Rockey wins Quadzilla; four marathons in four days

Four marathons in four days. It’s called a Quadzilla, and most people would shudder at the thought. Myrtle Beach’s Christine Rockey spent the Fourth of July weekend competing in, and winning just such an event.

Rockey had plans to visit her family in Oregon and was searching for a race to compete in when she came across the planned Firecracker Quadzilla event. The race would consist of four marathons in four straight days. Initially thinking it would be too much, “The thought of it kept coming back into my head. I wanted the challenge, and I wanted to see if I could really do it,” said Rockey. She signed up.

The planned event would begin on Thursday, July 4th with the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon in Portland, Oregon. Rockey would finish third among all females. Most people would of course go home and rest for several days before attempting any kind of run. For Rockey though, it wasn’t a question of if she could do it again, “I always knew that I could get up the next day and do another one. I was more worried about having enough fuel to do the next race. For this event, I went against my normal realm, and just ate whatever the family would eat.”

The next day, she would set out at 7am in the Summerlake Loopy Marathon in Beaverton, Oregon. Not only would she be ready to race, but she would go on to win the event and set the course record. She’s quick to point out that this was the first time the race had been run there, so setting the course record was no big deal.

Day three of the event would take place in Gresham, Oregon with the Freedom Marathon.  Described as, “A run along the Springwater Trail starting in Gresham and running into Portland, a double out-and-back. Beautiful views of Mt. Hood can be seen on a clear day.” Rockey would win the race, and set the course record with a time of 3:22:11, beating the previous record by over 20 minutes.

If you’re keeping track, that’s three races, in three days. Two wins, and two course records. “I thought day 3 would be the hardest, but it turned out that the last one was mentally the hardest for me,” said Rockey.

Day four would send her back to Beaverton, Oregon for the Stars and Stripes Marathon. “Within the first couple of miles, I began wondering if I would be able to complete the race. It was awful, mentally,” said Rockey. Rockey would win the race, and set a course record with a time of 3:33:24, making her the overall winner of the female division of the Firecracker Quadzilla. She completed all four races with a total time of 13:37:35.

A runner since her college days at Santa Clara University in California, Rockey ran her first marathon at the age of 24. She’s been running ever since and is now heavily involved with the Grand Strand Running Club. Her passion is helping others achieve their goals.  “Anytime you have a community support group, and having other people who might understand your thought process, it helps. I love to help beginners.”

She’ll return home with the winner’s plaque just in time to lead the 14 weeks to 13.1 Training Group that begins Sunday. She’ll train and encourage a group of runners preparing for their first half marathon.

Those four days “definitely took a toll on my body. My knees still ache a bit”. Congratulations to Christine Rockey, the Winner of the 2013 Firecracker Quadzilla. She’s represented the Grand Strand well.

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One response to “Rockey wins Quadzilla; four marathons in four days”

  1. Ashley Smith says:

    Great Article about a first class individual!!!

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