April 21, 2020
A long time ago (less than 2 months), there were races with hundreds of thousands of spectators.
America’s best congregrated at the Olympic Marathon Trials and it was spectacular. Galen Rupp and Aliphine Tuliamuk ran away with the titles, as Molly Seidel and Jake Riley surprised, Abdi made his 5th Olympic team, and Sally Kipyego made her return from maternity leave complete.
The results were nearly unpredictable, and that’s why we need to honor the winners of the $20,020 Running Warehouse HOKA ONE ONE Prediction Contest.
We love recapping the contests because it shows the interesting people who come to LetsRun.com.
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The overall winner of our contest was poster “Old is as old does”. Only five people in the entire contest picked both the men’s and women’s winners of the Trials and that was enough for Old to come out on top.
The only problem? We haven’t been able to get in touch with him or her to give him his great prizes, but we can’t hold up the prizes going to everyone else. Email us at [email protected] if you know Old is as old does.
Update: “Old is as old does” is Peter Boyd, a Special Education Teacher and assistance XC/Track coach (jumps, hurdles, and Pole vault) in Pennsylvania. The head coach? Peter’s wife. They’ve got three kids together.
Peter has been running since age 11 and competed in high school and college. He came out on the top on the contest because he read the Letsrun’s Hoka highlighted Q&As, and listens to the LetsRun.com podcast. He said, “Something told me that Aliphine was going to do it.” He was right. Congrats to Peter. He wins a HOKA Mach 3 and a $100 Running Warehouse gift certificate.
2:25 Marathoner Who Shared a Locker With Sammy Wanjiru Wins Women’s Contest
Colin Fishwick, aka fukuoka47, won our women’s contest by picking Aliphine Tuliamuk for the win, Sally Kipyego for 3rd, and Des Linden for 4th. Pretty impressive to get 3 of the top 4 perfectly. He said he picked Aliphine because of our HOKA sponsored talk with her before the Trials.
Colin chose the HOKA ONE ONE Mach 3 as his shoe which comes in cool USA colors.
19-Year-Old Nursing Student Wins Men’s Prediction Contest
Wenpei Liu is a 19-year-old nursing student at NYU won the men’s prediction contest.
Wenpei’s picks were pretty impressive. Like a lot of you, he picked Galen Rupp for the win. But he also picked Jake Riley to finish second and said Leonard Korir would finish 3rd (he was 4th). Picking the top 2 perfect and three of the top 4 was enough to give Wenpei the win.
Wenpei discovered his love of running in high school. “My first connection to running was when I joined my high school’s cross country and track & field team more than four years ago. At the time, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. At first, I struggled a lot, but my teammates ran alongside me and motivated me to continue. Today, they are some of the closest people in my life,” he said.
Wenpei said an understanding coach helped inspire him to get into healthcare. “I had several running injuries, but the people around me helped overcome them. I am grateful to have a coach who is understanding of my circumstances and allowed me to train with an alternative plan. These experiences motivated me to pursue healthcare so that I can help someone in need. ”
Wenpei wons the HOKA ONE ONE Cavu 3 and a $100 gift certificate.
Thank you Running Warehouse and HOKA.
NCAA XC Prediction Contest Winners
Also we want to honor the winners of our NCAA XC Prediction Contest.
Jason Leonard won 2006 NXN team title, now wins contest
The overall winner of the prediction contest was Jason Leonard from Leesburg, Virginia. Jason is now 30 and and elementary school teacher and a high school coach at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that Jason came out on top, as when he was in high school he was on the 2006 Coatesville team that won Nike Team Nationals.
Jason says he often does prediction contests with his team or against other coaches, so he was well prepared to win the Running Warehouse LRC contest. Jason wins a $100 Running Warehouse gift certificate and a pair of the Skechers GOrun Ride 8 Hyper.
Team Winner Bill Robb Ran His 800th Road Race Last Year
Our team winner, Bill Robb, is 57 and lives in Ohio. Bill’s been running since 1979 and ran his 800th race last year. He’s run 44 marathons, including Boston three times and the 100th Boston Marathon. Like many LRCers Bill says, “I live for running, track & field, and cross country.” As for his strategy he says, “I had a feeling that the BYU men were going to pull the upset and I really thought that the Arkansas women were going to win their first Championship.”
Congrats to Bill who also wins the Skechers GOrun Ride 8 Hyper and a Running Warehouse gift certificate.
3rd Placer Has Been to 10 NCAA Championships
Our 3rd placer wishes to remain anonymous. which we respect. He lives in Pennsylvania and was a previous second place finisher in a LetsRun.com contest. He works in radiation therapy, and is a lifelong runner. He’s been to 10 NCAA Division I cross country championships as a fan, so it makes since he would do well in our contest.
Thanks to Running Warehouse and Skechers for sponsoring the NCAA contest.