The inaugural RunnerDude’s Trust. Believe. Conquer! 25k took place on a brisk Saturday morning, April 4, 2015. 122 athletes came out from all over to take on the sweeping, two-loop course of northwestern Greensboro. The event was co-hosted by RunnerDude’s Fitness owned by Thad McLaurin, a local coach and fitness author. The event also served as an opportunity to honor the memory of former RUNegade Sue Yates with 60 silver balloons to send runners off at the start of the race and greet them on their triumphant return.
The runners took to the course at 9:00 a.m. sharp, hooves pounding like a Rocky Mountain avalanche. 22-year-old George Cleland V took the early lead and held it, finishing almost three and a half minutes ahead of 2nd place, with a time of 1:35:54.6. Chris Jackson of Greensboro was second, just breaking the 100-minute mark with a time of 1:39:13.9. Rounding out the top three overall male finishers was another Greensboro local, Michael Stevenson, finishing in 1:44:06.8.
The women’s competition for top 3 overall was fought with closer contention than their male counterparts. Dominique Stasulli of Lilington, NC took the title of top overall female finisher, with a 5th place overall finish and a sparkling time of 1:48:23.2. Next in was Jennifer Pack, coming in with a time of 1:51:06.2. Shannon Bradford took home the bronze, with a 1:52:51.3 time and an 8th place finish.
All finishers received a medal big enough to fail a TSA inspection (the 3rd medal in the Trivium Super-Medal), as well as a polyester racing singlet as a race shirt. Given the spirit of the holiday, award winners received hand-crafted Easter baskets full of chocolate, candy, sunglasses, and Dick’s Sporting Goods gift credit.
With the 4th race of the series down, participants of the Trivium Running Series look to Declan’s Dash 5k, in Kernsersville, NC on May 9th. This event supports Declan’s Foundation, named in the memory of Declan Donoghue, and dedicated to helping fund and build places of play in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad area.