Earlier this month Ana Maria de Vries kicked off the new year with a win at the Colorado Springs Rescue Run 10k.
After that, Ana, Patrick Rizzo, and Carlos Trujillo traveled to Texas for the Chevron Houston Half on January 15th. The hot and humid conditions weren’t ideal for fast times, but the team persevered. Ana took 26th in a time of 1:22:33. Patrick finished 41st in a time of 1:09:43. Carlos was a pacer and helped the elite women run 1:07 for the half. Here’s a little recap of his experience,
“This past weekend I had an amazing time pacing the lead elite woman in a blazing time of 1:07 in very hot and humid climate. It’s so much fun racing but something about helping others achieve goals they have set for themselves makes what I do go to a whole other level., Houston Marathon and Half Marathon always put an incredible event, first class in every way. Thanks to all the event organizers and the committee and elite director Erin McGowan for the commitment to the event and to the athletes. Also my hat off to all those who braved the tough conditions, especially my Pikes Peak Elite teammates Ana and Patrick. Not ideal to running fast, but you all were determined to make it, you will only gain from it.”
Over on the track side, Dan Castle opened up his season on January 19th at the Air Force Invitational with a 1:54:00 in his first indoor 800m since 2010.
Stay tuned for more upcoming race results including the USATF Cross Country Champions in Bend, Oregon on February 4th.
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