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).
CLERMONT,FL—-February 19, 2017, ten Give A Day Foundation Volunteers earned medals for their volunteer hours accumulated over the past years. GADF is now going into their sixth year of helping to keep Clermont Beautiful and Making a Difference in the community. Volunteers have many attributes and they standout at events with their blue and yellow shirts, but they will soon standout even more with their new logo. GADF volunteers are always ready to reach out and give a helping hand and 10 volunteers did an outstanding job this past year.
First and and foremost, the founder, Otis Taylor, met the highest benchmark of a volunteer by achieving the Lifetime Achievement Award after accumulating over 4,000 volunteer hours!
“This is cool and I like this achievement,” Otis Taylor exclaimed as his wife handed him the rare and well-earned award. This is the highest honor of a volunteer and something all volunteers can strive to achieve.
Ashanti Mattox earned an award last year and this year she earned the Bronze medal along with Samson Backer.
Four Volunteers earned the silver medal including Diamond and Genesis Backer, Dustin Smith, and Sandra Taylor. Smith has been a volunteer the longest as he finished his fifth year with 280 hours this past year. He already received a medal last year, so he decided to get a coin this year. The volunteers have some award options each year.
Three volunteers earned the gold medal including Ivy Minor, Aaron Upshaw, and Shelby Rosenwinkel. Minor was one of the youngest volunteers to begin volunteering in the organization. Now, Aaron Upshaw joins her as one of the youngest. Minor was excited to wear the gold medal this year as she won silver medal last year. Rosenwinkel won bronze last year and this year she is thrilled to wear gold.
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:
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!
CENTRAL FLORIDA, Dec 10-11, 2016— Only the Top 22 – 26 percent of all archer-athletes qualified for the 2016 Championship Series. The athletes had to get down an array of athletic routines and skills involving sprinting, archery, volleyball, hand-eye coordination, jumping, and strength. One set of athletes competed in an Obstacle Championship, while another set of athletes competed in the Domino Archery Championship.
Highlights of the Double Championship Weekend
The Diamond Cheetahs performed an outstanding (perfect scored) 13 yard volleyball routine.
Finally, here is an exclusive interview with coach and athletes.
Interested competitors can contact Awinningway@gmail.com
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.
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.”