October was a huge month for the Big River Racing Team. Members competed in races all around the country with many new PRs, age group placings, and overall wins. Congratulations to everyone for starting out the fall racing season with a bang!
5 & 10k Distances:
Stephanie Pruitt was the overall female winner of the Miles for Mesothelioma 5k (20:51) and the SIUE Homecoming Run 10k (43:22). Michael McCuddy ran a new PR at the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run 5k with a time of 18:23. Josh Smith ran a PR of 19:00 at the same race; he was also 2nd in his age group. Sadie Smith was 3rd overall and the 1st female at the Saint Peter Dash 5k with a time of 19:23. Benjamin Westhoff was the 2nd overall finisher at the Ivory Crockett 5k with a time of 18:00, and Rita Donohoe came in 3rd overall at the Innsbrook 10k (50:42.) Shane Briscuso finished 1st in his age group at the Gumbo Flats Pumpkin run in 19:42. Josh Smith rounded out the month with a PR at the Marine Corps 10k race in Virginia (41:13.)
Matt Kruger ran a new PR of 1:08:44 at the Columbus Half Marathon, and Cassie Zehenny also ran a half marathon PR (1:29:56) at the same race. Elaine Sims kept the PR streak going with a personal best time of 1:47:23 at the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. Denise Buehrer had a strong showing at the challenging Queen Bee Half Marathon with a finish time of 2:33:15. Brandon Dimitri earned a new PR and overall win at the Purdue Half Marathon with a 1:08:02 finish time. Big River also participated in the challenging Innsbrook Half Marathon, where Luke O’Connor earned a 2nd place finish with a time of 1:19:28 and Corum Hughes was 5th in 1:34:23.
Rachel Ament ran a new PR at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon with a time of 3:23:14. Sadie Smith ran the Chicago Marathon with a time of 3:03:39, Stephen Kuehner in 3:08:00, Brian Carter in 3:19:10, and Carlye Chaney in 4:11:32. Benjamin Westhoff earned a new PR for his 1st place overall finish at the Kansas Rails to Trails Extravaganza with a finish time of 2:49:57.
Cross Country Races:
Shane Briscuso competed in the USTF Masters Cross Country Race in Boca Raton, FL and came in 38th out of 100 athletes. Meanwhile, Big River Racing took 1st place at the Spewak Cross Country Meet, led by Luke O’Connor, who was the 1st overall finisher, and Allison Wakeland (1st female), Stephanie Pruitt (3rd female), Rachel Ament, and Corum Hughes. BRR were also the overall female winners. Allison also ran the Saint Louis Fall Classic Cross Country Race with a finish time of 20:15.
Go! Halloween Races:
The racing team also took home a number of age group awards at this year’s Go! Saint Louis Halloween Races.
Alexander Schenk- 18:45 (1st AG)
Shane Briscuso- 20:28 (1st AG)
Denise Buehrer- 32:11 (2nd AG)
Stephanie Pruitt- 43:14 (3rd AG)
Gabriel Sison- 45:58 (2nd AG)
Jack Joiner- 46:26
Lauren Johns- 58:34
JJ Yabu- 1:09:28 (1st OA)
Brandon Schneider- 1:26:03 (1st AG)
Michelle Dillon- 1:48:18 (1st AG)
Joshua Smith- 1:49:59
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon:
The Monumental Marathon always draws a large Saint Louis crowd due to its close proximity and fast course. Many quick times and PR’s were run at this year’s event: Zach Legenzoff ran a PR of 2:38:23 in the marathon, and Mark Summers was right behind him with a 2:43:05 finish. Matt McGinnis ran a 3 ½ minute PR with a finish time of 2:56:23; Sadie Smith also came in under 3:00 with a time of 2:57:38. Barrett Looper, Allen Mo, and Tim Bick also ran impressive races with 3:11:32, 3:12:36, and 3:19:23 finishes. Ron Patrick ran a half marathon PR and was 2nd in his age group with a time of 1:35:43. Jacqeline McCormick also PR’d in the half with a time of 1:40:28.