Monday, April 21, 2008

MVS Marathoners

This weekend was chock full of outstanding MVS performances in the marathon. Aside from the usual MVS invasion of the Boston Marathon, we also had 2 women compete in the US Olympic Marathon Trials. Seeing I didn't run this weekend, I went and took some shots of the trials competition. It was a great 2 days for running, capped off by an amazing 3 minute PR for Caroline Bjune and an absolutely fantastic race by MVS Open Men's Ace Dan Vassallo.

2008 Boston Marathon - Boston, MA

Dan Vassallo - MVS / adidas (bib 1053) - 24th Overall

Splits:

5k - 0:16:29
10k - 0:33:20
15k - 0:50:06
20k - 1:06:48
Half - 1:10:25
25k - 1:23:46
30k - 1:41:08
35k - 1:59:06
40k - 2:17:21
Finish - 2:25:10
Pace - 0:05:32



Dan ran the fastest MVS marathon time ever in his 2nd ever marathon (and first ever Boston). Dan had previously won the 2007 Maine Marathon in an amazing debut time of 2:26:54. He PR'd by more than 1 minute on Monday with a 2:25:10 (5:32 pace) which was good enough for being 7th American and 24th overall. This kid is totally legit now (as if he wasn't before)... Unfortunately I had to work so I couldn't get out there to support Dan and the rest of the MVS runners who all deserve kudos for racing today. I also couldn't get any pictures, so I used a picture of Dan from New Bedford...Sorry Dan, but great job today buddy! You are the ace for sure ;)...

2008 US Women's Olympic Marathon Trials - Boston, MA


Caroline Bjune - MVS / adidas (bib 108) - 35th Overall

Splits:

Mile 3 - 0:18:24
Mile 4 - 0:24:30
Mile 5 - 0:30:38
Mile 6 - 0:36:41
Mile 7 - 0:42:51
Mile 8 - 0:49:00
Mile 9 - 0:55:09
Mile 10 - 1:01:21
Mile 11 - 1:07:39
Mile 12 - 1:13:47
Mile 13 - 1:20:00
Half - 1:20:42
Mile 14 - 1:26:14
Mile 15 - 1:32:27
Mile 16 - 1:38:44
Mile 17 - 1:45:02
Mile 18 - 1:51:15
Mile 19 - 1:57:26
Mile 20 - 2:03:38
Mile 21 - 2:09:47
Mile 22 - 2:16:04
Mile 23 - 2:22:22
Mile 24 - 2:28:29
Mile 25 - 2:34:42
Mile 26 - 2:40:46
Finish - 2:42:02
Pace - 0:06:11

On Sunday, Caroline Bjune ran an amazing race in which she PR'd by more than 3 minutes (bettering her 2:45:31 from 2006) by running a 2:42:02 for 35th place overall. This was an amazing and inspiring run by Caroline. I got some pretty cool pics over this very spectator-friendly loop course. I plucked out the ones of Caroline and put them up here.

Molly Taber - MVS / adidas (bib 82)

Splits:

Mile 3 - 0:18:11
Mile 4 - 0:24:02
Mile 5 - 0:29:58
Mile 6 - 0:35:54
Mile 7 - 0:41:57
Mile 8 - 0:48:00
Mile 9 - 0:53:59
Mile 10 - 0:59:58
Mile 11 - 1:06:01
Mile 12 - 1:12:07

Molly also ran the US Olympic Trials this weekend, but her day ended just shy of the halfway point. Molly (a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier) was running an amazing race and was right up front early with the leaders. She was on pace to run very very fast but was forced to drop suddenly with a bad calf cramp. Molly's goal now, is to run up in Ottawa next month to take advantage of the current fitness she has built up, and to rebound from this weekend's unfortunate outcome. Regardless of how her second trials experience turned out, we are all very proud of Molly and her determination, dedication, and accomplishments. I also plucked out the pictures of Molly from my batch of Trials photos. See them here.

The rest of my photos (including some of both Molly and Caroline mixed in the pack just at the beginning) are up in two sets. Set 1 and Set 2. Enjoy.

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