For some, Labor Day weekend means beer, barbeque and, of course, football. For many local athletes, however, Labor Day means racing!
The weekend was full of events, and Rogue members made an impressive showing:
Zilker Relays kicked off the weekend on Friday evening with over 600 teams lining up despite the dark, threatening storm rolling over Zilker Park. Luckily the downpour was short and the temperature dropped, creating unseasonably comfortable racing conditions.
Team Rogue Elite, composed of Darren Brown, Joe Thorne, Kyle Miller and Erik Stanley, won both their Retail Challenge Division and the overall race with a time of 46:49 for the four-leg, ten mile route. Team Rogue Elite 2, formed by Cassie Henkiel, Shannon Presley, Allison Macsas and Carmen Troncoso, took the award for the women’s side of the retail division and were also the fastest overall female team with a time of 57:02.
Other Rogue teams included Los Tronkys Viejos (Catherine Barrera, Ashley Baxt, Robert Sutton, Ricardo Troncoso), who won the Masters Mixed division, The Mature Tronky Girls (Mary Faria, Ursula Hammes, Ann Laubach, Audrey Menkeshe) who won the Masters Women Training Group division, Rogue Del Norte (Kyle Brown, Mark Davis, James Rogers, Andrew Webb) who took the Open Men Training Group division and Better than Bond Girls (Cindy Connolly, Laura Mitchell, Mandy Olivares, Lucy Rojas), finishing third for the Open Women.
On Sunday morning, coach Karen Smith’s Rogue Roadrunners found themselves lining up in Albuquerque at 5:30a, ready to run the 26.2 mile section of the New Mexico Marathon,
Half-Marathon & 5K Festival. On the female side, Kirsten Lotter finished 1st in her age group in a time of 3:40:20 and Andi Kelly was fourth in her age group with a time of 3:58:41. For the men, James Gelb was third in his age group (3:27:34) while Brandon Smith finished fourth in his with a 3:32:40.
Other Rogue participants included Josh Baker (4:02:01), Mike Hull (4:07:11), Daniel McCabe (4:35:20), Amy Bush (3:58:41), Kris Algert (4:01:39) and Andrea McCabe (4:47:57).
Labor Day dawned with the Austin Tri, which took place right in central Austin. Joe Thorne cruised to a 6th place overall finish in the Olympic distance with a time of 2:01:27. Glenda Adams won the Overall Female Masters division with an impressive 2:25:31, while newcomer Tanner Hunt finished with 2:38:16. Stacey Shapiro clocked 3:00:55 and Claire Moore crossed the finish line in a strong 3:07:48.
All of our athletes did an excellent job, and hopefully they all found time for a bit of Labor Day fun and relaxation! If I missed you in the results, just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make sure that you receive the recognition you deserve!