Saturday, November 21, 2009

Race Report: 2009 Richmond Marathon

Dean King (l) and Allen Strickland (r) lined up for the Richmond Marathon.

Cornelius-based Allen Strickland recently ran in the SunTrust Richmond Marathon and posted a terrific two-part account on his blog, "Allen's Road to Boston", where he recounts his attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  Running with Allen was newest DART member Dean King, who PR'd with a 3:29.

Part I can be found here, and part II is here.  Way to go, guys!

Allen giving chase to Dean later on in the race.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fellowship of the Idiots Run, Saturday, Nov. 21st

There are a handful of legendary runs in the area, ones that are held at semi-regular intervals and are not races.  One I've heard of is the vaunted Mangum Track Club, held in Ellerbe.  When you see someone wearing one of their t-shirts you know they're part of a special breed of runners.  Not necessarily the fastest, but definitely into running, if you know what I mean.

Our friend in Advance, @scubasue09, let us in on an upcoming run to be held in Albemarle on Saturday, Nov. 21st.  For anyone looking for a just-shy-of-20-mile-run (19.7 to be exact) with no entry fee, then this is the one for you.  While it's been held since 2002, merely 35 or so folks have braved the run from downtown Albemarle to the top of Morrow Mountain and back.  These runners are part of the self-described Fellowship of the Idiots.  In addition to eternal fame, if you finish the run you are entitled to a t-shirt, certificate, and your name on the wall at Albemarle's premier running store, Vac & Dash.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Fall Harvest of Races This Weekend

A veritable cornucopia of local races is being offered this Saturday, Nov. 14th, though none of them are turkey trots (those will be the following week).

Monday, November 2, 2009

Race Report: 2009 Mooresville Pumpkin Run

The weather at the 10th annual Mooresville Pumpkin Run this past Saturday lent a seasonal spirit, as the skies were dark and gloomy, with a light mist settling on the racers at the beginning.

Over the years the turnout has usually been kind of light at this small town race, but this year was the largest ever at 101 finishers.  Unlike most races where runners leave pretty quickly once they're done, at the Mooresville Pumpkin Run most stay for the plenitude of door prizes.

Below is the unofficial route as determined by my Garmin Forerunner 205.  The course covered a residential section of south Mooresville and offered several aid stations.  Turns were indicated by helpful volunteers.  A little traffic control would have been beneficial at the corner of East Center Ave. and East Statesville Ave., as I (and probably a few others) had to wait for some cars to go through the intersection, which isn't something you want to do with only two blocks left to go.

The overall winner was Sawyer Bowman with a blistering 28:10; first female was Marissa Cooper with a 36:18.  Full results can be found here:

Steve Hauser in full stride nearing the finish.

Laurie Randolph stalking the finish line.

Todd Hartung basking in the glow of his fifth place finish.

James and his old man (me) chilling out after the race.

Chad R.
Davidson Area Running Team

Lake Norman Magazine Profiles Davidson Runner Maryline Roux

In the November 2009 issue local runner Maryline Roux is profiled by Lake Norman Magazine.  To read the full story, pick up a copy of the magazine or read it online at: