"Run for the Hill of It" Set For Thursday, August 27

The 2009 edition of the "Run for the Hill of It," a Roadkiller tradition, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27.

What's that, you say, you've never heard of this race? OK, I guess we can't blame you. It's pretty unofficial, as far as official races go. No bib numbers, no mile markers, no crowds, no sponsors, no fanfare. But any Roadkiller will tell you, it's one of the biggest dates on our calendar. Why? Bragging rights of course. And Pizza.

Seriously folks, it's a fun get-together and a great fitness challenge as everyone heads into fall marathon training or the 2009-10 Track Shack Grand Prix. We'll have to check with our club president, but we think it also marks the official ending to the "Summer of Speed." The race course is nine miles and you can read more about it
here and here.

John Boyle is the reigning RFTHOI champion. He laid out the course several years ago, so we'll give him the advantage if he decides to defend his title. Danny Fritz says he "owns" this course and President Daniel McCarthy is 100% healthy after an injury-plagued 2008 season. On the women's side, April Darrow does the race seeding, so we'll say good things about her, of course. She'll be challenged by newcomer Diana Hampel, or Shawn Rudd if she breaks her vow to avoid racing before the 2010 Boston Marathon. Sara Van Meter might pick up a few pointers from her husband, Jason, a former RFTHOI champion.

That's all for now, but remember to mark your running calendar for Thursday, Aug. 27!