Fresh from the Netherlands, Frank Janssen, 4:53.50 and Christina Dzaijer, 5:52.36 were victorious in the Ann Arbor Track Club Coed One Mile Run hosted by MRun Wolverine Invitational, Saturday February 6, University of Michigan indoor track, Ann Arbor.
“As long as I have been on campus,” noted MRun (University of Michigan Running Club) Vice President, Cassie Hoffman, “MRun has had a very positive relationship with AATC. We wanted to continue this partnership by inviting AATC to our race. Additionally, one of our goals at MRun is to be a
positive influence in the local running community, and we thought this would be a way to pursue that goal.”
“MRun was a great host,” endorsed Mile coordinator, Paul Mayer, thoroughly impressed by the seamless registration process, efficient organization and consistent communication.
“They saved me from half the work I normally do!”
Her first indoor meet, Dzaijer who along with husband, Janssen, joined the Club just over a week ago not long after moving to Ann Arbor for Christina’s work at the University, found the race “tough” while “interesting” and appreciated introductions to fellow Track Club members.
Also enjoying the challenge and opportunity to gauge fitness level, veteran runner, Nelson Williams chuckled, “It’s not getting any easier!”
This free event for AATC members was open to all ability levels and a welcome opportunity to continue the early season Mile Run, traditionally held as the kickoff event for the Michigan Silverston Invitational which was not on the University’s schedule for 2016.
The fourteen men and four women who toed the line raced for time, fitness, camaraderie and the pure joy of running, including soon to be two-time mom, Meghan O’Neil.
“It was a good day!” O’Neil glowed, especially grateful for feeling so healthy halfway through her pregnancy.
O’Neil, who has been a member of the Club since 2014, joined the AATC Board of Directors in November 2015, her primary goal to increase the membership of young women. Details for a brand new Thursday Parent Run are in the works.
From the very young to the more mature; track, roads and trails; the AATC is truly a Club for the ages benefiting the lives of all ages and abilities, embracing all who wish to be included and involved.