Weekend Update: USA Duathlon Nationals and Coastal Cyclist Century

It was a fun weekend in Greenville for Brian, Josh and Sarah. All 3 participated at the USA Duathlon Nationals. Each raced in the Draft-Legal Sprint on Saturday and the Non-drafting Standard on Sunday. The sprint consisted of a 5k run, 18k bike, 2.85k run and the standard was a
8.45k run, 39k bike, 4.5k run. While Sarah raced last year, this was the first time for the guys. All 3 reported back that it was a great experience.

Sarah used the sprint race as a warm-up for Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain in 2 weeks. She also brought home a podium spot on Saturday- placing 3rd in her AG and thus qualifying again for the Draft-Legal Sprint World Championships 2020.

She also PR’ed Sunday’s standard distance by 3 minutes. It was a great weekend for her!

AND ALL THREE finished the weekend strong on Sunday qualifying for Worlds for the Standard distance! Looks like Team AMEC will be representing in the Netherlands in 2020!

Meanwhile, back in Charleston, the Coastal Cyclist’s Spring Century brought out many of our athletes to ride. Aimee, Alexis, Melissa, Robin and Sandra took to the streets and did awesome. It was Alexis’ first ever 100 miler and she killed it. Congrats to all!

Weekend Update: LandRun 100, Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 10k, Bosch 5k, and Race and Roast 5k

It was a fun weekend for bikes and running by Team AMEC. Let’s start with bikes.

Lane headed to Oklahoma for the iconic LandRun 100. This race is one of the leading “must-dos” for gravel racers. Many times the weather is complete crap and make the race unfinishable but fortunately this year was perfect and Lane finished in 8:24.

Aimee, Alexis and Robin spent a beautiful Saturday morning with the Charleston Cycle Chicks at a training ride for the Coastal Cyclists Century in a few weeks.

We had a fun weekend of running, too. Lots of running, in fact.

The Parker family had a fun day at the Shamrock Shuffle. EmmyLou PR’ed and placed 2nd in the 7 and under AG R. Scotty finished first in the 10k in his 16 and under AG. The rest of the family had great runs also, and even ran into teammate Sam.

Brian had a fantastic day at he Bosch 5k. His speedy time of 19:25 was good for a 3rd overall male finisher. Sarah, Josh and Alexis partied on St. Patrick’s Day at the Race and Roast 5k. Sarah placed 2nd overall female, Josh was 5th in his AG, and Alexis pulled in her first ever podium spot with 3rd in AG. Great job everyone!

Stay tuned- 2019 has only just begun. Lots of racing ahead!

Weekend Update: Parris Island Triathlon, Swamp Fox Gravel Fondo, Peyton’s Wild and Wacky

The first BIG weekend of the year and we had a great showing all across the lowcountry.

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What a fun day at the first triathlon of the year. Ashley and Missy, both training for IM Chattanooga 70.3 used this as a training prep race. Ashley placed 7th and Missy took home 4th in their AGs. Alexis also placed 4th in her AG.

This was Charlie’s first sprint triathlon and he brought in a podium spot- 3rd in his AG. He’s been training hard and I am very proud of him.

The teen triathletes!

Also, a big shot out to Team AMEC athlete and coach Amy’s teen athletes- they also pulled in podium spots in their first race of the season. Good job guys!

Swamp Fox Gravel Fondo

Josh on the podium!

Sadly, with as many athletes as we had a the Swamp Fox, we only have one picture. Luckily, it’s of Josh on his first ever overall podium. Great job on your 2nd place finish.

A big congrats to all the other finishers: Brian, Darrell, Lane, Melissa, Robin and Sandy.

Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 10 x 5k

A favorite event for all of us here in the Charleston area.

This race is in honor of Peyton Moore, a local runner, track and field star and all around great kid who lived life to the fullest.
All proceeds from the race are donated to Peyton’s favorite organizations:
Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund
Mount Pleasant Track Club
Mount Pleasant Academy

We had a lot of athletes there, enjoying being with friends and family, running in beautiful Laurel Hill, and honoring a sweet little boy. Enjoy the photos!

Weekend Update: Kiawah Marathon, Challenge Daytona

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Saturday turned out to be a GREAT day for a running race. The rain held off until the afternoon which also made for a better day of spectating.  It’s always a treat to be at a race where so many of my athletes are participating, and having other team members out there cheering with me is awesome as well.

We had some GREAT results in both the half and full marathons.

 

 

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First Timers:

Alexis, kickin’ ass in her first half.
Holly, all smiles after her first full.

 

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Brian, 6 min in the half
Missy, 11 min in the full

 

 

 

Other Superlatives:
Back in Action:

Jen coming back strong in her fastest half in 5 years, and Sandy in her first standalone half in 3 years. Both did great!

Liz, who convinced Alexis to do the half int he first place, also put out a great result.

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Best news is that everybody’s happy!

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Challenge Daytona:

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The Parker family escaped to sunny Florida for the Challenge Daytona weekend.

Scotty, Emmylou, Lily and Pam all ran the 5k Saturday and did awesome.

Scotty left plenty in the tank to join his dad Steve in the Half Distance duathlon on Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather caused the race to be shortened from the full distance turning it to a 1 mile run, 20 mile bike, 13.1 mile run.  And apparently it worked out well for Scotty BECAUSE he got 4th overall male.  Overall.  And he’s 14.

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And that’s it- another weekend of racing in the books. Great job, team!

Thanksgiving Update: All the Trots

thanks3 Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours had a wonderful day. Many of our team started the day on a healthy note showing up at Turkey Trots all over the country.

 

Missy’s mom, Missy, Shannon, Tracey, Jana, Kimberly, and Joelle spent time together as a group of our team family in Awendaw.

 

 

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The Voyles family Kim, Kim’s mom, Lauren, and Kelsey represented our team in Colorado.

 

 

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Pearce and his family ran in Tennesse.

 

 

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Melissa and Team Mini-AMEC member Fritz also took up a trot in Tennessee.  They also celebrated a PR for Fritz.  Great job!

 

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Dawn, Madison and Hadley stayed closer to home and ran in Charleston.  Team Mini-AMEC Hadley also PR’ed while Team Mini Madison opted for the casual run.

 

And while we are talking PRs… What makes these PRs even more impressive is the fact that they are happening at Turkey Trots- usually the biggest races of the year.  Dodging casual runners and large crowds make it nearly impossible.  Amazingly Fritz and Hadley weren’t our only PRs of the day.  Both Steve and Scotty ran their fastest times with Scotty knocking on the door of sub-20 with a 20:06 time.

And last but not least, Ken places 2nd in his AG at his race.

It was a great day of family and friends- hope you had that, too.