October 17, 2019
It’s time to forget about Eliud Kipchoge and the sub-2 hour marathon and toss aside Brigid Kosgei‘s 2:14:04 world record in the marathon.
Those marks are unattainable for all of us. One thing we can all do is try to win the RunningWarehouse LetsRun.com prediction contest.
Our $200,019 LetsRun RunningWarehouse.com World Champs prediction contest is in the books and what a Worlds and contest it was. Track and field fans throughout the globe entered the contest and only three could emerge on the LRC Running Warehouse podium. We love highlighting the winners of our contests because they show the interesting people who make up the LetsRun.com community.
Diamond Leauge fan, mutual fund guy comes out on top
Our overall winner was Aivar Koppel of Massachusetts. Aivar picked 21 event winners correctly and 6 events perfectly.
Aivar now is in his 40s and races 5ks (18:40) and road miles (5:10) and works in the mutual fund industry and has lived in Mass and Canada. He says he “was a 400/800 runner of modest talent (52/1:58) in high school and also ran cross country. We had a great all-around coach who taught us multiple track and field events, so I tried almost everything in my teens: long jump and high jump, pole vault, hurdles, discus, javelin and shot put.”
To triumph in the contest, he said he watches as many Diamond League meets and other track meets on TV and online as he can. He put extra emphasis on people getting results at the end of the season and it worked.
For winning, Aivar gets a pair of HOKA ONE ONE Rincon shoes and a $100 RunningWarehouse.com gift certificate.
Our runner-up got married this past Saturday
Our runner-up is 18-year-old Jordon Scott of Utah, and he deserves an extra round of congratulations as he married his wife Aubrey this past Saturday!
Jordon pointed out he was getting married coincidentally on the same day as the INEOS 1:59 Challenge (and the same day Wejo got married a year ago) which was fitting as Jordon met his fiancé, Aubrey, on the high school cross country team.
Currently, Jordon is a full-time student at Utah Valley University and a full-time tech support agent at Northstar Home. Jordan has a lot of track and field experience as he also works for high school site Milesplit Utah providing coverage for meets in Utah.
He says, “I got into running as a 7th grader when all of my friends began doing it. It was just an excuse to hang out with them. In the end, I actually began to enjoy it and became competitive.” Jordon used his experience in the IAAF Diamond League contests to come out on the LRC podium.
For being runner-up Jordon gets a pair of HOKA ONE ONE Rincon shoes and a $50 RunningWarehouse.com Gift Certificate.
Best wishes to Jordon and Aubrey!
Third placer is really smart
Our third-place finisher was Andrew Ceruzzi of Washington, DC, and Andrew shows how smart the LRC audience is. First, he went to Albert Einstein High School, so that automatically makes him smart. Then, like LRC web guy Erik, he went to Johns Hopkins. Now he’s getting a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. That puts him in the upper echelon of LRC contest prize winners, joining a rocket scientist.
Andrew now competes occasionally for Maryland’s running club and runs the Cherry Blossom 10-miler every year. As for a strategy he says, “I had no specific picking strategy other than closely following the sport by reading LetsRun everyday, and listening to the House of Run podcast and the LetsRun track talk podcast. Shout out to Kevin Sully and Jonathan Gault, I love your takes and insight.”