2013 was a year full of ups and downs on the running front. Unfortunately, it was a year where Chad had to deal with some injuries and some recuperation, but it was a year where Brad got to knock some smaller counties off the list. We passed the 80-county mark in April, and we have a good shot at getting to 90 early in 2014. Given a few more races in small counties, a good budget, and some extra knees, we just might make it to 100 in a year or two!
Brad's new counties in 2013 (10): Anson, Wayne, Jones, Gates, Northampton, Watauga, Caldwell, McDowell, Washington, Wilson
Chad's total counties: 42
Brad's total counties: 78
Combined total counties: 88
A great run is a great run, no matter what county or counties you're in, and Brad's best run of the year may have been the Grandfather Mountain Marathon through Watauga, Caldwell and Avery Counties. The Greater Goldsboro 10k in Wayne County was one of the best 10Ks Brad has had in many years, and he also had a great 5k in Washington County at the 5k Family Fun Walk/Run. The tour bus got to visit some nice small towns in small counties, and we met some really nice folks and ran with some excellent runners. The Old North State is a great place to be running.
The best part of the year, though, was Brad getting Kathy as a lifetime running partner after their engagement late in the year. Brad and Kathy pulled in some age-group awards together in a couple of races, and we're looking forward to seeing how they do in the future as a married couple! Congrats, and all the best for a lifetime of running fitness to come!
Keep an eye out for us in 2014 as we have lots of ground left to cover. Keep those cards and letters coming in! Come out and run with us as we knock out those last few counties!