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Denver Nuggets Run to the Rim 5k

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November is usually the least exciting month on our race calendar, but that changed when we received a request from the Denver Nuggets to support their first 5k. Although we only had two and a half weeks to prepare for this race, our athletes still managed to post great results.

First Impressions:
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The class and professionalism that was displayed at the Nuggets’ inaugural Run to the Rim 5k was very impressive. It was obvious that their team knew how to handle a large event because safety was a top priority. Their safety team and paramedics were the first group that our runners seen while making their way from the Camry Parking Lot. Pre-race entertainment was top notch with live performances from the Drumline, Cheerleaders, and Rocky the Mascot was there to get us pumped for the race!

The Race:
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The Run to the Rim course was fast and flat, toured through the Auraria Campus, and finished inside of the Pepsi Center. Jimmy Scavuzzo won the men’s division in 16:44 and our women secured the top 6 finishing positions: Sophie Galleher first in 18:11, Stephanie Milici second 18:18, Amy DeSeyn 18:38, Karina Sanchez made her DTC debut in 19:12, Jen Riat fifth 19:29, and Jacquelyn Myrin 6th in 20:14! William Scavuzzo got a top-10 finish in 19:55, Ellen Downing and Kiera Pelletier both finished in the top-20 during their tempo run. Run to the Rim 5k Official Results

The Party:

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Runners were treated to a mountain of pizza and loads of Coors beer as soon as they entered the beer garden. The event was quite small and was held during unseasonably warm weather, so the Nuggets may want to relocate the post race celebration indoors next year–this event has a lot of potential!

Final Thoughts:
Outside from a few small teething issues, the Run to the Rim 5k has what it takes to become a staple in the Denver running community and we are excited to support the Nuggets’ future racing efforts. Great work #TeamDenver!

2016 NYC Marathon

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Michelle Kluz is new to running, but two things that she is not lacking are speed and passion for our sport. That passion has driven her to skip the training wheels and go for the marathon distance from the beginning.
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The months leading up to the race were spent refining efforts. Michelle is one of the hardest working athletes that we know so the first and most important lesson that she learned was that every run does not have to be a hard run. When athletes run hard every day they either plateau or get injured. Our goal was to keep her progressing, and together we accomplished that goal. Her 5k training races at tempo pace progressed from the 19:40’s down to the 19:20’s, and she managed to take 3rd in her age group and qualify for The Boston Marathon while tempo running at the Lehigh Valley Marathon! She was definitely ready for her big race in New York City.
Moments prior to the race an upset stomach and fever were a cause for concern, but fortunately they were not issues when it was time to go. What was an issue was that Michelle did not have the opportunity to do a proper warmup and had to start the race cold. Normally this is not a problem because runners can warmup during the race, but there was no chance of taking it easy at the NYC Marathon; all of the runners went fast out of the gate. Our teammate Adrienne Boyd reported that she had seen Michelle looking very strong during the seventh mile of the race. She continued to run well and hit the half-marathon mark in 01:35:00, but her hamstrings began to give her problems at mile 16 at the Queensboro Bridge. It was at that point that she decided to give up on her sub-3:10 goal and just finish the race. The rest of her race was trouble free at a 7:45 pace and she finished with a 03:18:00! Great job Michelle!

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2016 Marine Corps Marathon

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The Marine Corps Marathon is known for being a tough course, but when things get tough we can always count on Meghan Curran.
Her race at the 41st MCM was nothing short of inspiring. She took a comfortable lead during the early portions of the race and passed the half-marathon mark with a 01:22:00. Coach Reese and her All-Army coaches would have liked to have seen her run a bit slower, but she felt great and saved enough energy for the hilly section during the latter portion of the race.
By mile 20 Meghan had a firm command of the race and all she had to do was make it to the finish line. Her PR effort abrutply took a turn for the worse when she began experiencing severe gastrointestinal distress. By mile 25 her fight towards the finish line consisted mostly of walking and slow jogging. Around that same time she had relinquished the lead to Perry Shoemaker who went on to take the victory. Bruised, but not defeated she made it to the finish line where she had received immediate medical attention.
We are very impressed by Meghan’s commitment to the All-Army Team. Although she did not get the win, her sacrifice helped her team take the overall victory at the Marine Corps’ home event. This is the type of commitment that she shows us every day and we are glad to have her on the #GoDenver team! Well done Meghan!

Visiting Boa Technology

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Many athletes know about the New Balance VAZEE Sigma’s unique lacing system, but what is not well known is the company that makes them. Boa Technology is based here in Denver and we were fortunate to be invited for a tour of their facility.

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The Boa facility is located inside of the vibrant TAXI community. Upon entering, we were greeted by casually dressed employees, and their pets, to their loft-styled office building. The sense of energy, freedom, and excitement from their employees was contagious. Because of that environment, our tour became much more than a simple visit to learn about shoe laces.

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A surprisingly large amount of work goes into designing the Boa Lacing Systems. The New Balance VAZEE Sigma, pictured above, took their team two years to develop! Boa Technology’s TAXI office is surprisingly capable: they can design and build shoes,  machine their own parts, 3D print things, and do extensive product testing. One notable thing is the amount of testing that they do on their products. They have hot/cold chambers that produce extremely hot and freezing temperatures while subjecting components to endless repetitive cycles. It was easy to understand how they are able to provide lifetime warranties on all of their products.

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Boa Technology is a Denver business that is very likely to become more successful. With the release of the New Balance VAZEE Sigma, they are now a part of our track community. Make sure that you try their products the next time you go shopping!

2016 Roadrunner Invitational

The Denver Track Club was full of anticipation prior to the 2016 Roadrunner Invitational. We had a very strong performance at Colorado College, and planned to do the same this weekend until the top-ranked University of Colorado (CU Buffs) showed up.

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Women’s 6k:
Our goal for the women’s 6k was to disrupt the lead pack of CU runners, and deny them from sweeping all of the top positions. This effort was led by Kirsten Lake who was the Colorado College Invite champion three weeks ago. Kirsten fought hard but began to fade early on from a spell of dizziness, and was forced to retire. Fortunately we had Meghan Curran who quickly took over and led the team with a 6th place finish in 22:17.6. Next to finish was Sophie Galleher who ran aggressively in our battle with the Buffs. Her aggressive strategy paid off because she was able to  beat Samantha Barela of Johnson & Wales University for the first time (23:54)! Amy DeSeyn made a huge improvement since our last 6k! She improved her time by three seconds while her previous competitors all slowed down (24:47)! Kate McLaughlin made her DTC debut in 26:14 which put her within striking distance of her 800m peers. Adrienne Boyd   and Jacquelyn Myrin both made great progress at the Roadrunner Invitational by improving their pace by 10 seconds per mile (26:47 & 27:26 respectively)! Our newcomer Kelly Stritzinger ran this meet as a time trial, but was able to beat 7 college athletes during our outing (32:49)! Overall our women placed second in the non-Division II category behind the University of Colorado. img_9592

Men’s 8k:
Our men’s team has been through a lot this year, but we are back in the game! The men’s effort was led by Naamn Tewelde who had command of  the race during the first three miles, but retired early because of chest pain. Josh Stewart raced cross country for the first time this weekend and placed 10th in the non-Division II category (28:24)! Behind Josh Steward was Dylan Anderson who complained of dizziness during the course and was also forced to retire. Ryan Parker ran a smooth race that concluded with an impressive sprint to the finish that closed the gap between himself and a faster group of competitors (29:02). Andrew Halverson and Solomon Argaw both started the race at blistering paces, but later  settled into a slower rhythm (29:38 & 30:47 respectively).

Although many of things did not go as planned, with three scratches and three DNF’s, we are more than impressed with the progress that our athletes are making. Great job Denver!

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