Team Awinningway and Team Sundance combined efforts to promote health, wellness, and running in Clermont, Florida, to celebrate Global Running Day 2017 with a record twenty-nine total participants.
Within the 7 days leading up to Global Running Day (June 7), there was an indoor mile, outdoor cross country mile, an outdoor 800 meter cross country event, and a challenging outdoor 800 meter cross country event with ages 2 and up completing the distances in flying colors!
Many dedicated fitness enthusiasts came out to represent wellness in this Global Running Event Series including a top local cop, a local chef, many youth athletes from around Central Florida, a two-time Archery Fitness Champion from Alicia Weber’s Archery, Fitness, Sport League, and the reigning youth event mile record holder.
Here is Video of the Indoor Mile and Outdoor Cross Country Mile Events
The participants could walk or run and there was no pressure.
“We are here to run fast,” stated Austin and Cody as they stood on the start line anxious to bolt.
Both youth boys were victorious. The reigning youth champion, Cody age 7, captured another win in the cross country mile with his time of 7:42 (his course record is 7:18), while Austin (age 8) won the 800 meter cross country in a record time of 3:10. Cody took second place in the 800 meter with 3:54. They raced on the faster and less challenging cross country course.
Two other youth girls competed in the most challenging 800 meter cross country event where they ran half the run on an incline. They finished in 4:29 and 4:49 respectively.
Indaya, the only female two time archery fitness champion in Alicia Weber’s Archery, Fitness, Sport League, was excited to participate in the one mile cross country event.
“I want to try my best and see what kind of time I can run,”added Indaya. She was the first place female in 11:10 for the mile.
Twenty-one participants ran or walked in the indoor mile requiring them to go around the Sundance gym 28 times. The winner was a youth boy from Team Sundance who finished in 11:27 and many others followed in under 12 minutes.
Here is a Video of the 800 meter Cross Country Events
Elite athlete and Coach Alicia Weber also competed and ran a 2:26 on the less challenging 800 meter cross country course. She then ran the cross country mile in 5:29 (11 seconds off her record time from last year). Weber holds regular running and conditioning programs and can be reached at Awinningway@gmail.com
In twenty-one days I coached many athletes to their championships as I coached myself to two major championships in 2 different sports. My adrenaline pumps to the thrill of competition and the excitement of taking myself and others to a whole new level. The difference between a race or regular event and a championship is the commitment, focus, as well as a much greater level of competition. The expectation is to bring out the best in myself and those who I am training. We make an effort to do this repeatedly, which means we need to become better people and better athletes all the time. The key is building all the correct muscles, skills, and great habits of success, so that we are able to peak at the right time for championships.
The twenty-one days of 6 Championships began with my personal championship -THE USA 10K Beach Running Championship (which I won 3 times, took 3rd once, and took second…). This year I took my second consecutive second place finish for overall women (16th overall out of 1,280 men and women). I was thrilled with my performance as I never raced in such tough conditions before. There was rain, hail, and 20+ mph winds. I was also very happy that two former University of Florida Gator track/cross country athletes dominated the field. Ceal Muldoon Walker, a former UF runner from the mid-80s, finished first place woman as I was second place woman (former Gator athlete 2000-2002). It was a memorable race, which I kept thinking about for a couple days. I then had to quickly switch gears and get my high energy ready for my 2017 Archery Fitness Mind Games Championship on May 7 where 12 archer athletes qualified.
Archer Athletes Shoot For Stars in May 2017 Championships
There were only three first-time championship competitors who competed for the first time for the individual and team competition on TEAM JAG. All other competitors were returning competitors, former champs, multi-champs etc..The competition was the toughest thus far with ages 8-17 vying for titles as they not only had to master barebow category archery, but foot golf, a spelling bee, math problem solving, and mind processing challenges. They were all extremely well prepared and I knew they would wiz through this competition in tip-top form.
Since the youth already know what it is like to train and become a champion, they had to teach spectators about qualities of champions during their introduction.
“Discipline,” Sebastian of the Red Rubies called out as he went on to become the first male to win the overall individual title twice. He helped lead his team, The Red Rubies, to a second place team title.
“Hard work,” added Siri who went on to win her first championship. It was her dream to compete as an archer athlete and she enjoys training and excelling with her teammate, Two time champ, Indaya. Indaya, Siri, and the girls of the Majestic Maroons are named to the league’s first Elite Team. Majestic Maroons won the 2016 Team competition, while The Tides won the 2017 team competition.
Aisha won the 2016 Domino Archery Championship and took second in this one. Izzy of Hematites took third place. New archer, Bryton, of the JAGS took 2nd male, while former champion, Matteo, took third place male.
The Junior Varsity competitors competed in a virtual archery foot golf championship. They are still honing their skills and they work with skill sets related to their abilities as they move up the developmental pipeline. They had great success and even popped out some new league records!!
Some of the results include Team Ecclesiastes with 54 points, second place team with 47 points was Archery Kings, and third place team with 44 points was a team A R Awesome.
Some of the following records were set for the league in Barebow category archery:
1. Youngest archer in year round program (age 4).
2. First 8yr old to hit a bullseye at 35 yards on his third lesson.
3. First 9 yr old to hit target at 35 yards on 4th lesson.
All the youth reaped the results of their hard work and dedication over the past few months as all their competitions concluded on May 15th. However, I had my own personal competition still to come. The training has been going really great – hopping on my SUP surfboard and hitting some waves in 18.6mph winds and 11-12 mph winds on a lake as I led up to my ocean SUP Championship on May 20. It was predicted to be flatwater, but it turned out to be “rock n’ roll” time for our morning race in St. Petersburg, Florida. Due to high winds of 12 mph and a lot of big waves, the course was shortened to around 2 miles. I was very happy to take the win in such tough conditions!! I became overall female champion in SUP Surfboard category and finished 8 minutes ahead of 2nd place.
I finished my spring season as an elite coach and athlete on a very high note!!
Contact Alicia for coaching at Awinningway@gmail.com
Below is Alicia Weber’s list of high profile competitions containing World Championships and North American Championships. She has competed in 6 sports in the highest level of elite competition and she has won three titles. A complete listing of All her 17 sports and competitions including national and regional championships, is here: Alicia Weber All Around Athlete here. Also, Alicia’s Team of youth athletes is highlighted with their world championship results, records, and success in multiple sports.
10/21/12 2012 Beach Running 10K World Championships Cocoa Beach, FL 43:53 Re-set course record World Champion
11/19/11 2011 Beach Running 10K World Championships Cocoa Beach, FL 44:35 Set course record World Champion
3/12/17 2017 World Indoor Rowing Sprint 1k Championships held worldwide (418 Lightweight Women) 3:49.5 26th in World
3/13/16 2016 World Indoor Rowing Sprint 1k Championships held worldwide (345 Lightweight Women) 3:50.3 26th in World
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP INDOOR ROWING YOUTH TEAM RECOGNITION
Indoor Rowing with Alicia’s Team Awinningway of Youth Rowers
3/12/17 2017 World Indoor Rowing Sprint 1k Championships held worldwide Team Awinningway of Youth Rowers (Largest Youth Team in US AND 6th Largest in World) 11 Kids
3/12/17 Alicia Weber’s 11yr year old athlete, Jadyn Graybill, become first American and 39th in World out of 119 youth girls in world championship
3/13/16 2016 World Indoor Rowing Sprint 1k Championships held worldwide Team Awinningway of Youth Rowers (Largest Youth Team in US!!) 6 kids
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Xterra Mountain Running (considered toughest half-marathon in world)
12/6/09 Xterra Half-Marathon Running World Championship (considered world’s toughest half-marathon with 1700 ft of climbing over several climate zones ranging 65-90 degrees) Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii 2:14:15 40th in World
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Olympic Distance Triathlon
4/30/00 2000 ITU World Triathlon Championships for Junior Women Perth, Australia 1500m swim, 25 mile bike, 10k Run (accidently ran an extra 5k, so she did a 15k run) 30th in World
NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
North American Championship Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
9/13/15 Bic One Design North American SUP 400m Dash Championship Melbourne, FL 4th place
Alicia’s TEAM AWINNINGWAY YOUTH TEAM competed in the World’s First SUP-Archery competition in the spring of 2016.
NORTH AMERICAN NOVA Fitness Championships
6/26/04 NOVA North American Fitness Championship (7 one minute exercise events in 13 minutes for most reps) St. Petersburg, FL set 5 North American Records (1st place out of men and women totaling 30) North American Fitness Champion
In March 2017, the TEAM AWINNINGWAY youth indoor rowing championship team grew from 6 competitors in 2016 to 11 competitors in 2017 to once again become the largest US youth rowing team at the 2017 Indoor Rowing Sprints (1 km) World Championships!
TEAM AWINNINGWAY also became the 6th largest team in the world. A team from French Polynesia was first with 74 youth athletes (age 12 and under), then 4 teams from France placed second thru fifth largest teams ranging from 15 to 28 athletes.
Sixty-four countries and 280 youth athletes (age 12 and under) were represented in the 2017 World Championship. The size of the youth race grew 82 percent from last year. This is the second year for the annual world-wide event where athletes compete on a Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machine at locations all over the world during a brief period in March.
There was only one returning youth athlete to compete in this world championship on Team Awinningway. Aisha was the first to race and she set a positive note for the rest of the team competition. She improved her time from last year by 44 seconds! The rest of the youth athletes on TEAM AWINNINGWAY were all new first-time indoor rowers. All eleven athletes are archers first and then they focus on other athletic activities to become well-rounded.
TEAM AWINNINGWAY – LARGEST US TEAM IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2017
The girls competed first and there were 119 total youth girls (age 12 and under) in the 1 km race.
Aisha became the 4th American and 77th in the world with her time of 5:32.7 for 1km.
Next up was Natalie who became the second fastest on the team as she placed 73rd in the world and 3rd American in a time of 5:27.9 for 1km.
We had an exciting surprise from first-time rower, Jadyn, who became the first American and 39th in the world (fastest on the team) with her time of 4:55.2. She was only 52 seconds off the world champion. She discovered her new talent for indoor rowing in this world championship!
Her sister, Jordyn, became the 9th American and 110th in the world with her time of 6:44.4 and their youngest sister, Jayla, became 12th American and 116th in world in 8:27.7. Jayla (6) was also one of the six youngest competitors in the race.
“I like being the younger one. I feel I can eventually be better than the bigger kids because I am starting younger,” exclaimed Jayla after her race.
Gretchen was the 11th American and 114th in the world with her time of 7:17.4
There were a total of 21 athletes on TEAM AWINNINGWAY (including adults). Overall, TEAM AWINNINGWAY placed in the TOP 15 largest US Teams in the entire world championship (4,862 competitors). There were over 150 teams just from the US alone (not counting teams from the other 63 countries).
In 2016 The World’s Most Prolific Female Record Setter, Alicia Weber, claimed her fifth consecutive year with the title after setting 210 Official RecordSetter World Records All in Physical Fitness. Additionally, she ended 2016 with 113 Career Victories as an elite athlete. She competed in 4 sports in 2016 (SUP, beach running, indoor rowing, and cross country running).
WEBER LEARNS NEW SPORT IN 2016 – FOOTGOLF
Alicia did not compete in footgolf yet, but she spent the summer learning the new sport.
REFLECT ON FIVE YEARS OF SUCCESS AS WORLD’S MOST PROLIFIC WOMAN RECORD SETTER
The end of a year is a time to reflect on great success and look to improve and become the best you can be in the new year! In 2016, Alicia competed in 11 competitions (6 victories, 4 second places, and 23rd in world championship). Alicia also took her 5th year in a row as World’s Most Prolific Female Record Setter and placing top 10 among all record setters. Also, in the past 5 years Alicia has been featured in top shows and publications including the following:
1. Believe the Unbelievable: The Ultimate Book of World Records and the People Who Pursue Them By Record Holders Republic, Bartleyby Press 2010,
2. Featured in Top Selling Book (7 Weeks to 50 Pull-Ups By Brett Stewart, Ulysses Press on May 20, 2011),
3. Military Times: 3 Drills to Better your Pull-Ups from Record Holder Alicia Weber on April 9, 2014,
4. Played a role in WWE Tough Enough-Season 6 Episode 5 (where she was first woman finisher in obstacle race although her win was not shown in show aired on July 21, 2015),
5. Selected for America’s Got Talent 10 as “World Wecord Wabbit” made it to Final Audition in Tampa, Florida, and was one of 6 selected for special taping on Nov 2-3, 2014), and
6. One of 115 Record Holders featured in DreamWorks Kids Recordsetter Kids Show (2015).
WEBER REACHED 800 RECORDSETTER WORLD RECORDS ON OCTOBER 26, 2016, AND KEPT GOING TO FINISH OUT THE YEAR WITH AT LEAST 850.
2.) Alicia has continued to make her mark in beach running with her second place female finish out of 1,000 competitors at the 2016 Beach Running National Championships. She continues to be the most decorated beach runner!
CLERMONT, FL—-On November 20, 2016, Alicia Weber, an advocate for soft surface running, dreamed of achieving her 113th victory in the Clermont Clay Trail 5k and her dream came true. On a sunny, 50 degree morning, Weber faced 241 great competitors who shared the same mindset of “soft surface running is the way to go” and she finished as the first woman on the hilly, sandy, bumpy course on Schofield Road on the Clermont Clay Trail (and 4th overall) in 21:50.
It was an out and back 1.55 mile course (10:46 out and 11:04 back for 21:50). She was shooting for low 10’s at the half-way mark, but with the many bumps and thick sand, she knew it would take longer. The challenging terrain and extra strength and balance required draws Alicia to events on sand, dirt, and off-terrain. The races do not focus so much on the time, but rather the fitness required to go as fast possible on the courses. The thicker the sand, the longer the ground contact time, and the double the effort for a workout = greater the challenge and more health benefits. Due to the soft surface, your legs feel really great when you are done. Soft surface running is the healthy choice for running, which brings you closer to nature.
The Clermont Clay Trail Race drew a total of 658 competitors (242 in the 5k and 416 in the 15k). This is tremendous participation, which is greater than in many road races. Many other runners agree that soft surface running is the way to go for longevity as a runner and athlete. The races bring awareness to clay trails and raise funds to restore and build more clay trails in the area.
Alicia’s 113th Victory on Clermont Clay Trail
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is Alicia’s 11th competition for 2016 and her final race of the season. She competed in 4 sports. She competed in one world championship (23rd in world), two world qualifiers (both first place), one national championship (2nd place), regional championships (1st and 2nd place), and four local Florida events. She competed in cross country running, beach running, paddle boarding, and indoor rowing this year. She also took up learning the new sport of footgolf, but she has not competed yet.
Alicia Weber keeps adding more to the record books as she cemented herself as the most decorated beach runner after becoming the second place female (16th overall out of 1,000 competitors) in the May 1, 2016, USA 10K Beach Running Championships in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Over the the course of five years (competing 5 times), Weber set the 10k course record twice (and won the championship in 2011, 2012, 2015, took third in 2013, and now second in 2016). The Championship draws runners all over the state of Florida, other US states, and countries including Europe and Brazil.
2016 brought the most competitors and most challenging conditions. Beach Running was also a female dominated sport where 80 percent of the competitors were women. The race started in 15 knot ESE winds where runners battled their way to the turn-around-point. It was also high tide, so the sand was softer and humidity was 72 percent with sun blazing in the 80s. Weber dominated the race as she came thru the first mile in 6:42 and led the first 5,200 meters. Then, she was overtaken by former Division 1 Belmont Bruin Hall of Fame and Stand Out distance runner, Keely Corlew. Weber held her second position for the remaining miles and finished as the second place overall woman. First-Time beach runner, Corlew, won the 2016 championship.
“This was great competition and another awesome race,” exclaimed Weber.
Weber’s “Barrier Breaker” theme for her youth running camps is about inspiring youth through brain training and increasing speed and endurance thru running with fun and games. Weber is a highly regarded motivational speaker where she guided youth to dream big and set goals and go after them at previous USA Triathlon camps where she had record attendance (68 kids). She then elevated the collegiate scene at UF track and triathlon programs (where in 2002 she helped motivate the UF women’s Indoor Track Team to a third in the Nation at NCAA AND 1st in SEC thru pre-meet talks. She served as an entertainer at Triathlon National Championships in 2002, 2005, and 2006).
Weber is enthused to bring her “barrier breaker training techniques” in combination with fun and games to achieve faster times and then let runners test themselves in a free race she will also offer. Contact Alicia to enroll in her Barrier Breaker Running Camp today at Awinningway@gmail.com
HEADLINE NEWS: CLERMONT, FL—-First Ever Indoor Rowing World Sprint Championships has TEAM AWINNINGWAY from Clermont, FLorida, largest US Team represented in the these first-ever world championships!!!
By: Alicia Weber
The first ever World Indoor Rowing Sprint Championship was held March 11-13 where 3,226 adults and 726 kids competed worldwide. The goal of the championship was to attract new athletes into the sport and compete on a Concept 2 machine from anywhere. As a Clermont event director, I made the goal of recruiting the most youth (age 12 and under) into this competition where I provided free training and a free race. I’m happy to say that I had the largest US team of indoor rowers (age 12 and under) representing the USA in this world championship.
I also competed and placed 26th in the world among lightweight women with my new best time of 3:50.3 for the 1,000 meter. My youth team came into this event with zero experience and my mission was to follow their success and see how they felt to do so something out of the ordinary. They learned how to row on a Concept 2 Machine and then competed in the 1,000 meter event all in the same day.
Hannah Bibby, 8, never competed in a sport before and she was our 2nd fastest girl on our Awinningway Team, our youngest competitor, and she placed 59th in the world for girls (12 and under) with her time of 6:42.3.
“This is phenomenal for me. When Alicia asked me if I wanted to learn to row and compete, I said yes because I want to take advantage of every opportunity. It feels good to exercise on an indoor rower,” mentioned Bibby who can now call a world championship her first-ever sport competition.
All the kids learned proper breathing and proper form for indoor rowing and they all exceeded their expectations and mine in their performances.
“This is awesome. I have more confidence and I like testing myself physically and this is a good physical test,” said the excited Nico Kurihara-Taylor after completing his row. He placed 82nd in the world for boys (12 and under) in a time of 6:27.4.
The kids watched each other race and cheered for one another. They are looking forward to their next event now.
“I feel like I am on top of the world,” said the uber-competitive DJ Belanoff who expected to do 10 minutes, but finished in 7:30.7 for girls (12 and under).
Aisha Hak, 11, was the fastest youth girl on our team with her time of 6:16.7, which placed her 53rd in world for youth girls (12 and under).
“It takes a lot of energy and strength. I am surprised I did as well as I did. It’s my first day to do it and I know I will only be getting better,” commented Hak after her race.
Andrew Powell, 13, was the only athlete on our youth team who had experience in an aerobic sport. He is also a cross country runner. He was able to get faster and finish his first-ever 1,000 meter in 4:45.7. He competed against nearly 400 boys upto age 18.
“I felt fatigue in the last 300 meters, but I pushed myself to finish strong because I am really motivated to do this event and try something new,” said Powell who was thankful for the opportunity to compete in this world championship.
“This event has been a great opportunity to keep kids active and off electronics. We appreciate having this opportunity for our kids,” added two parents of the athletes.
Nearly 1,600 indoor rowers competed on the Concept 2 rowing machines at the 2016 33rd Annual Southern Sprints Indoor Rowing Championships/World Qualifier in Melbourne, Florida, on February 13. A rare breed of athletes are drawn to the sport for the thrills of intense speed and power.
There are two different weight classes, lightweight and heavyweight. The maximum weight for a lightweight male is 165 pounds. The max weight for lightweight females is 135 pounds.
I am a lightweight indoor rower. Heavyweight indoor rower from Central Florida, Jennifer Gillette, and I both won the college/open women 500 meter and 2,000 meter events for our weight class. We both performed the rare feat of becoming double gold medalists at these championships.
In the past five years, we have been the only two women in the world that have both been world ranked top 10 three times for our 500 meter race times.
At this championship, Gillette set the American record for the 19-29 age category for heavyweight women with her 500 meter time of 1:30.7. Both of us continue to get faster as we get older. I have competed in this championship for five years, and it has been my goal to win gold. I won many silver and bronze medals, but I was working toward the elusive gold.
It is a dream come true to become a double gold medalist with new personal best times of 1:45.8 for 500 meters and 8:09.4 for 2,000 meters. I became an indoor rower to continue to increase my VO2max, as rowing is considered to be one of the best exercises to increase aerobic capacity.
Gillette is in fighter pilot school at Sheppard AFB, Texas. Only two percent of Air Force fighter pilots are women. Rowing has been excellent conditioning for her to prepare for the G-Forces of flying F 16s.
Dedicated ninth grade rower Robert Delgado-Mendez competed in the 500m to get in shape for rowing on the water. He has competed in Clermont’s Regattas and loves them.
“Rowing is fun with a completely different crowd of people. In individual sports and team sports like soccer and football, you can mess up and still be successful. However, rowing on the water in an 8 boat has to have everyone perfectly in sync or it all goes bad. My coach says you are only as fast as your slowest rower,” explained Delgado-Mendez.
Watch Alicia “World Record Weber” Win Double Gold
In the water, rowers with height and strength have an advantage. A lightweight rowing team might beat a heavyweight rowing team. A heavyweight team creates more drag in the water, which can slow them down. Strength will be necessary to overpower the drag and beat lightweights.
Indoor rowing on Concept 2 machines provides other challenges. A heavyweight rower will create more power from their weight and go faster. A short lightweight will need to produce power through their legs and arms to be able to beat a strong, tall lightweight who will have greater power through their long legs. In any event, indoor rowing provides excellent fitness benefits and strategic competitions.
Alicia can be reached for fitness training or coaching at Awinningway@gmail.com
As an elite athlete and fitness professional, I achieved my greatest successes to date in 2015 and I look forward to 2016 and helping others exceed their goals!
Professionally, my career highlight came when I worked with Olympic and World Champion sprinters on their quest to make the 2015 World Championships, Pan Am Games, and World Relays Track and Field Teams. The athletes I worked with on P360 Pro Track Team earned many medals at these championships. I was the team licensed massage therapist and stretching coach.
As a world record holder, I set the most strength and endurance world records ever in one year – 220!! My previous best was 205 records in 2012. I am the world’s most prolific physical fitness world record holder. I realized in December that I had the chance to exceed 205 records and I aimed for 210.
I opened the new category – 30 Minute consecutive Spiderman Pushups at Recordsetter where I completed 511 reps on December 29.
On Christmas, I broke two challenging one arm pushup records (one of which took 5 attempts before re-setting it).
On the last day of the year, I attempted to reclaim my 3 minute arms held out deep squat record (which an ultra athlete Frenchman currently holds), but I fell short. However, I kept going to open some new categories. At the strike of midnight, I was overjoyed when I saw the realization that I exceeded my goal and set 220 records in one year!!
As an athlete, I finally won my first SUP race of my career in my 7th race! I took over 20 minutes off my 3 mile time and finished in 35 minutes in the intracoastal waterways of Englewood, Florida. I won my 3rd Beach Running Championship title in May and I became the only male or female to win the championship three times. I competed in three sports in 2015 (beach running (off terrain running), SUP racing, and fitness challenge events).
Welcoming 2016, I look forward to the kids, adults, and seniors joining my archery fitness league, athletic camps, and clinics. I look forward to working with my new students in learning to stand up paddle board. I am looking forward to covering a lot of unique stories on this website in 2016 and offering innovative advertising and marketing services to those interested.