Thanks to the readers who entered the contest for the free registration into the National College Blue Ridge Marathon on the Parkway. All SEVEN of them! (Any of the rest of you suddenly sorry you didn't have me throw your name in the hat??)
It's now official: The runner who woke up this morning to find she'd won the $80 prize -- well, $90 prize as of today -- is ... Alexandra McCollister!
Alexandra on running: "Running makes life fun and life puts running into perspective. After all, running is just a hobby, a way to take care of oneself and enjoy 'Me Time' so that we can focus on what matters and feel available for what and who really matter!"
2. Run my 150th marathon and then some. I've completed 144 to date.
3. Run 55-plus races for the year.
4. Run 2,000 miles for the year.
5. Run a marathon on another continent, most likely Europe. I've completed North America, Australia, and Antarctica.
6. Run an ultra marathon distance race greater than 50K."
Bryan's resolution: "Thunder Road was my first marathon and only my third race. I trained all summer for this, and it was well worth the training. I have become inspired by so many ultra runners and 'Marathon Maniacs.' My goal for 2010 is simply to keep running building strength and endurance. I turn 40 in October and would like to do a 40-mile ultra on or around my birthday. I also plan on doing at least two marathons in 2010."
Lauren's resolution: "My 2010
New Year’s running resolution
is to complete a marathon!
I recently ran Thunder Road
(in 2:01:26), my third TRM
and eighth half-marathon since
starting them in 2007.
A full marathon seems like a
daunting task, but I would love
to try it!"
Mike's resolutions: "My running resolutions are simple: As part of a yearlong celebration of my 15th anniversary being cancer-free, I am running 15 full and half marathons between Nov. 8, 2009 and Nov. 14, 2010. Almost all of these runs have something to do with the numbers '1' or '5,' such as the 5th Goofy Challenge at Disney World, the 5th annual OBX Marathon, the 5th Ridge to Bridge, the 1st Blue Ridge Marathon, the 1st Tobacco Road Marathon, running with a friend doing his 150th marathon, etc. I also plan to lose 15 more pounds."