This year’s race schedule has been far from normal so far, but running fans have been lucky to see at least a few races in 2021. This past weekend, there were events held across the U.S. on trails, tracks and roads, producing a number of big results. Tom Brady (no, not that Tom Brady, another one) ran a 3,000m PB at an indoor meet in Michigan, Canada’s Calum Neff set a national record over 50K and Aravaipa Running held its Coldwater Rumble ultramarathon. We’ve got these results and more with another weekend recap.
Simmons-Harvey Invitational | Men's 3000m (Final)
1. Tom Brady / 7:58.06 [New PR]3. Devin Meyrer / 8:00.95 [New PR]4. Jacob Lee / 8:04.45 [New PR]5. Oli Raimond / 8:05.71 [New PR]8. Christian Hubaker / 8:15.11 [New PR]
— Michigan Track & Field / Cross Country (@UMichTrack) January 16, 2021
Tom Brady’s big run
We had never heard of Brady before this run, but after seeing his name, we have to give him a shoutout. Not only does he share a name with a six-time Super Bowl champion, but he also goes to the University of Michigan, which is where the Tom Brady played out his college football days. The main difference between the two Bradys is their speed. Legendary quarterback Brady is not known to be quick on his feet, but current U of M runner Brady proved that he’s very fast this past weekend, taking the 3,000m win at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in a PB of 7:58.06. Regardless of who you’re talking about, Tom Brady is a great athlete.
Calum Neff’s 50K record
Running at the Hardloop Endurance 50K Project in Houston, Neff smashed the previous Canadian 50K record by two minutes. Neff, who owns three stroller-pushing world records, had been working toward this record attempt for a while, and he executed the race perfectly on Sunday, finishing the 50K in a blazing time of 2:51:27, which works out to an average pace of 3:26 per kilometre to add yet another record to his resume.
The crew at Aravaipa Running held the Coldwater Rumble in Arizona over the weekend, and more than 400 runners showed up to race across multiple distances. In the 100-miler, the longest race of the day, California’s Cody Logan won by a healthy margin of about half an hour, finishing in 17:45:38. Supaporn Walton-Robertson won the women’s race by more than two hours, grabbing the top spot in 23:34:01. In the 20-miler, Alberta resident Jacob Puzey won in 2:15:56, while Arizona local Cecilia Flori took the women’s win in 2:30:48. Winners of the Coldwater Races accumulated valuable points that will go toward qualifying for UTMB, which is scheduled for August.
Naples Daily News Half Marathon
In Florida, more than 700 runners competed in the Naples Daily News Half Marathon. Americans Parker Stinson and Lindsay Flanagan took the wins, running 1:03:33 and 1:10:23, respectively. Stinson is the American record holder over 25K (he ran 1:13:48 at an event in Michigan in 2019), and Flanagan has represented the U.S. at many international championships, including the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, where she won a silver medal in the marathon.