Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Official Fall 2010 Recap

The Fall 2010 season saw some great highs for the Dojo. PJ pulled off the first of many future victories, running away from the field at the Murdick's Fudge Run The Chop Challenge in July. He set a PR at the 10K distance at Lawyers Have Heart in June. AND, he was on target to set a huge marathon PR before a foot injury derailed his final months.

Bryan (pictured) continues to amaze, rolling to a sub-3 hour performance at the St. George Marathon in October. Bryan not only won the over-40 Cyldesdale Division, but was the fastest Clydesdale overall, and also set the all-time Clydesdale course record. He attributes it all the his fast legs and linebacker build.

New addition Pruitt, after enduring the excruciating pain of (watching) child birth, battled back to have a fantastic season. He took second at the Mclean 5k, and also laid down a fantastic 1:13 on the Canal Towpath to win the International Peace Half Marathon in September.

Henry W. had another fine season as (along with Pruitt) one of the Dojo's speed merchants. He came in 4th overall at the Mclean 5k, 5th overall at the Race for World Peace 5k (with an impressive 16:38), 7th overall and 2nd in his age group at the Skyrise Chicago Tower Climb, and 6th overall at the Boo Run for Life 10k, breaking 35 minutes! For his efforts, Henry has been ranked #1 in the 50-54 age group by the Washington Running Report.

Savitch checked in with his first sub-5 minute mile (Midsummer Night Mile), his first triathlon (Hawaii Half-Ironman), a solid 1:18 at the Woodrow Wilson Half, and another sub-3 hour performance at Philadelphia.

Alan continues on the comeback trail, and temporarily loaned his proper spot atop the WRR rankings to others this season. Latest word is that he is ready and raring to go.

This season, we not only learned more about Hamley's murky past as a DC punk rocker, but also saw him win the Cheverly Day 5K, and come in 3rd overall at the Frozen Slopes Cross Country 6k earlier this month. Like Pruitt, he did all this while in the hazy state of new fatherhood.

New member Geoff enjoyed his first season as a full-fledged member, and he brought great honor to the Dojo. GK won the North Face Endurance Challenge 10k in June, ran a 54:31 at the stacked and famed Boilermaker Road Race, and checked in with a 1:18 at the Woodrow Wilson Half.

As for me, this was a two-marathon year. Coming into this season, I ran the National Marathon in 2:36, for 7th, followed by a 1:17:01 at the Woodrow Wilson Half (16th), and a 35:23 at the Clarendon Day 10K. I capped the season off with a 2:38 at the NCR Marathon (2nd).

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