St. George was nice weather with starting temp of 41 and finish in the 60s. There was a nice tail wind early in the race. However, the race was still 26.2 miles.
Jeff Rush and John Giles ran a 3:16 and quite enjoyed the race. Jeff said “Weather was cool and we had a tail wind. So it was a very fun race.” — Thanks Jeff and good BQ performances!
Also Kerry “KG” Green texted me that he paced Judd G. to a 3:03. — Solid run dudes!
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Robbie, in his first marathon, ran a 2:57, BQ’d, PR’d and won the Tri-Mesa First Place and Rookie of the Year. Wow! This guy has potential. John will now claim Robbie as his son-in-law.
Judd, with a big assist from KG, won the SG Clydesdale division and a pot of money and BQ’d with 3:03.
The Ryans (Driggs and Rice) BQ’d with approximately 3:07 and 3:09. Rumor has it this was Driggs‘ first long run and that Rice ran the entire race in a ski parka and a personal heater.
Conjoined twins Jeff and John BQ’d in 3:16. Kerry and John win the award for being the most below their BQ time.
Steve Schilds ran a really fast first half. (I’m looking at the glass half full). Imagine what he could do if he actually trained and paced himself! Look out Phoenix Marathon.
Scott was on track to BQ at the 30k mark and finished in 3:32. Scott led by example in our training runs and I predict will excel with cooler training runs for the Phoenix Marathon.
Jordan Shill ran his first marathon in 3:32 with just a little more training than Schild while carrying his father-in-law on his shoulders most of the way. Jordan and I [Rick] were on track for a 3:29 till that tail wind, which early in the race spoiled us, disappeared and we actually had to move our feet to move forward. I cramped badly with 300 yards before the finish line and could not even walk forwards or backwards. I was about to try hopping on one leg, but figured you all would give me crap for showing off, so I stretched it out for a few minutes and BQ’d with a 3:36.
Daren Shumway also completed his first marathon. Watch out when he starts running as fast as he talks.
A few Mesans of note at St George Marathon 2012 (by Rick)
Brian Mason finished his first marathon in 10 years and won the award for the fastest Mesan orthodontist. Sorry Greg Garn and Rusty Jones, but success is 90% showing up.
David Lish, who has threatened to run with us, ran a nice 3:13.
Frankie Breinholt, Brian Ricks and their other friends joined the Marathon Club with their first marathons and all or mostly finished under 4 hours. Nice job.
And we expect to see some neighborhood women at the Phoenix Marathon.
I hope all you guys and gals train with us for Phoenix. Four month training for it starts in early December.