Quest Club Results at the 2011 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon

Here are some first-person accounts from Quest Club members following the 2011 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. Quest Club had another really good day. Congrats to you all, especially Chris Marsh and Barb Wissman who ran a very courageous marathon.

Now let’s get ready for Runner’s Den.


I went 1:58 and was out too fast so paid for it later.  I was holding 8 – 8:30 pace and trying to slow down.  Blisters set in at 4 miles… got to 9 miles and had to walk for a minute then ran again-did that thru the finish and that worked pretty well. Pretty happy with it- not bad for 3 weeks if training! – Mindy Schmidt

Jeff Daer ran 1:38:29. He started with the 1:35 pace group, but was hurt by a fast start and erratic pacing. I believe this was Jeff’s 1st back-to-back sub-1:40 half marathons since he became a father.

Dave Daer ran 1:44:34, a 4 minute improvement from the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon. Met his goal of sub-1:45. Very satisfying effort.

My time was 1:48 and change, so I am happy. Pace was 8:17 per mile.   – Bill Scheel

Hey Fred, driving Barb (Wissman) home. She and Chris (Marsh) ran an impressive 4:37!  – Lisa Garcia

Lyle took second out of three (80+), I did not win my fifth year – some young 70 year old kid from San Diego beat me.  I took second out of 21 70+ year olds.  I was real pleased because I did pick up the pace to less than 10:30 from 10 miles on.  Time: 2:24:34.   I think John Taylor did a 2:00.01.  Congrats all!!  – Kay Martin

About Fred

I am the running coach of Quest Club of Arizona, an adult running club. Formerly coached at Phoenix College for 18 years, and have coached a number of elite runners including Trina Painter and Lisa Weidenbach. Most recently coached Priscilla Hein, graduate of ASU and Olympic Trials semi finalist. In addition to coaching I am the sports publicist for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in track and field, and the Meet Director for the NJCAA Region Championships in Cross Country and Track and Field.
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