10 Short Stories from Medal Monday Volume 15

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.


Sue Stevens (HF8593 DA2452 MM12891) Kicked off my racing year on Saturday at the Last Chance Half in Bellingham, WA (got lucky as originally the race was slated for 12/31, but weather postponement meant I was able to run it). This was a beautiful run on well-groomed, clearly marked trails with a great post-race spread that included a choice of soups, grilled cheese, chips, candies, fig rolls and lots of different drinks. Fabulous!

Alexa Luchak (HF10465) – Finished my first Half Marathon in 7 years! Of course, it had to be Houston 🎉🎉🎉

Katie Galvin (HF18478) State#15 and half#22 for me on Saturday at the Daufuskie Island Half Marathon! I definitely recommend this one!!! It is a small race but well organized, LOVE the medal and zip up sweatshirt, and a fun after party for runners and friends. I definitely recommend staying on the island if you can! But if you don’t, it seemed like the ferry to/from Hilton Head was pretty well organized. So much fun! Great scenery! I would definitely repeat this one!!

Jackson Hopper (HF18579) 10 year-old Jackson Hopper became official Half Fanatic #18579 yesterday after the Houston Aramco Half Marathon! 🎉

Amy Seagroves (MM15648, DA3652, HF18410) – Half fanatics race #39 state #22 Louisiana Half Marathon. It was a cold day for Louisiana though much warmer than Western NY (Go Bills!). Race was excellent. With great production and some scenic areas. I especially liked running through LSU campus and the football stadium though sadly the tiger wasn’t out. At the end there is tons of food including absolutely delicious vegan gumbo. Would definitely recommend this race for Louisiana!

Gregory Rouson (HF8068, MM12723, DA2354) – Harwoods Half Marathon in Yorktown, VA. My first half of 2022 and lifetime half marathon #160…DONE!!! #itsfreezing

Sheila Lewis (MM3068) –

YALL I did it! I’m pretty slow these days and I was soooo worried about the 7 hour cutoff. I’d reached out to the RD and they said there really wasn’t wiggle room or an early start. And I really wanted this to be the race. I DID IT!! 100% legit got it done. With nasty wind and unusual leg cramps- still made it! 50th state- official(had to repeat),51st bday and 100th marathon. I need to go to sleep but I’m still wound up.Oh AND I had racing royalty help me make it happen. ❤️ Angela Tortorice

Natalie Waller (HF9449) I ran my 4th marathon on Saturday morning at the Museum of Aviation full and PR’d by almost 10 mins and also ran a BQ

Randy Travis (MM6914) – Missed the snow but got plenty of sun at the AZ Rock and Roll Marathon. Forgot how much I prefer cold-weather races!

Patty Bishop (HF 12118)- Finished Half Marathon #187 today at the, “Rose Bowl Half Marathon”, in the beautiful city of Pasadena, CA….

Chills indeed! Half Fanatics at the Chills in the Mill Harwoods Half in Yorktown, VA. 🥶🥶


Photos and Post Credit; Sue Stevens, Alexa Luchak, Katie Galvin, Katy Hopper, Amy Seagroves, Gregory Rouson, Sheila Lewis, Natalie Waller, Patty Bishop, maria Ramirez Gorton

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