Monday, September 19, 2011

RC3 Chicks Dinner for Ronald McDonald House

One thing is clear about all the women in RC3. They really have big hearts and some were there to help our current celebrity McRunnerette (Emily Strunk-Helm) prepare dinner for the residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for children and their families who travel to Phoenix to receive treatment for serious, often life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Of course Chicks do everything 100% and so they went all out with a big taco bar. 

Although not all the chicks could be there. Many helped out by making some contribution to the dinner via money toward food and supplies.

Uh oh! It's the Chip Burglar!
L to R: McRunnerette (Emily Strunk-Helm), Christina Peace, Paula Sierka,
Jodi Norton, Emilie Speciale, Susie Kramer

With the Boss at RMH: Paula, Emilie, Ronald, Christina & Susie
Paula and Jodi  
Susie, Christina, Jodi and Helen Rowe

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon

A few RC3 chicks took the opportunity to escape the Phoenix heat on labor day weekend and run in Oregon in the Willamette Valley region. We did Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon. We had a team put together with a few friend recruits that Darris recruited. Some really great runs with highlighted by a PR run of 1:57 by Wendy (who happened to be our oldest team member and thus netting the team a lower average time via some age and gender calculation applied) and Amy's 2:09 finish knocking off 15+ minutes off her previous best time. Darris ran 1:45 and Syndie 1:51 to get them into the top 10 in their respective age groups. Team RC3 finished 5th out of 21 teams! 

Team RC3 at the finish.  L to R: Tabitha, Kim , e, Darris, Nicole, Syndie, Wendy & Amy 

Todd & Wendy Rawson, me ("e") and Amy Ostwinkle before walking down to the start area.

Peavine Trail Run

It's was so wicked hot this August that we decided to get out of town and head to Prescott for one of our long runs. RC3 chicks did this a couple years ago on the Peavine trail in Prescott. We also did the Peavine this year however we went a little farther by taking the connecting Iron King trail. It made for a great 14 mile route. Susie, Emily & Shelly were a bit more ambitious and went out for 18-20 miles! It was a nice break from the heat and something we need to do more of next summer! 

Back left to right: Emilie, Paula, "e", Susie and Susan
Front: Nikki, Emily, Amy and Shelly