2012 Run for the Roses Results

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During the awards presentations the age groups started with 19 & Under.

The race was intended to have 13 & Under as the first category and 14-19 as the second.


The new Age-Group results are now posted.  Major changes include the following:

Women Under 13: Emily Marsh is now 3rd, Cheyenne Storey is now 4th

(Cheyenne’s chip time was not available during the awards, but a second download from the timing system found her chip data – her gun time and chip time are now accurate)


Women 14-19: Danielle Hagar is now 1st


Men Under 13: Owen Gallagher is now 1st

Williston Goodfellow now 2nd



I personally apologize to those of you I had in the wrong age-group, especially those of you 13 & Under.


Some Thoughts:

I met a few people today, both young and old, who were unhappy with their result.  As athletes we are competitive by nature, so this is normal.

Having been a Professional Triathlete for over 8 years I have accumulated a lot of great results.  If you visit www.Kraftig.ca there is a list of impressive results including Strongman Japan Champion, Ironman 70.3 Champion, course record holder at the Peterborough Half Ironman, course record holder at the Welland Half Ironman, running PB’s of 52min for 15km off the bike, and 3:00:00 for the marathon off the bike, and more.


That’s an impressive list and the result of many years of hard work.  There is, however, one list that is not on that website (it’s also a MUCH longer list).  That is the list of all the races where I lost, or didn’t meet my expectations.


There is the year at Ironman Canada that I walked the whole marathon.  Or the year at Strongman Japan (as defending champion) that I was in the lead until just 10km to go in the marathon and cracked, only to shuffle home in 10th.  The Muskoka 70.3 where I was first out of the water and then 6th off the bike giving nearly 18min to the leader.  Ironman Hawaii (first time at the World Championships), lost my goggles in the water, got a flat tire on the bike, and stopped at nearly every third aid station to vomit.


There was even Ironman Canada 2010 where I put in my ‘best in life’ performance.. my best swim, best bike split, and best marathon off the bike and it was only enough for 7th.


My point here is that any success you find in sport (and in life for that matter) comes from learning from your loses and mistakes.  You have to learn to lose, before you learn how to win.


Many moons ago, long before the 13 & Under runners were even born… maybe even before the 19 & Under runners were born, Michael Jordan dominated the NBA basketball world.  To this day he is simply the greatest basketball athlete to ever live.  He did countless commercials for his sponsors, but I’ll leave this last one as my summary. 


Thanks for racing today and thanks for putting your heart into it – that’s all that counts!



“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.


I’ve lost almost 300 games.


26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.


I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.


And that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan

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