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Meghan and Christie crush Croom

How's this for a couple of very hottied-up trail runners?

Meghan Brennen (left) and Christie Staudhammer put the hurt on the field at this year's Croom 16-mile "fun run" that is part of the Croom 50K weekend.

The Croom web site tells us that this race takes place within the Withlacoochee State Forest, which was named one of the "10 Coolest Places in North America" by the World Wildlife Fund.

I ran a PR at Croom in 2006 (4:57) then returned with Christie in 2007, when I ran a slow 50K and she completed the 16-miler.

Now, in 2008, this female duo attacked the course like rabid animals. It was the furthest Meghan had ever run and Christie won her age group.

Master Competitor gives a big shout-out to both these runners. I have been training and racing with Christie for the past couple of years, and she's a partner who knows how to overcome injuries and keep her gaze over the horizon. Meghan worked hard to reach her goal and despite tingling feet kept the pace going to the finish.

I love it when Christie can make it all come together. On many occasions the setbacks outweighed the results...but not this time. You can easily discern from her million dollar smile that all is right with the world.

And as I told Christie this week, when you're right with the world, the universe cooperates. This photo says that endurance sport does deliver a happy ending.

Congrats Meghan and Christie. Good effort and very well done.

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