2017 Races

This year I’m turning 50 and have decided to do a “50 @ 50” challenge. My goal is to do 50 races during the calendar year.  Anything from 5k and up (I did throw in a 2k, just because), any type of race- running, duathlon, triathlon, or relay.


Current stats as of June 11
Races Completed: 31
Total Distance Raced: 298.5 miles

Race Breakdown
Marathons: 1
Half Marathons: 7
20k’s: 1
10k’s: 8
5 Milers/8ks: 2
5k’s: 6
2k’s: 1
Duathlons: 2
Triathlons: 1
Relays: 2


Race #31- Drop13 Half Marathon
Salt Lake City, UT 6/10/17

A crazy fast course, 3,000 ft of elevation drop over the length of the race, down Big Cottonwood canyon.  My legs were sore afterwards! I was surprised to run as well as I did, finishing in 1:27:42, fast enough to win my age group.


Race #30- Harbor View 8k
Port Washington, WI 6/3/17

Arrr!  A pirate themed evening race on the shores of Lake Michigan. It was a bit warm (especially as we ran away from the lake), and some hills.  I had a fun pirate outfit, with hook, and ran a 34:44.  That was fast enough for 2nd woman overall.


Race #29- Girls on the Run 5k
Madison, WI 6/3/17

I ran this great event with my 8 year old granddaughter. Almost 1,000 girls who had trained the last couple months to run.  So much fun.


Race #28- Run Madtown Half Marathon
Madison, WI 5/28/17

Finishing up a 3 race weekend.  I ran this a bit easy, still being a little sore from the Duathlon the day before. I ran in a Glinda the Good Witch costume, complete with bubbles. My final time was 1:44:17, good for first in the 50-54 age group.


Race #27- Run Madtown Twilight 10k
Madison, WI 5/27/17

Ran this for fun with Suellen, in some matching “Force of Orange” outfits, in honor of our running group.


Race #26- Cooney Duathlon (2mi/20mi/2mi)
Oconomowoc, WI 5/27/17

A perfect day for a race, cool and calm.  And a very fast course.  I was a little slower than last year, but sitll happy with my time. I came in the second woman overall, in the first race of the Wisconsin Du Series.


Race #25- Fargo Half Marathon
Fargo, ND 5/20/17

This was such a fun event! We started and finished inside the FargoDome, the weather was perfect (mid 40’s to 50 and cloudy), and the spectators were great. Flat course, and I ran well.  I was hoping for 1:35, and finished in 1:35:35, so just a little off my goal.  That was good enough for 1st woman in my age group and 21st overall woman out of 2,436!


Race #24- Fargo Heros 5k
Fargo, ND 5/19/17

A little warmup for the half marathon the next day. Ran/walked with Suellen, and enjoyed the sights around the FargoDome.


Race #23- Neenah Duathlon (2 mi/18 mi/2 mi)
Oshkosh, WI 5/13/17

First Duathlon of the season! Perfect weather and a pretty & fast course.  I raced well, with a fast bike, and finished in 1:18:32, first woman overall.


Race #22- J-Hawk Tri
Whitewater, WI  5/7/17

My first tri since Ironman Wisconsin in 2015!  500y swim, 13 mile bike, 3.3 mile run.  My legs were pretty toasty from the race the day before, but I still had a strong bike (21.1 mph) and held on for an OK run.  I was 3rd woman overall and 1st in my age group.


Race #21- Lake Monona 20k
Madison, WI  5/6/17

A challenging and fun race around the lake here in Madison. It was my first race in my new 50-54 age group, and I paced it very well.  1st in my age group in 1:32:35.


Races #19 & 20 – Cookie Chaser 2k & 5k
Riverton, UT  4/29/17

I was in Salt Lake City for my birthday, visiting family, and found this great local fundraiser for the Girl Scouts.  Ran the 2k with Suellen and raced the 5k. I wasn’t sure whether to count the 2k in my 50 races, but it was an official race AND I even got some age group hardware, so what the heck.  In the 5k, I finished first woman overall and got a bunch of girl scout cookies 🙂  The best part of this race was our running outfits- vintage Girl Scout cadet with a real sash & skirt from 1970 for me, and a Brownie outfit Suellen made special for the occasion for her.


Race #18 – Star Wars Half Marathon
Disney World, FL 4/23/17

“Raced” the final race of the Star Wars weekend, the half marathon. It was warm and very humid (70 degrees/93% humidity), so I ended up dialing it back and running easier the second half (and that still wasn’t easy).  I finished in a time of 1:44:29, not fast but I had fun. I stopped for photos a few times along the way.  And got a great pic with Kylo Ren, to match my costume, at the finish.


Race #17- Star Wars 10k
Disney World, FL. 4/22/17

Second race of the weekend, again I ran it easy with Suellen.  We were Princess Leia and General Organa, as a tribute to Carrie Fisher.


Race #16- Star Wars 5k
Disney World, FL. 4/21/17

Doing the Dark Side weekend at Disney World, kicking it off with the 5k on Friday. I ran with my wife, and we dressed up as R2D2 and C3P0.


Race #15- Cottontail Classic 10k
Fitchburg, WI. 4/15/17

One of my favorite local races! It was hot and windy, but I dressed up as a magicians rabbit coming out of a hat and had great fun.  I was first overall woman and 3rd overall.


Race #14- Parkinson’s Half Marathon
Cottage Grove, WI. 4/1/17

A nice local race only 10 mins from my house. I ran a bit conservatively, still a bit tired from the marathon, but still had a nice time of 1:38:57, good for first in my age group.


Race #13- Shamrock Marathon
Virginia Beach, VA  3/19/17

First marathon I’d raced in many years, the weather did not cooperate for a fast time though. 20-35mph wind, sleet, and cold! I kind of fell off my pace the last 5 miles, and finished in 3:28:53.  That was at least good enough for 3rd overall masters woman, though!


Race #12- Shamrock Shuffle 10k
Madison, WI  3/12/17

Lots of fun St. Patrick’s Day themed gear at this race. I ran in a pot o’ gold and rainbow outfit, and used this as a tuneup for my marathon the next week. I was surprised to be first woman overall, with a time of 41:55.


Race #11- Freeze for Food 10k
Madison, WI  3/4/17

A small local race on the classic Arboretum loop. It was a bit windy and chilly. I ran fairly steady, finishing in 42:42.  That was good for the second overall woman.


Race #10 – Austin Half Marathon
Austin, TX 2/19/17

Back to my old home town! I ran this as a training run for my upcoming marathon, with 4 miles warmup.  It was extremely humid (93% humidity, 70 degrees) and a tough course. I had to back things off the last 6 miles, and ended up finishing in 1:42:44.


Race #9 – Valentines 5k
Madison, WI 2/11/17

A fun, low key race put on by the Univ of Wisconsin running club. I ran this with my spouse, in neat valentines running skirts she made for us.


Race #8 – Snowshoe Scurry 10k (6.4 miles)
Madison, WI 2/5/17

We actually had snow for this! Challenging and hilly course, I finished as the second overall woman.


Race #7 – Big Beach Marathon (relay)
Gulf Shores, AL 1/29/17

It was great weather, a bit windy but in the 50’s, and a scenic course through Gulf Shores Park.  Suellen ran the first 4 mile leg of the relay, then I ran the last 22.2 miles.  We actually finished as the fastest relay (there were only 3 teams), even though we only had two people and the other teams had four 🙂


Race #6 – Casino Bridge 10k
Biloxi, MS 1/28/17

First race of a double race weekend, this started at the Golden Nugget Casino and ran across a long bridge and then looped around a neighborhood before heading back over the bridge.  It was a fun race, and we had MoonPies at the finish! I ran a good race, in 43:37, good for first woman overall.


Race #5 – Snowshoe Scurry Half Marathon
Donald Park, WI 1/22/17

No snow!  So no snowshoes. And lots of mud, so no trail run.  We ended up running on the road, over a very hilly course. It was still a nice race and we had decent (warm!) weather. I ran well, not fast but strong, and finished in 1:42:07.  First woman overall, but there weren’t very many of us out there 🙂


Race #4 – Frosty 5k
Waukehsa, WI 1/21/17

It was unusually warm, so not so frosty. But fun run around the Fox River. I ran 21:10, good for fourth overall woman and 2nd in my age group.


Race #3 – Snowshow Scurry Duathlon Relay (4 miles running)
Mazomanie, WI 1/15/17

Snow! At least a little, enough to snowshoe. I switched from the 10k to a duathlon relay, got a friend to bike and then I ran the two 2 mile snowshoe sections. 17:33 and 17:15 times (negative splits!).


Race #2 – Snowshow Scurry 10k
Mazomanie, WI 1/8/17

Not enough snow to make it a snowshoe race, so it turned into an icy trail run.  A little bonus mileage made it about a 7 mile 10k, which I finished in 58:12.  First in my age group at this small, local race series. It was cold (-2 at the start), and I supplemented my face mask with my Darth Vader Mickey ears hat:


Race #1 – New Year’s Day Dash 5 miler
Madison, WI 1/1/17

A yearly tradition for us! I was second overall woman in a time of 34:44.