Not to be outdone by my dear sister Salty, I too would like to present to you a race recap, of sorts, of the 2016 USA Half Marathon Championships at the Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus, Ohio. With help from Ginger, Catnip, Pimento, Ginkgo and Salty I’m pleased to be able to give you a visual story of the day.
Our own Spearmint, squeaky clean and ready for a great race
Off the course Brianne Nelson is hardly ever seen without a big comfy coat – she’s always cold!
Nicole Camp, hamming for us
Just like us, the elites have to wait in the Port-a-Potty line. Photo by Pimento
Karen Roa switches to her race shoes.
Janet Bawcom checks her laces
Beth Herndon and the other Championship athletes warm up
Nick Arciniaga, Sean Davidson and Ryan Miller – that’s Karen hiding in the middle.
Karen warming up
Esther Atkins removes her jacket at the last minute.
The Star Spangled Banner saw a rare moment of quiet solemnity for race director, David Babner (left)
The Championship horn sounded five minutes before the cannon shot that marked the start of the main Cap City Half event.
9,622 runners followed the elites out of the gate for the half marathon, a quarter marathon or a 5k.
The lead pack at Mile 2. Photo by Salty
At Mile 5 the pack was still intact. Photo by Salty
Water station volunteers wait for the championship runners
The Men’s Pack just after Mile 7
Tara and Des matching strides.
Des is still ahead at Mile 7. Photo by Salty
Moments before Tara makes her big Mile 7 play.
Tara shoots ahead like a cannonball. Photo by Pimento
Tara (with Scott) holding down her strong lead at Mile 11. Photo by Salty
Brianne makes keeping Des and Tara in her sightline look easy.
Shaddie battling hard near the end with Scott Bauhs, who ultimately took 3rd. Photo by Pimento
“I’m back!” shouts Christo Landry post victory
Christo Landry wraps his flag around 2nd place Scott Fauble to congratulate him on a race well run.
Flying Des at Mile 13. photo by Pimento
Flying Brianne at Mile 13. Photo by Pimento
Janet looking strong in spite of feeling rough at Mile 13. Photo by Pimento
The woman who thought she’d never run again just two years ago breaks the tape and takes the National Half Championship.
RD David high fives a smiling Des in mid-air.
Meggie Sexton, one of the finest Elite Coordinators a USATF championship has ever seen, congratulates Tara and Des. Photo courtesy Meggie Sexton
Brianne takes third
Lindsey crosses the finish line for fourth with the same wild intensity she ran with throughout the race.
Brianne cheers Janet in for a 5th place finish
You can see how close 7th – 10th place were here. That’s Semehar Tesfaye’s elbow as she’s finishing in the chute, Kelsey Bruce, Esther, and then Katie DiCamillo in the green.
Katie DiCamillo seems to crumble at the end of a powerful performance. Just off her shoulder is Ginger’s partner and James Sjostrom
“Just enjoy the finish now!” Jordan Welling shouted to his wife from the sideline at Mile 13.
#SnailedIt! Obsie was obvi pleased with her race. Photo by Pimento
The Sketchers girls
Afterward in the athlete lounge, Kelsey was all smiles
Going over results with USATF Events Manager Karl Eagleman
Stretching it out
“She’s going to punch me for saying it but she got second today,” said Josh Cox as he introduced Des to the post-race press conference, having added her umpteenth 2nd place finish to her resume
Presented with a custom watch and her championship ring
Like “stick and ball sports,” the champions each walked away with a championship ring, a diamond, ruby and sapphire-studded beauty worth $8k.