Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fleet Feet Huntsville Racing Team Results - March 2017

Jim Clemens--race team member for 10 years

         I have been running since 3rd grade or so when I would go run with my older brothers and sisters on occasion.  I distinctly remember getting to go down on the track and infield to gather my sisters' sweats and have them at the finish line for them.  That was the only time I was ever on the track for a state finals! I ran track and cross country in high school and have run on my own since then.  I hae run all sorts of distances in races and in relay races (Ragnars) but nothing over a marathon distance.  I have run 33 marathons, I believe, including 4 Bostons, NYCM, and  Chicago, with a 2:38:34 PR at Twin Cities. The question I am asked the most about running is, "Why?!?", and those asking don't realize that's a highly complicated question.

        I run because I enjoy it.  Not just the running itself; I enjoy everything about it.  I enjoy the training.  I enjoy laying out a plan for a race and following it.  I enjoy and strive on the structure.
        I run because I am fairly good at it.  It is one of the few things in life where I have some talent.
        I run (alone) because I am failry introverted and I                                                                            can escape and be with my own thoughts.
        I run to be connected to nature and to God.  When I am running, I have the greatest conversations with God and with my family members that have passed on.  God created my body to be good at running and I can surely use it to honor Him.  To quote (my favorite) from Chariots of Fire's Eric Liddell: "And when I run I feel His pleasure."

Let Isaiah 40:31 be your mantra.                         Learn more about Jim

Crux Winter Ultra 54k, Switzerland
March 4, 2017

Martin Schneekloth completed the tough course in 7:51:01.

Snickers Albany Marathon, Albany, GA
March 4, 2017

This marathon is always a favorite for BQ and PR seekers.  The race team members did not disappoint, for many of them set PRs at the race this year!!

Ryan Donovan: 3:04:23  PR
Matt Casiano: 3:08:41  PR
Julia Mateskon: 3:24:16  PR
Allison Ruzicka: 3:33:21
Donna Palumbo: 4:21:54  PR

Donna pre-race: thinking about that impending PR

Matt pushing for his PR

Allison crushing it

Ryan and Julia enjoying PR success.

Delano Park 12 hour, 50 mile, relay, Decatur, AL
March 4, 2017

Aleisha Chaffin turned in another awesome 50 mile time and WON the Delano Park 50 miler outright.  Running 7:15:01, she set a state age record!!

Aleisha happy after her overall win

Andrew Hodges and Todd Parsons used this opportunitiy as a training run, and ran 27 and 36 miles respectfully.

UAH 8k, Huntsville, AL
March 5, 2017

Robert Youngren: 28:57 (1st overall)
Greg Reynolds: 29:37 (2nd overall)
Daniel Sillivant: 29:56 (3rd overall)
Marty Clarke: 33:01 (8th overall)
Kelsey Moser: 33:41 (1st female)
Kathy Youngren: 35:08 (2nd female; 1st master)
Linda Scavarda: 35:58 (3rd female and 8k PR)
Katie Maehlmann: 41:28 (Ran with 9 year old speedy daughter)

Rob in his last mile for the win

What an awesome picute of Daniel.  He was 3rd.

Kelcey crushing the hill to take the win

Greg taking 2nd place.

Birmingham Wine 10k, Birmingham, AL
March 11, 2016

From team member Julie Mason:  I ran the Birmingham Wine 10k with Steeplechase bronze medalist Emma Coburn.  She paced the 40 minute group, so I got to run the first mile with her.

Daniel Sillivant: 36:12
Julie Mason: 44:01

Julie with Emma Coburn (and her bronze medal)

Daniel posing with an Olympian

Savage Gulf Trail Marathon, Beersheba Springs, TN
March 18, 2017

Martin Schneekloth: 4:59 (6th overall, 1st master)

Martin and gang before the race

Rocket Run 10 miler, Mooresville, TN
March 18, 2017

Robert Youngren: 1:02:36 (4th overall)
Lauren Mitchell: 1:06:12 (1st female, 6th overall)
Ryan Donovan: 1:06:36
Matt Casiano: 1:07:23
Dink Taylor: 1:09;12
Todd Parsons: 1:10:00
Marty Clarke: 1:11:10
Jim Clemens: 1:11:29
Rick Maehlmann: 1:11:33
David Moulder: 1:11:54
Julia Mateskon: 1:12:31
Anya Gluszek: 1:13:04
Aleisha Chaffin: 1:14:57
Kathy Youngren: 1:14:59 (1st master)
Tim Vinson: 1:17:03
Eric Fritz: 1:17:53
Linda Scavarda: 1:22:40 (long run day)
Donna Palumbo: 1:32:41

Rob around mile 6 (is anyone else in the race?)

Lauren after the race with her girls

Linda, Aleisha, and Kathy thinking that they are glad that's over;)

Todd is happy after the race!!

McKay Hollow Madness 12k & 25k, Huntsville, AL
March 25, 2017

Craig Smith: 2:20:11 (6th overall)
Eric Fritz: 2:52:02
Marty Clarke: 2:57:26
Christy Scott: 3:04:52
Dana Overton: 3:05:22

Eric Fritz's finish.  He gets 2 thumbs up from his daughter:)

Oak Mountain 50k, Birmingham, AL
March 25, 2017

Martin Schneekloth: 6:18:11

Martin having so much fun!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fleet Feet Huntsville Racing Team Results - Jan. and Feb. 2017

Fleet Feet Racing Team 2017  

 The Fleet Feet Race Team 2017 is off to a fast start--setting the stage for a great season!!  We want to welcome our new team members, Allison Ruzicka, Michele Brock, Daniel Sillivant, Ryan Donovan, and Matt Casiano, and we want to welcome back to othe team, Blake Thompson, and Brett Wilks.  We cannot wait to see what this team has in store for the year.   

Pistol Ultras--Alcoa, TN
December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017

Celebrating the New Year by running sounds like a dream for many of us, but many on the Fleet Feet Race Team got to do just that.  Aleisha Chaffin was trained up and ready to run her 1st 100 miler, and run it she did, finishing in an amazingly fast time of 18:15!! She was 5th overall.  She has thrown a time out there that many others on the team have to chase.  

Aleisha's awesome finish!!!

Aleisha looking great after the race.

The sweet set-up.....before the micro burst of wind.

Hanging in the Taylor RV awaiting Aleisha

Aleisha doesn't seem so excited about the fun horn;)

In addition to Aleisha's remarkable 100 mile finish, team members Dink Taylor, Anya Gluszek, and Todd Parsons ran the 50k.  Anya PR'd with her 3rd place female finish.

Dink Taylor : 4:26:14
Anya Gluszek: 4:36:01 
Todd Parsons: 5:20:34 

Dink finishing the 50k

Anya receiving her award

Lastly, team BABP, which consisted of Kathy Youngren, Martin Schneekloth, and Robert Youngren won the 50k relay, with a time of 3:31:04.  Then they had crewing and pacing duties the rest of the day.  Team member Eric Fritz and Aleisha's husband, Ryan, also were there cheering, crewing, and pacing. 

Rob coming in for a fast finish.

Team BABP receiving their awards.