Heather putting in time at the Sauconny booth at the Rock 'n Roll marathon expo.
Some fast times at Rock 'n Roll, and Roch scores his first win!It was a perfect day for racing a marathon in San Diego. Nice cool temperatures in the 60's, produced some fast times at the Rock'n Roll marathon. John Kagwe, two time New York marathon champion set a blistering pace with media predicting a sub 2.10 time until the pace took it's toll in the last 10K. Kagwe came home with a final time of 2.10.07. For the woman Margaret Okayo defended her title against some stiff competition including gold medal winner Fatuma Roba, and broke her own course record by over 2 minutes. Her finish time was a very impressive 2.25.05.
Saturday prior to the marathon saw another very busy day at the expo with the bulk of runners coming through registration. A lot of familiar faces and all the multisport staff were hard at work. Roch was out doing a clinic, along with Steve Jones, and John Duke for beginner marathoners who had any last minute questions. Heather was busy at the Saucony booth and I was ever present at the Iron Girl booth, making sure that if nothing else the gals were looking good for the run. Paul was our roving reporter snapping pictures of everyone. He could not however keep up with any of the 'real' runners.
Sunday morning whilst 18 000 plus runners were out pounding the streets of San Diego - Roch and Heather, along with some friends headed up to LA for one of the LA Triathlon series sprint races. This was to be the first show down between the two.
The only results we really got were, Roch shouting over his cell phone that he "ruled". He said that he finished in third overall with Heather a couple of places behind that - 'at least two minutes behind me!'. So Roch finally has a win to his credit in our little challenge.
So with the 'meat' of the summer coming up and plenty of local races in the calendar things should get pretty interesting.