"We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again." - Nathanael Greene 1781
"Big Mak" Kolvoord is our 2014 RunIndiana.com "Runner of the Year"...
Makenzie Kolvoord turned a whole 8 years old this fall, but before she did she managed to set two new world records. Not in little fun run distances mind you - no Ma'am.
Big Mak, as runners throughout Indiana and her friends call her, set a new age-7 female half marathon record of 1:40:59 at the Potomac River Half-Marathon in Maryland. She also set a record of 46:07 in 10K, which if you ask her, was actually 46:02 by gun time.
Mak's half-marathon record came in November after her mom Elaine scrambled to find one that would let her in. The Kolvoords thought Mak broke the old record last May at the Indy Mini (1:55:11) and then bettered it in September at Fort4Fitness (1:45:11). But not so, come to find out.
"We're really glad you mentioned it on RunIndiana because if RacerDB hadn't said anything about Tabitha Francks, Mak wouldn't have had a chance to get the record. She was embarrassed after she found out the actual record was set at 1:41:12 in 1982 because everyone made such a big deal about it," wrote Elaine in a message to us.
Mak wanted to try again before turning 8. Arrs.net changed Mak's record back to Tabitha's in October, which gave her only 5 weeks to cut 4 minutes off.
"When I tell you the kid was on a mission, she was on a mission!" wrote Elaine.
We backed off the week after F4F, then hit it hard the next 3 weeks. Mak went weeks of 28, 33, then 38 miles. Lots of long, hard miles and tempo runs. Then came the hassle of getting in one more half.
"The Monumental let me register her, then told me she was too young," Elaine said. "Same with the Naperville Half. I finally got a yes from Jay Jacob Wind, race director for Potomac River."
Only problem was it was a small race: 350 runners, very little crowd support, and the worst part --- it was all on gravel.
"But God was with her that day and she did it," Elaine wrote.
Mak's other running accomplishments include PRs of 6:16 in the mile (cross country), 21:32 for the 5K, and she closed out the year-long racing series organized by the Fort Wayne Track Club with a 29:17 last Saturday at the GingerBread Pursuit 4-miler.
In addition to her training and success, Mak uses her talent to help raise funds for the Riley Children's Foundation.
With big dreams of races yet to run, Big Mak is our 2014 Runner-of-the-Year.
Gingerbread Pursuit --- AGE DIVISION RESULTS
Rainbow Lake 5K results --- HERE