Sisu brought a crew of spectators and runners up to Burlington, VT to join in on the New England running scene fun. The women's team featured four runners: Amanda Wright, Linda Fortunado, Kacey Hill, and Taryn Reese. As a team, the lady project finished sixth overall. The ladies team was comprised of: 1. Amanda Wright (2:58:51), 2. Linda Fortunato (4:35:10), 3. Taryn Reese (4:07:59), and 4. Kacey Hill (4:23:16).
Fortunato was escorted on her trip to Burlington Vermont by New England's most wanted bachelor, Mike "Easy-on-the-Eyes" Grasela (Woah girl! How'd you manage that type of company?). The F-State duo drove up to Burlington together late on Saturday night and met up with the crew on the starting line on Sunday morning. While "Easy-on-the-Eyes" was not running the race, he served as crew, cheerleader, and obviously, Eye Candy throughout the miles on the course (We can say with confidence that more than one face was happy to see his during those long middle miles of the course. However, we can also state that pretty much everything looks good after mile 18). Okay, but more about the actual race. Linda's race went well, considering she missed several important weeks of training throughout the winter. She will have her eye on a marathon over the summer to attempt qualifying for Boston 2016! Is there another team where you can forget your iPod and your headphones and have your teammates waiting along the course with an iPod and several sets of backup head phones because if there is, we would love to know who they are and if they would like to join forces in a plot towards total world domination.
Taryn Reese was making a go at qualifying for Boston and after having several PRs throughout the year, had a less-than-good race on this Sunday in Vermont. Reese's training went well all winter and we were all surprised that she had such a bad day for her, but her attitude afterwards was still positive! We think Reese will be back out on the roads very soon and go get herself a BQ.
Finally, Ryan Wedge caught some pretty bad sickness close to the race and while he didn't have nearly the race he wanted to, we congratulate this Sisu Warrior for finishing the race in under four hours and more importantly hanging in there so that the Sisu Project men would have a scoring team for the marathon race!
That's it for our racers, but other Sisu spectators for the day included: Matthew Germain, DJ Raboin, Ian Wright, Anthony DiPaolo, Kelly & Steve LeCours, Caitlyn German, Rob Roman, Easy-on-the-Eyes, and Carmela Taveras.
Meanwhile they were like, "Marathon? You mean first lap?"
Maartje, not too far removed from her own sprint marathon, finished the 50 miles in an impressive time of 8 hours and 21 minutes, setting a Sisu Project club record for 50 miles. Maartje was the 4th overall female and won her age group. Perhaps more impressive, she was the 14th OVERALL finisher! We talked to Maartje a day later and asked her how she was doing and she was pretty much fine. You could find her swimming at Walden Pond just a few days later!
Christopher Stone finished in 9 hours and 52 minutes. We asked him a few questions in the days to follow the run. First, we asked him if he was going to trail run with us next weekend and he said "No." Next, we asked him if we could get a couple words from him on the race....
...and we are still waiting...
...sometimes silence speaks louder than words.
Sisu want's to extend a HUGE congrats to this duo. You all did something some of us could never do!
Hometown Heros at the BALDI RIVER RUN
Nate Webber finished fourth overall with a time of 27:52 - we haven't seen him at many team races lately, but we are happy and excited to report he is in great shape! We hope to see Nate soon out in baby blue!