Week(s) in Review - Busy Busy Busy

The race schedule has been packed this year with Collective members competing in events in WNC and beyond nearly every weekend.  This week was no different.

Chass Armstrong repping the Goat & Pony

Chass Armstrong repping the Goat & Pony

Brent Schouler made his post-marathon return to racing with a win at the Run for Holland 10k in Spruce Pine.  He will spend the summer hitting the roads and working on speed before taking another crack at 26.2 in the fall. 

In Philadelphia, Chass Armstrong raced the Broad Street Run 10 Miler for the second year in a row.  His 53:44 result was off of his goal, but he’s excited to jump back into training and ramp up for a good summer and fall. 

Caleb Masland has been racing himself back into a very respectable level of fitness this spring.  It’s fun to watch him improve every time he pins on a race number.  His most recent effort was a win at the Carolina Brewsfest Half Marathon in 1:13:09.

Also - Shout-outs are in order for two Wedge Run regulars who posted impressive performances last week.  At the Legacy Run Half Marathon a rich prize purse brought out a competitive women’s field.  Kate Schwartz made strong moves in the hilly second half to earn the win and a nice payday.  Out in California, on one of the most strikingly beautiful courses in the country, Arek Robinson set a massive 10+ minute PR of 2:39:22 to place second in the Avenue of the Giants Marathon.  It’s great to see your hard work pay off, Kate and Arek!

Run for Holland 10k - Holland, NC
Brent Schouler - 1st - 35:04

Broad Street Run 10 Miler - Philadelphia, PA
Chass Armstrong - 31st - 53:44

Carolina Brewfest - High Point, NC
Caleb Masland - 1st - 1:13:09

Week in Review - Ramblin'

ARC put in work this past week with Javan Lapp pulling double duty in AVL and Frankie Adkins battling for a USATF masters podium spot in Massachusetts.

On Saturday, Javan went back-to-back with two races in the AM. First up was the brand new Camp Cedar Cliff Trail Run 8k. After trading leads on the long ascents and descents with WNC newcomer Matthew Busche, Lapp had to settle for second after some strong climbing from Busche in the final section of the course. Next up was the Race to the Taps 5 Miler at New Belgium Brewing, Lapp ran strong on the tough climbs to start and finish the race (damn you, Riverview Drive!) and got the W. Solid day of work, Javan!

Javan Lapp

Javan Lapp

On Sunday, Frankie lined up for his first USATF masters national championship of 2017 at the James Joyce Ramble 10k in Dedham, MA. Adkins planned to give himself a shot at a top-3 finish, so he set a strong pace from the start. 5k was passed in 16:07 before hitting the hilliest section of the course in miles 4 and 5. He came into the final 400m in a tight battle with 2nd-5th and finished a close 4th. The fact that he was outkicked by a 50 year old (Kristian Blaich of Atlanta) for 33-minute 10k shows the impressive depth and competitiveness of the USATF masters scene. In the end, Frankie finished 3rd in the 40-45 year old age group - good enough for some USATF hardware.

Frankie Adkins collecting USATF hardware 

Frankie Adkins collecting USATF hardware 

Camp Cedar Cliff Trail Run 8k - Asheville, NC
Javan Lapp - 2nd - 38:53

Race to the Taps 5 Miler - Asheville, NC
Javan Lapp - 1st - 29:56

James Joyce Ramble / USATF 10k Masters National Championships - Dedham, MA
Frankie Adkins - 4th OA / 3rd AG - 33:01

Week in Review: 10ks and a Half

More solid racing across the southeast for the Collective this past weekend.

On Friday night, Alex Griggs competed in his first outdoor track race of 2017 when he lined up for the 10,000m at the Montreat College Invitational. His third place finish in 32:22 was a good start to his spring and summer racing campaign.

Alex Griggs

Alex Griggs

In Richmond, Peyton Hoyal (On Running) put in good work at the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k. His 32:44 was good for 15th place in the deep field.

Peyton Hoyal

Peyton Hoyal

Finally, Caleb Masland (Skechers Performance) continued building his fitness with a strong showing at the Foothills Brewing Hopswap Half Marathon. He got the win and notched a solid 1:13:07 on the hilly course.

Caleb Masland

Caleb Masland

Keep it rolling, boys!

Montreat College Invitational 10,000m - Black Mountain, NC
Alex Griggs - 3rd - 32:22.74

Ukrop Monument Avenue 10k
Peyton Hoyal - 15th - 32:44

Foothills Brewing Hopswap Half Marathon - Winston-Salem, NC
Caleb Masland - 1st - 1:13:07

Week in Review: Big Weekend

We’ve got a packed recap with some of the ARC’s best results of 2017.

On Friday, Wil Norris (Salming Running North America) chopped 37 seconds off of his 10,000m PR with a blazing 29:51 (15:04, 14:47) at the Raleigh Relays. Wil, a grad student at App State, has spent the winter grinding out tough solo sessions up in Boone. His hard work has clearly paid off. Keep an eye out for more fast times as he drops in distance to attack PRs at 1500m and 5000m in the coming weeks.

Brent Schouler also dropped a massive personal best this weekend with his 2nd place finish at the QuintilesIMS Wrightsville Beach Marathon 2017 in 2:34:41 (just behind race winner and friend-of-the-ARC Justin Pfruender) This was nearly 10 minutes faster than his previous best from two years ago. Brent’s ability to lock into a rhythm was on full display as he clicked off 22 of the 26 miles within 3 seconds of his average pace (5:52 per mile). Steady!

Brent cruising in his favorite training venue—Carrier Park. 

Brent cruising in his favorite training venue—Carrier Park. 

With great performances on the track and roads taken care of, a pack of Collective racers took to the trails for the 2017 DuPont 12K Trail Race. In the first few miles, the lead changed several times with Shiloh Mielke (Astral) and Javan Lapp taking turns pushing the hills. Asheville newcomer Mike Zeberkiewicz, who hung back early, moved up and took control of the lead in the second half of the race. Shiloh gave chase, but Mike was able to pull away in the final couple of miles to take the win in 41:50. Javan came across for 3rd, Frankie Adkins in 5th, and Jerad Crave in 9th. Great racing across the board.

The crew rolling at the start of the DuPont 12k

The crew rolling at the start of the DuPont 12k

NC State Raleigh Relays 10,000m - Raleigh, NC
Wil Norris - 25th (2nd in heat) - 29:51.58

Quintiles Marathon - Wilmington, NC
Brent Schouler - 2nd - 2:34:41

Dupont Forest 12k Trail Race - Pisgah Forest, NC
Mike Zeberkiewicz - 1st - 41:50
Shiloh Mielke - 2nd - 42:37
Javan Lapp - 3rd - 43:31
Frankie Adkins - 5th - 44:13
Jerad Crave - 9th - 48:53

Week in Review: Oskar Blues and More

Another great weekend of racing is in the books. The Asheville Running Collective competed in a several events throughout the region. Ryan Woods, Javan Lapp, Frankie Adkins, Stu Moran, and Phil Latter raced a stacked field at the Oskar Blues 4 Miler.  A strong pack from ZAP Fitness made this a race for 6th place as they packed up at the front and swept the top 5 in a controlled effort. Brevard native Jesse McEntire represented the Charlotte Running Club well with a solid 20:01 6th place finish.  The ARC pack streamed in over the next 5 places. The highlight came from Javan, who snagged the $100 bonus for leading at the mile mark then held on strong to finish 8th. Definitely put this race on your 2018 race calendar - it has become an ARC favorite.

Caleb Masland had a busy day at the office on Saturday in Mocksville, NC.  He is racing is way back to PR fitness, so he took on both the 5k and the 10k at the Shamrock Run.  He was able to get the win at both distances with only about 30 minutes rest.  Not bad!

Finally, Peyton Hoyal turned in the fastest result of the week at the Chattahoochee 10k down in Georgia.  He clocked 32:05 on his way to the victory.  This is a strong follow-up to January’s Winter Classic 8k.  Look for more quick results from Peyton this spring.

Oskar Blues 4 Miler - Brevard, NC
Ryan Woods - 7th - 20:54
Javan Lapp - 8th - 21:16
Frankie Adkins - 9th - 21:20
Stu Moran - 10th - 21:34
Phil Latter - 11th - 21:53

Shamrock Run 5k & 10k - Mocksville, NC
Caleb Masland - 1st - 16:44 / 34:20

Chattahoochee 10k - Atlanta, GA
Peyton Hoyal - 1st - 32:05
Results (PDF)

Week in Review: Club Nats

“If you can’t hunt with the big dogs, you get up on the porch with the pups”. 
- Benny Perkins

Frankie Adkins 

A long-term goal of the Asheville Running Collective has been to compete as a team on a national level. We checked off that box this past weekend at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, FL. Year in and year out, this 10k race boasts one of the deepest and most competitive fields in the country. There is no better place for a post-collegiate team to test their standing against their peers. With a winning time of 28:55 (on a rolling cross country course!), 68 racers finishing under 31:00, and 112 coming in under 32:00, this year’s race was no different.

For our first time out, we were proud to represent USATF North Carolina Long Distance Running on the national stage and pleased with our 21st-place “men’s open” team finish, as well as Frankie Adkins’ strong result in the masters race. Next year, we will head into the event in Lexington, KY as a fitter and deeper squad aiming for a top-15 finish. We hope to be joined by other teams in our region, like the Charlotte Running Club and the Johnson City Track Club, as we all work to raise the competitive level of club racing in the southeast.

USATF Club Cross Country Championships - Tallahassee, FL
Men’s Open 10k - 21st overall
Will Norris - 111th - 31:57
Griff Graves - 131st - 32:20
Alex Griggs - 135th - 32:25
Mark Driscoll - 142nd - 32:29
Ryan Courtoy - 214th - 34:07
Brent Schouler - 240th - 35:06
Javan Lapp - 316th - 36:31

Men’s Masters 10k
Frankie Adkins - 25th - 34:02


Week in Review: Turkey Trot Time

Thanksgiving morning is a time for road racing for many in the running world.  Members of the ARC were spread across the country for this holiday, so we had guys line up for Turkey Trots in a couple of different states.

Frankie Adkins

Up in Vermont, Frankie Adkins made room for his Thanksgiving feast with a solid 16:38 5k win, while Brent Schouler grabbed the win at his local race on the tip of Cape Cod.

Brent Schouler

Thanksgiving Day 5k - Springfield, VT
Frankie Adkins - 1st - 16:38


Pilgrim Trot “5k” (bit longer) - Provincetown, MA
Brent Schouler - 1st - 17:48

In Focus: Shut-In Ridge Trail Run 2015

*Update: the 2016 race took place on Saturday, November 5th.  Photo recap coming soon!

—Mark Driscoll

With one day to to go to the 2016 edition of the Shut-In Ridge Trail Run, let's take a look back at the front pack from last year's race.  It's time to feel the Shut-In hype! 


Every year, the final minutes before the start are filled with excitement, nerves, and the latest weather reports. 

Sean Brooks

The 2015 race saw a quick start with the early front runners pushing the pace and pulling the majority of the field along. 

At the start of the single track, three miles into the race, Morgan Elliott emerged in the lead. He was out fast in his debut. 

Morgan Elliott

Five-time winner, and course record holder, Shiloh Mielke was not far behind. Both runners were well under course record pace.  

Shiloh Mielke

A stream of runners followed. Many were running much faster than planned.

Nearing Sleepy Gap at six miles, the first two were clear of the field.  Morgan continued to push the pace with Shiloh close behind.

The chase pack was broken up by this point and gaps were forming. Javan Lapp, Victor McHenry, Dave Workman, and former-winner Jay Curwen were all in the top ten. 

Shut-In is one of the most spectator-friendly trail races around.  Support crews and fans follow the racers along the course with vantage points and aid stations set up every few miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Jerad Crave

Just past halfway, the runners encounter one of the most challenging climbs of the day at Ferrin Knob. This can be a make-or-break section for many.

As Shiloh and Morgan came past, it was clear that the fast early pace was beginning to take its toll. 

A couple of miles later, the leaders again emerged from the trail.  Shiloh had pulled away from Morgan on the downhill and both runners were far ahead of the chase pack

With four miles to go, Javan was alone in third place and beginning to close the gap on Morgan. 

Javan Lapp

The final section of trail after Highway 151 is infamous for its challenging climbs that culminate in a final hands-on-knees push to the finish.

The final two miles were full of carnage. Cramping and fatigue from the fast early pace forced several of the front pack to slowly walk up the climbs or take long stretch breaks.

The positions of the top ten shuffled significantly with those racers who started conservatively making huge jumps up the leaderboard.  The final descent to the finish revealed the finishing positions one-by-one.  Some racers, like experienced trail veteran Will Harlan, were flying.  Others were barely able to manage a jog. 

Will Harlan

In the end, Shiloh grinded out the win, his sixth overall.  Brock Phillips moved way up in the final miles to take second and Morgan Elliott rallied after being back in fifth at Highway 151 to finish third.

Full results here