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November 2016 Team Highlights

Our crew had a busy November, crushing lots of races and logging some big, fast miles. An impressive number of our team members turned up to represent vegan power at the Philadelphia half and full marathons this year, and you’ll also notice that a fair amount of Tofurky trotting went down.

 

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Rachel Atcheson (far left) completed her very first half marathon–the Philadelphia Half.

Lia Belardo (center left) ran the Philadelphia Marathon, earning herself a 15-minute PR and beating her personal course record by a whopping 50 minutes!

Jessica Carroll (center right) ran the Berkeley Half Marathon with Team Humane League.

Adrian Centoni (far right) crushed the Seattle Marathon, finishing with a time of 3:12:40 and earning himself a 14-minute PR.

 

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Skott Daltonic (top left) TARC’Key Trot 6 Hour race, completing a little over 18 miles on a tough course. Teammate Samantha joined him for a loop after her 5k that same day.

Nate DeMontigny (top right) took on the Fenway Spartan Sprint, crushing his time from last year by 20 minutes. He also ran the Andrea Holden 5k in Dennis, MA, finishing with a time of 29:04.

Zach DeTine (bottom left) also ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon.

Molly Glenn (bottom right) participated in the Enormous Elephant Run 10k in NYC. The race is a fundraiser for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an organization working to preserve Kenyan wildlife habitats and protect African elephants.

 

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Marie Gryszowka (top left) ran the CT Trailmixers Fall Fling 400, a fixed time ultra on a 2 mile trail loop in southern CT, where she completed 20 miles in just over 5 hours. She also ran the Gobble Gobble Gobble 4-miler in Somerville, MA.

Peter Guarino (top right) ran the Fayetteville-Manlius Turkey Trot 8k. His wife Emily joined him at the trot, running the 4k course.

Erin Jaskiewicz (bottom left) earned herself an amazing 19-minute PR at the Philadelphia Marathon, finishing in 3:36:50.

Laura Kline (bottom right) ran and ate her way through the Apple Cider Donut Challenge 50k. She made and brought her own vegan donuts and, a dozen down the hatch and 4:31 later, she crossed the finish line first overall.

 

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Samantha LeBlanc (top left) crushed the TARC’Key Trot 5k, finishing first female.

I, Britt LoSacco (top right and bottom right, right), completed the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5k with a time of 24:55. I also ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon and finished in 1:52:42, shaving almost a min/mile off my previous HM PR.

Jason Mintz (bottom left) raced and won the Mendon Ponds 50k, coming in first place with a time of 4:00:03. Check out his race report here.

Trish Novelli (bottom right, left) also ran the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5k, finishing with a fab time of 23:11.

 

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Emily O’Donnell (top left) ran the Cambridge Half Marathon; she PR’d, finishing with a time of 1:47:40. Emily also spread some vegan love at the Concord, MA Turkey Trot.

Jeannine C.B. (top right) completed the Philadelphia Half Marathon and then came out the day after to cheer on all those vegans running the full.

Ellie Pell (bottom left) ran the Mendon Ponds 50k, her second race of this distance, in 4:16. She finished first female and 6th overall, and in doing so shaved more than 25 minutes off the female course record. Read her race report here.

Dana Portnoy (bottom right, right) ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and also joined teammate Marie (pictured with her) for the Gobble Gobble Gobble 4-miler in Somerville, MA.

 

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Micah Risk (center) crushed the Cornelius, NC Turkey Trot, coming in first overall female in the both the 5k & 10k race.

Heather Ryan (left) completed the Philadelphia Marathon.

Aaron Zellhoefer (right) destroyed the Princeton Half Marathon, coming in 9th out of 1,700 runners with a time of 1:22:15, 8 minutes faster than last year. Not one to slow down, he also earned a new PR at the LA Tofurkey Trot 5k, finishing in 17:34.

 

Fun bonus: teammate Matt Ruscigno was actually on the scene to document the LA Tofurkey trot and help pace Aaron (on his bike!) to a sub-6-minute pace 5k. So, if you want to see Aaron in all his PR-making glory (and you do), check out this awesome video that Matt put together.

 

Those Thanksgiving seconds—and thirds, let’s be real—were well-earned last month, no doubt. Congrats to all our teammates on a killer November! (Euphemistically, of course. We’re vegan.)

Britt is a writer, recipe developer, runner, and vegan mama. Her mission: to show the world that veganism is accessible, delicious, and generally awesome.

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