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2nd Ever Roadkill Rash

2nd Ever Roadkill Rash

The first Roadkill Rash was held in 2011. For six long years, we have waited, until the time was right, to hold another. Now, we can come together to compete in our very own quadrathlon to see who is the mightiest, the strongest, and the swiftest of all Roadkill Racing!

On Saturday, June 24th, the second ever Roadkill Rash will be held at 10am at Brighton High School track. Events are as follows:

  1. 2-mile run
  2. 200m dash
  3. long jump
  4. shot put

Top three in each event will be given 3, 2 and 1 point each. At the end of the day, the highest totalling male and female will win a prize and the glory of being the Roadkill Rash champion. In the event of a tie, the tied runners will arm wrestle for the victory.

In keeping with the spirit of the original Roadkill Rash, this event is free to all Roadkill Racing members, and no registration is needed. Just show up at the Brighton High School track on Saturday, June 24th before 10am to be counted.

Read about the original Roadkill Rash here (and don’t forget to watch the video!)

Membership changes, updates, and benefits!

Membership changes, updates, and benefits!

We are excited to introduce some changes in the requirements for each member, as well as new team benefits.

1) As of 2017, members are not required to join USATF. If you want to run for Roadkill Racing, you only need to pay your membership dues. However, if you are not a USATF member, you cannot score for RKR in championship races (Lilac, Bergen, XC). Anyone who wants to run for us in those races still needs to register for USATF. As an incentive, the team will use winnings from these races to pay the race entry fee for the next championship race. So, if we win money at the Lilac 10K, we can use that to subsidize the entry fee at Bergen or whatever race we do next.

2) We are introducing an internal RKR race series, consisting of the USATF championship races that we do. The top three men and women registered with USATF in the series will win sweet prizes as well as bragging rights. Also, any Roadkill Racing member who runs at least 5 team races will also be entered into a drawing to win prizes as well.

3) Now that our beloved Kenny is tearing up the hills of Pittsburgh, we have a new open men’s captain. Please welcome the one and only Mark Streb as the new captain for the “young bucks” squad! As captain, he will be responsible for wrangling the open men for team races, hosting a few practices, and buying beer for anyone who beats him in races. 🙂

4) Workouts will be starting up the week of February 20th for the Lilac 10K, which is on Sunday, May 21st. As before, we encourage members to get together and run the workout with others. Even if you are doing your own workout, feel free to show up to have some company! Since many people had trouble committing to a dedicated day every week, we encourage you to find others who share your schedule and making plans amongst yourselves.

To summarize, you no longer need to be registered with USATF to run for Roadkill Racing, but being a USATF member enables you to score for us and win team prizes. Mark Streb is awesome, and team practices/workouts start soon! I hope to have another strong showing at Lilac this year; we have had teams place and win awards for the past several years! It is a great way to start off the year with a bang, although I do hope the weather is a little more pleasant this year.

As usual, we have a lot of people running Johnny’s Running of the Green on March 11th, so good luck and run tough to everyone who will be there! This is a fast, flat race with great competition and is a fantastic tune-up race before Lilac.

Martha Doody’s Rehoboth Marathon Race Report

Martha Doody’s Rehoboth Marathon Race Report

Memoirs of the 2016 Rehoboth Seashore Marathon from the slower side

Several months ago, this gal crazily agreed to run a marathon with some Roadkill teammates. “It will be fun!” they said. There was a futile attempt at training as the super hot sunny days made it near impossible to get the needed runs in. Then came the tummy issues that plagued my autumn months and the stress of a new job. In October, I decided I wasn’t going to run until I learned I couldn’t transfer or defer my registration. I was back in! The week before the run, sinus issues tried to curtail my participation, but I persevered. Yes, I am stubborn!

On December 2, I made the trip to Rehoboth Beach with almost every piece of running clothes I owned. I joined my friends, all younger and in much better shape that I but we all had a common goal. Of course there was pre-race talk of strategy and clothing options. All I could think about was what I was going to eat after the run. Notice I did not call this a race. For me, it was a test of endurance and mental strength.

Morning came. We tried to get the Roadkill cheer in but between crowds, last minute clothing ditches, and warm-ups, it didn’t happen other than in spirit. We lined up in what I think was about 30 degrees and windy conditions and wished each other a good run. We were off!

My goal? To finish. I was on a mission. I started out at exactly the pace I wanted. The first half, I felt pretty good. I felt strong. My legs were loose and my breath was steady. It was cold but it felt good when I got into the woods. I was smart. After about mile 6, I walked a few steps at almost every water stop to have a sip of water. I enjoyed the scenery and I thought happy thoughts. Everything was pretty uneventful.

At some point after the halfway point, my legs started getting tight. I could feel my hamstrings from my heels to my butt. I tried to stretch once and I’m lucky my hammies didn’t snap. Bad move. I used some different strides as I ran and that seemed to help, at least enough to keep going. Around mile 18, I was on a road and the wind was at my face. To put it mildly, it sucked. I made the decision to give my legs a break and walk from mile 19 to mile 20. Again,another smart move. Then I got back to my slow and steady pace. Hearing the DJ in the woods say my name and where I was from around mile 22 was a gift! It gave me a little boost that reminded me that I was here, I was doing this thing, and I was going to finish! I came out of the woods for the last time and the wind was at my back. Thank goodness! Now I
knew I was going to do it!

Coming into the chute, I saw Roadkill singlets and heard my friends cheer me on to the finish. They came back for me! They could have gone someplace warm and stayed there and waited for me to find them, but no! We were all in this together! They waited for me to get some much needed food in me and then we were off to the townhouse for showers and naps. Oh, how thrilled I was when I heard that these youngsters wanted naps! I learned what amazing finishes my friends had and rejoiced in my 30 minute PR! 30 MINUTE PR! Sick, terrible training, far less than ideal physical preparation and I got a 30 MINUTE PR!

I declared that there would be no marathon in 2017…until Ashlie mentioned Vermont.