On Sunday, January 27, three AS employees completed the Carlsbad half marathon! Amanda Burgess of the Mission Bay Aquatic Center and Julia Greenfield of the ARC had both ran a half marathon once prior to this one. They were joined by Mission Bay Aquatic Center’s Jana Tokunaga, who was just recently recognized as Aztec Recreation’s January employee of the month.
Greenfield described the beautiful scenery runners get to appreciate, “The course is very scenic, taking you right along the coast with great views of the ocean, pelicans flying overhead, and the occasional dolphin sighting.” This half marathon course has been described as one of the fastest in the U.S. and has no major elevation changes.
Burgess suffered from a knee injury prior to running, but due to her positive attitude, rest, prayers and adrenaline, she was able to complete the marathon and even shaved eight minutes off of her previous half marathon time from the Rock and Roll Half Marathon! She attributes this success to the fact that she never stopped running for all of the 13.1094 miles!
Both of these employees are planning to continue training and running in the future. Greenfield plans to beat the two hour mark in her next half marathon, after training and strengthening herself with the help of the ARC’s Recreational Running class. Burgess is preparing to run in the next two qualifying half marathons that will allow her to qualify for the Half Marathon Triple Crown, which is 39.3 miles of running over three scenic courses.
By: Kayla Heaviside