Medal Monday brings many stories of achievement for our members. Here are recent stories from the Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics, as told by you, as posted on the Marathon Maniacs/Half Fanatics Facebook pages.
Mark Jennings (HF13602) Lots of Mt. Rainier runners posting today! I’ll jump in too. 5K and Half done. State #32 for me. Fun trip, great weather, and lots of hiking to really make the races even more challenging.
Jennifer Clark (HF16743, MM15623) Okay… so it has been a while for a Medal Monday but here it is!
7 Halfs – 7 Days – Seven States.
Two of those states were for the second round of 50, Michigan and Wisconsin!
This was all part of the Heartland Series by Mainly Marathons!
States included OH. MI. IN. IL. WI. and MN.
We stayed an extra day for the first day on Summer Camp! And, yes… take a close look at the Summer Camp bid!! David still hasn’t stopped pointing it out to me!!
Congratulations Mary Albrecht (HF8019, DA770, MM7231) for becoming the latest member to be inducted into the Half Fanatic Hall of Fame. Mary is a well known runner at the Mainly Marathon events and is the first HF HOF inductee from North Dakota.
Sue Stevens (HF8593, DA2452, MM12891) Olympia Lakefair Half Marathon. Also got race socks for placing 3rd in my age group.
Lisa Mathews Duszynski (HF427)
It was a great morning in Ashford, Washington at Vacation Races Mt. Rainier Half Marathon! 14 minutes faster than same race last year! Whoo Hoo!
Samuel Z. Lafaye (MM14775, HF15662, DA3342)
Completed state #26, and 66th half marathon in Mount Rainier Half.
Sheri Camp (HF16294)
I have started my journey to upgrade to “Mercury” – 23 half marathons in 23 US states in 365 days. The plan is to complete the journey next June. Hope all goes as planned. #medalmonday #halffanatics
— in Niles, Michigan.
Jodi Gibson Moore (HF13699, DA2110, MM12047)
day late for #medalmonday but here it is. Stampede Road Race. Lots of hills, but I managed to take almost 3 minutes off last year’s time. Great post-race party. Yahoo 😎Half #23, only my first one this year.
Marathon Maniacs/Half Fanatics at Day 3 of the Heartland Series in Portage, IN
Mike Staudinger (HF4282)
Medal Monday. 1st place in masters division at Madison Half marathon in Ennis MT. Group picture of marathon maniacs and half fanatics will be posted once available
Tricia Davis & Aubrey Davis (HF18538 #HF18587)
medalmonday Aubrey Davis and I completed the Downtown Dash 5k in Kennesaw GA this weekend. I placed 2nd in my AG and got to dance with the Mayor who took pictures with all the winners. Fun race. Nice town. Beautiful course. #HF18538 #HF18587 #Race34of70
Heidi Marie Hammond (HF18098)
Despite the rain, my grandson and I had a great time at the Run to the Moon in Wapakoneta, Ohio. I ran the 1 mile with Dean and then grabbed my 5k bib and started my race. (the 5k and 1 mile started together so I drop the 10k down to 5k). 3rd AG and got selfies and autographs with former astronauts. We got free admission to museum and they had a lot of free stuff outside like inflatables and model rocket launches. The museum is celebrating 50th year and the race 20th year. I will definitely do it again.
Amy Lambert (MM12758)
Marathon or greater #160 at Loopty Loop 4, 8 or 12 hour in Farmington Hills, MI. It was a HOT one so i called it quits at 50k. This is a 3.1 mile trail loop, run as much as you want for a specific time period.
Billie Melanson (MM15841) San Francisco Marathon #21
Epic adventure yesterday running over and back across the Golden Gate Bridge for their 45th anniversary. Swag was amazing which included a souvenir anniversary medal plus a finisher medal for all participants.
Chicago and Richmond in the Fall will move me to Iridium Level !
Maniacs and Half Fanatics at the Xenia Avenue Marathon in Champlin, MN
Amy Seagroves (MM15648, HF18410, DA3652)
I had to take 6 weeks off from half marathons due to injury but I returned with half #54, repeat state Keuka Outlet Trail Half. Unfortunately it was about 95 degrees and humid and not the best weather for a comeback race. The race is a on a beautiful and mostly flat non-technical trail in the Fingerlakes region of NY. The swag was also nice. However the race did not have enough volunteers and was not prepared for the heat. I got sick from the heat around mile 10 and encountered no volunteers or race staff for over 2 miles and basically just had to slowly walk to the finish line by the time I saw any volunteers there was less than a mile left and I knew I could slowly finish. Due to getting sick I was DFL but did manage to finish by the 4 hour cutoff but one positive is the RD and race staff stayed at the end and cheered me on. While it was a beautiful location I have a hard time recommending the race for safety reasons. I would only recommend it if it is under 80 degrees See less
Jolanta Thorburn (HF18464)
Deseret News Half in Utah.
State no. 18 in the books ✅ HM no. 29
The race itself was great, but I struggled a bit and I had to keep reminding myself I only just recovered from Covid. It was hot and humid, even though we started at 6am it was already 76F (I kept hearing my Coaches voice in my head..…”add 20 degrees to that temperature” and there is no shame in walking”) So it felt like 96F
Lara Drew Aktary – HF18655
medalmonday one day late as I was just admitted to this group (yay!)
On Sunday I raced the Narragansett Summer Run Festival (Half) in Easton, MA. The weather was perfect (I’m a Texan so running in the mid-high 70s is like heaven 👼🏻) and the Stonehill College Campus and surrounding area is beautiful.
This was state #8 and my third half marathon in 60 days to qualify for the group 😁
Patty Bishop (HF12118) Ran into many friends this weekend. Some old and some new. 2022 Mount Rainier Half Marathon & 5K Finishers….
Marcus Carmicle (MM15632, HF17428, DA3648) Presque Isle half marathon in Erie, PA
Linda Snell (HF18475) Great Appalachian Valley Half! 7/16
Sue Stevens (HF8593, DA2452, MM12891) Yesterday I ran the Run Like the Wind Half Marathon in Westport, WA. This is a fabulous event that deserves more support. Beautiful run along the Westport Light Trail, around the Grays Harbor Lighthouse and 5.7 miles right beside the ocean. Great volunteers, fabulous views and the swag included medal, long sleeve tech shirt, pen, hand sanitizer, cup holder, candy and tourist maps/books. Hard work but one of my favorites so far!
Photos and Post Credit; Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics Facebook Pages