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Hamilton County running club wins nationwide virtual race

A group of 24 runners, most of them living on the north side of Indy, have been crowned as the fastest team in America.

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. — Who says Indianapolis doesn't have any championship sports teams right now? 

A group of 24 runners, most of them living on the north side of Indy, have been crowned as the fastest team in America. 

"It was amazing," team captain TJ Dailey said. 

TJ, who is a Noblesville resident, and 23 of his buddies formed the Meshingomesia Track Club, and their team won the inaugural Great American 5000 virtual race that went from coast to coast. 

"It’s a virtual run from San Francisco to New York  — 3,107 miles," TJ said. "Each team got a collective 24 hours a day to run. We had 24 members on our team, and we gave each person their own hour that they needed to run every day."

The race began on June 14, and these north-siders had to run that 3,107 miles — or 5,000 kilometers, thus the name — and record their miles virtually. The Hamilton County-assembled team beat out 250 other teams and 4,500 other runners to take the checkered flag.

"We were the first team to reach New York, and we won by 550 miles," TJ said. 

Credit: Meshingomesia Track Club
10 of the 23 members of the Meshingomesia Track Club are from the north side of Indy.

As a team, they ran almost 200 miles a day for almost 16 days. That means some of the guys were running the equivalent of the Mini-Marathon every day for nearly 16 days in a row.

"We set expectations up front, so we took this seriously," TJ said, adding their team motto was "You're gonna run your hour!"

And that motto was put to the test when TJ's youngest brother, Todd Dailey, was faced with a serious dilemma. 

"Halfway through the race, Todd's wife gave birth to their third child," TJ said. "He did not miss his hour of running that day!"

These 40-something-year-old "Regular Joes" beat out teams filled with professional athletes and Olympic runners. 

"They had 49 out of 50 states involved and 17 or 18 other countries," TJ said.  

TJ also gave advice for people struggling to get off the couch and get active during the COVID-19 crisis. 

"Just get out, walk a little bit and run a little bit," TJ said. "When you're in your late 30s or 40s or 50s, you're not going to feel like you did when you ran in high school — it's just not going to happen. You will feel better as you progress. Keep going a little further every day. If it gets worse, stop, and try again the next day. You can get through it. Stay confident in yourself, and take your time. It's OK to run a 20-minute mile or a 15-minute mile. You’ll get there."

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Here's a list of the runners from the winning Meshingomesia Track Club: 

  • TJ Dailey - Noblesville, IN
  • Trent Dailey - Marion, IN
  • Todd Dailey - Westfield, IN
  • Chad Bills - Noblesville, IN
  • Corey Stewart - Noblesville, IN
  • Jason Cornman - Noblesville, IN
  • Matt Byerly - Noblesville, IN
  • Caleb Chambers - Carmel, IN
  • Tito Downer - Carmel, IN
  • Devin Kent - Westfield, IN
  • Scott Shanks - Westfield, IN
  • Jon Faust - Indianapolis, IN
  • Jeff Clark - Marion, IN
  • Phil Dodyk - Mishawaka, IN
  • Alec Dailey - Cincinnati, OH
  • Matt Dodyk - Temecula, CA
  • Donnie Loeffler - Portland, OR
  • Daniel Stark - Portland, OR
  • Anthony Bruns - Denver, CO
  • Christopher Bruns - Denver, CO
  • Chad Braun - Denver, CO
  • Skylar Sorokoty - Fayetteville, AK
  • Will Roach - Ralegh, NC
  • Eric Lousararian - Boston, MA

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