for a scenic race and a wonderful race experience. Course was safe too. Thank you again for a super fun race. I really enjoyed the race… such a beautiful course. I enjoyed the race very much. Beautiful course.
The race was well-organized … the beer and pasta at the finish was a real plus. Overall, I thought the race was well done. I am recommending to my fellow runners that they give this race a try, and I will make an effort to return next year. She encouraged me to keep up, and to kick at the end. She is a true superstar. I loved this race. Scenic — yes, very! Challenging — yes, but in a very good way. I have previously run the Holiday Halfathon twice which is also a great race.
Both of these races are very well run. The volunteers are great, very helpful and enthusiastic. They make all of us runners feel like superstars, but they are the real superstars. At the end is the food and the music and the awards ceremony which helps keep the whole experience very fun free beer is definitely a plus! A big thanks out to the announcer with her tireless enthusiasm for everyone from the top 10 runners to the three and a half hour folks. Finally, a big thanks to Chris Lauber, the race director. He also takes a personal interest in each runner out there.
Twice now, he has found my personal running blog and thanked ME for coming out to run at a race where he must have put much more effort than the amount I did — all I did was show up and run and have a good time. Thanks again everyone! It was my first halfathon and hope to come back next year. The bridges were tough but the setting was beautiful. It was a great group of people and nicely well done! Thanks for all the work that everyone put into it! You did an awesome job!!
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The course was challenging, gorgeous and FUN!! The water stations were well spaced and catered to our every need! The volunteers were the BEST — so friendly and encouraging! Pete Beach, FL. Thanks again… both races are worth doing again next year! Buell, Seminole, FL. I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know my wife Michelle and I had a great time running the We drove day of from Springhill to the event and we were glad that we did.
As for the bridges, they were not that difficult for us as we run the hills of Maryland. I am glad that your numbers have grown year to year. We find it ideal to travel to a Half marathon over the 3 days — especially being from the Cold Weather Maryland.
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