Sunday, August 23, 2009

NETT braves the heat at Moose on the Loose race

As we say here in Boston, it was a freakin' scorchah! (Translation: It was quite warm with high humidity). But several brave Mini Ponies toughed it out in 90+ degree heat at the Moose on the Loose 10 Mile trail race and relay on Sunday.

On the ladies side, our new friend Kristin Hall ran a very strong 1:14 to finish in the top 15 of a very competitive field. Mary Smith continued to show nothing really phases here (marathons, high heat, the home buying process, weddings with port-o-johns) and cracked the top 100 in 1:18, good for 22nd woman overall. Adrienne Cyrulik's race/DNF/race strategy is sure to be a hit with folks soon (call her the new Jeff Galloway!) as she came back after a short breather to finish 62nd woman. And perhaps most impressive was (and I know I'm not supposed to make a big deal...but) Jenn Lavatino looked simply effortless in floating along to a 1:40, smiling as she hurdled the heat stroke victims piling up in front of her.

On the men's side, Marshall Randolph took the "pain is temporary, pride is forever" motto to a new level and not only finished despite a nagging injury, but finished second in his age group in 1:14. Mr. Consistency Jack Burke teamed up with Mary towards the end and came in at 1:18, while Crazy Dave finished 5th overall in 1:01.

And in the relay division, our new pals Ian Finlayson and his wife Wendy teamed up for second place in the 2-person relay (a perfect solution for couples looking to race without requiring childcare coverage!)

So, while it was a very tough day to be running, it was a very fun event, and as always, it was made more fun with good company. Congrats to all.

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