- Billy Shue for finishing Thunder Road Marathon in just over 2:40 on a windy day, all alone on a tough course, even after he felt rough after 12 miles.
- Caleb Boyd for shattering his marathon PR by over 8 minutes in a near (female) Olympic Trials qualifying time of 2:46:58.
- Jamey Yon for breaking the NC State marathon masters record at Thunder Road when he apparently didn't even prepare or plan for a marathon.
- Stephen Spada for achieving for what he set out to do at Thunder Road (like he always does!)
- Jay Holder for surprising Lauren in the middle of her FIRST marathon and probably spending an ungodly amount of money on a plane ticket to be here for less than 24 hours. Love is priceless! Oh and also for hanging out with me and Garrett for almost 2 hours on Saturday. Besties!
- Lauren Holder for running her first marathon at Thunder Road and destroying it in 3:52:04, even after the emotional letdown of NYC Marathon being cancelled.
- Not Thunder Road, but...Megan Hovis and Val Matena for running the JFK 50 Miler and finishing 7th and 12th respectively! They are happily crazy doing those long distances
- My bestie, Meagan Nedlo, for achieving a 2 minute PR at Philly, even though she was in no man's land after 14 miles. She has PRed in every single marathon she's done, and I'm hopeful that she can continue this trend!
- Dalena Custer for absolutely CRUSHING her PR (by over 9 minutes) to run an almost Olympic Trials Qualifying time in a blistering 2:46:02. Watch out, world, she will qualify for the Trials in 2016. I just know it!
- Brad Belfiore, who got hit by a car while cycling and broke his elbow back in June, and still managed to achieve a 4 minute PR at Philly by running just over 2:40. He ran for two months with one arm hanging limp at his side.
- Eric Bilbrey, who took almost 6 weeks off due to a virus, for achieving huge half marathon PR in 1:18:x with a nice negative split
- Pezz for getting yet another half marathon PR just 6 weeks after her debut marathon and placing third for some prize money
- Chad and Danielle Crockford for going to Philly and still competing! Chad ran a marathon a couple weeks ago and was still able to run 4 minutes faster.
- Of course, Matt Jaskot for running 3:03 in an American Flag robe, shorts, and socks. Amazing!
Of course, many more congrats and kudos go out to so many other runners, both near and far, but these are the ones that I share a personal connection with on a daily basis. Someone asked me if tracking the Philly runners made me sad since I backed out of a fall marathon, and I only had to reflect on the question for about 2 seconds before answering with a resounding "No." Instead of feeling pity on myself, I was so happy that all my friends who had worked so hard over the past year had achieved their dreams. In a small way, I was involved in their preparation somehow or another and it was fun to see everything come together. This weekend should just encourage everyone to get out there and run!