Veteran, perennial elite runner Eric Ashton offers thoughts on rising star Michael Banks

In today’s Sports section of the P&C, I wrote a story on Michael Banks amazing running feats in the last two years and his pursuit of the Turkey Day Run 5K record on Thursday.

While Banks has plenty more to prove, his talent appears to be on the level, or better, of some of the long-time and short-time runners in Charleston in the last 35 years. Among them, Bob Schlau, Tom Mather, Marc Embler, Irv Batten, Neil McDonough and Neville Miller.

And while Eric Ashton is only quasi-local (he lives in Columbia but has a place on Daniel Island and has been a regular in the Charleston running scene for 25 years), he is the absolute most accomplished, consistent runner in South Carolina history.

I tried to get Eric’s comments on Banks for the article before deadline because I think Eric is uniquely qualified – and a very fair – person, but it came in too late. Eric himself, unfortunately, has a high ankle sprain and left hamstring tear, so he won’t be running Turkey Day, but offered these observations about Michael.

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Local 49-year-old wins Brookgreen Gardens Turkey Trot 5K

 Congrats to long-time local runner Bratton Fennell for winning a race outright. DQ

 8th BROOKGREEN GARDENS TURKEY TROT 5K

November 23, 2013 Murrells Inlet, SC

          8:15 am Timed by: Set Up Events

 

Place  Bib Sex Age Co NAME                            Time  Pace Hometown     St

===== ==== === === == ========================= ========== ===== ============ ==

   1.  462 M    49    Bratton Fennell              20:13.6  6:31 Myrtle Beach SC

   2.  293 M    52    Robert Clark                 20:48.6  6:42

   3.  465 M    51    Eddie Wooten                 21:02.6  6:47

   4.  469 M    33    David Taylor                 21:11.9  6:50

   5.  459 M    45    Rich Vanderford              21:25.6  6:54

   6.  117 M    41    Bryan Briones                21:48.0  7:01

   7.  461 M    49    Scott Burtz                  22:07.9  7:08

   8.  454 M    46    Jonathan Mackey              22:21.9  7:12

   9.  300 F    25    Sara Geisman                 22:27.9  7:14

  10.  246 M    13    Luke Davis                   22:29.1  7:15

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Top 50 seeds – male and female – for 36th Turkey Day Run

1

MICHAEL

BANKS

M

27

CHAS

SC

2

LAUREN

GOSS

F

25

MT PLEASANT

SC

3

AJ

FITZSIMMONS

M

22

MT PLEASANT

SC

4

HARRIOTT

KELLY

F

26

ATLANTA

GA

5

STEVE

RIVARD

M

20

GOOSE CREEK

SC

6

CAITLIN

JUDD

F

30

CHAS

SC

7

EVAN

ABDULLAH

M

20

GOOSE CREEK

SC

8

JENNIFER

QUIGLEY

F

38

WELLINGTON

FL

9

CARLOS

RENJIFO

M

30

BALTIMORE

MD

10

KATHRYN

LAZARCHICK

F

19

MT PLEASANT

SC

11

BRIAN

JOHNSON*

M

38

MT PLEASANT

SC

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Turkey Day Run history – at a glance – by Cedric Jaggers

TURKEY DAY 5K RUN

Thanksgiving Day

Charleston, SC
Website: www.TurkeyDayRun.com
Certified courses used: SC100088BS, SC88029BS, SC87026BS, SC85029WN
>2012 5,833 finishers 15:01 Brandon Hudgens 16:46 Lauren Goss
Masters division 16:22 Irv Batten 19:58 Catherine Hollister
Grand Masters div 17:19 Marc Embler 20:00 Sarah Allers

>2011 5,617 finishers 15:05 A J Fitzsimmons 17:01 Lauren Goss
Masters division 17:20 Greg Brown 19:15 Sarah Allers
Grand Masters div 17:54 Marc Embler 22:11 Ann Elish

>2010 5,308 finishers 14:55 David Cheromei 17:36 Lauren Goss
Masters division 16:37 Tom Mather 19:50 Dian Ford
Grand Masters div 17:34 Marc Embler 20:15 Kerry Robinson

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Online registration for 36th Turkey Day Run closes at 6,080 – 2,000 more than last year – in-person registration opens Wednesday

Update via Turkey Day Run race manager Chuck Magera:

We closed out last night (when online registration closed0 with 6,080 and 378 kids.

Last year we closed out with 4,085 and 232 kids. So over 2000 more than last year.

 Please strongly encourage people on Facebook and website to start the race in their correct (corral) color group. We will be happy to switch people on Wednesday (only) to different groups so they can run with their families or friends.

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36th Turkey Day Run is posting some big numbers; online registration closes Sunday night

Here’s an update on the Turkey Day Run via race manager Chuck Magera as of 6:35 am Saturday. DQ

We are now over 5,000 runners(5,069) and we have two days to go. Last year, we had 4,400 total pre-registered and ended up with 6,281 total runners, plus 561 kids.

We have registered 354 and 322 the last two days alone.

Runners have until  Sunday nite to register online, and then online registration ONLY will be closed. Runners can still register in person on Wednesday from 8 am to 8 pm and on race morning.

More at http://www.turkeydayrun.com/race.php

Magera also noted a few minor course changes, including the starting line. He say runners will line up north of Calhoun and will walk up to starting line near Holiday Inn side door.

Louie’s Kids offers trainer-led family workouts – for free – at Hampton Park and Cathedral of Praise

In recent months, I’ve taken to doing mile repeats at Hampton Park on Saturday mornings when I’m not racing and due for a solid interval session.

 On several occasions, I witnessed something really cool that Louie’s Kids is doing at the park: FREE family workouts.

 Louie’s Kids provides the trainers to do group sessions, similar to what you’d see in any gym, in the beauty of the park. These workouts are available for anyone to do,  but also are suited for families with children struggling with being overweight or obese.

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Workshop to combine yoga and “social painting” at 10 am Saturday in Mount Pleasant

Via Erica Rodefer Winters

Everyone knows that yoga can help stretch the body, but few people realize it can also be a powerful tool for stretching the imagination, too. 

A workshop combining the ancient practice of yoga with social painting will explore the idea that mindfully moving the body enhances the creative process on Saturday, November 23rd at 10 a.m. at Fear No Easel in Mount Pleasant, SC.

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Register in advance: Woman who set speed record for hiking the Applachian Trail to talk Nov. 23 in Mount Pleasant

An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis

WHO: Jennifer Pharr Davis holds the speed record — male OR  female — for hiking the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. In 2011, she did it in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, besting the previous record by Andrew Thompson of 47d, 13h, 31m. For the math-challenged, Davis’ record marked an average of 47 miles miles per day.

In 2012, National Geographer Adventurer mag named her one of its “Adventurers of the Year.”

WHEN: 5-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov 23.

WHERE: The Backpacker, located at 1140 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC.

NOTE: This event is FREE, but space is limited and The Backpacker staff asks that you please register in advance at either 849-3482 or  at mtpleasant@backpackerqualitygear.com

Good Q&A at http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/article/9444142/espnw-jennifer-pharr-davis-shares-tales-trail

Organizers of Isle of Palms Connector Run raise and donate $50K to local children’s charities

   Via the Exchange clubs of Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms. DQ

The Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child continues to raise big money for local children’s charities that provide services for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. 

With the help of generous presenting sponsor, Waggoner Law Firm, 1,260 runners and walkers, more than 100 volunteers, and many spectators – the event donated $50,000 this year.

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