The Boulder Road Runners Men’s 60-69 team captured a gold medal at the USA Track & Field Masters 8K National Championship in Virginia Beach, VA on March 18. Held as a race within a race, the USATF Masters athletes lined up in front of nearly 8,000 runners in the TowneBank Shamrock 8K road race. The flat loop course ran along waterfront hotel avenues before the final turn to the finish line on the Virginia Beach’s concrete boardwalk.
Despite the threat of rain under dark skies and 10 mph winds, weather conditions were favorable with temperatures in the high 40s. This was the BRR team’s initial race of the year and first appearance since capturing second place in the USATF National Masters Grand Prix Championship in 2016. BRR’s team included Dan Spale (2nd) and Kyle Hubbart (3rd) in the 60–64 division and USATF Hall of Famer Doug Bell (3rd) in the 65–69 division. Rounding out the five member team were Mark Donelson (7th place, 65-69) and Bruce Kirschner (14th place, 60-64). They were able to overcome five other age group teams from across the U.S. The second place Colonial Road Runners from nearby Williamsburg, VA finished 3 minutes behind BRR.