The Twelve Days Of Puma: Day 11

An All-American Getting Back On The Roads, A 58-Year-Old Female Marathoner Who Was Winning Marathons Before Most Of You Were Born, A "Brotha" Who Wants To Break 13:30, A Cancer Survivor Who Happens To Be Caitlin Chock's High School Coach, And A Lady Who Entered To Cheer Her Husband Up

By LetsRun.com
December 11, 2011

*Enter The LRC Puma Faas Challenge Here

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We're down to the final two days of the 12 Days of Puma as we announce the LRC Puma 55, the first 55 people selected in the LRC Puma Faas Challenge to put Puma's new Faas line of shoes to the test.

Don't think for a second we're running out of quality as we wind this thing down. In Day 12, we'll actually unveil our fastest guy in the Puma Faas Challenge.

Today we've got a former All-American getting back on the roads, a 58-year-old female marathoner who was winning marathons before most of you were born,  a "brotha" who wants to run 13:30, Caitlin's Chock's former high school coach, and a lady who entered to cheer her husband up.

If you want catch up on the LRC Puma 55: Day 1: The First 5, Day 2: A 27:31 10ker, A Marine Corps Marathon Champ, A Girl From Our Favorite High School, And A Guy Who Loves Asics, Day 3: Winter Wonderland, Day 4: Married Guys And A Guy Whose Wife And Kids Left Him, Day 5: The Coaches, Day 6 Rest, Day 7: Read It To Believe It: A "Cigarette Smoking, Pill Popping, Booze Drinking Slob" Who Now Runs 90 Miles A Week, A 12-Year-Old, A Woman Who Trolls The Message Boards, Day 8: A 34-Year-Old Who Wants To Go Sub-4, A 26-Year-Old Who Grew Up With LRC, "The" Running Autograph Collector, A Guy Whose Pumas Were Stolen 13 Years Ago, And A Girl At A Nike School, Day 9: A Girl Who Helps LRCers Get Dates, A Guy Who Wants a Shoe That Doesn't Suck, A Dog Lover, and a Sprinter Turned Distance Runner (Because of a Car Wreck) Day 10: A Football Player Turned 31:30 10k Runner, A Cop Inspiring His Family To Run, A Collegiate Runner Constantly Injured, A Woman Who Thinks Puma Is Sexy And A Guy Who Showed Up To Practice In Allen Iverson Basketball Shoes

Puma Faas 550 Is What
Wejo Is Running In

46) Former All-American Who Is Getting Back On The Roads (And In The Same City As Alan Webb And Robby Andrews)

Mike Fox, an All-American and 2:22 marathoner, is getting back out on the roads after taking a break to start a business. He happens to be in Charlottesville, the current hometown of Alan Webb and Robby Andrews. What will they do if they see a pair of Faas shoes go by them?

Mike Fox 31 years old Charlottesville, Virginia
Shoe To Test: Puma Faas 400/550

Why Mike Fox Is Worthy Of The LRC Puma Faas Challenge:
I am starting to run again. I am a 2x NCAA Cross Country All-American, top 10 finisher in a past US Road 5k Championship, and a 2:22 Chicago marathon runner, with a bunch of Conference champion and road race winning laurels. However, 5 years ago I started a small business and had to give up running for a while. Now, through hard work, my business is doing well and I am able to delegate some of my work to my employees. So, I am starting to run again. And I want a fresh start. The puma 550s look pretty fresh to me, so that's why I want them. My goals for running right now are to have fun, be competitive in my local area (one of the top running towns in the country) and then possibly run another marathon. Hook me up with some shoes so I can be even more excited to hit the roads/trails again. Thanks for the opportunity.

Marjorie's Dog

47) 58-Year-Old Woman's Marathoner Who Has Been Tearing Up The Roads Since 1977

Marjorie Tennyson has been running strong since the 1970s and picked up some impressive marathon victories on the way to her 2:46 PR. She now needs a little extra motivation to get a Boston qualifier at age 60. Who says LetsRun.com is full of immature adult males? Not Marjorie.

Marjorie Tennyson 58 years old Montana
Shoe To Test: Puma Faas 550

Marjorie's LRC Puma Faas Challenge Entry:

I need the motivation for my next goal! My first marathon qualified me for the Boston Marathon in 1977, I won at Rocket City, AL, Erie PA and Casco Bay in Maine. My eventual PR was 2:46:28 and my last marathon won my 55-59 age group in the Missoula Marathon in 2008. (That is a 31 year stretch!) That last one was done as a lark without anywhere near proper training as I had suffered a complete fibula fracture from running in bad shoes in 2007. In 2013 I want to be properly trained and ready to run, at least, a Boston Qualifying time for a female age 60. In order to do that well, I need to carefully ramp up the distance and speed over the next two years. That means that I will be out on the roads, and entering races to get back into real running shape. After that fibula fracture, a great pair of shoes will be a necessity. It was fun to run at the front in the early 1980s, but now the same effort leads to very mediocre times. Somehow, those PUMA shoes might make me believe that I had better achieve that qualifying time because someone thought that a 60 year old woman's goal is still worthy of support! Lets Run!

48) 51-Year-Old Who Has Come Back From Being Hit By A Drunk Driver And Radiation Therapy And Also Happens To Be The High School Coach Of Caitlin Chock

We've got a lot of modest people who visit LetsRun.com. Leonard Sperandeo is one of them. His Puma Faas entry is below and is pretty incredible in its own right. It talks about how Leonard overcame being hit by a drunk driver to run the fast masters mile in 2001. Now he's battling back from radiation therapy hoping to dominate the 50+ ranks. We like his spirit.

Then in telling Leonard he won, we found out that he was the coach in high school of American high school 5k record holder Caitlin Chock (Caitlin ran 15:52 for 5k and then skipped running in college and tried running professionally for a few years. She's got 2 blogs here and here) and current California prep Clare Carroll. Leonard reports Caitlin is a fan of LetsRun, which is good to hear.

Leonard Will Be Sporting
The Faas 550

Leonard Sperandeo 51 years old Sacramento, CA
Shoe To Test: Puma Faas 550 Color: black/lime

Leonard's LRC Puma Faas Challenge Entry:

My name is Leonard Sperandeo. I used to own a running shoe store (The Running Zone, Elk Grove, CA) and sold Pumas in 2005. Since I sold my store I have had some challenges with running. I completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy for cancer this past summer. I have been a good age group runner for the past 10 years. When I was 37 I was hit by a drunk driver while running and it broke my femur at the hip and knee, totally detaching the femur from the leg. I was able to rehabilitate and in 2001 had the fastest outdoor mile in the world for men over 40. Now that I'm coming back from cancer I intend to make a splash again, this time in the 50 year old category. I have not kept up on the current trend in shoes but thought this would be a great way to jump back in! Thanks for your consideration.

 

Faas 300

49)  African American "Brotha" Who Wants To Run 13:30

Running is one of the most diverse sports in the world. African Americans are definitely under represented in the elite ranks in the US. Brandon Johnson hopes to change that. Plus, he was coached by one of our favorite guys in the sport, cancer survivor, 28:05 10k runner, Pan Am bronze medallist, Pete Julian, now coach at Washington State.

Brandon Johnson 23 years old Denver, Co
Shoe To Test: Puma Faas 300 Color: white

Brandon Johnson's LRC Puma Faas Entry:
Hey LetsRun, This is B.johnson from Ventura,Ca. I've been running for about 8 years from Ventura High School running 4:24 and 9:32 my senior year, then Ventura Community College in 9:30 for the steeple. I had three full ride offers to some NAIA schools but choose to walk on to Metropolitan State College of Denver formerly coached by Pete Julian and former 2 time 800 meter Champion Ant Luna. After walking on and a few head coach changes I went to finishing 7th in the mile at DII Nationals in Albuquerque NM,in 4:12 @ altitude, then finishing 5th at Outdoor Nationals in the 5000 in 14:12, four seconds off my P.B. I have never been in a big race until this year at Nationals and I am 100 percent positive you'll see me run in the 13:30 within in the next year. The unique thing about me is I can from a rough background with running being my only way out. Ill just say... IM FROM THE STREETS! and one of a rare few African American brothas in this sport. I think I bring a different aspect of running to a whole new audience since I do not in any way seem like a distance runner. Another cool thing about me is I was in Sports Illustrated when Phil Mickelson won the Masters or something like that. Anyway I'm on the third page eating it over the steeple at Colorado (CU) invite, first lap first barrier I eat it hard and still finish in 2nd place. April 09 edition.  my mom has the pic. lol Expect to see me 13:30's baby!!!!!

50) Woman Who Entered The Faas Challenge To Cheer Her Husband Up

Bonnie McAfee was the only entrant who entered so she could give the shoes to someone else. How is that for altruism? Thumbs up to Bonnie. And if any of you all know Bonnie, please have her email us. We haven't been able to get in contact with her to tell her she's a winner.

Bonnie McAfee Pensacola, Florida
Shoe to Test: Puma Faas 550

Bonnie's LRC Puma Faas Entry:
Would like to surprise my husband with a pair of Puma Faas . He was a top elite runner for twenty some odd years and has been injured for several years and needs cheering up!

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LRC 12 Days of Puma Archives:
Day 11:
A "Brotha" Who Wants To Break 13:30, An All-American Getting Back On The Roads, A 58-Year-Old Female Marathoner Who Was Winning Marathons Before Most Of You Were Born, A Cancer Survivor Who Happens To Be Caitlin Chock's High School Coach, And A Lady Who Entered To Cheer Her Husband Up
Day 10:
 A Football Player Turned 31:30 10k Runner, A Cop Inspiring His Family to Run, A Collegiate Runner Constantly Injured, A Woman Who Thinks Puma is Sexy and a Guy Who Showed Up to Practice in Allen Iverson Basketball Shoes
Day 9:
A Girl Who Helps LRCers Get Dates, A Guy Who Wants a Shoe That Doesn't Suck, A Dog Lover, and a Sprinter Turned Distance Runner (Because of a Car Wreck)
Day 8:
A 34-Year-Old Who Wants To Go Sub-4, A 26-Year-Old Who Grew Up With LRC, "The" Running Autograph Collector, A Guy Whose Pumas Were Stolen 13 Years Ago, And A Girl At A Nike School
Day #7:  
Read It To Believe It: A "Cigarette Smoking, Pill Popping, Booze Drinking Slob" Who Now Runs 90 Miles a Week, a 12 Year Old, A Women Who Trolls the Message Boards..
Day #6: Rest
Day #5:
The Coaches
Day #4
Married Guys and a Guy Whose Wife and Kids Left Him
Day #3: Winter Wonderland:
South Dakota, A National Champion Coach, Valdez, Alaska, and TxRUNNERgirl Represent
Day #2:
A 27:31 10ker,  A Marine Corps Marathon Champ, A Girl From Our Favorite High School, And a Guy Who Loves Asics, And a (Shoe) Geek
Day #1:
A Boxer Who Runs 100 Miles a Week, A Guy Sick of Getting Free Nikes, A Soldier Doing Intervals With Incoming Rounds, A 16 Year Old Aspiring Champ

We're barely past halfway in selecting the 100 winners of free pairs of Puma shoes. Click here to enter the LRC PUMA Faas Challenge.

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