Joe Martin Stage Race:
Amber Gaffney, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
I thought that I knew just two things about Arkansas before I arrived in Fayetteville for Joe Martin Stage race (JMSR): 1) it has dry, dusty, flat terrain; 2) it is the birthplace of Bill Clinton (Hope, AS). I was half right with regards to my knowledge of the state- Fayetteville is green with rolling hills and beautiful trees (and of course, it is the birth state of our former president).
JMSR starts with a 2.5-mile hill climb TT. The start of the TT is in the forest floor of Devil’s Den and we warmed-up among the trees. The course averages approximately 6-6.5% grade- it is beautiful and fun! Claudia Haeusler of Tibco took the top spot with a very quick time of 9:27:73 (I think that this might be the quickest time on this course from the posted results online which date back to 2003). Powers (NOW), Stephens (FCS), and our own Brie Walle followed her closely. [Read more...]