1. Margaret Lyons - 10:25
The women had a 90 second head start in this gender v. gender format and leading up to the race it figured to be a close battle between the husband and wife pair as they possessed 3k PR's that were 89 seconds apart. A year ago at this time Brian ran sub 9 minutes at the 2006 Big River 2 mile, an all-male race, and one he ran only two days after Margaret had given birth to their first baby, daughter Lillian. Dad got paced by Big River Running Company co-owner Ben Rosario through 4 and a half laps this time and came through the mile in 4:28, on pace for another sub 9 effort. This was mom's day however as Margaret's time of 10:25 equates to a 4:52 mile and a sub 17 5k on the McMillan running calculator equivalency charts.
Thanks to all of you who came and cheered on the competitors. We'll do it again next year and we'll get the music to work! See ya then.
THURSDAY NIGHT MAY 3RD
VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL
at the conclusion of the MCC Conference Meet
How it Works: This elite field is made up of St. Louis' top post-collegiate runners (men and women) and they will face off in a head-to-head battle with the women being given a 90 second head start and the men trying to chase them down over the course of 8 laps. The race will take place at the conclusion of one of the best track and field high school conference meets in the State, the MCC, featuring the defending State Champions from St. Louis University High School and several individual stars including CBC's Dan Quigley. It promises to be a great night for track and field in St. Louis. Come watch the high schoolers go at it beginning at 4pm and stick around to cheer for the women or the men (your choice!) in the first -ever Big River "Battle of the Sexes" 2 mile.
Event History: Last year's Big River 2 mile was a mens only affair with Big River Running Company Co-Owner Ben Rosario out-kicking Big River Racing Team member Brian Lyons in a tight race as both runners broke 9 minutes for 3200 meters (8:56- 8:58). The event was created as a chance to celebrate our sport at the high school level combined with the post-collegiate level to show that running can be a life-long sport and to be FUN! Last year's race was a huge hit with an announcer, music blasting over the PA system, and the high schoolers lining the track cheering for the competitors.
The Field: This year's field includes not one but two Lyons' as Brian's wife Margaret, who had just given birth to a baby daughter two days before last year's race, will headline the women's field. Margaret is coming off of a 4 mile pr at the Trolley Run in Kansas City where she finished fifth in 21:58. Brian finished 4th in the mens race at the Trolley Run, covering 4 miles in 18:50. The 90 second head start could prove to be a very fair margin with Brian looking to break 9 minutes for the second year in a row and Margaret looking to break 10:30. Other top entrants include Big River co-owners Ben Rosario and Matt Helbig on the mens side and 2007 St. Louis Marathon champion Christine Ensign on the women's side. If you are interested in competing email Ben Rosario at email@example.com
Womens Entry List:
Margaret Lyons (Big River Racing Team)
Kris Woolf (Big River Racing Team)
Tim Bradley (Big River Racing Team)
Brian Lyons (Big River Racing Team, Mizuno)
Ben Rosario (Big River Racing Team, Adidas McMillan Elite)