Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Earth Drummers Fly at 2014 Flying Pig events!

Wow, what a full slate of running events at Cincinnati's own Flying Pig Weekend!  This event keeps getting bigger and better each year, and once again the Tri State Running Company Earth Drummers took full advantage of this great local racing opportunity.   This year's Flying Pig Weekend opened up with a Friday night road mile, followed by a Saturday morning 10k and 5k, and wrapped up festivities with the Flying Pig
Half and Full Marathon on Sunday.  Earth Drummers competed at a high level in all events.

In the Little Kings Mile, Becky Clark won the overall women's crown (plus some nice prize money and free shoes!).  She showed some great range following her big win 7 weeks earlier in the Heart 15k.  On the men's side, Matt Miele, continuing his comeback after a long post-high school layoff, placed 2nd in the 30-34 age division.

Earth Drummers turned in some excellent performances in the Flying Pig Tri State Running Company 5k, On the men's side, John Meyer, and Landen Summay won their respective age divisions, while Brandon Koroly, Chris Higginbotham and Tom Eckel notched second place division finishes.  Becky Clark took the overall women's crown, while Melanie Pliskin placed 3rd overall and 2nd in the 25-29 division.

In the 10k event, Earth Drummers scored a perfect 100% first place finishes, as Lindsey Manville (25-29) and Tom Eckel (60-64) won their divisions, Lindsey turning in a PR performance, and Tom returning to racing after a long lay-off from competition.

On the tough half marathon course, Joe Brown ran an excellent race to place 2nd in the 50-54 division, just 13 seconds out of first place.  Jennifer Wiest placed 6th out of 1176 competitors in the 25-29 division.

Our lone full marathon competitor, Rob Morwood, once again acquitted himself very well, finishing in 6th place overall after he and a few other competitors were directed off course in the early miles.

                                        FLYING PIG WEEKEND RACE RESULTS

Women:  Becky Clark:       5:05,  1st Overall Woman

Men:       Pat Carroll:          4:37,  7th overall man
               John Meyer:        4:58,  11th overall man
               Matt Miele:         5:04,   15th overall man, 2nd in 30-34 division

Women:  Becky Clark:       17:23,   1st Overall Woman
               Melanie Pliskin    19:02,   3rd Overall Woman, 2nd in 25-29 division
Men:       Brandon Koroly:  17:02,   4th Overall Man, 2nd in 30-34 division
               Landen Summay:  17:15,  5th Overall Man, 1st in 45-49 division
               John Meyer:         17:45,  9th Overall Man, 1st in 25-29 division
               Higginbotham:      19:09,  2nd in 35-39 division
               Tom Eckel:           21:16,  2nd in 60-64 division

Women:  Lindsey Manville: 40:19,  1st in 25-29 division

Men:       Tom Eckel:           42:46,  1st in 60-64 division

Women:   Jennifer Wiest:     1:34:02,  6th in 25-29 division

Men.        Lon Bussell:         1 28:22,  1st in 55-59 division
                Joe Brown:          1:29:16,  2nd in 50-54 division

Men:        Rob Morwood:    2:44:01,  6th overall male,  1st in 35-39 division