Weekend Update: Kiawah Marathon and Half Marathon, Challenge Daytona Triathlon

The year may be winding down but our team is still racing full force and getting some great results. We had runners doing both the Kiawah Marathon and Kiawah Half Marathon and the Parker family was in sunny Florida racing the Challenge Daytona Triathlon.

Kiawah Marathon

Sandy and Chuck both ran the full marathon hoping for Boston Qualifying times. While sadly it wasn’t Chuck’s day- although he still pulled out an impressive sub-4 hours, Sandy killed it. She ran a 3:37- 3 minutes faster than her required BQ qualifying time. Additionally, she surprised herself by grabbing a podium, too , bringing in a 3rd in AG! We hope that this 3 minute cushion will be enough for her to secure her Boston spot. After a few weeks of chillin’ we’ll start ramping both Sandy and Chuck back up for IM Texas in the spring.

We had some great results in the half marathon, too. Both Michele and Sheryl had PRs, and Greg and AJ put out some impressive times as well. Michele, Greg and AJ are also part of my crew that will be heading to IM TX in April. Also a big shout out to Meridee, who has had some serious injuries and in the past few months we’ve been able to carefully get her back up and running (pun intended). She ran a 1:47 and placed 7th in her AG! Jenn bounced back from IM Maryland AND IM Florida and used the half marathon as a training race for the Charleston Marathon in January. She’s still running strong and I am looking forward to seeing what she can do the first of the year.

Challenge Daytona

The Parker family headed down to Florida for a weekend of triathloning. Saturday, Scotty started the day by racing the adult sprint triathlon. He placed 9th in the 18-24 yo AG, even though he is only 15. He then decided to take a few hours to recover and race the junior race- winning his real AG!

Littlest team member Emmylou won the 8 yo AG and what made it even better was being able to run in with her big brother. The cutest!!

Dad Steve did his first ever middle distance triathlon on Sunday and crushed it, finishing in just over 6 hours. He’s been putting in all the hard work and it is paying off!

Thanks for checking in. As 2019 wraps up I just want to say that I am thankful for such a great group of athletes and I am so excited for what 2020 will bring. Until next time- happy training!

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