Mammoth Track Club Results & Updates: April 2019
I love this time of year! Track season is in full swing… and marathon season too! April is a huge month in the running world as it kicks off the big outdoor track and field meets as well as amazing city marathons around the globe.
Mammoth Track Club Athlete Results
The Mammoth Track Club elite athletes have started the season with a bang.
First, let’s look at the performance by one of our youngest runners, Margo Malone. Back in January Margo and I decided to tackle a new event—the marathon. Her debut at the distance (and quite possibly a new beginning in her professional running career) kicked off in Zurich, Switzerland. Taking like a fish to water, Margo jumped into grueling marathon training with both feet, racking up consistent 100-mile weeks on the regular.
The culmination of grit and determination proved in her favor on race day as she took the win at the 17th Annual Zurich Marathon with a time of 2:42:22, which bested the next female finisher by a full three minutes and would qualify her for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials set to be held in Atlanta in February 2020. Way to go, Margo!
On May 2 in Palo Alto (Stanford University), Reid Buchanan laced up his spikes and toed the starting line for the first time since last summer with a “professional” debut at 10,000m (6.2 miles/25 laps). Buchanan took 67 seconds off of his personal best time from college, taking 5th place overall in an astonishing time of 27:58 (4:30/mile pace). He’s now ranked 3rd in the U.S. and carrying good momentum into the rest of his outdoor track season.
Up Next for the Mammoth Track Club
The Mammoth Track Club update highlights above are the result of hard work, dedication, and a singular focus on doing what it takes to be the best possible athlete.
If you’re interested in pushing yourself to achieve your own personal best, join the Mammoth Track Club on Tuesday mornings at Whitmore Track and Sports Field. Practices started in April, but we are welcoming new participants. The track is nine lanes, so there is plenty of room for new and curious runners seeking to become supremely fit while having fun at the same time.
About 25-30 folks join the team each week, and I am already seeing symbiotic and supportive bonds created between members, pushing and encouraging one another to get the best from themselves.