Rock/Creek celebrates continued success for the 2008 race season, as well as four new additions to the team. The season started off strong with team member Kris Whorton as she took the win at the Black Warrior 50K Trail Race. This race takes place in the Brushy Lake Recreational Area, a part of Alabama's William B. Bankhead National Forest. Kris also had the #7 fastest 100 mile time on UltraRunning magazine's recently released 2007 North American Ultra List. Her Umstead 100 miler time of 18:13 was the fastest trail 100 miler time for a female over 40, as well as the 4th fastest for any female in the world. In addition, Kris won the female masters' division of the Mountain Mist 50k back in January, where she also set a new course record for her division. "I am hoping that some of that talent can start rubbing off on me," her husband and running partner Randy quips.
The Cheaha 50k trail race, held on February 27,2008 continued the winning streak for Team Rock/Creek. Husband and wife team members Jamie Dial and Wendi Parker-Dial, of Nashville, took first place in the mens and women's divisions, respectively. Jamie's time broke the course record by 20 minutes. Another husband and wife team, Matt and Natalie Sims, both placed 5th in their respective categories. Kathy Johns finished 9th in her division.
On March 8th, Josh Wheeler won Chattanooga's Scenic City Half Marathon. Josh is a returning Rock/Creek team member, cancer survivor, long time resident of Signal Mountain and former student of The McCallie School. Josh's time of 1:14:56 put him on the podium with another inspiring victory.
Team Rock/Creek's most recent victory is credited to new comer John Anderson. John is originally from Signal Mountain and a former student of The Baylor School. On March 10, 2008 John took the podium at the Old Pueblo 50 Miler Trail Run, located in Arizona. This race consists of loops of forest service roads and trails that are located along the south eastern part of the Santa Rita Mountains (part of the Arizona Mountains). John came in with a time of 7:20:45.
"We're excited to sponsor such a talented group of athletes," explains Dawson Wheeler, co-owner and President of Rock/Creek: "Our Race Team represents us in everything from 5 mile to 100+ mile races across the world. The Whortons are running stage races in Europe while Josh is winning a half marathon right here in downtown Chattanooga. The dedication and the diversity of interests- both athletically and in terms of volunteer and professional work- makes me proud to have these men and women associated with Rock/Creek. They are great role models to other runners as well as environmental stewards working to improve the trail systems in our state and national forest lands."
Rock/Creek proudly introduces this year's new team members:
John Anderson, Medical Student, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Boulder CO
Cathi Cannon, Graphic Designer, Chattanooga, TN
Jaclyn Greenhill, Pediatric ER Nurse, Chattanooga, TN
Kathy Jones, Medical Assistant, Chattanooga, TN
Returning this year:
Sheridan Ames, Hudson Construction project manager, Chattanooga, TN
Jamie Dial, Activities Coordinator, Vanderbilt University Outdoor Program, Nashville, TN
Wendi Parker-Dial, Artist, Art Teacher, Nashville, TN
Michael Green, High School Cross Country/Track Coach, Spray Tech (Golf Course), Chattanooga, TN
Matt Karzen, Laywer, Athens, GA
Geno Phillips, History Teacher, Chattanooga, TN
Matt Sims, Patagonia Sales Rep., Chattanooga, TN
Natalie Sims, Interior Designer, Chattanooga, TN
Stephen Taylor, Fitness Trainer and Endurance Coach, Nashville, TN
Chad Wamack, Commercial Real Estate Brokerage & Development, Chattanooga, TN
Josh Wheeler, Student at Appalachian State University Exercise Physiology program, Signal Mountain, TN
Kris Whorton, UTC English Professor, Chattanooga, TN
Randy Whorton, Environmental business owner/operator, Chattanooga, TN
Rock/Creek would like to thank the Race Team sponsors: Patagonia, La Sportiva, and Vasque.
For more information and individual team profiles, visit http://www.rockcreek.com/raceteam/
Rock/Creek, member of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, is an independent specialty outdoor retailer with over two decades of experience in the Southeast. Along with its online shops, http://www.RockCreek.com and http://www.ClimbingGear.com, Rock/Creek provides quality outdoor clothing and gear for a host of activities including kayaking, rock climbing, camping, hiking, trail running, travel, and adventure racing. Rock/Creek is committed to making a positive impact on the environment. For this reason, it uses outdoor retail as a platform to encourage outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship and to improve public access to the backcountry. Rock/Creek supports worthy nonprofits such as the Southeastern Climbers Coalition and the Wilderness Trail Running Association.