McDevitt runs to national 8 km title in Virginia

results & photos

On Saturday (18-March) Janet McDevitt (Bainbridge Island, WA / Club Northwest) competed in the USATF Masters 8 km Championships held as part of the TowneBank Shamrock 8 km in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  A total of 168 athletes from 24 states competed in the championships.  A total of $10,000 was awarded in prize money.

McDevitt, 43, ran to her fourth national masters title in her career as she captured the 40-44 division, stopping the clock at 29:54 (5:59 per mile). Teresa Allman of Virginia finished second in 32:29.  McDevitt was the second masters athlete to cross the finish line trailing only Perry Shoemaker the winner of the 45-49 division, who ran 29:10.  

She collected $350 in prize money ($250 for 2nd overall and $100 for winning the age division).

In Janet's words
The entire race was a just fantastic. It was huge but well-organized and I had a great time in Virginia. Luck was on my side throughout the traveling and racing and I couldn't have asked for more. As far as my race went, it's been a bit of a rough winter of training, so it wasn't the easiest race I've ever run. But I had enough to have been able to hold on to my age group place and enjoyed running on the Virginia Beach boardwalk right alongside the Atlantic Ocean. It was a nice change of scenery from the wet PNW winter we've had!

The 2018 championships will return to Virginia Beach on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day).

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