Young and Sachtleben Run To Top Finishes at National Championships in Ohio

5/5/2016
 
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On April 30, three (3) athletes from USATF Virginia competed in the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Columbus, OH.  The championships were held as part of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon.
 
Leading the Virginia athletes were Tim Young of Fredericksburg and Bethany Sachtleben of Manassas.  

Young, 29, finished 6th in the men’s race running a career best of 1:03:44.  His previous best was 1:04:09 from 2014.  “MY goal going into the race was to compete and not worry about anything specific, stated Young following the race. “I wanted to PR and crack the 64 minute barrier but my primary goal was to compete and try to put myself in position to get a top 3 in the US championships. Columbus was amazing. The course was well designed to be entertaining and very fast. Crowd support was exceptional and helped greatly in the latter stages. The race director and elite coordinator did an amazing job with the the athletes they brought in and this made the experience amazing. Columbus.Capital City Half-Marathon is a race I would recommend to anybody.”
 
Sachtleben, 24, a recent graduate of George Mason, finished 11th in the women’s race.  Her time was 1:15:55.  She began running just five years ago and walked onto the George Mason team as a sophomore. In three years, she won four Atlantic 10 titles, qualified for the NCAA championships three times, and set the 10,000m school record. “Competing in the Half Marathon Championship was an amazing experience,” stated Sachtleben. “My goal was to be brave and hold nothing back. Despite running alone for the last 6 miles, I was able to relax and execute my race plan while getting to really enjoy it at the same time.”
 
Charlie Hurt (Ragged Mountain Racing Club), 30, of Charlottesville finished 17th in the men's championship running 1:05:28.

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