March was a busy month for Team BSTAT. There were multiple races, and Back on My Feet Baltimore celebrated its two year birthday. On March 13th, the team ran in the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K. The race is known for drawing huge crowds (over 3,000 finishers this year) and having a fast point-to-point course with the first mile being downhill. Roy T., Kenny M., and Sam M. all joined in and ran well. Mitch S., BSTAT’s newest alumni, also made an appearance at the race! They were joined by many BSTAT non rez members including Training Coach Susan C., Chris C., Jon L., Amy C., and Dana O. It was certainly a great day for a race.
The very next week, BSTAT joined the rest of BoMF Baltimore for a 2 mile run from MCVET to the downtown Maryland Athletic Club. Everyone donned party hats before starting the run; it certainly made an interesting scene for onlookers! Once at the MAC, we were served a very healthy breakfast consisting of bagels, cookies, and cupcakes; all perfect post run food. The celebration continued Friday evening at Christopher’s Place with cake, ice cream, and t-shirt decorating. Roy T. showed his creative side that evening!
Saturday the 19th, marked our second consecutive racing weekend. Roy T, fresh off his 5K went out for a half marathon at the 2011 Nikia’s Nippy Nor’Easter Half Marathon and Relay. He was looking real focused and confident the morning before, and it showed on race day. He came through in 2:03 and was very happy with the result. Although George H. was unable to run, he still pitched in and helped at one of the water stops. Volunteers are what make races happen!
Even two consecutive weekends of racing were not enough for BSTAT. We put together a relay team, consisting of Roy T., Kenny M., and Sam M. to go down to Washington DC for the National Half Marathon Relay on Saturday the 26th. The relay consisted of two 5 mile legs and a 3.1 mile leg. At 4:30AM our three runners as well as Race Coordinator Greg S. piled into Social Coordinator Dana O’s car for the trip down. We joined BoMF DC for a very large cross-chapter circle right before the early 7am start. Roy T. led off the relay, joined by Greg and Dana. He would go on to run the entire half marathon, for his second consecutive half in a row, very impressive! Kenny M., not content with just his 5 mile leg also continued on to get 8.1 miles total. Sam M. brought the relay in with is strong 5K effort. Greg, Dana, and Roy were lucky enough to finish just as local legend and overall marathon winner Michael Wardian crossed the finish line. They are still bragging that they got to run alongside one of the fastest amateur runners in the region!
As March comes to a close training for the Delaware Marathon is ramping up. We’re all looking forward to warmer weather and the promise of fast times and strong races this Spring!
RESIDENTIAL MEMBER OF THE MONTH: ROY T.
Roy, March Member of the Month
Shoe size: 10
Member since: August 2010
Number of Miles accumulated: 510
Best BOMF moment: the National Race
Biggest challenge with running: Stop smoking
Goal in the next three months: Complete Delaware marathon
What do you think about when you’re running?: Nothing
What was your last race and how did you do?: National Race
Favorite Post Race meal?: Pasta
What advice would you give a brand-new runner?: Just show up
“March was huge for Roy, he participated in 3 races, two of which were half marathons, and surpassed 500 miles. He attritubes a lot of his running success to kicking his smoking habit, and the results have certainly been telling. Despite running so well, he rarely worries about times and paces. He is most interested in just getting out there each morning, getting his miles in, and will run with whoever needs a partner that day. His ever positive attitude and willingness to run all paces have made him a very integral part of team BSTAT.” -Fast Dan Miranda, BSTAT Team Leader
NON-RESIDENTIAL MEMBER OF THE MONTH: MARK M.
Mark, March Member of the Month
Shoe size: 9.5
Member since: January 2011
Best BOMF moment: I’ve never run with a community so each morning is great encouragement!
Biggest challenge with running: before BoMF, it was consistency in training
Goal in the next three months: hopefully to PR at the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon in May
What do you think about when you’re running?: I dream of whirled peas and other global anomalies
What was your last race and how did you do?: The last race was the Baltimore Half–just 9 hours after getting back from our honeymoon. We weren’t well trained and the race was painful!
Favorite Post Race meal?: a fat omelet with veggies and cheeses. if hash browns are involved, that’s a bonus.
What advice would you give a brand-new runner?: slowly build on the amount of time you run and soon you’ll be surprised with distances you can cover.
Fact most people would not know about you: when I used to do track and field, I was a thrower and never thought much of running. I was always amused by the t-shirt stating “why run and puke when you can throw and eat?”
“Mark is one of our newest non-rez members. Despite only being with the team for two months, he has become a consistent presence at morning runs and other events. If I ever need a driver for a weekend event, I know who to call! To become dedicated so quickly just shows how important BoMF is to Mark. Consistent members who are eager to pitch in are what truly makes a team function. Mark has been a great addition! Of course, he is only half of an awesome pair, but you have to tune in next month to hear about the other person!” -Fast Dan Miranda, BSTAT Team Leader