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Meet the Elites

Zach Baker

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
USATF Running Circuit Championships
• 2015 Gate River Run 15k: 45th
• 2014 USATF Club Cross Country Championships: 60th
• 2014 Quad City Times Bix 7: 18th

Other Races
• 2016 Dam to Dam Half Marathon: 8th
• 2016 Drake Relays Half Marathon: 1st
• 2016 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k: 10th
• 2015 Quad City Times Bix 7: 18th

Awards/Experience
• Male Runablaze Iowa Athlete of the Year (2014-2015)
• Winter training in Kenya (October 2015-January 2016, Anticipated January 2017-March 2017)

Alexandra Niles

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10 Mile

2013 Crim 1:00:22, 13th female
2014 Crim 59:00, 16th female (PB)


Half-Marathon

2014 NYC Half Marathon 1:20:19, 31st female (PB)

25K

2016 Grand Rapids USATF National 25k Championships - 1:37:05
8th place female


Marathon

2011 Wineglass Marathon 2:54:37, 2nd female
2012 Shamrock Marathon 2:57:18, 3rd female
2012 Baystate Marathon 2:55:01, 1st female
2013 Boston Marathon 2:51:46, 55th female
2013 Mohawk-Hudson Marathon 2:49:25, 1st female
2014 Boston Marathon 2:50:23, 52nd female
2014 Chicago Marathon 2:56:03, 81st female
2015 Hartford Marathon 2:45:45, 2nd female (PB)
2016 Shamrock Marathon 2:49:57 2nd female

Josh Deddering

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Notable Running Performances!
- USA Half Marathon Championships, Houston, TX 1/18/15!
- 21st place, 1:03:31 (personal best) !
- USA Olympic Trials Marathon, Los Angeles, CA 2/13/16!
- 64th place, 2:29:09!
- Cherry Blossom 10 Mile, Washington DC 5/13/15!
- 14th place, 6th American, 46:02 (9.4 miles)!
- Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon, Phoenix, AZ 12/14/14!
- first place, 1:05:54 !
- Twin Cities Medtronic 10 Mile, St. Paul, MN 10/5/14!
- fifth place, 49:40 (personal best) ! !
Notable Running Achievements!
- 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier!
- 2012 NCAA Cross Country All-American!
- 2014 WIAC Indoor Conference 5k Champion (14:28 - personal best)!
- 11th place in 5k at 2014 NCAA DIII Indoor National Championships!
- 10th place in 10k at 2014 NCAA DIII Outdoor National Championships!
- Competed in 3 NCAA Cross Country National Championship races! !
Awards/Honors!
- 2013 WIAC Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year!
- Floyd Gautsch Award winner - voted by college team “Most Outstanding Teammate”!
- Cross Country Team Captain - University of Wisconsin La Crosse!
- 6x USTFCCCA Academic All-American!

Katie Kellner

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PERSONAL BESTS
Marathon: 2:43:41 February 2016 5,000m: 15:56.42 May 2014
Half Marathon: 1:14:39 September 2014 3,000m: 9:22.39 February 2013
10,000m: 32:58.73 April 2012 Mile: 4:57.06 January 2012
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Hansons-Brooks Distance Project – Rochester Hills, MI (August 2013-June 2016)
28th at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials Los Angeles, CA
5th American 2014 Rock N’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA
8th Place 2014 USATF 10K Road Championships Atlanta, GA
8th Place 2014 USATF 10K Track & Field Championships Sacramento, CA
2014 Shamrock Shuffle Champion (USATF 8K Team Championships) Chicago, IL
Team USA member in the 2014 BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country Race Edinburgh, Scotland
Team USA member in the 2013 Chiba Ekiden Relay Chiba, Japan

Aliphine Tuliamuk

2016 winner in the USA 25k Road Championships, USA 20k Road Championships and USA 5k Road Championships and 2016 USA 10 Mile Roach Championship Runner-up

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Christo Landry

Christo has won multiple USA Road Championships and holds the American Record in the 25 km distance.

2016
USA 15km Road Championships, Jacksonville, Florida  3rd place   15 km  44:42[45]
USA 1/2 Marathon Road Championships  Columbus, Ohio   1st place 1/2 Marathon62:52[46]
USA 25 km Road Championships  Grand Rapids, Michigan  1st place 25 km 1:15:32[47

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Dathan Ritzenhein

He is a three-time national cross country champion , 14th IAAF World Championships 10th place  27:37.90 Moskva (Luzhniki) 10 AUG 2013 and the XXIX Olympic Games 9th place  2:11:59  Beijing (National Stadium)   24 AUG 2008

 

 

 

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Lindsey Scherf

Personal Bests:

10,000 Metres 32:27.01 
Portland (Lewis & Clark College), OR
11 JUN 2016

10 Kilometres  32:33 Mobile 22 MAR 2014

Half Marathon  1:11:45  
New York City, NY
18 MAR 2012

25 Kilometres 1:25:12  
Grand Rapids, MI
12 MAY 2012

Marathon 2:32:19  
Duluth, MN
20 JUN 2015

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Melissa Gacek

Highlights:
Fast Before the Feast
November 24th, 2016Saint Paul, MN, US
6:06 /Mile Pace   1st Place Master and 2nd place overall.
37:56 Final Time

Personal Bests:
10,000 Metres   32:27.01   Portland (Lewis & Clark College), OR
11 JUN 2016

10 Kilometres 32:33  
Mobile
22 MAR 2014

Half Marathon 1:11:45  
New York City, NY
18 MAR 2012

Fifth Third River Bank Run  25 Kilometres 1:25:12  
Grand Rapids, MI
12 MAY 2012

Marathon 2:32:19  
Duluth, MN
20 JUN 2015

 

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Neely Grace

Career Highlights·        8-time NCAA DII Champion·        NCAA DII Record-holder, 3000m, 5000m, 5000m(I)·        8th, 2016 New York City Marathon·        9th, 2016 Boston Marathon·        13th, 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships·        2nd, 2015 US 10 Mile Championships·        2nd, 2012 US 5km Championships·        3rd, 2012 US 10km Championships·        3rd, 2015 US 15km Championships

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Tim Ritchie

2016 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier (25th place)

Notable Personal Bests:  Mile: 3:58.49 (2012),  5000m: 13:38.02 (2015), 10,000m: 28:26.70 (2015), ½ Marathon: 1:01:23 (2015),  Marathon: 2:14:50 (2013)

16x top-10 finisher at a USA Running Circuit Championship Event    3x top-3 (2012 15k,  2014 15k, 2016 10mi)

 

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Heather Cappello

•      2015 Houston Half Marathon, 1:13:07, 15th place,  2015 Jacksonville 15K, 52:32, 11th place,  2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K, 1:29:08, 4th place (3rd US),   2016 Jacksonville 15k, 55:31,14th place

 

 

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Fifth Third River Bank Run

PO Box 2194
Grand Rapids, MI  49501-2194
616.771.1590   |   runinfo@53riverbankrun.com

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