3/19/2023 Chrstine Churpek, Mike Williams, Scott Orlando, Brad Hain, Lisa Keane, Nancy Wardell The Shamrock 15K & 5K Peninsula, Ohio


The Shamrock 15K and 5K

Peninsula, Ohio


Christine Churpek

Finish Time:  1:23:21

Overall Place:  52nd Place / 91

Division Place:  2nd Place / 6

Mike Williams

Finish Time:  1:25:51

Overall Place:  58th Place / 91

Division Place:  7th Place / 9


Scott Orlando

Finish Time:  22:25

Overall Place:  14th Place / 131

Division Place:  1st Place / 5

Brad Hain

Finish Time:  25:18

Overall Place:  24th Place

Division Place:  1st Place / 1

Lisa Keane

Finish Time:  25:26

Overall Place:  26th Place / 131

Division Place:  1st Place / 7

Nancy Wardell

Finish Time:  31:01

Overall Place:  67th Place / 131

Division Place:  3rd Place / 6

Race Recap By Nancy Wardell:

Great race today at the Shamrock 5K in Peninsula, OH with so many Team-ER teammates!  I finished the race at 31:01 which I’ll take on this very chilly Sunday!  I placed 3rd in my age group and received my beautiful bobble-head trophy!  Another race in the books!

Race Review By Scott Orlando:

It was another chilly and windy winter race in Northeast Ohio.   Temperatures in the low 20’s with strong wind gusts had the wind chill in the teens.  I arrived to the race 2 hours early ready to help with registration.  I wasn’t liking the thought of standing it the cold for 2 hours helping before running the 5K.  I came prepared with layer after layer of clothes on to stay warm.  When I arrived I was ecstatic to discover that all pre and post race activities would be held inside the school gym!  I quickly shed multiple layers of clothes and proceeded to help with registration.  I left the registration desks about 25 minutes before the start of the race to begin my race preps.  After some warm up running it was off to the start line.

The gun sounded and we were off.  The course is mostly flat with no real significant hills just a few areas of slight incline.  The race field quickly spread out over the course.  My first mile was a little slower than I typically like for a 5K but within my pace range.  I soon found myself slowing down a little fighting the gusting winds.  By the second mile the race field was really spreading out.  I picked up my pace a little in the 3rd mile but with no runners in site ahead or behind me I didn’t find much motivation to do more than to settle into my current pace.   I managed a slight kick for the last quarter mile to the finish and crossed the line in 22:25.

My finish time was a little slower than I would have liked but under the cold windy conditions I was content with the time.  Coming into the race I had 2 goals.  I wanted to finish in the top 25 to receive a finisher medal, and place in my age division to earn a world famous bobble head trophy.  I am happy to report that I achieved both goals by finishing 14th overall and 1st in my age division.

It was great to see so many Team ER members at the race with 5 out of 6 of us taking home bobble head age group trophies.

Summit Athletic Runners Club, Ritchie’s Sporting Goods, and North Coast Multisports once again produced a fantastic event.  There where lots of great snacks after the race and it was so nice to have the indoor facilities for the post race celebrations and awards.   All 15K runners received crewneck sweatshirts and all 5K runners received long sleeve t-shirts.  The first 25 finishers in each race received finisher medals.  My preference would be that all runners received finisher medals.   Helping with registration I was told that almost 400 runners were registered, but it appeared that there were quite a few people that no showed.  Maybe the wind and cold temps kept them away.  It was a great race and I look forward to running it again next year.


3/19/2023 Kristi Gunyula Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA


Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon

Kristi Gunyula

Finish Time:  1:36:18 (New PR)

Overall Place:  312th Place / 5214

Division Place:  9th Place / 453

Race Recap By Kristi Gunyula:

The Shamrock Marathon Weekend did not disappoint! I have always loved traveling with friends to out-of-town races, but this one will forever have a special place in my heart.  I have always wanted to run the NYC Marathon and have entered my name in the lottery multiple times, but have never been selected. Well, my wait may be over, because this weekend I ran fast enough to earn myself a spot at the starting line!  Thankful for all of my training buddies back home, my coach, everyone who sent me inspiring vibes and well wishes this weekend and for all the amazing women who were there to encourage me on race morning! I couldn’t have done it without you!