10 Short Stories from Medal Monday Volume 14

Medal Monday brings many stories of achievement for our members. Here are 10 recent stories from the Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics, as told by you, as posted on the Marathon Maniacs/Half Fanatics Facebook pages.


Jessie Abraham (HF9690) – medalmonday What better way to start off the 2022 running season than a free race, Red Nose Half Marathon in Columbus, GA. Lifetime half marathon #97. I’m looking forward to finishing my lifetime 100th half at the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon on February 27th. #runner #running #Runnersofinstagram #runatl #halfmarathon #runhappy #halffanatics #100halfmarathonsclub #runjessierun #islandgirl #Milesforpat #atlantatrackclub

Lisa Wiedower-(HF16498) medalmonday HF16498 Woolly Hollow State Park Trail Run Half. Greenbrier, AR. Small field, great swag, taco truck at finish, heated bathrooms, “not so technical” (depends on who you talk to) couple mountains, creeks with rocks/water, guaranteed to come away with your own wooly Wooly Hollow story. Supports teaching dyslexia students in Honduras. My 3 falls and bruised knees are my wooly Woolly Hollow Story.

Tricia Davis (HF18538) – #medalmonday 1st half of the year completed Saturday at the annual Red Nose Half Marathon in Columbus, GA. My husband started running halfs two years ago while helping me train for a full. The couple that runs together stays together.

Patty Bishop (HF12118) Happy New Year! First race of the season and looking forward to a great year and schedule ahead. I’m planning on finishing my 200th lifetime Half Marathon later this year. Today was Half #186 at the ‘Buckeye Half Marathon’, in Buckeye, AZ….

Randy Riley (HF16432, DA3218, MM14470) – Run to Read Half Marathon, Fairmont WV. A bit of a nip in the air but fortunately no real wind and sunshine when the trail wasn’t blocked by a mountain. Fairmont got 5-6” of snow two days before which allowed for some melting then it froze over. The first 4.4 miles of the trail had fairly decent conditions with some icy areas. The next 8.7 was deep uncleared snow over gravel rail to trail. Since it was out and back you had to run in a single track on the right and passing was a challenge. I wore trail shoes and Yaktrax (snow chains for shoes). Felt like running in sand with ankle weights. Managed a grueling 3rd place AG. Thumbs up to the volunteers who braved the freezing temp. As always a tough but well organized race.

Sandi Guglielmi – HF9218 –

Lifetime Half #91 in my second favorite state (WV) with my dearest friend Joel.
The trail was treacherous with ice and 5 inches of un-plowed snow so pace was not even a thought. Today was about spending time with a friend and processing our last two years since we last saw each other.
Thank you for the miles, the conversation, the hugs, the company but mostly just for being you 🥰 #LifetimeHalf91 #TeamRWBColumbus #MITWolfPack #HRCGryffindor #ColumbusBAMRs #MRTTColumbus #50StateHalfMarathonClub #100halfmarathonsclub #RunJunkees

Robert Manon – (HF3646 DA431 MM6700) – Today’s race was the Citrus Heritage Half Marathon held in Riverside. The weather was perfect today. I think it stayed in the low 50s for the entire race. I kept a nice pace throughout the whole race. For some reason I forgot how tough these rolling hills were on my pace. It was great seeing friends out there and the food and drinks were great as well. I ended up being 2nd in my Age Group, 17th Male and 22nd place overall. The Age Group award was a cap. Congratulations to everyone out there.

Sam Pfanstiel (MM12767 DA3177 HF16934)

Finally got my Route 66 medal and center of the universe detour (“World’s Shortest Ultra”) challenge coin from the week before Thanksgiving. I guess that counts as a running-related Christmas present AND a medal.

Is it just me, or is the size of these medals getting out of control?

Brian Joachims (MM2658, DA125, HF843) – 80 degrees in Orlando by the finish of the marathon. Now headed back home (OK) where it’s below freezing. At least I don’t live in New England!

Greg LeBlanc (HF4654 DA2537 MM13039) – #BlingAndBrew Oregon Road Runners Club – ORRC Y2K Half Marathon. Lifetime Half #209
Scary Joy bourbon barrel-aged imperial brown ale with toasted coconut & whole vanilla
Skookum Brewery Arlington, WA


Photos and Post Credit; Jessie Abraham, Lisa Wiedower, Tricia Davis, Patty Bishop, Randy Riley, Sandi Guglielmi, Robert Manon, Sam Pfanstiel, Brian Joachims, Greg LeBlanc

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