Jason likes the Marathon the Best. “It’s unpredictable!”

Conner Wells-Roosevelt-Drake©Jim Kirby

Conner Wells-Roosevelt-Drake
©Jim Kirby

Casey McDermontt edges out Danna Herrick to win the 24th Red Flannel 5 mile (Des Moines, Feb 16).  Casey ran a 29:13 and Danna 29:16.  On the men’s side Luke Demmel easily claimed victory winning in 25:15.

Mason Frank lead early but got nipped by one second as he finished the 3 mile in 14:48.  Winner was Connor Wells, Roosevelt HS grad and now a Drake runner (father Doug has been a longtime photographer of running in Iowa).

Red Flannel was held in 12 degree weather with little wind.  630 finishers in the 5 mile and 910 in the 3 mile.  The courses were changed this year due to new construction near the Botanical Center.

Below is the last of a series of Runablaze Iowa interviews with the top 2012 Runners of the Year – Danna Herrick, Kristy Feldman, Mason Frank and Jason Flogel.  With winter comes cold & snow – that didn’t stop each of these “winners” from running outdoors, a good tip for us all.

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MALE runner of the Year – Jason Flogel
It was a banner year at almost every distance for Jason.  The year started
out with a 2:21:53 at the Olympic Marathon Trials and ended with a 2:25:54
marathon.  There was no distance left untouched during the season.  On the
track 5,000 meters indoors & outdoors in 15:20 and 10,000 meters in 31:06.
On the roads 8K in 24:38, 7 mile in 36:35, 10 mile in 51:10, 20K in 1:04:28
and Half-Marathon in 1:07:35.  All of Jason¹s times were PRs or almost best
* What made 2012 a great running year for you?
Three reasons: 1-I raced much more than normal and ran events that I don’t normally run. (Grand Blue Mile, 5k & 10k on the track); 2-I experimented with much different training in the Spring and Fall than any previous year and 3-I set or was very close to most of my PRs, even the ones that were seven years old.
* How did you start running and what was your HS/College running career?
I was introduced to cross country in 7th grade when the high school cross country coach came to our classroom and promoted us to try it out. I had a pretty good HS running career although it took until my senior year for my progression to become noticeable. My college career was mediocre at best as I was mostly frustrated with always coming up well short of my expectations. I did post a good 5k and 10k PR at the end of my senior year to go along with qualifying for two NCAA XC meets.
* How do you train during the winter?
Normal running schedule, running outside. I avoid treadmills and deal with the wind chills/snow/ice.
* What Iowa race is special to you?
It’s hard for me to pick just a few as I’ve had great experiences with most of them, but I’d say Capital Pursuit and Bix.
* What race distance do you enjoy the most?
The marathon because after months of preparation and tapering, no matter how well previous races have went, you never can predict how your body will react in those later miles. That unpredictability keeps me intrigued and coming back for more. Also, little things can make a big difference like running the tangents and running in a pack.
* If no one was listening, tell us your secret to running success?
Consistency. Anyone that knows me, knows how ridiculously consistent I am.

Learn more about the team, visit the web site Runablaze.com that includes the resume of the 34 team athletes and past running highlights.  1300 of the best Iowa runners, race directors, coaches, volunteers & fans receive this e-mail.

Runablaze Iowa is sponsored by:

Iowa’s best running specialty stores:
Fitness Sports – Des Moines
Runners Flat – Cedar Falls

Iowa’s on-line registration leader:
GetMeRegistered.com – Bettendorf

Iowa’s best races:
Red Flannel, Loop the Lake, Market to Market, Dam to Dam, Marathon to Marathon, Clive Running Festival, Sturgis Falls, Fifth Season, Midnight Madness, Park to Park, Capital Pursuit, IMT Des Moines Marathon and Living History Farms.  Other races TBA.
About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the
purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running.
Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those
races support Runablaze Iowa.

Cal Murdock – Team Manager

Robyn Friedman – Team President


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