It was an exciting weekend for the Asheville Running Collective with the debut of our women’s team at the Running of the Bulls 8k. The team of Kate Schwartz, Ginna Lee Reid, Margaret Brennan, Natasha Shipman, and Ashley Hunter Arnold made a statement with all finishing in the top eight. “It was a lot of fun to have five ladies on the line together, to take the top three podium spots, and to be out there with the ARC guys”, said Schwartz, who earned the win on Saturday. On the men’s side, Alex Griggs and Frankie Adkins placed well with a strong third place and the master’s win respectively. We are still awaiting team results, but it should be close with Bull City Track Club in the mix gender division.
Also representing on Saturday, Wil Norris raced the grueling Asheville Half Marathon, which winds in and around the hills of downtown and North Asheville. This event brings out some heat chasing a hefty prize purse. This year was no different and Wil had to settle for 5th after a hard fought 1:10 - a very legit time on this course!
Two weeks back, Phil Latter lined up for his first track race since 2005 at the Atlanta Track Club All-Comers 5000m. Originally, he planned to pace one of his high school athletes for two miles or so, but he ended up staying in it and pushing to the finish in 16:00. He had quite the experience getting by lapped runners as there were 70+ runners on the track at one time!
Over Labor Day weekend, Dave Workman took on one of the more challenging courses in WNC at the Rock2Rock Trail 10k. The trail shoots up from the start with 1500 ft of gain in the first three miles before a steep and treacherous descent back down. Dave had a great comeback race after months of hamstring issues and earned the overall victory. Hopefully, this is the start of a healthy and successful summer of running.
Running of the Bulls 8k - Durham, NC
Kate Schwartz - 1st - 28:54
Ginna Reid - 2nd - 29:26
Margaret Brennan - 3rd - 29:31
Natasha Shipman - 7th - 30:53
Ashley Hunter Arnold - 8th - 31:05
Alex Griggs - 3rd - 25:12
Frankie Adkins - 6th - 26:23
Atlanta Track Club All-Comers Track 5000m - Atlanta, GA
Phil Latter - ?? - 16:00
Results: “N/A. But Strava don't lie” - Phil
Asheville Half Marathon - Asheville, NC
Wil Norris - 5th - 1:10:44
Rock 2 Rock Trail 10k - Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain, NC
Dave Workman - 1st - 52:47