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
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
CENTRAL FLORIDA—February 5, 2017… The 2017 Central Florida Youth Running and Conditioning Program is underway in the new year and it continues to expand on unique programming and fun training methods for youth!
A 2017 TRAINING HIGHLIGHT
Here are just FOUR of the many reasons youth are excited to join this program:
World Record Weber’s favorite holiday is Halloween for the fun, creativity, and characters that come with it. This year she had 4 days of Halloween events, which included two Inaugural Championship competitions for youth athletes.
Double Endeavor Halloween Championship Weekend
On October 29th, World Record Weber hosted a Halloween Archery Contest, which tested new and veteran archer’s skills at Halloween targets (where a lot of pumpkin smashing took place). The contest was 10 times more challenging than shooting at regular targets, but after a lot of “warming up” all the archers excelled with flying black and orange colors.
A new team called Constellations prevailed on the female side to take individual first (Lanissa with 15pts) and second places (Jadyn with 11pts). Veteran 2 x champion archer, Indaya of the Camo Hunters, took third place with 7pts. On the male side, Robin Hood (Matteo) won with 28pts, brothers Alex and Nicholas tied for second place with 26 pts, and Henry from the legendary team called The Rubies secured third place with 17pts.
The adrenaline for Halloween competitions was just beginning to brew as some athletes returned the following day and new athletes poured in for the Inaugural Halloween Cross Country One Mile Championship.
World Record Wonder Woman challenged the excited youth runners to what must be one of the toughest one mile races in the state of Florida. Prior to this competition, Weber (who has competed all over the state and nation) ran the mile course twice in 6:19 each time. Her time is a little more than a minute slower than what she would do on flat grass. She warned the racers that this is very tough and times would be slower than normal. Acting as the pace setter aka Rabbit, the Wonder Woman got the runners off to a whip, roaring start where they huffed and puffed to an incredible triumph (where approx 1,000 meters was on 12 percent grade hills and the remaining 0.4 miles were rolling or flat).
New cross country runner, nine year old JP, took the victory in 7:56 followed by teammates Nicole in 8:54 and Eli in 9:23. They took 1-2-3 and represented the Mariners.
Cody who helped set a Global Running Day world record, took 4th place. Our male and female Halloween Archery Champions, Matteo and Lanissa, finished this challenging course and called this their first-ever running race as they crossed the line in 5th and 6th place.
“The harder the challenge, then the sweeter the victory,” said Matteo who had a terrific Halloween weekend.
“It feels amazing to win archery, but I like to challenge myself at events where they are difficult for me,” mentioned Matteo.
Lanissa agreed with Matteo. “It feels good to try this run because I never raced before. It was a great motivation to get me out there. It felt great to win in archery yesterday with the top competition,” said Lanissa.
All athletes agreed that they were happy that Coach Weber challenged them to this tough cross country course rather than give them an easy, flat race.
Now, these motivated young athletes will prepare for their next events as they remember and are inspired by the words from Matteo,
“The harder the challenge, the sweeter the victory.”
Youth Archer Athletes prepare for their spring championship by competing in a Bullseye Challenge Championship and Pushup-Archery Challenge Championship. These competitions test them individually and among their peers. All athletes performed beyond expectations and are now geared up for their spring championship where 12 teams will compete.
Thirty-three competitors competed in these challenges. The challenge championship videos are below. They highlight and introduce the male and female champions of the age groups and overall winners. Most of these competitors will be returning to compete in the upcoming spring championship.
Meet Spring 2016 Bullseye Challenge Champions and Hear What They Say About Archery
Spring 2016 Push-Up Archery Champions of Central Florida
Two male and female champion performers were selected for Honorable Mention based on their outstanding winning performances, improvements, and versatility or dominance in an event(s).
Honorable Mention goes to the following Champions:
Sebastian, Team “The Rubies” 1. Only archer athlete to win both challenges for his age division. 2. Highest scorer out of all competitors in the Push-Up Archery Challenge (with score of 47pts).
Hunter 1. Archer won overall title for One Hour Bullseye Challenge with 15 Bullseyes. 2. He also tied and won the Pushup-Archery Challenge for his age group 13 1/2 and older (with 30 pts).
Aisha, Team “Fierce Fighters” 1. Overall Winning Female archer in One Hour Bullseye Challenge with 14 Bullseyes (and 2nd overall with Hunter only beating her by one bullseye).
DJ, Team “The X Shots” 1. Winning female 10 and under for Pushup-Archery Challenge with 34pts (17 slow consecutive pushups and 17 archery pts at 15 meters) 2. Only two boys scored higher than her in her age group as Nico won with 42 pts. 3. Highest scoring female among all age groups in the Pushup-Archery Competition.
Congratulations to all competitors and Champions and keep going STRONG!!
For more info on archery programs, Contact Alicia @ 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.