Monday, September 28, 2009

Jack & Adam's / Zapata Roadrunners Set World Record

(Austin, TX) Jack & Adam’s Bicycles / Zapata Road Runners set the Guinness Book of World Records time in the five person marathon relay on Sunday at the Silicon Labs Relay Marathon in Austin, TX. The Jack & Adam’s team has dominated the event for the past five years, winning every time a team was entered. Two of the previous teams were also course and event records.

This year with the Guinness Book World Record on the line, Jack & Adam’s Bicycles teamed up with other well-known relay marathoners in Texas, the Zapata Road Runners. The Zapata Road Runners dominate the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon in Corpus Christi on a regular basis. Jack Murray of Jack and Adam’s Bicycles, a huge fan of the relay marathon format, has himself competed in the Silicon Labs Relay Marathon twice and the Beach to Bay Marathon five times. Murray explains, “All through high school and college we would field a marathon relay team with our cross country teams. I was very excited when in 2005 I learned that the relay format was coming back to Austin. The Silicon Labs Relay Marathon is now something that Jack & Adam’s Bicycles looks forward to every year.”

The record winning team was not fully formed until the week leading up to the race. Ricky Garza of the Zapata Road Runners sent numerous e-mails to his international team on the South Texas border to see who would be willing to visit Austin for the event. With only one day remaining, the team was finalized with a last minute addition of Kenyan native Stephen Ariga of Dallas, Texas. Ariga took a five hour bus ride from Dallas to arrive in Austin in time for the race. Two of the other team members, Kenyans Kibet Cherop and Rueben Ondari from Runners North spent nine hours on a bus from Zacatecas, Mexico to Laredo and four more hours in a car from Laredo to Austin before arriving for the event. Rounding out the five person team were Austinites Derek Yorek and Scott Kimbell both former runners at Adam’s State University. The team’s winning time of 2:10:49 set the new world record for a five person relay marathon and bested the previous course record by almost eleven minutes.

Also beating the previous course record by over six minutes was the second place team from Jack & Adam’s Bicycles made up of four triathletes and one of Murray’s former college teammates. The roster for this team included Cross Country All American David Fuentes of Austin, coach Derrick Williamson of Durata Training, two world class triathletes Richie Cunningham of Australia and Michael Raelert of Germany and Laredo’s “Road Warrior” Benny Rodriquez.

The race started a little fast, but by the end of the 1st leg (12k distance), Jack & Adam’s/Zapata Road Runners were in first place by 1:30 minutes and Jack & Adam’s Misfits were in second by 1:00 minute over third place Team Airrosti. Rueben Ondari set the pace for J&A/Zapata and David Fuentes set the pace for the J&A Misfits. The Airrosti Team was made up of former University of Texas runners, all of whom are pursuing elite racing careers through Rogue Running. That team, just weeks before, lit up the Zilker relays setting the stage for quite a race from start to finish.

The 2nd leg, which was a 10k run, was completed by Stephen Ariga for J&A/Zapata and Derick Williamson for J&A Misfits. After the 2nd leg, both teams gapped the field by over 2:00 minutes. The 3rd leg of 10k was covered by Kibet Cherop for the J&A / Zapata team and Richie Cunningham for the J&A Misfits.

Relay placement remained the same for the final two stages of the race, both of 5k distances. Scott Kimbell and Derek Yorek of Jack & Adam’s Bicycles/Zapata Road Runners brought it home with the new World Record and course record for a total time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 49 seconds. Team Jack & Adam’s Bicycles Misfits finished out the last two legs with Michael Raelert and Benny Rodriguez for 2nd place with a time of 2 hours 15 minutes and 17 seconds, also breaking the previous course record. Rounding out the top 6 overall were Team Airrosti (3rd place, 2:19.27), Team Gazelle Elite (4th place, 2:23.00), Team Airrosti 4 (5th place, 2:28.41), and Team Jack & Adam’s Bicycles Javelinas (6th place, 2:30.23). The J&A Javelinas was made up of Jack & Adam’s Bicycles Co-founder Adam Reiser, two world class triathletes Andreas Raelert & Pat Evoe, and two former TAMUK Javelinas Efrain Velasquez & Rick Carillo.

Two other J&A teams also finished in the top 25 overall. Team Jack & Adam’s Triathletes Mixed finished 18th overall and took 2nd place in the Open Mixed Category with a time of 2 hours 51 minutes and 39 seconds. The team was made up of Team J&A members and staff Todde Withycombe, Paul Terranova, Michelle Ryan, Jim Ryan, and Angie Balentine. The Jack & Adam’s Team Leftovers, placing 21st out of 568 teams was made up of J&A team members and staff Mark Foster, Josh Meza, Lon Brientbach, Jen Nieman, and Brad Miller.

Event History
2005 1st Jack & Adam’s Bicycles 2:21:38.1 Course & Event Record

2006 1st Jack & Adam’s Bicycles 2:21:46

2007 1st RunTex 2:25:04.7

2008 1st Jack and Adam’s Bicycles 2:21:15.7 Course & Event Record *

2009 1st Jack & Adam’s Bicycles / Zapata Roadrunners 2:10:49.4 Course, Event, & World Record

2009 2nd Jack & Adams Misfits 2:15:17

*2008 Course was moved to downtown Austin, Auditorium Shores.


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