I'm really excited to be running this year's Boston Marathon with an amazing crew of runners. Each one of these people has put in a ton of work, and is set up for a great day on April 21st. We're all running for different reasons, with different goals, but we all are running partly to show that the Boston Marathon is, and will always will be, a celebratory day for the city of Boston and the running community.
I hope you'll track the team and cheer along. You can use the official BAA Boston Marathon App, or you can sign up for the AT&T Athlete Alerts. Here's a little information about each teammate, including their bib number for tracking.
Stefan Albinsson is a member of the 2014 Skechers Performance Elite Team along with Coach Caleb, and has run multiple Boston Marathons before. He lives in the mountains in New Jersey, but hails originally from Gothenburg, Sweden. As they say in his home country, "Lycka till!"
Bib Number: 4519
Jim Berger is running in support of the Boston Children's Hospital, and has completed a significant amount of fundraising for their cause in the leadup to the race. Jim lives in Wells, Maine; no doubt he'll be ready to run in the coastal wind no matter which direction it's coming from. Jim has recently tackled some ultras for the first time in his life, and is looking to run an over-55 PR.
Bib Number: 25110
Mark Bonderud is 55 and targeting an impressive 3:30 finish time, which he's run in the last year. Mark is yet another Mainer, proving yet again that New Englanders know how to get after it and put up some numbers!
Bib Number: 13419
Ron Fleming lives and trains in Rocky Mount, NC. Ron completed 2 marathons last fall, running a training run at Lehigh Valley for a BQ time, then having a breakthrough performance at the Chicago Marathon where he ran 2:43. He's fast.
Bib Number: 821
Jonathan Hill is traveling all the way from Sligo, Ireland for his first Boston Marathon. Jonathan came to running relatively late (he will soon turn 40), but has been on a tear ever since he began taking it seriously. If you're looking for Jonathan on course, just follow the sounds of all the screaming Irish-American fans on course.
Bib Number: 3624
Katy Hribar (pictured with teammate Meaghan Murray at the 2014 HAT Run; Katy in blue) has been training with Team Wicked Bonkproof for a while after her sister Maddy (see below) had a lot of success on the team. Since joining up, she's run a BQ time at the Harrisburg Marathon, won an age group award in a challenging 50k, and made some huge jumps in fitness. If you know Team Wicked Bonkproof, you know the Hribar sisters can run.
Bib Number: 14081
Maddy Hribar (pictured with Coach Caleb, teammate Tim Meier, and Chris Stelzer before the 2013 Boston Marathon) has made a name for herself on the ultra circuit in New England. Some of her accomplishments include championship performances in races ranging from 5k to 100 miles, including an ultra where she was the top finisher among both women and men. Maddy also was the 8th place female at last year's Leadville 100 Trail Run. Maddy lives near Boston in Newburyport, MA.
Bib Number: 5018
Mark Junkans lives and trains in Houston, TX (though he is pictured here running in Nigeria, to where he has traveled quite a bit in the last year). Mark is another great example of a talented runner who started competing later in life. Just like Jonathan Hill, he's set some very impressive marks as a masters runner, and you'll probably see the two of them working together in this race.
Bib Number: 1588
Coach Caleb Masland is me! Unless something goes awry, I should be leading the Team Wicked Bonkproof charge. This training cycle has been up and down, starting off with wins at the Mistletoe Half Marathon in December and Frosty 25k Trail Race in January. I had a well-executed tune-up half marathon at the Publix GA Half Marathon, where I finished 2nd overall in 1:12:47, running a mixture of marathon and half marathon pace. After that, I took some time off due to a bout of fever and chest congestion, but I'm confident that my fitness is where it needs to be to run a fast race. Let's see if I can improve on that 2:30:39 that I ran at the City of Oaks Marathon last November!
Bib Number: 186
Jen McHale is from Southington, CT, and is a friend and competitor of teammate Maddy Hribar around the New England race scene. This will be Jen's first "A" race since joining Team Wicked Bonkproof, and if her training is any indication of what sort of time she can run, this will be an impressive Boston Marathon for her.
Bib Number: 8286
Shawn Severson hasn't even "officially" started her training on Team Wicked Bonkproof, but she's already pulling off an impressive feat. Shawn will be doing the Boston-Big Sur double on back-to-back weekends, all in the name of training for upcoming ultras. Shawn is a friend of another team member who's been highlighted for ultra success before, Nathan DeWall. I'm looking forward to what Shawn does in Boston and beyond!
Bib Number: 19202
Jason Wertz is competing in his first Boston Marathon, and he is part of the charity fundraising team for Bright Happy Power. Jason is another local, living in Ipswich MA. Jason has shown that he's quite capable of running under 3 hours, and being a local, he's even gotten the chance to preview the first 20 miles of the course on a training run. He may be starting in Wave 4 due to his charity bib, but he's probably going to set some sort of record for the number of people he passes.
Bib Number: 28523
To all of our supporters and family members, thank you! We'll each run our best knowing you are following along, and we hope to be a part of the massive positive impact that this year's Boston Marathon will have on everyone involved.
Now let's all get after Boston, one mile at a time!