To earn the RRCA Grand Prix Ironman award, you must complete all twenty races scheduled within the year. At the end of the 2013 RRCA Grand Prix series, Eugene Atha mentioned to me that the Spa 10K would be his 100th consecutive Grand Prix race. It was Jim Miller’s 62nd consecutive Grand Prix race. Both earned the Ironman award again this year giving Eugene 120 consecutive races and Jim 82 consecutive races. In 2005, I had set my running goal to earn the Ironman award. However on July 4th at 6:00AM on a training run, I stepped on a broken ball from a trailer hitch and broke my ankle. Every year I run Grand Prix races but I did not set the Ironman award as my goal again until I talked with Eugene and Jim last year. They were my inspiration to set the Ironman award as my running goal for 2014.
Ironman is a challenge because of the commitment of your time, energy and willpower to stick with the long-term commitment. There are times when running buddies or biking buddies go out of State to an event, but you must choose to stay home and run your Grand Prix race. I ran one 5K with a sick stomach and ran the 20K when the heat and humidity absolutely ate my lunch. After about 16 or 17 races, all you think about is not being injured and getting the last few races completed. As I mentioned the Spa 10K 2013 was Eugene’s 100th consecutive Grand Prix race. He shared with me that he and Jim drove separate cars in case one broke down. He was not going to miss that race!
There were 20 races during the 2014 season. Listed below are my results and times.
I encourage all runners to join the RRCA Grand Prix. It is the only organization that ties runners together from all across Arkansas. It is a great way to run our beautiful State and make running friends in every county.
I praise God for blessing me with great health during 2014.