Months of work. Time for the pay-off.
A journey that officially began August 1st, concluded in New York City on Sunday, as a pair of KIMbia athletes ran debut marathons that each called years in the making. Tim Nelson turned his usual, dependable, solid showing, taking 13th in the deep field. His time of 2:15:06 may not turn heads, but it’s the 9th fastest American debut in New York and left him just 9-seconds out of 11th. “Nelly” has shown some indication that he is a bit of a “rhythm” runner; if given the chance, one could see him pop a fast one on a flat course in a paced race, sooner than later. Unfortunately, after a half-marathon PB in his mid-September tune-up race in Philadelphia — and week upon week of training that had been described as “great” — Simon Bairu logged a “Did Not Finish” after sticking with the leaders through 17 miles and eventually going down near 23 miles. As he said later that evening, Read the full article
The rapport between roommates Simon Bairu and Evan Jager was evident, when they took part in a “Rookies Vs the World” chat on Friday evening, live from New York City. We share some of the highlights below:
Josh G: What about living with Simon annoys you most?
Evan Jager: Our place gets pretty messy sometimes ’cause Simon never takes out the garbage. I’m not even sure he knows where to take it.
KIMbia Athletics: Simon: a rebuttal?
Evan Jager: Just kidding. That’s me. Honestly he thinks he can put me in timeout when I don’t do stuff he wants me to because he’s older… Then I remind him I can beat him up. Haha.
Simon Bairu: No comment.
Later, Evan addressed the now-famous debate between Chris Solinsky and Simon Bairu over Simon’s prowess — or lack thereof — at things the Canadian claims to be undefeated in.
Evan Jager: Speaking of undefeated… a little known fact about Simon and I is that I am undefeated against him in XC.
Simon Bairu: Sadly true.
For those stat/history buffs, the lone head-to-head match-up came in the alumni race held as part of the 2009 Wisconsin adidas Invitational. It should be noted that while Evan won, both men were credited with the same finish time.
It’s Race Week in New York and Nelly, Simon and Shalane meet the media head-on. Get inside their press conference and Shalane’s appearance at New York City Niketown.
The Rookies take on a world-class field at the Philadelphia Half Marathon as they look to tap their competitive juices, check their fitness and get in a “competitive workout.” Watch them go toe-to-toe with the world’s best over 13.1 as they get ever-closer to their date with 26.2!