USA, team results from IAU 6H Virtual Global Solidarity Run
We are pleased to share results for USA Team now. It is getting more and more exiting. There are no words to describe how amazing our athletes are and how many participated in the event to support our solidarity initiative around the world. As you can see there are many people involved and support this event and we are very thankful for this. Congratulation goes to USA Team. Below you can see few comments from Athletes.
I finished my run today and it was pretty tough conditions as the storm from Hurricane Laura turned my run into a literal 6 hour car wash. I also was eaten alive by some pretty devious bugs which by the marathon mark my body seized up from all the inflammation from the bites. Far from my best but I’m glad I gave my all and got through it for the team! I ran through the Pine Barrens of NJ which really is a gem of a place for running that many people do not even know even exists. It has
miles of nice dirt roads and trails.
This should be a great sufferfest as my first three weeks of teaching/wild fires have made my training non-existent. HOWEVER, what I lack in preparation, I will make up for in shear effort. What great results by everyone! It appears that everyone had their own personal challenges today but came through it stronger than ever. So proud to be a part of this team. Disappointing mileage today, but it’s hard to be focused on that when I had five separate friends come out and run with me this morning! My wife Denise, walked a half marathon...waking up with me this morning (3:20am). God has truly given me a gift and it has effected others....enough for them to come out and sacrifice some time on a Sunday morning to share in this experience without being asked...or knowing they were coming. From wife, Denice: Jon ran 6 hours this morning as a team member for Team USA in the #iausolidarityrun. He got 39.3 miles in 6 hours around our 0.7 mile loop in the neighborhood. We are so blessed by the outpouring of support from friends who stopped by during the morning. I’m proud of Jon for hanging on the whole time despite no training for weeks since school started and poor air quality due to the fires. This was a great opportunity to do something to be part of something bigger than yourself.
Jon Olsen & wife Denice
I yanked my Achilles last weekend and was hoping some rest and PT would move things in a positive direction. I tested things out this morning, and it seems to be regressing. I'm staying positive and not giving up hope to be able to run on Sunday morning. However, there's a chance I won't be able to run hard as planned, or run at all. If I can't run, jog or walk, I'll bike for 6 hours in solidarity with you all and the rest of the world. Thank you everyone, as I reflect on the honor of being selected to represent the USA, and look at our team, I really feel blessed and grateful to be a part of this group of awesome runners, but most importantly even better people. Congratulations everyone! Jon, I had the same kind of God blessed day. Truly didn't expect to be able to run a step, yet ended up running for the duration just a couple miles in. I ran on our local high school track, and shared miles in the name of Global Solidarity with family, friends and members of our community. Such an honor and positive movement to be part of. I'm so proud of our team. Thank you everyone!!! Didn't think I'd be able to run a step...started out with a walk that turned into a jog to a nice run which wasn't miserable on the achilles. Good is good! Mike, there we a lot of people out supporting and running, that helped big time. I got in the zone for a couple hours and just went with it.
Today was so fun. This year, I qualified to run in the World 100K Champs in the Netherlands, but it was canceled (of course). So, they gathered a few representatives to run a global solidarity run a choose your own adventure. Some people chose a 'run every street' model. Some chose mountain runs. Some chose fast runs. I chose to run hill repeats for 20 miles up and down my favorite local hill (hahaha why). I did a 7-mile warmup at 6:40 pace, then ran 23 miles on the hill, with 4 miles to finish for 34 miles with ~3475 feet of climbing. It was like a spa day, except you come home messier. All in all, it was the perfect challenge for where I’m at. I wish we were all racing together, but this was great. I am happy to be healthy and had such a fun day on the hill I still *somehow* adore.
Holy cow, what a morning! I feel like I just endured a great odyssean journey. I wish we were all together sharing brews and war stories. I completed the 6 hours! That was insane, and I am giving mad props to all of you who have run farther/longer than this. Had a really low (like real low) spot right before 4 hours. Started off in the mid to upper 80's, and then a thunderstorm blew through! Downpour, lightning, thunder, the whole bit. But, the last 2 hours of the run were in the high 70's! Finished the last 2.5 minutes stride for stride with my three year old daughter. She did NOT want to hold my hand. But, still a really nice memory!
Yesterday I ran the farthest I’ve ever run - 52.69 miles. With the 2020 50K World Champs cancelled this fall, I thought, why not end a season of mid-distance virtual road racing with a bang and rep the US for the IAU 6H Virtual Global Solidarity Run this 29th/30th! Honestly, my friend & fellow teammate Elizabeth Eder-Northern is very much to blame...The IAU understands how challenging it's been to create and maintain motivation to train and compete during these difficult times. With most of the championships cancelled, they created the IAU 6H Virtual Global Solidarity Run to celebrate the camaraderie among ultrarunners from all over.
Besides so many of my friends coming out to support me, which was incredible. My body held up well! My hamstring was there and it let me know it, but it didn't have too much of an impact on today's run. It feels so good - mentally and physically - to feel like I am getting ahold of that issue. On Saturday I ran around Lake Washington, which is something I've been wanting to do for at least a decade. It's the furthest I've ever run on pavement and the furthest I've run in more than 10 years. I am honoured to have done this as a member of Team USA for the IAU 6HR Virtual Global Solidarity Run.
The @iau_ultrarunning 6 Hour Virtual Solidarity Run complete! I was honored to be a part of Team USA and to show my support of solidarity in these unusual times. Apologies for the lack of USA gear...weather conditions weren’t ideal for the singlet I brought. It may not have been a conventional choice but we decided to do the run on the Mineral Belt Trail, a paved 11.6 mile loop with ~800ft/gain per loop, with an altitude ranging from 9,800ft to 10,606ft. I just missed hitting 45 miles for the day. We had intermittent rain to start then downpour the last 1.5 hrs but after a somewhat rough first half, I started to come around. It worked out well that the house we’re staying in is right by the loop, serving as a convenient aid station. Thank you to @itgoesinflag and Renn for cheering me on. And course it’s always a bonus to see Super Bee, Tapeats, Sycamore and Quill along the way and to draw from their positive energy.
Crosby Cole 66.63 km
Kilgore David 72.42 km
Olsen Jon 63.31 km
Skeels Sam 72.10 km
Wardian Michael 56.89 km
Harrison TorrenceEmily 72.26 km
Little Sabrina 54.72 km
Northern Elizabeth 77.62 km
Olsen Courtney 84.80 km
Schmitz Emily 73.20 km
Steidl Trisha 71.26 km
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