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But this year...whoa! We had close to 50 Dynamos on course! Over 20 were running the race, and more than 2 dozen at the 4K Water Station, where it was most definitely "Raining Purple"!
Thanks first and foremost to the crew who so generously gave of their time on Mom's Day to come out and support Toronto's biggest running event...you guys did an incredible job!
As for those running? Here's a quick "TOP 20 Perfomances" alphabetically (hope I didn't miss anyone ;o)LAURAL ADAMS 55:32 - All time PB
ROYA ALI-KHANBEGI 48:42 - All time PB
BEV ATUNES 35:01 MDI Alum - 3rd Woman!
CLAIRE BRAMMA 39:54 - 4th AC (near PB)
AUDREY DANAHER 1:08:44 - All time PB
BEN FEFERMAN 51:15 - All time PB
JENNIFER FRALICK 1:00:29 - 9th in AC
LESLEY GALLINGER 1:08:30 - Strong run
ANGELA GANSTAL 44:50 - 4th in AC
LIZ HANSON 45:50 - 19th AC
ANASTASIA KONOVALENKO 46:33 - ATPB
FULVIA MANARIN 44:21 - All time PB, 11th AC
DASI MOSCOVITCH 48:35 - All time PB
MARIJA RADIVOJEVIC 45:19 - Strong run
TIFFANY SIMMS 46:51 - All time PB
COACH KEV 33:44 - 1st overall master
KAREN SOOS 45:48 - All time PB
MAUREEN STOCKER - 59:36 Best in 5 yrs
HEIDI VAN BAEL 47:00 - All time PB
COACH DAN WAY 34:24 - 5th in AC
At least 15 of us tested our race mettle against the frigid temps and gusty winds this weekend.
Coach Kev - 28min (2nd overall master)
Coach Seanna Robinson - 30min (4th master, 8th overall woman!)
Jenn Pitts - 39min (PB, 9th in Age cat!)
Anastasia Konovalenko - 39min (PB,12th AC)
Tiffany Simms - 39min (PB, 13th AC)
Joe Barth - 42min (4th in AC!)
Jenn Trowell - 42min (16th AC)
Lisa DeMarco - 44min (15th AC)
Melinda Montgomery - 45min
Angelique Plata - 54min (10min PB!)
Eric Morris - 1:06 (all time PB)
Janice Morris - 1:07 (all time PB, 3rd woman!)
Sherlita Di Bratto - 1:25 (all time PB)
Angus Glenn 10 Miler:
Christine Moffitt - 1:21 (all time PB, 7th AC)
Cathy Annetta - 1:44! (what a comeback!)
ATB 30K '16 REPORT!
GHAZALEH AFSHARI 2:56 Solid progressive run
STEPHANIE ANDERSON 2:36 Smashing debut
ANU BENTLEY 2:35 All time PB!
SARAH BLACK 3:04 Tough as nails - great effort!
CLAIRE BRAMMA 2:20 All time PB (12th Age Cat!)
TAMARA CHIPPERFIELD 2:47 Solid mid-season test race
CHRIS CHIPPERFIELD 2:46 Helping your better half ;o)
SEBASTIEN DHONTE 2:24 Solid effort
KRISTEN DONOVAN 2:44 All time PB!
CLAUDETTE GERMAIN 3:01 ATB Debut
RYAN GOLDVINE 2:09 All time PB!
VADIM GOUTERMAN 2:23 All time PB!
TANYA GRANT 2:48 All time PB!
JACQUIE JACOBS 3:06 Pre-Boston steady LSD
YASU KAJIWARA 2:32 Post Tokyo Marathon
SUSAN KALLSEN 3:15 Big comeback effort!
ANASTASIA KONOVALENKO 2:41 All time PB!
MIKE LONG 2:24 All time PB!
ROZ MORTON 2:16 Pre-Boston LSD/racepace
SERGIO RUEDA 2:31 What a debut!
KEVIN SEARLE 2:24 All time PB!
JANICE SHEARER 3:28 Grittiest Dynamo effort!
TIFFANY SIMMS 2:47 ATB Debut
RICHARD ST. JOHN 2:37 Impressive 5th in AC!
MAXINE STEINBERG 2:58 Notched a sub 3 ;o)
ALISON STEVENSON 3:06 Post Tokyo Marathon
ANDY SYKES 2:40 Pre-Boston LSD/racepace
JENNIFER TUNG 2:47 Debut (yes?)
Coach LAWRENCE WARRINER 1:55 Pre-Boston tune up
Coach DAN WAY 1:52 Not bad for 'not racing'!
KELLY ZYBLOCK 2:34 All time PB (15th AC)
(below) Some of the gang pause for a pre-race pic before putting their game faces (and mitts!) on before the start ;)
MDI TEAM DYNAMO SHOWS PURPLE PASSION IN THE FALL OF 2015
Dynamo runners Sarah Black, Danielle Noon, and Jenn Trowell sporting both the old and the new Purple Power singlets at the Waterfront Half
Sept-Nov/15 - What a season! Your Dynamo run coaches are elated with the determined tenacity you guys demonstrated in training, and the savvy and spirit you showed on race days over the past couple of months. What a joy it was to see so many of you sporting our new Purple Power gear out there--way to represent!
In the past we've done reports on each "biggy" race event, but we've been so busy wrapping up the season, that we've done one big summary this time.
Some of you got lucky with race day conditions (Waterfront, for example), some of you did not (Chicago and Hamilton of course!), but just about everyone took what the day gave them and turned it into something very special.
Some of the crew stuck around after Sasha's talk for a "Runfie"
It was such a pleasure to gather together with some of our Toronto area runners in mid November at our Tween Seasons Party at the Granite Brewery, to celebrate with each other and enjoy the presentation by our very special guest speaker, Canadian champion distance runner Sasha Gollish. She helped coaches Kevin Smith and Jennifer Faraone present a few awards to some very deserving Dynamos, before tons of draw prizes on behalf of our sponsors.
Claire Bramma accepting the "Rookie of the Year" award. Not one but 2 all time Half Marathon PBs in 1 month (1:27 at WF for 3rd in her age cat) sealed the deal!
Roya Ali-Khanbegi receives the "Diamond in the Rough" award (aka "most improved), for her monstrous 26min PB at the Waterfront Half (1:55)
Dave Gauthier is a deserving winner of the "Closest To Perfection" award for his incredible 3:05 Boston Q PB at Lehigh Marathon, an 18min improvement since just last year.
Without further ado, we'd like to highlight some of the most impressive and inspiring Team Dynamo results over the past couple months. Alas, here are...
Did you made the list? CLICK HERE to see! Please note:
* Many runners didn't make the list, but at least a dozen of you super keeners made it TWICE (all the more reason to heed our "race at least twice before the biggy" advice ;o)
* as judged by relative improvement and/or race day execution, not solely on finishing time. Listed alphabetically. PB denotes "Personal Best". AC denotes "Age Category". BQ denotes "Boston Qualifier"
* If you feel we've overlooked your (or another runner's) performance, PLEASE let us know right away. Remember to always email us w/your results/reports! We apologize for any oversight (it's a big job keeping track of every Dynamo runner...but we do our best ;o)
Thanks as well to all of you who sent us sensational pics from your race experiences. Stats are cool and all, but pictures capture the real emotion of the day.
Check out the pics below (click for hi res) or click here to visit our Dynamo Fall 2015 Facebook photo album. Some great shots there already, but if you have any more we can add, please send!
(left) Adrian Constantinescu & Karin Lindner celebrate at the finish line of the Berlin Marathon (right) Anu Bentley looking strong on her way to a 3:54 "redemption" at the blustery Hamilton Marathon. (below) Coach Kev and standout masters Dynamo Paul Jamael mug for the camera after strong runs at the Toronto 10 Miler.
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I started running 3 yrs ago & 2 yrs ago joined MDI. I’ve had my ups & downs, and when i wanted to stop because of a disappinting race result, Coach Kev encouraged me to stay focused and adjusted not only my training plan but also my goal. In addition, I have an amazing Thursday morning group who I look forward to train with, and has kept me motivated… 3 yrs ago I ran Scotia half in 2:22:02 and today I ran 1:55! Whoot Whoot!
"I have a hectic schedule and couldn't commit to fixed group runs. Kevin created a customized training plan for me and was always available for e-coaching.
Marathon Dynamics prepared me to qualify for Boston with a PB of 3:11. Even better I beat my marathon time last October by 22 minutes! I'm looking forward to working with Marathon Dynamics for Boston. I know the group work would have been ideal but Marathon Dynamics was able to tailor a program around my needs."
What an amazing weekend and race in New York City! I finished in 4:37, and can't imagine another race topping this one! I could not have progressed this far without your help. I kept with the program and it really paid off.
Thank you again for all your help in preparation for this all season long!
Marathon debutant Cathy Annetta
Run out to it!
MDI Rocks! Why? The Personalized Training Plan and the Weekly Group Coaching. I did both. The result? 18 weeks later I qualified for Boston! The Plan was personalized for me, advocated cross training combined with a sensible number of non running days and was easy to follow. So I was realistically able to manage life outside running. And bonus...when I needed my Plan to be tweaked (due to really rough winter weather) it was easily done.
The Weekly Group Coaching got me ‘out there’ with other runners (of all abilities) and my professional MDI Coach. The coaches are runners too and were adept at keeping me on track (literally!) with my Plan by providing encouragement, advice (by email, phone or in person at the weekly workouts) and good jokes! Boston here I come!
MDI Runner Katie Thomas improved her marathon PB by over 15 min and qualified for Boston
Signing up with Marathon Dynamics was a great decision for me. It helped prepare me mentally and physically for running the NYC Marathon, and provided the opportunity to meet some extraordinary runners, especially on track day, dark and early. The whole experience of the training was great and gave me the confidence to do NY.
I could not have done this marathon without it. What worked especially well for me in particular were the bits of advice you gave on track day (eg sleeping) and through your web site. Most important though was the encouragement for us to do our best and a belief we could achieve our goals.
You taught us that the race is something to enjoy, and that I did. Many thanks!
"Marathon Dynamics’ training program showed me that if I run the race the right way, I can break 3 hours.
My first marathon was painful, but the training for it was a lot of fun, and I would definitely recommend Marathon Dynamics to anyone. Whether you’re aiming for a particular time, or your goal is just to finish, the coaches will design a program that will help you safely and enjoyably reach your goal"
"MDI does a fantastic job of tailoring your training to you. The plans are very detailed, the support is fantastic, and the results speak for themselves. Kevin really knows his stuff and his approach is both resolute and flexible at the same time. I look forward to working with them again to take the next step in my running.
MDI runner Glen Way improved his marathon PB by over 10 min in his first year with MDI (3:08 for a Boston Qualifier)
“Even more important to me is that Kevin works really hard to foster a friendly and supportive team environment throughout training and coaching sessions... As a result, I have been able to establish incredible new friendships with some great people that share my passion for running.”
New Marathon Dynamics Runner Harvey Foote
You are a genius! Your plans are magic. Do the work, run the race and get the time you worked for! So happy. 49:03 is an "age equivalent" PB for me!
Thanks MDI...you've never let me down!