Collective racers kept it local this weekend to focus on Asheville's packed weekend of racing.
On Friday, Javan and Victor took on one of AVL's most notorious races... the Chamber Challenge. The 4pm start often delivers hot & humid conditions on the hilly downtown course. Javan successfully defended his 2014 title and Victor crossed the line in 4th. This is also a big team race with runners representing their employers and earning bragging rights for the coming year. Victor's Mission Health team took the W in the mixed team category, while Javan's Pisgah Legal Services team finished a strong 3rd place.
On Saturday, Frankie and Peyton toed the line at another one of AVL's most challenging races (ok, most are pretty difficult), the Asheville 10k. In it's second year, this race has quickly become one of the most competitive races of the year, thanks to a healthy prize structure that attracts out-of-town talent. Both Peyton and Frankie were able to finish in the money with 3rd and 5th (1st master), respectively.
Finally - shout out to great friend of the Collective, Rich Heffron, on his strong 15:56 at the Roselle Run For the Roses 5k in Chicago.
Asheville Chamber Challenge - Asheville, NC
Javan Lapp - 1st - 17:19
Victory McHenry - 4th - 17:59
Asheville Half Marathon and 10k - Asheville, NC
Peyton Hoyal - 3rd - 33:34
Frankie Adkins - 5th - 36:13
*Thanks to Sherry Stoneman for the photos from the Chamber Challenge