Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Red Hills 2009 and An Ultra or Two

Yes, you heard correctly, "The Toughest Sprint Triathlon in Florida" runs this weekend - April 4th at 7:30 a.m. from Maclay Gardens.

And, yes you also heard correctly that The Youngest Competitor in Event History (2008) is returning to race again - faster than before! Go Colin!!!

The many returning athletes from years past in addition to the new faces and names promise to serve up an athletic competition like no other yet this year. Colin Abbey and his ATAC team mate Colby Allen are joined this year by two new youngsters: Tim Venable and Taylor Knight. Another ATACer, Patrick Shropshire, is making his Red Hills debut on the 4th. Lots of "the gang" from last year's group and the Ironman C'ouer d'Alene training group are back: David Bigoney, Mike Boll, Frances Gilbert, Emma Good, Marguerite McCauley. Robert Palmer and numerous others. New faces include Sean Hudson and Jerry Lewis along with what appear to be several families all signed up for a spring morning of fun and healthy competition.

I know it's early to be up on a Saturday morning, but think how appreciative Colin and 300+ other triathletes will be to see you along the bike route and the 5K run route cheering them on to the finish. I suggest picking a spot along Thomasville Road (on the Maclay Gardens side of the road) between Bannerman and Maclay for the safest viewing of the cycling route; maybe along Bannerman where the sidewalks are between Meridian and Thomasville. The 5K is run inside Maclay Gardens along the Overstreet Trails and it is a beautiful run.

Remember once the race starts cars won't be allowed in - not that there will be any spots left by that time. Parking at the Sunshine Credit Union and in the Fresh Market lots are strongly recommended.

Not to be forgotten are two trail runs (one of ultra distance). Since this race is usually over by 10 a.m., you will still have plenty of time to grab a snack; hop in the car; and head to Torreya State Park to see nearly all of the Draggin' Tail 25K/50K Ultra which starts at 8:30 a.m. and has at least 10 Tallahassee Runners participating including our very own Robin Adams in the 50K Ultra and in the 25K: Kay Posey, Chuck Davis, Pam Breza, Jennifer Winegardner, Brian Corbin, Kristen Baggett, Judy Alexander, Joe Brannon, and Sterling Bryant.

Hope to see you out on Saturday. Swim Fast! Ride fast and safe! Run even faster!

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