The First Annual Dunder Mifflin Running Club

Michael Scott's Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure

The countdown continues with only 5 weeks remaining until the Shamrock Marathon.  My training has been slightly hampered by the pain in my foot which ‘Dr. Sudduth’ has diagnosed as tendonitis.  She’s prescribed ice, heat, and ibuprofen and I plan on beginning my treatment today, immediately after my long run.

But the really intriguing part of this race is the team competition – I think this adds a nice little twist that one doesn’t normally have during a marathon.  Thèoden and I have assembled our marathon team.  Here’s the roster:

Alice Watson
Allen Strickland
Jessica Douglas
Justin Breland
Lindsay Inman
Lo Patania
Meghan Fillnow
Michael Ham  
Thèoden Janes
Tom Patania 
Wayne Lee

As big fans of The Office, we’ve dubbed our team The First Annual Dunder Mifflin Running Club.  I’m hoping that we’ll fare a little better in the Shamrock Marathon than the employees of Dunder Mifflin did in the “Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure” where few of the employees actually finished and Andy suffered a rather severe case of nipple chafing.

Only the top 3 finishers from each Shamrock marathon team count towards scoring.  It would appear that Justin and Meghan have our top 2 scoring spots locked up.  Inputting Justin’s half marathon time of 1:23, the McMillan Race Calculator predicts he should be able to run around a 2:56 marathon.  Meghan has run a 3:05 marathon.  So we have 2 viable sub-3 hour candidates.

Having run around a 3:20 marathon before, Mike Ham is our favorite to land the third scoring position.  But don’t count the rest of us out just yet.  Only a few weeks after running the New York marathon, his first, Thèoden comfortably cruised to a 3:42 on a tough Thunder Road course.  And I ran a 3:34 on a Richmond course that had numerous rolling hills.  With Shamrock being flat and fast, I think both of us are capable of a 3:20 performance, and I’m specifically striving for it as that’s my Boston Qualifying time.  So I expect our third finisher to come in somewhere around 3:20.

I’m very curious to see how The First Annual Dunder Mifflin Running Club performs but I expect us to do pretty well, especially when you consider the following.  Here are last year’s winning team’s results:

1)   PENN STATE ARMY ROTC
      KEVIN NICHOLS  3:28:41
      DAVID GAYNOR  3:29:09
      KELLY NICOSIA  3:41:14
      TOTAL   10:39:03

You never know who’s going to put together a team, but based solely on these 2009 results, I’d say that The First Annual Dunder Mifflin Running Club has an excellent chance of placing well in 2010.

Regardless of where we finish, this should be a fun race day.  After all, the Shamrock Marathon is sponsored by Yuengling beer.  We’re pretty much assured of finishing the day in high spirits.

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2 Responses to “The First Annual Dunder Mifflin Running Club”

  1. Richard Hefner Says:

    Hey Allen… I’m a Dunder Mifflin fan myself. I don’t know if you’ve seen it or not, but ThinkGeek sells the official “Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure” on their site. It’s on this page…

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/popculture/b75d/

    The front looks just like the one in the picture. Be sure to check out the back, where it’s in much bigger letters. It’s just a cotton T-shirt (not tech material) but still a great shirt for DM fans.

    Good luck with the team!

  2. no Says:

    whY ARE HIS NIPPLES BLEEDING

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