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Big River sent mens and womens teams to the Hospital Hill Half Marathon in Kansas City on June 4th. Both squads finished second in the Saucony Team Challenge division which meant $1,000 for each group. Adam MacDowell led the way on the men's side and Margaret Lyons was the top women's finisher.

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It was a very special night once again at the Big River Festival of Miles presented by Under Armour. Three athletes broke four minutes in the Saint Louis Track Club Elite Men's Mile led by Nike Oregon Track Club member Jordan McNamara and the brand new AppWorldSolutions Elite Women's 800 saw a photo finish give Team USA Minnesota's Gabriele Anderson get the win over teammate Heather Kamp. Big River was represented in both races with Dan Strackeljahn finishing 10th in the mile and Shannon Leinert finishing fifth in the 800.

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Karl Gilpin was the star of the show once again for the Big River team at the GO! St. Louis Marathon. Karl battled not only the challenging course and a solid field but also temps that climbed into the mid 80s on a bright, sunny day. Going for his fourth GO! St. Louis title Gilpin bided his time climbing from 6th at halfway to 3rd at 17 miles before surging to the lead 21 miles into the race. A 5:14 mile dropped everyone but Charleston, Illinois' Paul Howarth who remained about 50 meters back over most of the last three miles. With 400 meters to go Howarth began a furious sprint that would take him past Karl in the closing few strides of the race and on to a two second victory. For Karl it was his second runner-up finish to go with his three victories at GO! St. Louis.

The surprise of the day may have been Big River Training Team member Heidi Schmidt running 3:18 to WIN the masters division on the women's side. Heidi just got back into running after a long hiatus and we were thrilled to see her do so well! In the Half Marathon Jessica Koster finished fourth among women and Juan Arias was fifth among masters men. Congrats to all 20,000 runners and walkers out there. It was a hot day but you guys did a great job!

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The streak continued with Big River once again producing the overall winner at the Michelob Ultra Saint Patrick's Day Parade Run. This time it was Kyle Cameron taking top honors after a tight race that saw four runners with a chance to win as late as 4 miles into the race. Cameron pulled away from Saint Louis University star Brian Holdmeyer over the last 1200 meters to secure the victory in 24:45. Big River's Adam MacDowell and Dan Strackeljahn took third and fourth. On the women's side the team produced the winner for the fourth time in five years with Margaret Lyons taking the top spot in 28:31 ahead of another Saint Louis University standout, Hilary Orf. Big River newcomer Sunny Gilbert was third. As always there were tons of Big River "Kiss Me I'm A Runner" shirts in the front, middle and back of the pack. We loved it! Thanks so much to all of you for supporting the store out there!! STL Today Article about the race

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Dan Strackeljahn and Shannon Leinert traveled to Bloomington, IN for the Billy Hayes Invite this past weekend. "Strack" was fourth in a very solid men's 1500 invitational division field running 3:45.87. Shannon, running her first race since early 2010, shook off the rust with a 2:14 800.

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Adam MacDowell and Margaret Lyons spent Easter Sunday morning at the 11th annual Rez Run in Crestwood where they took home the mens and womens titles. Brian Lyons and Julie Lossos were not far behind with Brian second on the mens side and Julie finishing as the runner-up for the women.

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Crystal Hariss made the trip to Columbus, Ohio for what is really one of the most unique marathons in the world. It's 26 one mile laps and it's touted as a great Boston qualifier because it's flat and you can get in a great rhythm. Crystal sure did! Check out her splits: 8:28 (1.2)/ 7:12/ 7:14/ 7:12/ 7:12/ 7:15/ 7:18/ 7:12/ 7:16/ 7:16/ 7:19/ 7:11/ 7:17/ 7:17/ 7:11/ 7:12/ 7:16/ 7:17/ 7:15/ 7:15/ 7:20/ 7:24/ 7:25/ 7:26/ 7:22/ 7:17. That's a 3:10:29 and it was good enough to win the the women's race and finish eighth overall!!

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