Bryan Clay Invite, Fun with the Fuzz 5k, Vancouver Sun Run, Tenacious 10, Yakima Skyline 25k & the Spring Classic Du!

On Friday, April 20, Brittany Grant competed in the 1500 at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific, and was just shy of PR’ing in 4:31:86. Grant donned the gorgeous new Citius Mag kits that we’re fanning over. The track meet was stacked with pros. FULL RESULTSSaturday, April 21 was bountiful in races, with our local Fun with the Fuzz 5k kicking it off. Fun with the Fuzz is an incredible event, which, alongside Behind the Badge Foundation, honors the sacrifices of officers who have died or suffered a catastrophic injury in the line of duty by serving as the trusted resource to families and surviving officers, providing immediate and on-going support and maintaining the Law Enforcement Memorial for fallen Washington officers. Katelyn Steen & Hazel Clapp repped BDP at Fun with the Fuzz; Steen used the race as a nice warmup leading into the Whidbey Island 1/2 the following day, and took 2nd to Bronwyn Crossman. Hazel also nabbed a PR and  5th F! Results HERE Saturday also featured Oiselle’s Tenacious 10 (10k & 10 Mile), where Aly Howisey raced the 10k. “Since day one, Oiselle has been about running and racing. So to have the chance to sponsor a premiere race in our hometown is incredibly exciting. And we like to think a ‘tenacious’ themed event is perfect for Seattle. We are a hearty, outdoorsy, fun and fierce community. The race will welcome everyone, every pace, getting tenacious from start to finish,” says Sally Bergerson, Oiselle Founder and CEO. The race featured a ton of awesome Oiseller’s, the likes of Kara Goucher, Lauren Fleshman, Sabrina and Regina Lopez, Theresa Hailey and Lyndy Davis, plus many many more. We were also fanning over Ladia Albertson-Junkans who used the race to simulate MP work. Kara Goucher won the 10 Mile in 58:16, followed by Abigail Lang in 58:25 and Albertson-Junkans in 3rd in 58:48. In the 10k, Oiselle’s Mel Lawrence took the win in 33:30, followed by Tara Welling in 34:35 and Caroline Austin in 3rd in 34:45. Fleshman led the 7:00 min pace group in the 10k, where Aly ran for fun, able to utilize the wonderful cheering displayed by Fleshman. Full results for both races HERE!Sunday dominated with, duh, the London Marathon (will the women’s marathon record fall?? No.) We were excited to follow Steph Rothstein-Bruce and Becky Wade; for her pre-race Q&A preview check out – Q & A With Steph Bruce and Ben Rosario Ahead of Virgin Money London Marathon). Rothstein-Bruce didn’t have her best day, but was happy for 10th in 2:32:28; Becky Wade was 11th in 2:35:01. Results for the London Marathon can be found HERE! Closer to home, the famed Vancouver Sun Run 10k, the Whidbey Island 1/2 and Full, the Yakima Skyline 25k & 50k, and the Spring Classic Duathlon happened. Woof. That’s a lot. The 34th Annual Vancouver Sun Run 10k boasts Canada’s biggest start line and is it’s largest 10k road race. “The 10k route is a beautiful scenic course which begins in Vancouver’s downtown core at Burrard St. and Georgia St. Participants will enjoy the downhill start as they make their way towards the world famous Stanley Park, continuing along English Bay to Hornby St., then onto Pacific Avenue, across the Burrard St. bridge exiting onto 2nd Avenue. Winding along Fir St. to join 4th Avenue, the route continues east on 6th Ave. to the Cambie St. Bridge for the final stretch across the bridge to the finish line…The 10k route is sprinkled with gentle, undulating hills making it both fun and enjoyable, while providing breathtaking scenery which includes the snow-capped mountains along Georgia Straight, water views along English Bay and False Creek.” David Larpenteur and Courtney Olsen competed in the Elite Division, and both proffered PR’s. The Sun Run is stacked, and its a great place to race against Canada’s best. Larpenteur was 36th M in 32:38 and Olsen was 16th F in 35:01. Leading the men’s race was Brendan Gregg of Davis, CA who finished in 29:14, followed by Geoff Martinson of Vancouver, BC in 29:35 and Stephen Kersh of Flagstaff, AZ in 29:49. Leading the women was Monica Ngige in 32:23, then Emma Bates of Boise, ID in 32:36, followed by Canadian babes Rachel Cliff in 3rd in 32:41, Natasha Wodak in 4th in 33:04 and Dayna Pidhoresky in 5th in 33:11. Full RESULTSSunday, April 22 also featured the 11th Annual Whidbey Island 1/2 and Full, where Katelyn doubled back for the 1/2, and former Bellingham local and overall stud, Bronwyn Crossman doubled back for the Whidbey Island Marathon. The 1/2 is an out-and-back loop course, which starts at the Bayshore Drive Waterfront in downtown Oak Harbor, winds through a combo of paved city streets, country roads and trails, takes runners through Windjammer Park toward Penn Cove, and back along the waterfront to the finish. “For most of the race, the 1/2 offers gently rolling hills, with the most significant changes in elevation occurring between the quarter-point and half-way point in the race.” The Island lies just north of Seattle in Washington’s Puget Sound, and is a “treasure of scenic natural beauty – with ample views of the nearby ocean, peaceful back-roads through the island’s farmland areas, and the snow-capped peaks of the nearby Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.” The two women dominated, taking 1st across the distances, after finishing 1-2 in the Fun with the Fuzz 5k the day before. Results HEREThat same morning boasted Rainshadow Running’s Yakima Skyline 25k & 50k in Yakima River Canyon, WA, outside of Ellensburg. Maria Dalzot raced the 25k, which is known for its hot, dry conditions, its 5k in vert, its quad-burning climbs and screaming downhills. Dalzot took 1st F/4th OA, and was a little over a minute off her PR on the course, which is also the current CR. She finished in 2:29:36; her CR is 2:28:10. The OA winner was Duncan Hoge of Portland, OR, who finished in a time of 2:14:22. Ending another epic weekend of racing, Leighton Overson competed at his 2nd of three weekends in a row of duathlons, at the Spring Classic Duathlon in Portland, OR. The Spring Classic features a 5k run, 15 mile bike, 5k run format. The ride and runs follow the Columbia River and is considered flat and fast. The Sprint Du’s course records are held by Andrew Langfield (1:10:31, 2012) and Juliet Hochman (1:22:24, 2017). Overson had another good day, taking 1st once more (1:14:10 – which broken down was a 17:38 5k, 36:57 bike, 17:04 5k *not including transitions), two weekends in a row. Can he keep the streak alive next weekend at the Mt. Rainier LC Duathlon?? Full results for the Spring Classic Du HERE!

This is a lot of racing. Brain tired. Must eat Nikki’s homemade cookies.

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