#90 The Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon

Season #2

In this episode, Dean and Paula are joined by friends and athletes Lee and Suzanne Anderson.  Coach Paula, Suzanne, and Lee share their experiences racing the Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon outside of Seattle Washington.  Coach Dean shares his experience spectating the race.

This is an awesome venue for racing which takes place on the former railroad trail now known as the Iron Horse Trail.  It includes a train tunnel that is over two miles long.  The gradual downhill is very subtle for most of the race.  This is a great course to race a fast time and possibly Boston Qualify.

Key spectating locations are around mile 11, 16, 21, and the finish.

RyR is a team of runners and triathletes who receive comprehensive and customized coaching. The team name has dual meanings. The first is based in Hebrews 12:1 in which Christians are instructed to run the race set before us. In this context, RyR stands for Run your Race, with an emphasis on meeting you (the athlete) where you are and coming alongside you to help you reach your goals. The verse emphasizes patience, endurance, and perseverance. These qualities are essential for success as both athletes and coaches.

The second meaning is based on the enduring friendship and marriage between the founding coaches, Dean and Paula Roberts. In this context, RyR stands for Roberts and Roberts. While our primary mission is to help athletes set and reach fitness and performance goals, we understand that this must occur within the context of each athlete's daily life. We strive to form an individual relationship with each athlete and make sure weekly training fits seamlessly into family life and work schedules.


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