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Happy Independence Day!
Night of Miles!
The latest running innovation to come out of Litchfield Parks and Recreation
is a “Night of Miles” to be run at the new Plumb Hill Track
in Litchfield on Tuesday, July 15th with the first mile run set to go
off at 6:00 p.m. Parking is available at the Litchfield Intermediate
School or Litchfield High School located close to the track.
Photos from Harwinton are posted.
Results from the 1st Annual Harwinton 5K Road Race are posted.
Results from week 1 at the Whites Woods Cross-Country Challenge in Litchfield are posted.
The photos from the Lake Compounce Half-Marathon are posted.
Updates: There are a few more race applications available for download.
The Sandy Beach Triathlon at Bantam Lake is available for download.
The 9th Annual People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run application is available. This is the State of Connecticut Trail Championship and part of the New England Grand Tree Series. The Race is Saturday, August 2 at 9:00 AM at the People's Forest in Barkhamsted. It's a bargain!
The Martha's Vineyard 5K race app is available. A fairly easy certified 5K in a fantastic setting.
The Westerly Biathlon race app is available for download. Classic 5 -Mile Run with a two loop bike course in Wetserly, RI.
After 11 miles, Shaun Leska had built up about a minute lead over Gregory McKirryher. Leska took a wrong turn, McKirryher and 16-year old, Sergey Lukashenko, also veered off-course. McKirryher took first place. Lukashenko took second, and Leska settled for third. The detour cost Leska nearly 3-minutes. He did manage to regroup and finish with a solid 1:26:10. The women's race was very dramatic. Jennifer McHale went out strong and by 2.5 miles she had a sizeable lead of about 1 minute over Kimberly Battipaglia. At 10.5 McHale was still going strong and looked like the annoited victor. With 100 meters to go the 36-year old Battipaglia showed the youngster what a finish kick is all about. Battipaglia and the 29-year old McHale sprinted neck and neck for about 70 meters until the previous 13 miles, the heat, and the humidity broke McHale. It's very difficult to run in the lead. There are too many unknowns and when one of those unknowns catches you while the finish line is in sight, it's difficult to shift gears and respond with immediate speed. Good RACE. Kids, remember: it's better to start your kick too early, than too late. And, always kick if you want to win regardless of who is, or is not, around you. Results for the 2nd Annual Lake Compounce Half-Marathon presented by TriSports Media are posted. I got a ton of photos that I'll post during the week.
Schuyler Schuster ran away from the field and Nidia Lopez set a new women's record at the 3rd Annual Solstice Sprint 5K presented by the Hartford Track Club at the MDC Reservoir in West Hartford. Results and photos are posted.
Happy Father's Day!
Mark LoSacco, Jim Harron, and Peter Lofink, battle the heat and humidity along Candlewood Lake at Cadigan Park in Brookfield, CT. It was the younger 39-year old, LoSacco for the victory.
Meanwhile, Sara Belles, Tara Maguire, and Alene Lofink battled for the women's title. It was the younger 27-year old, Belles from Brookfield, who succesfully defended her title and finished 4th overall.
Results for the 2nd Annual Strides to Cure Diabetes 5-Mile Run and 3-Mile Walk from Brookfield are posted. Thank you to the Brookfield Lions Club, the sponsors, volunteers, spectators, and runners for a happy father's day.
Ken Sweeny (#63) battles to the finish with Kurtis Driehuizen (blue t) and Jay Wilson leads the Grand Masters in the second annual Brookfield Parkisno 3-Mile Run and 2-Mile Walk. Results and photos are posted.
Photos from the Hamilton Sundstrand 5K are posted.
Reminder: The USATF/CT will no longer accept race day memberships. Join the USATF on line at www.usatf-ct.org or mail in your membership well in advance of the race that you wish to score.
Jeff Neideck is the defending champion for the Norfolk 5-Miler. Today, with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees, Neideck took out the first mile in 5:07. The rest of us watched. Former champion, Robert Dwyer shook off his opening 6:07 and ran unchallenged for second. Such was the story for third place finisher, Chris Moore; running in no-man's land with no one in sight ahead and no one in sight behind. It's refreshing to note that Neideck did slow to a jog during the fourth mile in an effort to regain composure and steady the finishing pace. Congratulations Jeff. Thanks to Prime Time for the results. If you get a chance, check out Championseverywhere.blogspot.com and ask the Mystery Coach for tips on running next years Norfolk 5. The Results are posted.
Results from yesterday's TriSport Media 5K and 10K at Lake Compounce are posted.
After finishing second in 2006 and 2007, Joshua Adams (#720) was back on top for the 7th Running of the Race Around the Lake 3.5 Miler in New Hartford, CT. 14-Year old, Annemarie Tuxbury, finished 5th overall to lead the women. Results are posted.
Jason DuFour (#174) leads from the start and sets a new course record. Miki Latvis (Flag Shorts) leads and successfuly defends her title. Results for the Fisher House Running for Military Families 5K Road Race in Bristol ,CT, are posted. Photos will be up soon.
Fisher House presents, Running for Military Families 5K. Today at 10:00 AM on Memorial Boulevard in Bristol, CT.
The results for the Hamilton Sundstrand 5K Run and 2K Walk are posted. Photos will be posted soon.
On Sunday, May 25th, the USATF/CT will conduct the second event for the 2008 Road Race Grand Prix. The 10K State Championship will be held at Lake Compounce. You can download the application from this web site. Please note that if you intend on running for a team, you must be a current member of that team and a current member of the USATF. The 10K at Lake Compounce is the last event where competitors will be able to register with the USATF on site prior to the race. USATF Membership registration for the remainder of the Road Race Grand Prix must be done well ahead of the event date by US Mail or via the internet.
The USATF/CT Trail State Championship will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at the People's State Forest in Barkhamsted, CT. This is an individual and Team Championship for Open and Masters. There is prize money. The application will be posted on this website soon.
Updates to the Haight 5K results and you can now dowload the Bristol 5K for 5/24 and the Solstice Sprint for 6/18 applications.
Happy Mother's Day!
Results for the 2nd Annual Brookfield Mother's Day 5K Road Race are posted.
Results from the Haight-to-Run 5K XC are posted. Davenport and Schumacher take it out. Schumacher fades in second half. Davenport sets new record. Michelle Gore goes out strong from the beginning. Hangs tough for some short power walks at the halfway hill and the beginning of the last hill (Chestnut). Gore finishes with Solid kick to set new women's record. Bruce Heim is 56 and still fighting with little kids...Heim caught the 13 year old, Tristan Kishonis with about 250 meters to go. Don't remind a kid how old he is, especially in the last 100 meters of a race...Great race with moderately dry, sunny, breezy 60 degree temperatures.
Today was the second Annual Haight
-to-Run 5K cross-country race at the Haight-Brown Vineyard in Litchfield.
I was able to dig up the following results from last year: Haight
To Run 5K Cross Country
As soon as I get some time, I'll type up the results for the top 35 finishers from this year's race of 64. Suffice it to say, Bob Davenport defended his title succesfully with a time of 18:13. He was pressed early by Jeromie Schumacher. Schumacher lost contact about midway through the race and finished 2nd in 19:05. The race was conducted by Litchfield Parks and rec. They might have the results up sooner. Stay tuned.
Race applications for the Brookfield Parkinson Run on 6/1/08 and the Harwinton 5K Road Race on 6/29/08 are now available for download.
In 1992, Peter Pazik ran the Granby 10K in 32:09. In 1998, at the age of 45, Bob McCusker ran Granby in 34:09. Those are two of the fastest times at Granby over the past sixteen years. Today, 24-year old, David Bridgewater (#176) from Unionville, CT, took out the first mile in 4:54. By 2.5 miles, Bridgewater had a 45 second lead over second place runner, Chris Chisholm (#200). It was decent conditions as Bridgewater pressed. His winning time of 32:45 is the second fastest time in the 37 years at Granby. Chisholm's second place time of 34:44 was his second fastest time over the past 10 years at Granby. In 2004 Chisholm clocked a time with of 33:30.
Pazik's open record and McCusker's master record stand the test of time. Cindy Pomeroy's record of 40:11 was set the same year Chisholm broke the 34:00 mark, 2004. In 2005 Beth Kraseman came close with a 40:21.
Christine Louden (#169) took out the women and never looked back as Kathy Lundin closed to within 43 seconds. Louden 44:14 to Lundin 44:57. Congratulations to all the runners, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers of the 37th Annual Granby Road Race 10K. Results and photos are posted.
In 2001, Marc Robaczynski (black shirt/grey shorts) set the course record with a 25:37. Last year Robaczyski won with a 25:57. He also won in 2006. Jeff Niedeck had an outstanding 2008 Boston Marathon. Niedeck won this race in 2004 and 2005. It is very difficult, and risky, to race a good marathon (26.2 miles) and come back to run a very good short race like a 5-miler. You need to be in top condition and you need to take precautions to avoid serious injury.
In 2004, Niedeck had won the Sharon 5-Miler and he and the experienced veteran, Bob Sieller, began to include a youngster in their training group. At 17 years of age, Dan Barry finished 3rd in the 2004 Sharon with a time of 29:34. Barry finished 4th in 2005 with a 28:09. Barry didn't run in 2006 or 2007. It's his birthday weekend... By the opening 20 meters, Barry (#90) positioned himself squarely on the shoulder of Robaczyski. His plan worked. Dan Barry is the 2008 Sharon 5-Mile Champion in a stellar time of 25:46. Robaczyski was only 7 seconds back and Niedeck finished 3rd (first master) in 27:10. Good times on a cold damp day.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Barillaro (#117) had her hands full with Courtney Robaczyski (#71 Marum). In 2004, Barillaro was third female in 34:35. She was not to be denied today. Barillaro and Robaczyski battled down to the wire as Barillaro's kick earned her the glory with a 33:51 to Robaczyski's 34:01.
Hats off to Tom Butterfield for winning a strong 70+ division.
Congratulations to all the participants, the sponsors, organizers, and volunteers. State Championship caliber. Results for the 23rd Annual Sharon Classic 5-Mile Road Race are posted along with a couple photos.
The Application for the TriSport Media USATF/CT 10K State Championship at Lake Compounce is available for download. The race director strongly encourages that everyone register on line at www.trisportmedia.com
This Saturday is the Sharon 5-Miler. A sanctioned race on a certifed course, Sharon offers a variety of events for the entire family. You can download the application from the Race Application page.
Sunday at 1:00 PM is the Granby 10K. Plenty of recovery time between the two. Granby is one of the oldest races in Connecticut. Registration opens at 11:30 at the Granby High School located near the intersection of routes 10 and 202, north form the center of town.
The Norfolk 5-Mile Road Race application is now available for download.
It has been confirmed that Athletes Foot/HiTek has a new name. It is now Athletes Foot/New Balance. In compliance with LDR rule #143 for team scoring and athletic attire, let the team uniform reflect this change. Every current USATF/CT Club has the book for 2008 USATF Competition Rules. Good luck.
Cody Benson took ou the half mile in about 3 minutes. At the 1-Mile Benson was challenged by Spencer Pelletier. Pelletier dropped off as Benson regained the lead until about 2.5 miles. Eric Armbruster took control with Benson falling back about 5 yards. With about a half mile to go, Benson and Armbruster ran neck-and-neck. At 100 meters, Benson's kick was just too much for Armbruster. Results for the 12th Annual Edmund Ganem Memorial 5K Road Race in Terryville are posted.
$15.00 for a race day 5K in Terryville on their new course is a bargain.
And Children’s Fun Run!
DATE: SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: “ROTARY CLUB OF TERRYVILLE”
RACE LOCATION: Lake Winfield - Holt Street - Terryville, CT
RACE FEATURES: AWARDS:
Get there early.
Swift and Chisholm battle at the Daffodil.
Swift sets record.
Results for the 9th Annual Meriden Rotary Club Daffodil Festival 5K Road Race are posted.
Raw cold. Ayr is all alone. Eric Smith don't need no shirt. The results for the Oleksak Lumber Spring 5K and Half-Marathon in Westfield are posted along with a few pictures. We'll see you soon Gordy.
David Wishart and Geoff Nelson battle to the finish. Wishart sets a new course record and the Athletes Foot/HiTek Open Men finish 1,2,3,4,5! Shannon McHale leads the Open Women from start to finish and sets a new course record. Results for the 2nd Annual Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon (Race #1 in the USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix) are posted along with a few photos.
Thank you to the Hartford Track Club for sponsoring a fantastic start to the 2008 USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix. Lake Compounce and the Tri-Sport 10K are up next...
The race application for the Sharon 5-Miler is now available for download.
The preregistration list for the Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon to be held this Saturday is available for your review. It identifies the bib number, first and last name, Clydesdale or Athena, and the valid USATF/CT athlete's registered Club. Review the Preregistration Alpha List...
Race applications for the Meriden 5K, Haight to Run 5K XC, Brookfield 5K, and the Granby 5K are now available for download.
The results from the Shamrock 2-Mile and 5-Mile in Bristol, CT are posted. It was an impressive double-double! Marc Robaczynski won the 2-Mile race and after about 20 minutes recovery he won the 5-Mile race. Olympic hopeful, Claudia Camargo won the 2-Mile race and the 5-Mile race and was second overall in both races! Outstanding.
Yesterday, the Bradley 5K/10K had some problems. It's a fantastic course with great volunteers. The clock did not work, the start was botched, and the results were never posted. I can sympathize with the director and I know what it's like to have your timing system crash. The times are off. In the meantime, since I was not timing and I was running in the 10K, and it was an out-and-back, I do know the women in the top three. first place:Colleen Casey, 34, Hartford , second place:Cindy Pomeroy, 46, Windsor Locks, and third place:Kate Lapinski, 45, New Hartford . Colleen moved to Hartford last year and qualified last October for the US Olympic Marathon Trial in Boston next month. Good luck.
The results from the Bradley 5K/10K are posted; although, the times are unoffical.
Congratulations to the Connecticut Track Club Open Men's Cross-Country Team. They are the 2007 State of Connecticut Cross-Country Champions.
Athletes Foot/HiTek is the 2007 Men's Master Team State of Connecticut Cross-Country Champions.
Congratulations to the Hartford Track Club Open and Master's Women Team. They are the 2007 State of Connecticut Cross-Country Champions.
------------------------------2007 USATF/Connecticut Cross-Country Grand Prix--------------------
---------------------------------Sunny Brook XC 5K----Age Before Beauty XC 5K-----HTC XC 8K -------------------
Club ------------Sex--Division-------------Pts----------------------Pts----------------------Pts-------------Total Score--
CT Track Club --m-----Open--------------1.5----------------------1.5---------------------1.5-----------------4.5-------
CT Track Club--m-----40+-----------------1.5---------------------1.0----------------------0-----------------2.5--------
CT Track Club--f------Open---------------1.5----------------------1.0----------------------1.0---------------3.5--------
AF/HiTek--------f----- Open-------------- 0-------------------------0-----------------------1.5---------------1.5--------
Results from the Collinsville 5.5/11 Miler are posted.
The running community has lost a good friend; Ray Crothers has passed away.
The 2008 Summit Ridge 15k in Harwinton is cancelled.
Mike Sawyer took control in the second mile and never looked back as he passed through 7 in 42:00 and ten in 62:00. He won the slightly slippery Colchester half in 1:21:19. Conni Grace was shadowed by perennial favorite, Maureen Terwilliger. The results for the 17th Annual Colchester Half-Marathon are posted.
The Colchester Half-Marathon will start at 10:00 AM tomorrow.
The race is on.
I will post any changes or additional info on this site on or before 6:30 AM 2/23/08; otherwise, it's a go. Good luck. Leave plenty of time for delays and safe driving.
Happy Washington's Birthday!
The Hartford Track Club puts on an outstanding winter series. Today, runners had their choice of one loop or two around the bucolic hamlets of Riverton and Pleasant Valley. The results for the Peoples Forest 8.5 Mile and 17 Mile HTC Winter Series Runs are posted!
The Race application for the Brookfield Lions Club Strides to Cure Diabetes 5-Miler from Candlewood Park in Brookfield , June 15th is available on our Race Application page.
Snow Shoe Racing update!
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Savoy and Florida, Massachusetts are beautiful towns located in the high contry of eastern Berkshire County. The Savoy Mountain and Mohawk Trail State Forests offer a great deal of activity for the outdoorsman.
Thanks Ed. I'll see you at the Peoples Forest Trail Race in August!
The race application for the HTC's Colchester Half-Marathon is available.
The race application for the Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon (USATF/CT RRGP) is available.
The 2008 USATF/Connecticut Road Race Grand Prix
#1 April 5, 2008 Saturday The HTC Quarter Marathon in West Hartford
#2 May 25, 2008 Sunday The Tri Sport 10K in Bristol
#3 June 15, 2008 Sunday The Branford 5 Miler in Branford
#4 July 4, 2008 Friday The Independence Day 5000 in Milford
#5 August 3, 2008 Sunday The Sound Runner Sea Legs 10-Miler in Guilford
#6 September 1, 2008 Monday The Stratton Faxon 20K* in New Haven
#7 September 21, 2008 Sunday The Niantic Bay Half-Marathon in East Lyme
*also the Men's and Women's USATF National Championship
The photos from The Norfolk 10 and the Brookfield 4 are complete.
Results from the HTC Vailonis 10K are posted.
Happy New Year!
Joe McElhoney and Claudia Camargo ring in the new year with a victory in the 21st Annual Brookfield Lions/James O'Brien Run for Sight 4-Miler. Kevin Curley won the race in 2007, leading New England Runner's Connecticut Master of the year, Joe LeMay. Neither LeMay nor Curley made the trek to Brookfield this year. Too bad, their times from last year would have been competitive among the top three finishers for this year. Camargo finished 4th overall in 22:40. Keep in mind that Camargo was only 12 seconds behind LeMay at Norfolk a few weeks ago. She's had a steady and strong increase in her regional performances since she arrived from Argentina. She's qualified to represent Argentina in the Olympics for the marathon. The 10K and 5K are within reach. Granted that the Argentinean Olympic standards are different then the American. She is a good runner. How does she stack up in the US? She's very good. There are several women who can beat her. There's only a handful in New England. Maybe one or two from Connecticut. It's exciting to see her finish near the overall top of the race results. The South Americans have several Olympic quality runners and that has ruffled few feathers...The twenty-one year old, McElhoney (22:42 in '05) ran with 19-year old Brendan Rickert and 27-year old Michael Hall through two, then he stretched the field under challenging conditions. Hall is coming back gradually from an injury plagued '07 season. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon. His training geared towards 26.2 in 4/08. Good job. Results are posted.
More Norfolk photos are posted.
Under difficult road conditions, Jon French (#158) took control within the first mile and went unchallenged as he won the 9th Annual Norfolk Pub 10-Miler in 57:24. Last year's masters champion, and master's record holder, Jeff Niedeck (#1), had a solid dual with perennial favorite, Joe LeMay(#317). And the defending women's champion and course record holder, Claudia Camargo (#2 shorts), had another stellar performance. The results are posted. Photos will be posted over the next several days.
On behalf of myself, and Greystone Electronics, thank you to all the participants, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors who have made 2007 a fantastic year. It's been a lot of fun. I look forward to a spectacular 2008.
Yes! The world famous Norfolk Pub 10-Miler is on for tomorrow. Be there or be square.
Results for the 13th Annual Turkey Day Classic Road Race 5K from Framingham are posted.
The final race in the 2007 USATF/CT XCGP had record attendance. Oscar Barreto (#260) set a new Master's record and lead the Athlete Foot /HiTek Open Men's team to victory. It was a close series and I'll post the team scores, along with the race director's (Tom Buckley) critique, and announce the Connecticut State Champion within the next couple of days. Photos from this race will be posted over the week. Results for the 8th Annual Hartford Track Club 8K Cross-Country Challenge are posted.
It's a tight race for the USATF/CT Title as 2007 Cross-Country Club Champion. The scores from the Age Before Beauty XC 5K are as follows:
1st place: Connecticut Track Club with 26 points
2nd place: Athletes Foot /HiTek with 32 points
1st place: Hartford Track Club with 9 points
2nd place: Connecticut Track Club with 12 points
1st place: Athletes Foot/HiTek with 8 points
2nd place: Connecticut Track Club with 14 points
1st place: Hartford Track Club
The photos from Age Before Beauty XC 5K are posted in the Photo Gallery.
The photos from the Sunny Brook Cross-Country 5K are complete. Check out the Photo Gallery. The scores from Sunny Brook; the first of three races in the USATF/CT XC Grand Prix, are as follows:
1st place: Connecticut Track Club with 20 points
2nd place: Athletes Foot/Hitek with 38 points
1st place: Connecticut Track Club
1st place: Hartford Track Club with 15 points
2nd place: Connecticut Track Club with 15 points
3rd place: Athletes Foot/Hitek with 16 points
Photos and results from the Age Before Beauty XC 5K will be posted shortly.
Results from the 2nd Annual Age Before Beauty Cross-Country 5K are posted.
There's a new kid on the block. The Connecticut Track Club faced off against Conn Quest, Athletes Foot/HiTek, the Mohegan Striders, and the Hartford Track Club in race number one of the three race State of Connecticut Cross-Country Grand Prix series. The young guns didn't disappoint. Results for the 6th Annual Sunny Brook Cross-Country 5K are posted. There will be additional photos in the Gallery during the week.
The Sunny Brook Cross-Country 5K is set for tomorrow, Sunday, at 11:00 AM at Sunny Brook State Park in Torrington.
Calm before the storm.
The Gun (Cannon)!
The winner with an LDR Official monitoring the finish line!
A new course record for the second year in a row. Jeff Niedeck wins again and Angela Carr (Brown) sets a new women's record. Results for the Ed McGuire memorial Culligan Cannonball 5k Run are posted.
This Sunday, November 4th, is the 1st race in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix; The Sunny Brook Cross-Country 5K in Torrington. Race day registration is $10.00. The race is open to everyone. USATF/CT Teams can win money and the opportunity to be named as the Connecticut Cross-Country State Champion. For more information on the race, check out the Race Calendar page and download an application.
Sunday, November 11th is the 2nd race in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix; The Age Before Beauty Cross-Country 5K in Litchfield. You can find out more info and download an application.
Finally, Saturday, November 17th is the 3rd race in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix; The Hartford Track Club Cross-Country Challenge 8K in West Hartford. Download Application
For more details on the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix, scroll down the page...
The Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K application is available for download.
The Norfolk Pub 10-Miler application is available for download.
In 2001, Sergio Ribeiro won in 26:48. In 2002, Joe Lemay beat Ribeiro to win in 25:35. In 2003, Joe Lemay beat Ribeiro to win in 25:31. 2004 Ribeiro won in 26:36 and LeMay finished 3rd in 28:00. 2005 LeMay beat Paul Mwangi 26:14 to 26:21. 2006 Mwangi beat LeMay 26:31 to 27:04. Today, the 40-year old, Joe LeMay (#255) won the 31st Annual 5-Mile Kent Pumpkin Run in 27:03. The 42-year old Mark Hixson finished second in 27:10 and the top women's runner in Connecticut, Claudia Camargo finished 3rd overall in a course record 28:26! This race would be a fantastic addition to the USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix in 2008. Results for the 31st Annual 5-Mile Kent Pumpkin Run are posted.
This was the first time that Colin McKeal (#214) had ever run in Bristol. McKeal found the course to his liking as he set a new course record for the 2-Mile in 10:53. John Matthews set the old records in 2001 and in 2002 with an 11:00. A record turnout for a record race. Congratulations to all the runners, volunteers, sponsors, Ronald McDonald, and the race organizers for an outstanding event. The Bristol 2-Mile and 5-Mile Results are posted.
Peak foliage and one of the best post race banquets in New England. The race results for the 3rd Annual Hartland Harvest 5K Run and Mountain Walk are posted.
The Results for the Naugatuck Valley League High School Championship are posted!
JV Girls winner Britany Testani (#128 Seymour).
JV Boys winner Anthony Piland (3221 Watertown).
The boys varsity race featured a showdown between Breno Oliveira (#168 Wilby), who won the Waterbury City Championship, and Eric Demmons (#80 Wolcott), who was the top competitor from the Naugatuck Valley League Invitational a few weeks ago. At the midway point there was a tight group of four runners: Demmons, Chris Bendtsen (#76 Wolcott), Oliveira, and Craig Zraggen (#301 Seymour). Demmons pressed the pace as the other three runners jockied for position. With 400 meters to go, Demmons and Bendtsen fought each other, the way they have for most of the 2007 season. The battle managed to drop Oliveira while Zraggen tried to maintain contact. The final 100 meters saw Demmons and Bendtsen each digging deep. With 20 meters left Bendtsen found a final gear and surged hard to the victory. Congratulation Chris Bendtsen and The Boys Team from Naugatuck, NVL Champions.
The girls race featured a re-match between Addie DiFrancesco (#27 Holy Cross) and Rosa Mauriello (#362 Naugatuck). DiFrancesco has had a spectacular season wining the NVL Invitational and the Waterbury City Championship while Mauriello was just a few seconds behind as the NVL Invitational Runner-Up. At the mid point Mauriello had taken control by 20 meters and pressed the pace over DiFrancesco, Andrea Szarkowicz (#225 Watertown-Defending 2006 Champion), and Kimmy Suarez (#307 Seymour- 2006 Runner-Up). With 400 meters to go, Mauriello relaxed and cruised to the victory as Szarkowicz made a solid charge for second. Congratulations to Rosa Mauriello and the Holy Cross Girls Team; NVL Champions!
The 2007 Ski Sundown up and Down Mountain Run has been cancelled.
Updated 24th Annual Litchfield Cross-Country Challenge race results.
The 2007 USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix is scheduled for three races:
......................Sunday 11/4/07 ..........Sunny Brook 5K................11:00 AM, Sunny Brook State Park, Torrington, CT
......................Sunday 11/11/07.........Age Before Beauty 5K........9:30 AM, White Memorial, Litchfield, CT
......................Saturday 11/17/07......HTC Cross-Country Challenge 8K...10:00 AM, MDC Reservoir, Farmington, CT
There is team prize money for Men and Women Teams in the Open (1st, 2nd), and 40+ (1st). Open men score the first 5 with 6 and 7 displacing, all others score the first 3 with 4 and 5 displacing. Single teams in an event earn 1.5 points toward the year-end Championship Title. Multiple teams in an event earn a minimum of 1 point. The HTC 8K determines all ties.
This has been a fairly competitive series with the Mohegan Striders claiming the 2006 title as Connecticut's Cross-Country Champions. The series is short, inexpensive, and a great way to have fun. It's open to everyone, but you must be a current USATF/CT Member and a declared member for a scoring team in order to win money.
The 2007 Ski Sundown up and Down Mountain Run has been cancelled.
The Litchfield Cross-Country Challenge 2.75 Miler results are posted.
Results for the Waterbury City League High School Cross-Country Invitational are posted.
Congratulations to Addie Difrancesco and Holy Cross, winners of the Girls individual and team championship.
Congratulations to Breno Oliveira and Holy Cross, winners of the individual and team championship for the boys.
Results for the 3rd Annual Salisbury Harvest Heart 10K Run are posted!
For the third year in a row, beginning at the age of 41, Jeff Niedeck has set the course record for the Salisbury Harvest Heart 10K Run. It's a local race with a local boy who is currently the Connecticut Masters State Champion for 20K and the Half-Marathon. The top master in Connecticut.
Congratulations to Jeff Niedeck and Christine Goretti; winners of the Salisbury Harvest Heart 10K. And thank you to all the spectators, volunteers, and sponsors. Team Luca, was a great
addition to this friendly race at a beautiful venue.
This Sunday, October 7th, is the 3rd Annual Salisbury Harvest Heart 10K Run. The race starts at 1:00 PM. Registration is located on the left end of Library Street (near the world famous Salisbury Ski Jump).
Jeff Niedeck won the race in 2005 and set the course record in 2006 (34:39) as a master. In 2006 Jeff ran the Hogs Back Half Marathon in 1:15:25 (5:46/mile) finishing 4th and as the second master. To come back a week later and win the 2006 Salisbury Harvest Heart 10K Run in 5:35's per mile is pretty impressive; especially when beating the 26-year old, Eamon Dempsey's 5:47's.
Jeff is the 2007 Connecticut 20K and Half-Marathon State Champion for 40+! At the age of 42, can Jeff Niedeck win his third Salisbury Harvest Heart 10K in a row? Did he spend too much in the 1:15:52 (5:48/mile) 2007 Hogs Back? Will the young Dempsey come down from Albany to set the record straight? And how about John Colucci from Pittsfield? Colucci finished 3rd last year behind Jeff and Eamon. He's 47-years old and he ran a 37:18...
Check out the foliage, check out the ski jump, check out the race. It's for a great cause.
Results for the 24th Annual Highland Lake 10K are posted.
Robert Straznitskas worked through the heat and before the second place finisher crossed the line...
Straznitskas on his cool down. 45-year old, Ken Clark was quick to follow.
Angela Carr (formerly Brown) returned to successfully defend her title.
This Saturday, October 6th is the Highland Lake 10K. Race Day registration only opens at 9:00 AM at the State Boat launch on Highland Lake in Winsted. The race starts at 10:00 AM. The Highland Lake 10K is one of Connecticut's oldest races run on a certified course, clockwise around Highland Lake.
Sunday is the Salisbury 10K. Download an app.
Back-to-back 10K's on the 6th and 7th. One of the best ways to train for a competitive marathon is back-to-back 10K's and Highland Lake and Salisbury are the 10K's to run. See you there!
Stephen Herrera (#1) set a new course record on the way to leading his team, The Mohegan Striders, to the race victory and the overall 2007 Team Title as the Connecticut State Champions. Congratulations to the Mohegan Striders! The best Open Men's racing team in Connecticut.
Photos from the 2007 Connecticut State Championship Hogs Back Half-Marathon are posted in the Photo Gallery.
The 7th Annual Hogs Back Half-Marathon Connecticut State Championship results are posted!
The coaches from the Naugatuck Valley League Cross-Country Invitational.
Start of the Junior Varsity races. Olivia Saffo (#131) won for the girls and Gabe Olsen (#185) won for the boys.
Addie DiFrancesco (#27) won the girls Varsity race and Thomaston took the team title.
Neck and neck from start to finish. THE race of the day was between Thomaston's Richard Klauber (#166) and the winner, Joshua Olsen (#169) in the boys Varsity race. With 200 meters left, Olsen held the angle, and the line, and gained a 1 second margin of victory. The top four runners were all under the old course record set by Jason Pereir in 2005. Olsen shatttered the record by 51 seconds. Surprise; Thomaston took the team title as well. An outstanding performance was turned in by all the competitors. Congratulations to meet director Kris Kuegler and thank you to all the spectators and volunteers. This has become one of the best High School Cross-Country meets in the state of Connecticut. Results are posted.
The following is the overall standings for the USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix.
With one race left, Athlete Foot /HiTek holds a slim one point lead over the Hartford Track Club and the Mohegan Striders in the Open Mens Team Championship. Who is the top racing team in Connecticut?
The last race in the Road Race Grand Prix is the Hogs Back Half Marathon this Sunday at the Goodwin Dam in Colebrook at 9:30 AM. Check out the beach towel further down this page. Download an application The Hogs Back Half-Marathon is a net 150 foot decrease in elevation. It is one of the easiest Half-Marathons in New England and certainly one of the prettiest. It is one of the best running bargains in New England. You will never know if you do not go... Ask anyone who has been there. Register early; I'm only giving out 165 of the towels.
Results from the Tri to Fight Cancer at Lake Compounce are posted.
William Schumann (228)lead from start to finish and established the Tri to Fight Cancer at Lake Compounce course record at 1:00:51 (.4mile swim/13 mile bike/5K run). Congratulations to race directors Kristen and Brett Stewart, all the sponsors, the volunteers, spectators, ESPN, Lake Compounce, and all the competitors for an outstanding first-year event!
Results for the 17th Annual Shoreline Biathlon from Westerly, Rhode Island, are posted.
The Harvest Heart 10K Run in Salisbury is scheduled for 10/7/07. The application is now available for download.
USATF/CT announces the State of Connecticut Mountain Championship!
The Ski Sundown
Primary Sponsor: Beyond The Edge
After operational overhead the balance of Main / Live & Contributing sponsor dollars will be donated to the Eric Blake Foundation, a scholarship fund for runners @ CCSC (Central Connecticut State College) and New Hartford EMS
For additional information, contact: Peter Hayes at email@example.com
Updated Holcomb Farm 10K results.
Reminder to Coaches: rosters must be emailed several days before the Invitational.
MVH 5K results are posted.
Results for the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon #9 are posted.
Next Tuesday is the Final Triathlon in the 10-Week Summer Series put on by Winding Trails in Farmington, CT. The event will feature series awards and fantastic food for all!
Torrington 5-Mile Results are posted.
The Run for Nancy's Kids 5K is available for download.
Applications for The Goshen 5K, The Mum-A-Thon, and Malibu Fitness 5K are now available.
The Hogs Back Half Marathon Application has been modified. Instead of T-Shirts; The Custom Hogs Back Beach Towel will be given to the first 165 registrations.
Whites Woods XC Series results are posted.
Winding Trails has experienced tremendous growth and tremendous success in its weekly summer triathlon series. Week number 8 results are posted.
The 2007 USATF/CT Trail State Champions are:
Marc Robaczyski; who set a new course record, and Cheryl Cunningham; who set a new master's record. For Robaczynski, it was his first time at the People's Forest and he ran under ideal trail conditions. Cunningham returned to defend her title as the 2006 State Champion and also managed to break her master's record from 2006.
The overall women's winner was Abby Woods; who set a new women's record.
Both Robaczynski and Woods had competition from the defending Course Record holders. Ben Nephew won in 2006 and set the old record of 48:00. Ben was still recovering from Escarpment where he also finished 2nd overall.
Debbie Livingston had set the women's course record of 58:31 back in 2005. She had a baby in 2006. She finished a strong third place in a battle with Cunningham over the 5th mile.
Third place overall and first master, was Brett Stoeffler.
The 8th Annual People's Forest Trail race drew runners from all over New England and New York. In addition to being designated as the Connecticut State Championship, it was also part of the New England Grand Tree Series.
4th Tim Mahoney and 5th George Buchanan
Thank You to the runners ( record attendance), the volunteers, the spectators, the New England Grand Tree Series, the USATF/CT, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. It was a fantastic event! Results are posted.
Results are posted for the Sandy Beach Triathlon.
Results are posted for the Sound Runner 5k and 10-Mile Sea Legs Shuffle from Guilford, CT.
Results from the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathon #7 are posted.
Results from the Whites Woods XC Series #5 are posted.
This Friday is the Sandy Beach Triathlon at Bantam Lake. Download an application.
This Saturday is the Peoples Forest 7-Mile Trail Run-Part of the Grand Tree Series and the Connecticut Trail State Championship. There is team Prize Money. Download an Application.
The USATF/CT has selected the Run Ski Sundown up and down as the 2007 USATF/CT Mountain Championship. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th. There is team prize money. Stay tuned for additional information.
Results from the Winding Trails #5 Tri are posted.
Results from the White's Woods Summer XC series are posted.
The application for the Hartland 5K is available for download.
The 2007 Canaan 5-Miler is cancelled.
The Sandy Beach Triathlon Application is now available for download.
The 2007 Twin Lakes 5-Mile Road Race is cancelled.
The USATF/CT is looking for races that might be interested in participating in the 2008/2009 Road Race Grand Prix Series. Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org and identify the USATF/CT RRGP in the subject line. The basic cost to the race is $1,000/year for the two year cycle. All of that money, plus additional money from the USATF/CT Association, is awarded to the runners in the race who are registered with the USATF/CT and are competing with a USATF/CT registered club as a team. There are male and female teams that compete for Open, Master, Grand Master, and Senior (men only). The race must be sanctioned by the USATF National Organization and the Connecticut Sanction fee is waived. The Course must be a certified distance. For more rules about the Road Race Grand Prix and the United State Track and Field go to www.usatf-ct.org
The Twin Lakes 5-Mile Road race is Cancelled.
Results for The Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon #4 are posted.
The Race Application for the 2007 USATF/CT Championship Hogs Back Half-Marathon is now available for download. The Race is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th at 9:30 AM.
The current standings for the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix is posted in the results section.
The 2007 Twin Lakes 5-Mile Road Race is cancelled.
The 8th Annual People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run application is now available. This race is part of the 2007 New England Grand Tree Series and also the 2007 USATF/CT Trail Connecticut State Championship for individuals and teams. $50 will be awarded to the top USATF/CT 3-person Men's team and the top USATF/CT 3-person Women's team. Teams will be scored on time. Entry fee is $5.00 for preregistration. There is a parking fee. Again, Greystone presents one of the best bargains in Connecticut Racing. Top trail runners from New England, New York, and all over the country will take part in this challenging, competitive, and fun event. Saturday, August 4th at 9:00 AM. Download Application
All the record holders 2006 & 2005
Happy Independence Day!
Micaila Dean makes it look pretty easy as she took the lead from her sister and went on to win the Tiny Tri.
Laurel Dean was really happy to take 2nd place and the victory over her dad; Vance Dean.
Results for the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon Race #3 are posted.
Results for the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon #2 are posted. Triathlon #3 will take place next Tuesday, July 3rd.
Happy Summer Solstice!
Last year's champion and course record holder, 42-year old Mark Hixson returned to defend his title. Despite having run a fantastic race on Sunday at the State 5-Mile Championship in Branford, Hixson broke his 2006 record and established a fantastic master's mark.
Hixson was fast, but not fast enough for the young legs of 28-year old David Chalmers. Chalmers pulled away in the last 1/4 mile to capture the victory and the new course record of 16:32.
The sagacious, Steve Morse established a very respectable Grand Master's mark of 19:41. Meanwhile, the women's record also was broken, as 33-year old, Eileen Rice was kept honest by 12-year old, Kylie McCartney; 20:53 to 21:48, respectively. Results for the 2nd Annual Solstice Sprint 5K are posted. Congratulations and thank you to Race Director, Kelly Burns, and the many talented volunteers of the gregarious Hartford Track Club.
Triathlon Season is here!
Results from the 1st race of the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon are posted.
Happy Father's Day!
Same day, but a new and improved venue with a different distance and a very fast course.
The 1st Annual Strides to Cure Diabetes 5-Mile Road Race got off to a great start. The Brookfield Lions Club and race director Mark Lyon should be very proud of the success they have accomplished over the years in helping local causes and donating their time, money, and efforts to making the world a little bit better. The First Selectman of Brookfield owes you and the Brookfield Police Department a tremendous thank you. Happy Father's Day.
Thank you Brookfield Lions Club finish line crew.
It was Josh Ferrenc, the 25-year old phenom from the Granite State, that cruised the course unchallenged and established the course record at 26:56.
Brookfield native, Sara Belles lead all the women in setting the course record at 33:07. Results for the 1st Annual Strides to Cure Diabetes 5-Mile Road Race are posted. Hats-off to the 3-Mile walkers. You had a beautiful morning to be out and about...
The application for the Shoreline Biathlon in Westerly, RI, is now available.
High School State Open Track Meet postponed to Tuesday, June 5th.
Team Fox presents the First Annual Brookfield Parkinson 3 Mile Run and 2 Mile Walk. John Adomelis (#363) established the race mark with Matt Carluzzi not too far behind. Danielle Olivier established the women's mark with master, Marybeth Ferreira, close in tow. This was a great first year event with a fairly esy course, plenty of volunteers, top prizes, and a fine raffle. Results for the Team Fox Brookfield Parkinson 3 Mile Run and 2 Mile Walk are posted.
Tim Milenkevich (#222) is heading in the right direction. In 2004 he was 6th, 2005-4th, 2006-3rd, and finally in 2007 he is 1st! Sadie Balla (#247) was 1st female and 4th overall. Finishing 2nd two weeks in a row; last Sunday at the West Hill Pond 3.5 Miler, and today in Newtown, Heidi Ball is running well. Results from the 33rd Rocking Rooster 5K Road Race from Newtown, CT, are posted.
Newtown's Rocking Rooster 5K is this Saturday at 8:30 AM!
Press Release Immediate
TWO WORLD CLASS ATHLETES ARRIVING IN LITCHFIELD FOR THE 31’ST RUNNING OF THE LITCHFIELD HILLS ROAD RACE!!
The Litchfield Hills Road Race is proud and excited to welcome Rod Dixon and Steve Jones to this year’s Litchfield Hills Road Race. Rod Dixon, formerly of New Zealand, currently living in California, is an Olympic medalist, a New York City Marathon Champion and a member of the Distance Running Hall of Fame.
Steve Jones, formerly of Wales and currently residing in Boulder, Colorado, is also an Olympian, winner of both the Chicago and London Marathons and former world record holder in the Marathon, set in Chicago in 1985.
On Saturday, June 9th, at the new Plumb Hill Track, adjacent to the Litchfield Middle School, these world class athletes will be holding a running clinic for children ages 5 through 18. Children aged 5 through 10 are invited to attend at 11:00 a.m.; children aged 11 through 18 are invited to attend at 11:30 a.m.
Through the generosity and good will of runners such as Dixon and Jones, the LHRR hopes to begin a series of running clinics revolving around road race weekend, in an effort to keep the running spirit alive, focusing on our younger athletes.
We encourage parents not to miss this wonderful opportunity, quite certainly
the opportunity of a lifetime, where your child can meet and speak with
distance-running legends. The clinic is offered free of charge. Don’t
(photo courtesy of Coach Don Jarvey)
Niedeck takes Norfolk on Memorial Day. Times were slow. Results are posted.
The race record holder, Marc Robaczynski (naked guy), set the record back in '04 when the course wasn't certified. Joshua Adams (#536) has won this race a couple times and was second last year with the newly certified distance of 3.5-miles. Adams ran 21:12 in '06 to Mark Green's 20:45. Green didn't show today.
Robaczynski has been on a real hot streak lately, winning his last four races. Adams is coming off a pr at Boston and a 5K win at Hamilton Sundstrand ten days ago. Robaczynski crested the hill on the first mile in 5:18. That was all he needed as Marc went on to set the new course record at 18:33 (5:18's).
Adams ran well to capture 2nd in 20:56. Kate Paddon's '06 master/course record of 22:26 remains intact as 26-year old Sarah Taylor fought off a hard attack by 37-year old Heidi Ball to finish 24:05 and 24:15; respectively.
Stephen Ball captured the master' men in 23:12. And that's Robert Deming finishing behind Sarah Taylor. Deming took the Grand master men. Record registration, record finishers, course record, top notch event with a fantastic family atmosphere. Results for the 6th Race Around the Lake 3.5-Mile Run Around West Hill Pond in New Hartford are posted.
Happy Memorial Day!!!
RS Simeone (#1034) lead from start to finish and the 18-year old established the mark at 17:20.
Miki Latvis (#1049) was in second place from start to finish and established the women's mark at 18:34.
Eddie Gorecki (naked guy) was third throughout and set the masters/grand masters number at 21:12. Last, but not least, Nicola Rubino (#1005) established the women's master/grandmaster record at 27:10. And she didn't need the chip to do it...Results from the Fisher House Running for Military families 5K Road Race in Bristol are posted. The amenities, the course, the organization, the sponsors, the overall event is well run with a track-flat course that is not only runner friendly, but spectator friendly as well. The course will probably be certified for 2008. The entire course is located on Memorial Boulevard in Bristol, CT. The Boulevard was established by one of the premier clock makers in the world, the Rockwell's. Bristol, Connecticut is know for some of the premier clock makers in the world. Check out the Bristol Clock Museum. The 100' wide parkway boasts of war memorials since the beginning of America as well as individual markers of fallen heroes from one of America's finest towns and Bristol is also home to the Oldest American Legion Post in the New World; American Legion Post #2. Can anyone tell me where American Legion Post #1 is located? Kevin Creed is the Race Director and he has been able to rouse the volunteers and sponsors that it takes to run a top quality event. Good job. Thank you to all the runners, spectators, sponsors, organizers, and especially the troops that participated in this event.
The Northfield 10K is no more. An evening of Miles has been scheduled to take its place on the brand new Litchfield Track.
The application for the Brookfield Father's Day race is now available.
The Canaan 5-Mile Road Race is no more.
The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run has been selected as the USATF/CT Trail State Championship for 2007. This is an individual and a team championship. There is team prize money.
This Sunday is the West Hill Pond, Race Around the Lake-6K. Download Application
Currently there is a strong possibility for a USATF/CT Mountain Championship. I am awaiting information on two possible events. The approximate dates are in September and/or October. Stay tuned.
Four years in a row...Joshua Adams (#479)has a solid winning streak.
Greg Quinn (#492) has finished 2nd for three years in a row. The results for the Hamilton Sundstrand/Machinists Union Local 743 United Way 5K Run and 2K walk are posted.
Happy Mother's Day!
Jim Harron wins in 15:50. Victoria Lynch was first female at 16:53. The Mother/Daughter team of Ally and Janet Murphy were winners as well as the Mother/Son team of Kelly and Tim Perry.
The results from the 9th Annual Brookfield Mother's Day 5K are posted.
2005, Mark Hixson 1st in 36:20 and Beth Krasemann 1st in 40:55. 2006, Mark Hixson 1st in 35:38 and Beth Krasemann 1st in 42:24. 2007, Mark Hixson 1st in 35:15 and Beth Krasemann 1st in 41:42. An outstanding race with a long history of outstanding performances from some of Connecticut's best; results for the 35th Annual Granby Road Race 10K are posted.
Kids-a-Plenty at the 1-Mile Family Fun Run in Wesport. Take a look at the world record pace... Results are posted.
The 5K is long. A reasonable estimate is about 3.3-miles and I've tried to make that adjustment in the current posting on the results for a "PACE". All-in-All, with a couple minor adjustments, the course being measured and USATF certified for an exact distance, the finish line being moved to the end of a flat straight instead of a downhill curve. This course has a great deal of promise. It's scenic Westport neighborhoods, with country roads that are fairly sheltered from the ocean winds, and the hills are very minor. I think it could be a reasonably fast course. The race amenities are outstanding. Greens Farms Academy (not Green Farm Acedemy) is very pretty with plenty of parking, manicured grounds, canopies, standard refreshments, and top notch volunteers that are only in their second year of race event management and operations. Congratulations to all the runners, the spectators, the sponsors, the volunteers, and the organizers. Results for the 2nd Annual "Spring into Spring" 5K Road Race from Westport, Connecticut are posted.
In 2006 it was Robaczynski, Lemay, and Niedeck. In 2005 and 2004 it was Niedeck. In 2001 Robaczynski set the course record. Today the finish order was a repeat of 2006 with Robaczyski and Niedeck running slightly quicker. In fact, the 42-year old Niedeck had a course pr. For Marc Robaczynski, this was his third victory in a row in as many weeks... Martha Perkins won in 2005 and she won again in 2007. The results for the 22nd Annual Sharon Classic 5-Mile Road Race are posted. This is a very strong candidate for the 2008/2009 USATF/CT Grand Prix.
Marc Robaczynski lead from start to finish. Fully recovered from his victory a week earlier in Simsbury, Robaczynski set a new course record as he won the 12th Annual Edmund Ganem Memorial 5K Road Race in Terryville. Meanwhile, Brittany Heninger also lead from start to finish as she was the first woman and third overall in the race. Results are posted!!!
17-Year Old, Derek Destefano, from Meriden, took off and never looked back, except at the turn-around point, where he realized a sizable lead of over 75 seconds. It was Brenda Woznicki who lead the women by over 90 seconds! Results for the 8th Annual Rotary Club of Meriden Daffodil Festival 5K Road Race are posted....
John Kelly, 23, from Albuquerque, NM, had about a 50-meter lead at the half-way mark. David Poirot, 40, from Simsbury, overcame the 50-meter deficit and pressed Kelly in the last 50-meters to win the first annual Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon hosted by the Hartford Track Club. Kim Cowherd lead the women from start to finish. The results are posted!
Paul Low, from Belchertown, MA, lead from start to finish over the hills of Westfield. Low was 8 seconds ahead of last year's time and nearly 4 minutes ahead of second place, 42-year old, Jeff Niedeck, Canaan, CT; 1:10:59 to 1:14:45 respectively. Stephen Kress, from Portland, ME was third in 1:14:57. Emily Bryans, from Schenectady, NY, lead the women with a 1:23:39. Laura Hutchinson and Kelli Lusk battled for second; 1:26:06 and 1:27:11 respectively. The results for the Oleksak Spring 5K and Half-Marathon in Westfield, Massachusetts are posted!
The results from the 8th Annual April Fools 5K Race for D.A.R.E. in Easton are posted. #151, 48-year old, George Buchanan was in complete control over a windy course with a time of 17:23. It was an exciting battle for second place overall as two women battled down to the last 50 meters. It was Sarah Muhlbradt who held on for the victory over Amy Anonymous, 18:58 to 19:00 respectively. A record turnout on an awsome Spring day!
The 2007 Summit Ridge 15K is cancelled.
The 14th Salem Road Race has been postponed until Sunday March 18th due to the expected sloppy weather.
Hope you can make it Sunday!
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The Summit Ridge 15K is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 17th. Stay tuned to this website for weather advisories concerning the race.
This Sunday, March 18th, is the USATF/CT Indoor Track State Championship at Yale.
This Sunday is the USATF/CT 4-Mile State Championship in Fairfield.
Next Saturday, March 17, 2007 is The Summit Ridge 15K. Race-day registration only $2.00.
The Hartford Track Club's Multi-Race application (1/4Marathon, Solstice 5K, and Holcomb 10K) is now available for download.
S. HerreraK. Bergeron
Road Race Grand Prix Committee Meeting Minutes from 2/21/07
Attendance: Bob Stephenson, Jon Kornacki, Bob Gemske, Peter Hawley, Alan McDougal, Marty Schaivone, Joe Riccio, and Will Graustein
Meeting came to order at 6:07 PM
Discussion on the 2007 Road Race Grand Prix Schedule:
Date Race Club to cover the USATF/CT Table
An announcement for the 2007 RRGP schedule shall be posted on www.greystoneracing.net, and sent to www.hitekracing.com, as well as the www.usatf-ct.org websites.
An announcement requesting solicitations for the 2008/2009 RRGP shall be posted on the www.greystoneracing.net, and sent to www.hitekracing.com, as well as the www.usatf-ct.org websites.
A form shall be created for potential solicitors to download regarding the 2008/2009 RRGP and the specific characteristics pertaining to their potential race (ie. Logistics, size, demographics, an existing race app., etc). I have attached the race solicitation letter that we used for the 2006/2007 RRGP (dated 8/31/05). The letter was created by the RRGP Committee in 2005. The letter is a good place to start in creating a more user-friendly downloadable form. Please look the letter over and send me your comments for the new form.
Discussion of the USATF National policies for Background checks and fee increases was given. Please alert your club about the background checks. Information on the background checks can be found at the www.usatf.org national site.
Brief discussion on invoices and payment timeliness from the race and from the USATF/CT.
Next meeting is tentatively scheduled for May.
The results for the 16th Annual Running of the Colchester Half-Marathon are posted. Herrera tempos at 5:45's and 19 year-old Bergeron paces at 7:02's.
The first race in the 2007 USATF/Connecticut Road Race Grand Prix is the 12th Annual Warren Street St. Patrick's Day Classic. This is a USATF certified 4-Mile Course and a USATF sanctioned event scheduled for Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 11:00 AM. Registration, start, and finish are located at Jennings Beach in Fairfield, CT. Get there early. The roads will be shut down just prior to the race. Get there early.
The 2007 USATF/CT RRGP is five races with varied distances ranging from 5K to the half-marathon. The races are spread apart with adequate training and recovery time between each event. The races are also spread across the state with each USATF/CT Club providing volunteers and support for a specific race. These races were selected by the USATF/CT Clubs during the 2005 season and represent the desires of the membership. The USATF/CT RRGP runs on a two-year cycle. The Clubs will be selecting races for the 2008/2009 Road Race Grand Prix in November of 2007. Each race provides $1,000.00 in prize money. The USATF/CT contributes an additional $200.00 in prize money to each race. The $1,200.00 in prize money is distributed to participating USATF/CT men's and women's teams in open, master, grand master, and senior (men only) for each race.
As a minimum, the 2007 USATF/CT will also conduct a Cross-Country Grand Prix (with team prize money), an Indoor Track Championship (with featured master events and team prize money), an Outdoor Track Championship (with featured master events), Junior Olympic Association Championships in Track and Cross-Country, a Race Walking Championship, and a Trail Championship.
If you would like to have your race considered for a 2007 Trail Championship, a Mountain Championship, or an Ultra Marathon Championship, please send me an email on or before March 31, 2007.
There has been information posted on message boards. The information posted on a message board is often not vetted and is very often false and misleading. Some of the information that I have read about the USATF/CT has been deliberately misleading and libelous. There are some people who wish to destroy the USATF and the USATF/CT association. Don't be fooled.
The Berkshire League Showcase Indoor Track Meet Results are posted along with a few more Norfolk photos and some calendar updates.
The Joe Vailonis 10K results from West Hartford are posted.
The Hartford Track Club announces the 2007 Winter Series:
HTC Winter Series Fun Runs, 10:00 am, $2 voluntary contribution
Mon 1-1-07 Joe Vailonis 10K, Farmington Avenue Reservoirs, West Hartford
Sat 1-13-07 Bolton 4 Mile Trail Run, Route 44 commuter lot
Sun 1-21-07 Peoples Forest 8.6/17.1 Miles, East River Rd, Barkhamsted
Sun 2-4-07 Walleyworld 7 Mile, Veterans Park, Center St, Wallingford
Sun 2-11-07 Cedar Hills Cemetary 4 Mile, Maple Ave, Hartford
Sat 2-24-07 Colchester Half Marathon, 611 Norwich Ave
Sun 3-11-07 Asta Memorial Challenge 19.6 Miles, 42 Fern St, Rocky Hill
Sun 3-18-07 Collinsville Bake-Off 11 Mile, Collinsville Baking Co, Rte
Happy New Year!
Kevin Curley has made a full recovery from the Norfolk Pub and his marathon training is proceeding nicely as he battled last year's champion at the 20th Annual Brookfield Lions/James O'Brien Run for Sight 4-Miler. Tara Maguire was second in 2006. Maguire wins in 2007! Results are posted.
I loved your race. Here's my race report to my running club. Thought you may enjoy reading it.
"Man, like wicked awesome hilly and colder than Jim Fixx." -- Peter Wallan
Race #10 of 21 in the Hockomock Swamp Rat's Grand Pricks Series; 21 knee-shredding races to determine the toughest runner in New England. (Counting the 'wild card' races, this was actually race #14 of 27.)
I gotta say, this could go down as my favorite race of all time.
As Norfolk is almost a 3 hour drive, Ryan and I were on the road by 6:30am for the 11:00am start. Along for the ride were fellow Narragansett residents Jodi Hall (RH) and Brenda Melone (TNT). As is my MO, we were the first to arrive at the start, which seemed like a joke to everone else in the car. I still don't get it, but then again I have no sense of humor before a race -- or after.
Norfolk is way out in the middle of nowhere near the northwest corner of CT. A quant, quiet New England town, at an elevation of about 1400 feet. The race starts in front of the town hall. Race director Will Graustein was expecting me, and though I had never met him, he called me by name as I approached the registration table. I guess my Narragansett sweatshirt gave me away.
Seeing that we were waaay early, we decided to drive the course in order to ascertain just how wicked awesome hilly this course was. You see, I figured that on a flat course I'm in 1:01 shape, but perhaps with the hills I could eek out a 1:02 or 1:03. I tend to downplay the signficance of hills, thinking that if you run 'em smart, you don't lose too much. Not on this course. Let's just say that the pre-race drivethrough was accompanied by quite a few oooohh's and aaaahh's as well as a bit of nervous giggling.
So how tough is this course? Check out the all-time top 10 on this course:
2. Peter Oviatt 32, 55:38, 5:34's, 2nd in 2001
3. Eric Blake 24, 56:37, 5:40's, 1st in 2003
4. Eric Blake 26, 56:54, 5:42's, 1st in 2005
5. Joseph LeMay 38, 57:47, 5:47's, 1st in 2004
6. Dave Dunham 36, 57:57, 5:48's, 1st in 2000
7. Joseph LeMay 37, 58:53, 5:54's, 2nd in 2003
8. Joseph LeMay 39, 59:38, 5:58's, 2nd in 2005
9. J. David Blodgett 35, 1:00:31, 6:04's, 1st in March of 2000
10. Bill Thramann 40, 1:00:34, 6:04's, 3rd in 2001 (Master's Record)
Anyway...we lined up for the sart at 11:00am, and Will Graustein said some words, took a picture, and we were off.
As you can see in the photo, I am the only runner NOT overdressed!
My strategy was simple -- keep my breathing under control on the uphills, work the downhills (there were virtually no flat sections). The course was very scenic, along sometimes-gravel narrow country roads. It was well marked, needing no course officials, though the placement of the mile marks is suspect -- maybe, maybe not, who cares. The hills were either very long or very steep or both, and the steepness of the downhills made it tough to capitalize on them. Ryan and I ran together the whole way. As we eased up on the uphills we were passed by some guy, and then we passed him on the downhills. The race continued in this fashion, with us passing him and him passing us and so on, then at about mile 7 we finally put the hammer down pulled away. Frankly, I was amazed that he was able to hang on for so long as he seemed to be near death as he pushed past us on the uphills.
Exactly two cars passed us during the entire 10-mile course, one being a course official, and the other being my Dad, my uncle, and their wives, having driven from Hartford that morning to spectate. My Dad took this picture at the finish.
Ryan and I finished 5th and 6th. Runner #2 got 4th, but was running so slowly toward the finish line that when he came in to view, Ryan and I both thought to ourselves that he was one of the leaders just doing a cooldown. Another 100 meters and he would have been ours!
Here are our splits: 6:12, 7:20, 6:25, 6:29, 6:05, 6:12, 6:18, 7:30, 5:39, 6:00
Here are the results: http://www.greystoneracing.net/pages/Race%20Results%202006/Norfolk%2010%20MIler%2012.16.06.txt
After the race Ryan saw some dude yakking his guts out, and I saw a Somerville guy lying on his back outside the bathroom door, moaning. Classic stuff! I asked him if he was OK. He lived, but said that he's got to start training for races like this. Well duhh!
The post-race scene at the Norfolk Pub made up for any and all discomfort. Good beer, good food, good awards, and just a walk from the start. Coach Guido and head RAT and series GOD, Peter Wallan, sat with us for a while at the pub, which made me feel important in the presence of over 50 other RATs, but thinking back I recall that the only two empty seats were at our table. Oh well. I'm still important, right guys? Maybe you shouldn't answer that one, thanks.
This race is already on my calendar for next year.
Thanks for the write-up Mike. You had a great race and I look forward to seeing you next year. Merry Christmas!
And here is another set of splits.
There are a few Norfolk photos posted (more to come). And here is another set of splits:
I saw you were collecting splits
for the race on your website. Here were mine:
Happy first day of Winter!
A few of the athletes have sent in their Norfolk Splits:
7:23 8:31 7:24 7:49 7:22 7:44 8:04 8:26 6:39 7:07 1:16:29. I started the big hill in Mile 8 with four guys, and left them part way up it, which was encouraging. Also, I have run that hill many times and know it well. Bruce Heim once beat me on a downhill finish after I had passed him earlier at the Colebrook 5 Mile. For the last two miles I was running terrified he would do it again, and as we can see in the results he just needed a little more course.
6:46, 7:37, 6:34, 6:43, 6:31, 6:47, 7:01, 8:04, 6:16, 6:50 = 1:09:17
The Hartford Track Club Cross-Country Challenge 8K photos are complette. And there's a bunch of them....
By 2.5 miles, Kevin Curley (#3) had put about 50 meters between his nearest competitor, Mike Slinskey (#2). Curley worked the race hard but eased up a little on miles 2 and 8. His strategy worked as he went on to win the 8th Annual Norfolk Pub 10-Mile Road Race and post the third fastest time on the course. Meanwhile, this is Slinskey's off-season and he had his hands full as perrenial favorite, Jeff Niedeck was battleing top elite woman, Claudia Camargo (#1), and they were both moving up on Slinskey's position. Niedeck (42-years old) had his best race ever at Norfolk, setting a new Master's Record, finishing second overall, and earning a spot in the top 10 fastest times of all-time. He is the first master to crack the 6-minute barrier at Norfolk. Carmago finished 5th overall in 2004, 4th overall in 2005, and 3rd overall in 2006. She shattered her own course record by over three minutes and now holds the top 3 fastest women's times of all-time at Norfolk. Not to be outdone, Kate Lapinski ran a steady race and shattered the women's master record by over 6 minutes! Second place master, and The 2006 Greystone Grand Prix Champion, Cheryl Cunningham (4th female) was also well under the old masters record. Lapinski, Cunningham and 3rd place female, Molly Vreeland, all ran times to place them amoung the top 10 fastest times of all-time at Norfolk! Good weather. Record attendance. Great times. Fine beer. Thank you to the Town of Norfolk, The Speckled Hen Pub, the volunteers, spectators, and runners. Photos will be posted in a few days. Take a look at the results.
The most current revision of the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler pre-registration list is posted. Take a look.
The 2006 Greystone Grand Prix leader, Cheryl Cunningham is pre-registered. All she has to do is finish...
The Hockomock Swamp Rat Grand Pricks leader, Mike Tammero, is pre-registered.
Hot in pursuit of Tammero, is Jeff Gould. Jeff and I toured the Norfolk course during the last Rat Series. He knows when and where to make his move.
The reigning women's champion, and course record holder, Claudia Carmago has indicated that she will attend. Claudia has never finished out of the top 5 overall. She runs steady. She runs smart. She runs tough.
Jeff Niedeck has had an outstanding season with a stellar performance at the Hog's Back Half Marathon. At 40+ his prognosis is TBD.
Joe LeMay owns this course with 3 of the top ten fastest times (all under 60). He turns 40 this year and will most likely top the age-grade finish as well as the overall finish results. All eyes turn to you, Joe.
Kate Lapinski has never raced in the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler. She has raced the course several times for moderate training and fun runs at sub 7's. Bridgette Boltz's 2002 women's master record is likely to fall by several minutes.
Kevin Curley is the young gun up front. He's never run the race. He has the speed and the tutelage of Eric Blake. He has the Cross-Country where-with-all but his prowess will be tested on the Roads of Norfolk.
So there you have a brief overview of some of the pre-race favorites. Introduce yourself to these runners. They are runners just like you and me and they are friendly with plenty of positive advice and encouragement for all the runners that are willing to toe the line at the pub. And don't forget to say hello to Peter Wallan. He is the owner of the Hockomock Swamp Rat- A Journal of New England Road Racing. I'm gratefull to Peter and all the Hockomock Swamp Rats that participate in making this an awesome New England Road Racing event!
The USATF/CT Junior Olympic Cross-Country photos from Litchfield are complete.
The 2005 Champion, Eric Blake, will not be racing at Norfolk this year. He just ran a "disappointing" 2:26 at Tucson this past Sunday. Following up with Norfolk 6 days later is probably not a smart idea.
The following is correspondence about the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler in 2004.
And here are my lap and split times:
1-7:24, 2-8:21, 3-7:29, 4-7:23, 5-7:42, 6-?, 7-15:54, 8-8:48, 9-7:18,
Thanks for the Norfolk splits. It would be interesting to see a few more splits from other runners. Miles 2 and 8 definitely tell a story...
Here are my splits
Thanks for a great race, the encouragement on the course and your
Best wishes for a happy New Year.
ps I'm signed up for the Boston Prep 16 miler. I saw you did it
Very nice. Out in 30:44 and In in 31:30. Even though the 2nd mile is harder, the 8th mile offers a prime location with scenic vistas.. A solid effort from a consistent, quality, runner.
Yes, I have run the Derry, NH 16 Miler three times over the past six years. The 2004 race was the coldest race (one of the most dangerous) that I had ever run. Prior to that, it may have been Cape Elizabeth Maine's 10-Mile state championship. Derry has moved its start and finish more than once over my six years. In 2004 the registration and finish were located at the local middle/high school, while there was a modest 700 meter distance to get to the start. The course is a lot of fun. Mile for mile, it's not anymore difficult than Norfolk; however, the 16-Mile distance can be deceiving. There are several moderate hills ( mostly short and sharp) and one significant climb up a 1.5 mile tiered "Signal Hill". It comes around 11 miles into the race and, as you know from the 8th mile at Norfolk, location, location, location. The hill offers at least three turns of hope. As you look forward in your climb, the road turns, and you hope that the top is on the far side of the turn. Late in the race; it does leave your legs greatly fatigued over the last 3 miles, which are relatively flat with some minor down hills. It is more difficult than the 18.6 miles of Stu's 30K. I do recommend a carbo load for this race and a large variety of clothing options. I have never run this race in weather above 20 degrees. I have run it on black ice with many runners suffering sever head injuries, and also during a major blizzard. They tell me that there was one year where it was above 40 degrees. That would certainly make the race a lot easier. Use strategy and tactics identical to Norfolk and you will have a successful race. Try not to break into a sweat too early. Good luck.
The most current revision of the Litchfield 5K results are posted.
Take a look to see who is currently preregistered in the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler. If Cheryl Cunningham doesn't show up and Jeff Niedeck runs a top time, he could snatch the honors. Will Chris Toepfer make the trek from Chicago? Kate Lapinski's late charge may upset Niedeck's chances to the best. Jakobsen, Sherlock, and Wakely are still alive. They just need to finish. Are Walker, Zoldy, and Larsen on the list? How will that impact the top10, 15, 20, 30...? See the preregistration as of today!
The most current revision of the Litchfield 5K results are posted.
Leaders in the 2006 Greystone Grand Prix. The final event is the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler on 12/16.
..Hog's... High.. Sunny ..Norfolk ..App... GGP
*You must compete in more than one event to be elligible to recieve an award from the Greystone Grand Prix.
The Norfolk Pub 10 Mile Road Race is Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 AM. Application
For those of you who plan on attending the Gala Norfolk event, I have the following phone numbers of establishments that could give a flying: Mt.View(860)542-6991, Blackberry(860)542-5100, Angel Hill(860)542-5920, and the Manor House(860)542-5690. The Manor House is located on the course, 300 meters up from the start. I make no endorsement of any of these establishments. I might call one or two in the near future to let them know about the race and to find out about their rates.
Top Ten Times for Men in Norfolk Pub 10-Miler (CT00003DR)
1. Chad Johnson 26, 54:40, 5:28's, 1st in 2001
2. Peter Oviatt 32, 55:38, 5:34's, 2nd in 2001
3. Eric Blake 24, 56:37, 5:40's, 1st in 2003
4. Eric Blake 26, 56:54, 5:42's, 1st in 2005
5. Joseph LeMay 38, 57:47, 5:47's, 1st in 2004
6. Dave Dunham 36, 57:57, 5:48's, 1st in 2000
7. Joseph LeMay 37, 58:53, 5:54's, 2nd in 2003
8. Joseph LeMay 39, 59:38, 5:58's, 2nd in 2005
9. J. David Blodgett 35, 1:00:31, 6:04's, 1st in March of 2000
10. Bill Thramann 40, 1:00:34, 6:04's, 3rd in 2001 (Master's Record)
Top Ten Times for Women in Norfolk Pub 10-Miler (CT00003DR)
1. Claudia Camargo 33, 1:03:51, 6:24's, 5th in 2004
2. Claudia Camargo 34, 1:04:46, 6:29's, 4th in 2005
3. Liz Fagan 28, 1:09:06, 6:55's in 2003
4. Brigitte Boltz 43, 1:15:28, 7:33's in 2002 (Master's Record)
5. Naoemi Villafane 24, 1:16:36, 7:40's in 2001
6. Cathi Koehler 44, 1:16:57, 7:42's in 2001
7. Jeanne LaPierre 48, 1:20:04, 8:01's in 2004
8. Debbie Settani 44, 1:20:07, 8:01's in 2005
9. Karen Skwara 33, 1:20:10, 8:01's in 2000
10. Gail Case 45, 1:21:16, 8:08's in 2001
Stay tuned for the preregistration list and a posting of historical splits from some very competitive runners. Most of them are still alive. Tom Hurley would eat this stuff up.
Teenagers lead the way as Dan Lane runs 17:24 to win the 23rd Annual Litchfield Jingle Bell Run 5K. Angela Brown continues to show the women of Northwest Connecticut how to win with a time of 20:32. Preliminary Results are posted.
We are currently working on the Litchfield 5K results. With multiple system failures, we will do the best we can at posting the results as quickly as possible. I appologize for the delay. Stay tuned.
The Photos from The Thomaston 5K are complete.
The Photos from The Age Before Beauty XC 5K USATF/CT XC Grand Prix in Litchfield are complete.
The Framingham Results are complete. New Course record and a new record in total finishers. Check Results.
The Photos from Sunny Brook are complete.
Saturday, December 2, 2006 is the Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K. High Noon at the INtermediate School on Plumb Hill Rd.
Preliminary Results from the 12th Annual Turkey Day Classic 3.5 Mile Road Race in Framingham, MA are posted. Look for updates over the next couple days. 827 Finishers. A New Course Record. Happy Thanksgiving!
HTC 8k XC
Pat swift leads at 1- mile. Jeff Wadecki and Ron Lombardi make moves at 2-mile. Mike Keenan moves up during the 3rd mile. Brother Steve settles the score. Mohegan Open Men are the best 2006 Cross-Country TEAM in Connecticut. Over 70 photos show the development of this race. I'll post 'em when I get to it... Sunny Brook, Thomaston, JO's, in that order.
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The USATF/CT Team scores from the Age Before Beauty XC 5K are posted on the team page.
Some photos from Sunny Brook are posted.
You can learn all about the "Best 10-Mile Road Race in Connecticut" by going to the team page.
Starting November 28, 2006 and running to December 2, 2006 the USATF National Convention will be held in Indianapolis, IN. This is the USATF's annual meeting and a large number of representatives from each Association (including Connecticut's) will be attending. There will be extensive discussions and significant votes on everything from Long Distance Running and the Age Change in Masters from 40 to 35, to Track and Field Development of elite athletes targeting the next national/international championship and/or the Olympics.
What are some of your concerns? What would you like your representative to accomplish at the annual meeting? Are you happy about the rise in membership fees, the increase in course certification fees, the increase in sanction fees, etc? If you don't talk to your representative, you have no right to complain.
The results from the USATF/CT Junior Olympic Cross-Country Association Championship are posted. Thanks to Bill Mongovan for the compilation. Photos will be posted soon.
The Falls Village 5K photos are complete.
This Saturday is the 4th and final race in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix. The HTC 8K XC Challenge. You don't have to be a member of the USATF/CT to run. Download an application.
Michael Mosca (98) and Chris Chisholm (385-the only one not waving), were side-by-side at the one mile in 5:20. The course was in decent condition and there wasn't any rain. Chisholm pulled ahead on the climb up Wind Mill Hill. At two miles, Chisholm had about a 40-meter lead. With less than one mile to go, it looked like Chisholm had it all wrapped up. But wait; as the first runner crested the field about 400 meters away, it wasn't Chisholm. Michael Mosca put on a final 800 meter kick to win the inaugural Age Before Beauty 5K Cross-Country Race held at the White Memorial Conservation Area in Litchfield. The Mohegan Striders dominated the men's open team competition as Steve, Patrick, and Greg Swift showed up with Esteban Rivera and Allen Potter. On the Women's side, Cheryl Cunningham has my nomination for Connecticut's Women's Master Runner of the year (her credentials are well documented). Cheryl won the race in 20:14 and lead the women's open Hartford Track Club team to victory.
This was race number 3 in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix. The Mohegan Open Men, The HTC Open Women, and the HTC Masters Men have pretty much locked up the 2006 titles for Connecticut's best Cross-Country Teams. The 4th and final race of the series is the Hartford Track Club Cross-Country Challenge 8K. The race is scheduled for this Saturday in the MDC Reservoir in West Hartford at 10:00 AM. Download the application.
Hey Chris, next time at least try to wave. It might bring you some good luck. Thanks to Director, Dave Driscoll, the White Memorial Conservation Area, the volunteers, and all the runners. It looks like this could become a pretty popular event. Next year-run before the JO's.
Jim Zoldy and Linda Weidemier lead the way in the 5th Annual Diane Burr Memorial 5K Flag Run/Walk in Thomaston, CT. Results are posted.
How productive is your training?
The photos from the Kent 5-Miler are complete.
Don't let the threat of rain keep you from your appointed rounds. Cross-Country is all about mud.
The race application for the Brookfield 4-Miler is now available.
The Team Scores from Sunny Brook are posted on from the Team/Club Information Page.
The Mohegan Men took the Open and won $75.00 and earning 3 points and first place in the overall 2006 Standings.
The Hartford Track Club Men were second, won $50.00 and earned 2 points.
The Athletes Foot/HiTek Men were third, won $25.00 and earned 1 point.
The Hartford Track Club Women won the Open, $50.00 and earned 2 points.
The Athletes Foot/HiTek Women were second, $25.00, and earned 1 point.
The Hartford Track Club Men won first place in the Masters, $50.00, 2 points.
Athletes Foot/HiTek Men, 2nd Masters, $25.00, 1 point.
The Hartford Track Club Women were first Masters, $50.00, 1 point.
The Next Cross-Ountry Race on the USATF/CT Grand Prix is this Sunday at the Junior Olympics. The Kids Races start at 10:30, but the adaults can have their shot at the glory in the Age Before Beauty 5K at 9:30. USATF/CT Teams score points and win money. The race is open to everyone. Coaches should show the kids how it's done. Download an App.
The Greystone Grand Prix Age Grade Scores for the Sunny Brook 5K XC are posted on the Team Page.
The photos from the Naugatuck Valley High School Cross-Country Championship are complete.
The photos from the Hartland Harvest 5K are complete.
The photos from the Bristol Mum-A-Thon are complete.
This Saturday is the Thomaston 5K. Download the App.
This Sunday is race #3 in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix: The Age Before Beauty Cross-Country 5K in Litchfield. Download an App.
The Mohegan Striders have picked up where they left off last year. The Sunny Brook 5K was the second race in the USATF/CT XC Grand Prix. The following men's and women's teams were represented: Mohegan Striders, Hartford Track Club, Athletes Foot HiTek, Milford Road Runners, Woodbridge Running Company, Warren Street Social and Athletic Club, Litchfield Track Club, and the Westchester Track Club. Mohegan had a perfect score (15) to win the Men's Open. The Hartford Track Club took the Women's Open and Masters and the Men's Masters. Patrick Swift lead his team to victory from start to finish as his brother, Stephen was closing the gap only to be nipped by 1 second; 18:51 to 18:52 respectively. Kate Paddon tucked in behind Angel Brown for the first half of the race. Paddon took control in the second half to lead all the women with a 20:57. A great day with fantastic Cross-Country spirit. The Romano's stepped up to help Athletes Foot/HitTek make it a race as Elaine had just finished a 50 Mile Ultra and Dominic the Ipswich Marathon ....yesterday! Thank you to the runners, the volunteers, and to the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for an outstanding venue. Results are posted.
The Falls Village 5K
got off with a boomand Jeff Niedeck (262) never looked back as he established the course record at 16:47.Meanwhile, Margaret Banker set the women's mark at 22:38. Results are posted.
In 2005, Joe Lemay defeated Paul Mwangy 26:14 to 26:21. In 2006, Mwangy (in yellow) ran 26:31 and Lemay (#220) ran 27:04 to finish 1-2 respectively. Francis Burdett (#223) was 4th in 2005 behind Jeff Niedeck, who chose to run for cash elsewhere. In 2006, Burdett ran 1:08 faster to take 3rd overall and first master in 27:10. Dave Dunleavy set the masters record with a 27:07 in 1997. Anne Curi Presig (#154), formerly from Goshen, made the trek from Falmouth, MA to visit family and take first place in the women's race with a 30:58. The wind and occasional snowflake certainly made this Pumpkin Run more of a challenge than in recent years. Results are posted.
Approximate (rounded down) Splits:
Thanks to Francis Burdett for the splits and a fine race. Both Lemay and Mwangy turn master next year; however, if Burdett's improvement trend continues, there's no doubt that a new Master's record will be set in 2007!
Hey did you hear the news? Rain won't hurt ya'. Do you want to win? Be thoughtful...In this neck of the woods and in this day and time; I'm not convinced that you do...
Results from the 2nd Annual Hand-In-Hand 5K Run and Walk Today; Hear and Speak Tomorrow are posted. #77 Greg Barber wasn't afraid of the rain, neither was Judy Webb. They're from the Northeast, where weather fits right in to the equation of winning! They, along with everyone else that ran this race today, are winners... Results are posted. And you should have seen the prizes! Nice day.
David RicciutiRebecca Stephenson. Winners of the 37th Mum-A-Thon 5-Mile Road Race. Race results for the 5-Mile and the 2-Mile are posted.
Michael Downs took out the first mile in about 6:05 while a couple of Grand Masters, Paul Atkinson and Paul Rabenold, battled through in 6:06. Downs gained about a 50 foot lead over Atkinson who had about 50 feet over Rabenold and it was settled. Downs wins in 20:36 to Atkinson and Rabenold in 20:46 and 21:00 respectively. Meanwhile; Kathleen Shaw was running in her first race of the year. The plan was 7's. She hauled through one in 6:20, hoped she hadn't made too big of a mistake, and hung on to 4th place overall, victory, and a new Women's record of 22:00! Congratulations to all the runners, walkers, and the Great Pumpkin! Results are posted. Photos will be up soon.
The 2006 USATF/Connecticut Cross-Country Grand Prix schedule: Which club has the best team in Connecticut?
Race #1: Stenger Farm Invitational 10/8/06
Race #2: Sunny Brook 5K, Torrington 11/5/06
Race #3: Age Before Beauty 5K, Litchfield 11/12/06
Race #4: The HTC Cross-Country Challenge 8K, West Hartford 11/18/06
There is USATF/CT prize money for Men and Women, Open and Master Teams. Download an application.
The photos from the Waterbury City League Cross-Country Championship are complete.
Joe Poulsen (Seymour) won the NVL Invitational on Friday, September 29th in 16:27. Today, Poulsen won the NVL Championship and tied the course record set by Jason Pereira in 2005 with a time of 16:25. Poulsen took control early and had nearly a 100 meter lead at the half-way point. Congratulations to the most outstanding NVL XC Senior. Despite Poulsen's performance, Seymour ended up in second place behind a solid and deep team from Naugatuck. Naugy had 5 of the top 10 places and scored a low 30 points (like golf, lower is better). Expect Naugatuck to do well in the State Class Meet and to make a very respectable representation in the State Open.
The girls varsity race was very exciting with Kimmie Suarez (Seymour) leading Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown) and Jen D'Angelo (Watertown) at the half way mark. D'Angelo had beaten Szarkowicz at the Invitational, but Szarkowicz lived up to wearing bib number 1. Szakowicz took control in the second half as Suarez held on for second; 17:25 to 17:37 respectively. It was a fairly tight competition in the team catergory as Torrington defeated Naugatuck 80 to 84. Congratulations to the NVL Champions. Good luck at the Class Meet, which will be more of a challenge than the Open. Results are posted and photos will be up soon.
The Litchfield XC Challenge Results are posted.
The Salisbury 10K photos are complete! Check out the Photo Gallery Page.
The Waterbury City League High School Cross-Country Championship!
The Wilby Girls Rock. Amber Alberto (Kennedy 7) wins in 17:02.
The Wilby Boys Roll. Nikko Garcia (Wilby 254) wins in 18:12. All the results, including team scores, are posted. There will be a bunch more photos over the next week.
The Race Application for the Diane Burr Memorial 5K in Thomaston is now posted. The race takes place on Saturday, November 11, at 9:00 AM.
The Race Application for the Age Before Beauty Cross-Country 5K in Litchfield is now posted. This is race #3 in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix. There will be individual and Team scoring for prize money. The race is on Sunday,November 12 at 9:30 AM and is located at White Memorial. This is the same place and day as the Junior Olympics. Coaches, parents, spectators, and athletes can get there early, run the race on the same 5K course as the JO's, and then spend the day enjoying the Junior Olympic competition.
The Hogs Back Half-Marathon photos are complete.
37th Annual Mum-A-Thon Scheduled
The event, sponsored by the Wellness Center and Sovereign Bank, consists of scenic USATF certified five-mile and two-mile road races, a two-mile fun walk, and the free Price Chopper kids’ fun run featuring Ronald McDonald.
Race day registration will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. An organized pre-race warm-up and stretching session will take place at 9:45 a.m.; the two-mile race will begin promptly at 10 a.m., and the five-mile race and two-mile walk will begin at 10:10 a.m. Ronald McDonald will lead the warm up for the kids' fun run at 9 a.m., followed by the race at 9:15 a.m.. There will be music, free massages, exhibits, demonstrations and a variety of children’s activities, including the Price Chopper Hopper. Refreshments will be provided by Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts, Price Chopper and Belmont Springs.
Long-sleeve t-shirts will be given to the first 250 paid registrants. Cash prizes and trophies will be presented to the first overall male and female runners, trophies will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in each race and medals will be given to the top three in each age division. Trophies will also be given to the largest walking team and to the fastest corporate running teams.
Entry fees are $15, if postmarked by Friday, October 6, or $18 if received after Friday, October 6. Anyone who registers at Sovereign Bank until October 21can take advantage of the $15 registration fee.
Early packet pick-up will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports, 1003 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Race registration will also take place that evening for an entry fee of $15.
Proceeds from the Mum-A-Thon will be donated to the Bristol Community Breast Health Fund, which helps to save lives of women in the greater Bristol area by providing education, awareness and financial assistance to cover the cost of a mammogram to those in need.
For more information, contact Linda Mannarino at (860) 314-2087.
Folliage is peak and so is running in New England. The Complete List for the Individual Standings on the Greystone Grand Prix are posted on the Team/Club Information Page. See where you stand among the 245 ( and still counting) runners who have taken the challenge. The lead has changed from the Highland Lake 10K and it's still anybody's Prize-to-Win! There are still 2 races left: The Sunny Brook XC 5K on November 5th and The Norfolk Pub 10-Miler on December 16th. Completion of Sunny Brook is worth at least 2 points and there are at least 2 athletes in contention for additional appearance points. The tides of change draw near and the wind blows to the hills, woods, and fields of Sunny Brook. Connecticut's toughest runner lives for the rush of Cross-Country. Bring on the teams...
There are some more photos posted from the Hog's Back Half.
The defending champion, Jeff Niedeck (33), took it out in 5:13 with Eamon Dempsey (42) only 1 second behind. Niedeck charged through the two-mile mark in 10:52 while Dempsey slipped through in 10:56. Niedeck never let up as he went on to break his old course record and set the new mark at 34:39. Dempsey finished 2nd in 35:51 and 47-year old, John Colucci from Pittsfield, Massachusetts finished a respectable 3rd in 37:18. Meanwhile, the women's race was all but locked up as the 41-year old Cathy Riley, from Sharon, lead the entire way. With less then 400 meters left, the 44-year old Cinde Soldan made a solid charge for the line. Soldan closed on Riley and caught her with 60 meters to the finish. It was all Soldan could do as Riley weathered most of the storm to take the victory in 48:50 to Soldan's 48:55. Riley was willing to pay the price and review her breakfast menu in the finish line chute. A great race. The results are posted.
The Age Group and Greystone Grand Prix Scores from the Highland Lake 10K are posted on the Team/Club Page.
There are some more postings of Hogs Back photos in the Photo Gallery.
The Stenger Farm Cross-Country 5K results are posted. This is the first race in the 4-race USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix Series. Race #2 is the Sunny Brook 5K in Torrington on Sunday, November 5th.
Michael Newcome runs away from the crowd and wins the Highland Lake 10K in 39:26. Angela Brown continues to be on a hot streak as she finished 2nd overall and took the women's title in 40:06. Results are posted.
Some of the Hogs Back photos are posted in the Photo Gallery.
Again: Thank you to our sponsors. we look forward to a successful September 29, 2007!
The Age-Grade Results from the Hogs Back Half-Marathon are posted on the Team/Club Page. The 66-Year Old Female Phenomena, Lynette Walker ran a 1:10:37 to finish 2nd overall!
The Hogs Back Half Marathon was very good to Jeff Neideck as well as a whole bunch of other participants in the Greystone Grand Prix. The top 10 scores after 3 races:
1st. Jeff Neideck 42, Canaan, CT 16 points
2nd. Chris Toepfer 43, Chicago, IL 13 points
2nd. Cheryl Cunningham 48, Simsbury, CT 13 points
4. Lynette Walker 66, Simsbury, CT 10 points
4. Jim Zoldy 44, Watertown, CT 10 points
6.Larz Selmer-Larsen 26, Niantic, CT 9 points
7. Joshua Adams 32, New Hartford, CT 8 points
7. Shannon Hovey 35, W. Simsbury, CT 8 points
7. Paul Moyse 52, Monroe, CT 8 points
10. Cindy Scannell 48, Middlebury, CT 7 points
10. Jill Krebs 25, West Haven, CT 7 points
10. Chad Brown 31, Norwich, CT 7 points
10. Mark Hixson 41, Simsbury, CT 7 points
10. Ben Nephew 31, Mansfield, MA 7 points
15. 6 tied at 6 points
21.Dozens are tied at 5 points, hundreds tied at 4 points, and thousands at 3.
It's anybody's race to win... This Saturday is Race #4 in the Greystone Grand Prix; The 23rd Annual Highland Lake 10K at 10:00 AM in Winsted, CT. Completion is worth at least 1 point. The environment can be a factor. The latent affects from the Hogs Back may slow some runners down and keep the leaders of the Grand Prix in check. Can Neideck regain his direction after a stellar performance at the Half-Marathon State Championship? Will Chris Toepfer fly in from Chicago? Cheryl Cunningham is tough as nails, but after a summer long triathlon series, the 2006 Connecticut State Trail Racing Champion could have the wheels come off at any moment. And how about a 66-year old woman winning the title as the strongest runner in the Constitution State? Lynette Walker has the credentials.
Race #5 is the Sunny Brook 5K Cross-Country in Torrington on Sunday, November 5th. Sunny Brook is also part of the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix. And of course the final race in the GGP (#6) is the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler.
Call 1-800-555-1111 to make book. Bon chance...
The photos from the Torrington 5K and the NVL XC Invitational are complete.
The 23rd Annual Highland Lake 10K is this Saturday at 10:00 AM. Download an Application.
Chris Toepfer opened with a 5:04 first mile and never looked back as he captured the Half-Marathon State Championship. Toepfer ( a master) set a new course record in 1:12:40. The top five finishers; at 1:15:28, were all under the old course record. Shannon Hovey took control early and also set a new course record for the women at 1:19:44.
Preliminary open men team scoring shows the Hartford Track club at 6:47:21, Housatonic at 7:01:58, and Athletes Foot-HiTek at 7:47:31. Preliminary open women team scores show Athletes Foot-HiTek at 4:08:16, Hartford Track Club at 4:53:34, and Woodbridge at 5:15:25. Team results are unofficial. Each club must submit their scores for review by the LDR committee and approval by the Open and Masters LDR Chairs.
Congratulations to all the runners. We had a spectacular day and many of you had personal bests. Outstanding!
Thank you to our volunteers, the Church of Jesus Christ and Later Day Saints Youth Group ( Josh, Joel, Mario, David, Abby, Blaine, Brianna, Emma, Tucker, and Liz), and the Colebrook Lions Club.
Thank you to our sponsors: PAC Group, Greystone Electronics, Sanctuary Yoga, Price Chopper, Accountant Gail DiMaggio, and Tocce Brothers. The Hog Towel looks great!
Thank you to the Towns of Hartland, Colebrook, and Barkhamsted. The scenery is beautiful.
Thank you to the Race Committee: Jan and Paul Prenoveau, Kate and Ray Lapinski, Keegan and Mauricio Montero, and Peter Hawley. It was a team effort and you all did a wonderful job.
The race is scheduled again next year on the last Saturday in September: September 29, 2007. It is the 2007 USATF/Connecticut State Championship! Thank you to the USATF/CT. Results are posted and photos should be up over the next week...
Amanda Sumner (Bristol Eastern) wins the NVL Cross-Country Invitational in a time of 16:44.
Joe Poulsen (Seymour) wins the NVL Cross-Country Invitational in 16:27. All the results are posted!!!
Just a reminder. Deer season is now open in Connecticut. Be careful when in the woods. Avoid wearing white; orange is best. Make your presence known and respect each other's rights.
The Hogs Back Half Marathon Preregistration list is now posted on the Team Page. Check out who's who and what teams plan on showing up...
Race applications for the Sunny Brook 5K XC (part of the USATF/CT XC Grand Prix), the HTC XC Challenge (part of the USATF/CT XC Grand Prix), and THE Norfolk Pub 10-Miler (part of the Hockomock Swamp Rat Grand Prix and the Final Race in the Greystone Grand Prix) are now available on the Applications Page.
Terryville High School hosted a cross-country meet against Shepaug and Northwestern amidst ideal fall conditions today. A new course record was set for the girls. Results are posted.
Are you up-to-date on the athletics scene? You may have missed an important announcement. Perhaps you haven't been to this site before, or you haven't visited in a few days.
You can always review everything that has been posted; including an entire website history, schedules, scores, course descriptions, race date changes, etc. on the Announcements Page. It may not be as glitzy as the Home Page, the Race Calendar, the Photo Gallery, the Race Application Page, or the Team Information Page, but it gets the job done. Announcements Page.
Hogs Back Half Marathon Directions - Durst Road, Goodwin Dam, Colebrook CT
From Bridgeport – Route 8 North through Waterbury, Torrington and Winsted. Four miles North of Winsted, after the firehouse turn right on Eno Hill Road. At top of hill turn left on Durst Road to Start. 65 miles, 75 minutes.
From New London – Route 9 or Route 2 to I-84. I-84 West to Exit 39. Route 4 West through Farmington and Unionville. Three miles after Unionville go straight at light onto Route 179 North to Collinsville. Right at stop sign to stay on Route 179. Left after Collinsville Canoe to stay on Route 179. Straight at light across Route 202, then quick left onto Route 44 West to New Hartford towards Winsted. After New Hartford, right onto Route 181 North to Pleasant Valley. At stop sign straight onto West River Road (Mile 6.6 on course) to Riverton. Follow course backwards to Start. At end of West River Road turn right onto Route 20 East. At Riverton General Store turn left onto Robertsville Road. Right onto Eno Hill Road. Right onto Durst Road to Start. 75 miles, 100 minutes.
From Simsbury – Route 309 West to North Canton. Right onto Route 179 North. Left onto Route 219 South. Bear right onto Route 318 to Pleasant Valley. Just before iron bridge in Pleasant Valley, right onto East River Road (Mile 6.7 on course). Follow course to Start. From East River Road in Riverton straight onto Route 20 East. Left onto Hogsback Road. Left across Goodwin Dam to Start. 18 miles, 40 minutes.
All – these directions per email@example.com.
Orlando repeats! The Westerly Duathlon results are posted.
Jeff, you are correct. It was Steve Prefontaine.
Who said it?
"When people ask me why I run, I tell them a lot of people run races to see who's fastest. I run races to see who has the most guts."
Is this something that you want your kids to contemplate? Does today's public attitude reflect this type of thinking? Do you have guts?
Cross-Country Season is coming.
Esteban Rivera (#1) and Katie Schettig (#2) both returned to defend their titles at the 2nd Annual East Rock 5-Mile Run for Ronald McDonald House. Congratulation to both Rivera and Schettig on a successful defense: 29:52 and 32:48 respectively. Results are posted.
The first race in the USATF/CT 2006 Cross-Country Grand Prix Series is the Stenger Farm 5K in Waterford, CT on Sunday, October 8th at 11:00 AM. This is the first race in a 4-race series to determine the top cross-country open and masters individual runners as well as the top cross-country teams in the state of Conncecticut. You can download an application now...
There are exactly 15 days left in the the Hog's Back count down. Take advantage of the preregistration discount now!!! Preregistrations must be postmarked on or before Saturday, September 23rd.
Top Five Men:
1. Tom Casey, 35-East Haven 1st in 2002: 1:17:14
2. Brian Fullem, 36-Newtown 1st in 2001: 1:17:28
3. Anthony Longabard, 29-Providence 1st in 2003: 1:18:54
4. Joe Puopolo, 43-Shelton 2nd in 2002: 1:19:43
5. Joshua Adams, 31-New Hartford 1st in 2005: 1:20:24
Top Five Women:
1. Kate Paddon, 40-New Hartford 1st in 2002: 1:21:55
2. Cindy Pomeroy, 42-Windsor Locks 1st in 2003: 1:25:07
3. Kate Paddon, 41-New Hartford 2nd in 2003: 1:25:31
4. Cindy Pomeroy, 43-Windsor Locks 1st in 2004: 1:28:41
5. Amanda Hill, 34-Wethersfield 1st in 2005: 1:28:53
Pre-register NOW! Download Application!!!
The Martha's Vineyard 5K and Brooklyn Fair 5K photos are complete.
Bill Rodgers to speak in Litchfield on October 5, 2006
One of the greatest distance runners of all
time, Bill Rodgers, will pay a visit to Litchfield and speak of his
experiences of racing around the world. Billy is a four-time winner
of both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon and a
member of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.
The preregistration for the Hogs Back Half Marathon is currently at 84. Take a look at the list to see if you or your fiends have registered. The list also identifies unofficial team affiliations for the scoring of the USATF/CT Grand Prix. Make sure you and your team mates are current with the USATF/CT if you plan on scoring to win some cash. Preregistration List
The Ponte/Torrington 5K results are posted.
The photos from the Northfield 10K are complete.
The 2nd Annual Harvest Heart 10K Run in Salisbury, CT race application is now available for a free download.
Leonardo Moya (332) and Kara Kerr (311) lead the pack through 1 -Mile in 5:45 and they win the JP5K+ in 17:52 and 18:11 respectively! Jhonny Camacho (401), Manoel Leal (390),Zofia Wieciorkowska, and Angella Brown: in that order.
Winding Trail results are posted along with the year-end scores.
Chris Moore and Susan Leigh capture the Winding Trails Summer Sprint Triathlon Series!!!
The Race applications for The Hogs Back Half, the 23rd Annual Highland Lake 10K, the Hartland Harvest 5K, and the Bristol Mum-A-Thon 5/2 Miler; are posted for free download on the Race Application page.
The Brooklyn Fair 5K results are posted.
The Winding Trails Triathlon #10 will take place today!
The Final Winding Trails Sprint Triathlon scheduled for today
is---ON!!! Too many other things going to change it -
Race Results from the Sullivan 5K Run and Walk to benefit Martha's Vienyard Hospital at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard are posted.
The Light House on Telegraph Hill just about the 2.5 Mile Mark around the East Chop course for the Sullivan 5K
Chris Moore and Michael Morrow do it again! Despite having an invalid athlete cross the finish line 26 seconds ahead, Moore established a new course record (47:40) and won his 8th race in a row! Michael Morrow established the course record last week. He was 32 seconds behind Moore this week; however, Morrow did run 16 seconds faster than last week and he did establish the old person's record with a 48:12. There were several athletes who went the wrong way on the bike course. Several of those athletes, in good sportsmanship form, chose to re-ride the entire course, a couple were able to correct their path and give me a heads up in the results for a minor adjustment, and others simply chose to ignore the spirit of competition and proceed down the wrong path of life.
Here's a simple reminder to ALL athletes about the rules:
It is the ATHLETE'S responsibility to know the course.
It would appear that Chris Moore and Michael Morrow know this triathlon course very well. Just follow them and save your kick for the finish.
The Northfield 10K (5.9 Mile) results are posted. Laflame and Zoldy: 6:30 at 1, 5:50 and 5:59 at 2, 36:23 and 36:40 at the finish, respectively. Laurie Filippini wins handily at 50:16.
For the first three weeks, Chris Moore set the course record at Winding Trails. Taking it down just a little bit lower each week. It wasn't until week three that Moore was able to break the 50 Minute barrier. Then, in week five, Moore set the record at 48:47. In week six he was only a couple seconds slower. Week seven appeared to be everybody's PR as Moore set another record at 48:35, Jan Tanner established the women's mark at 51:43, and another athlete had broken into the sub 50 time zone. In week eight, Moore took a much needed break (after winning 7 in-a-row) and Anders Peterson kept his elbows out, stretched the torso and captured the victory over 44-year old Michael Morrow. Here's the rub.
The 29-year old Peterson established a new course record for the road bike course in 48:27, while Morrow established a new course record for the "competition" course (Swim,XC bike,XC Run) in 48:28.
What's even more impressive??? World Champion, 53-year old, Bob McCusker finished the swim in 65th place; 3:50 behind the leader, Walter Rochefort. McCusker finished the XC Bike in 20th place; 4:53 behind the new leader, Michael Morrow. McCusker moved to 3rd overall in the X-C Run with an 18:40 split. Not bad for cross-country, especially after a swim, a bike, and some transition time!
Jan Tanner wins again with a solid 4th place finish overall and only 3 seconds off her course record.
To date: four people have broken the 50 minute barrier.
The Race results for week 8 are posted along with the individual standings for the series. Please note the scoring for the individual standings will count your top 8 out of 10 performances. Hence, Moore can take a week off. But if Moore, Peterson, and Morrow battle to the finish in week 9, I do believe that all three will wind up lame, Dan Isakson and Bob McCusker will tie for the series, and McCusker will win in a 3K Steeple Chase Tie Break showdown as Isakson pulls a hammy climbing out of the water pit on the 4th lap....Bet the farm...
After two events, Cheryl Cunningham leads the 2006 Greystone Grand Prix!
Pl First ...Last Name /Twin Pts /People Pts /Hog's
For a complete listing of up-to-date scores; Go to the Team/Club Page and click on the Greystone Grand Prix Individual Standings.
The Next Race in the Greystone Grand Prix is the Hog's Back Half Marathon scheduled for Saturday, September 30th. This race is worth at least 2 points for completion. Environmental points can always play a role. The Competition points will be well earned.
While The Hog's Back Half Marathon is the 3rd race in the 6-Race GGP, it is also the final race in the 2006 USATF/CT Road Race State Championship! Competition will be tough. Times will be fast.
Photos from the People's Forest 7-Mile Trail State Championship are complete.
The Winding Trails Triathlon results from race #7 are posted along with the individual scores from the overall series. You can see the series scores from the Team/Club Page.
Congratulations to Ken Clark and Cheryl Cunningham, the 2006 USATF-Connecticut State Trail Champions for both Open and Masters.
Are you up to date on the Greystone Grand Prix? The age-grade results and the scores from each of the first two events are posted on the Team/Club Page. After two events, guess who is in the lead for the most outstanding runner in Connecticut?
USATF/CT TRAIL Championship!
Runners from all over the region came to the People's Forest to test their skills on the 7-Mile Trail that climbs, winds, dips, tumbles, and rolls. For the first time in Connecticut history, the USATF selected a Trail Championship. The People's Forest was it! It was also selected for the New England Grand Tree Series and the Greystone Grand Prix!
31-year old, Ben Nephew, from Mansfield , Mass., and 41-year old, Mark Hixson from Simsbury, Conn., passed through the first mile in 7:30, the second mile in 7:10, and in the 3rd mile, both runners had to walk the steep. It was immediately following the steep that Nephew put the hammer down and passed through the 6-mile mark in 42:50. Hixson was unrelenting as he forced Nephew to a final mile kick of 5:10! Both runners smahed the old record of 49:02 set by Gregory Hammett of Chesterfield, NH in 2005. Nephew and Hixson are the first runners to break the 7min/mile barrier as they finished with a 48:00 and a 48:34 respectively. Outstanding!
Paul McClaskey and Kathleen Peck win the 7th Annual Sandy Beach Triathlon at Bantam Lake. Results are posted for both the adults and the kids' races.
Temperatures in the low 90's. Humidity around 74%. Chris Moore wins sixth in a row! Winding Trails Triathlon results for week number 6 are posted.
This Friday is the Sandy Beach Triathlon. The Race starts at 5:00 PM!!!!
This Saturday is the State Championship Trail Race at the People's Forest in Barkhamsted at 9:00 AM. Download App
The updated scores for the Winding Trails Triathlon series (after 5 races) are posted on the Team/Club Page.
This Friday is the Sandy Beach Triathlon. People can register the day-of begining at 3:30 PM. Registration closes 30 minutes before the start of the race! Get there early to register!!!
After finishing second in 2005 with a 28:07, Dan Barry opened the 2006 race with a 5:10, 5:20, 5:36, 5:21, and a relaxed 6:00 fifth mile. Barry controlled the race from the gun as he finished ahead of Jeff Niedeck; much like last year: much like last week...27:27 to 28:13 respectively. Meanwhile, the 2005 women's champion (33:10), Angela Brown bettered her time from last year with a 32:46 and finished 3rd overall in the race. Congratulations to all the runners, and thank you to the sponsors, the Town of Canaan, and Race Director, Pam Stevenson for a job well done. Results and photos are posted.
Chris Moore and Jan Tanner both set new course records in the 5th race of the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon. Moore (last year's series champion) is undefeated for 2006. Results are posted.
The Greystone Grand Prix scores are now posted. Go to the Team/Club Page
After the first race, there is a 4-way tie for first place. Every competitor received 1 point for completing the race. There were no environmental points awarded despite the hot and humid conditions. The winners of the race were Dan Barry and Tina Mooney and they each received 4 points for the overall victories; however, after the age-grade adjustment, each winner was displaced by superior performances from older runners. Jeff Neideck and Cathy Riley also received 4 ponts for winning the age grade performance. Joshua Adams (2 pts) and 67-year old, Bob Seiller (1 pt) scored the remaining competition points for the men. Damaris Carmona (2 pts) and Jaslyn Villanueva (1 pt) scored the remaing women points. For a complete listing and to determine your age-grade performance, go to the Team/Club Page and scroll around.
There are 5 races remaining. Next up: The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run on August 5th, Download App. Because of the degree of difficulty for this race, every runner who completes this race will receive at least 3 points. Once again, environmental points may be added, and competition points will be awarded based on age-grade performance.
The People's Forest 7 Mile Trail Race is The USATF Connecticut State Trail Championship!
The People's Forest 7 Mile Trail Race is a proud participant in the New England Grand Tree!
The People's Forest 7 Mile Trail Race is an inexpensive, low budget, top quality event. All participants are encouraged to bring some food (pot luck) to share with other runners for a post race cellebration. Bring a bathing suit for a refreshing splash in the icy waters of the Farmington River.
Walter Rochefort(51) and Michael Morrow(44) had a narrow lead over defending champion, Chris Moore(37), as they finished the mountain bike and headed out for the 5K cross-country run. Youth was served. Results are posted for the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon week number 4. The overall series standings are also posted.
The Twin Lakes 5-Miler results are posted. Jeff Neideck and Dan Barry took out the first mile in 5:25. It was a hot and humid day and the former champion, Neideck 41, eased up. The 19-year old from Sheffield continued to press for another 30 seconds and then managed to maintain the break. Barry (UMass), Neideck, Borla, and Seiller, have trained together for several years. This was the first time that I can recall Barry beating Neideck head-to-head in an official race. Congratulations Dan. Jeff Neideck did establish a new Master's course record and he didn't get lost!?!
The Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon scores from #3 are posted on the Team/Club Page.
Despite heavy downpours and vivid lightning just an hour earlier, by the time the gun sounded, the course was in pretty good shape as the skies cleared and the triathletes took on the challenge of the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon. Results are posted for Race #3.
This Saturday is the first race in the six (6) race Greystone Grand Prix Series. The Twin Lakes 5-Miler starts at 10:00 AM sharp. You can download an application from the Race Application Page or register on race day. Check out last year's results. Remember, there are no facilities at this race. Go before you go.
The Lake Wonoscopomuc 8K results are posted.
In week #1 of the Whites Woods Summer Series XC, Justin Hudak (16 Bethlehem) took the 3K race over Geoffrey Krukar (30 Torrington); 11:34 to 11:44 respectively. Richard Klauber (16 Thomaston)set the course record in the 4K race as he defeated Dan Lane (16 Goshen), 14:30 to 17:23 respectively. The Series is every Thursday evening at White Memorial Conservation Area in Litchfield.
Updated scores from the Winding Trails Triathlon Series are posted.
Tomorrow, the 4th of July, is the Lakeville 8K. This is a certified course and a FREE RACE. The start/finish is located at the town beach/boat house. The gun goes off at 8:00 AM sharp. Get yourself down to Lakeville center and then get to the town beach at Lake Wononscopomuc.
Results from the Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon #2 are posted. There is no Triathlon scheduled for July 4th. Triathlon #3 is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 at 6:15 PM.
Next Tuesday, July 4th, is the Lakeville 8K Road Race. The race starts at 8:00 AM sharp and the entry fee is FREE. Check the calendar page for more details.
Falls Village announces changes to the Ed McGuire Memorial Culligan Cannonball Run. This year's event will be held on Saturday, November 4th at Noon. Over the past 9 or 10 years, the race had been a 5-Miler. A couple years ago the course was changed and the 5-Miler was rerouted. This year the distance will be changed to a 5K Road Race. There will also be a 2-Mile walk. The preregistration fee will be reduced from $18.00 to $15.00 and that will include a quality t-shirt. T-shirts will be limited so preregistration is a good idea. The 5K course promises to be fairly reasonable probably something similar to the Hartford 5K but in a single loop. Stay tuned for details and when I get the registration form I will post it on the applications page.
The Litchfield Summer Cross-Country Series
STARTING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 29TH AND RUNNING (OF COURSE) EVERY THUSDAY
NIGHT THRU AUGUST 17TH
Winding Trails Triathalon Scoring is posted on the Team/Club Page
The HTC's Summer Solstice Sprint 5K results are posted.
Happy Summer Solstice!
It's Triathlon time again this year and Winding Trails has started their 10 race summer series. Last year's champion, Chris Moore, opened the season in fine form with a solid victory. The results are posted. See you next Tuesday evening.
Tonight is the premier of the Summer Solstice Sprint 5K, presented by the Hartford Track Club. The race starts at 6:30 and is located at the MDC Reservoir on Farmington Ave, in West Hartford. Download the application.
Happy Father's Day! The results from the 7th Annual Brookfield Lions, Father's Day Peace Run 10K are posted.
Tomorrow; Tuesday is the first race in the Winding Trails Summer Series Triathlon. This is a great event with about a 1/4 mile swim (with a Kayak option), an 8K mountain bike, and a 5K cross-country run. The gun goes off at 6:15. If you can't make it tomorrow, come next week. The race is every Tuesday evening at the Winding Trails Recreation center in Farmington. Download an app.
Andrew Frederickson (#414) and Lori Marcantonio (#188) establish course records at the 1st Annual V.O.L. 5K Run/Walk in Seymour. There were close to 700 participants in this first year event. Congratulations to all the runners, walkers, spectators, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers. Results are posted.
The Sharon 5 Miler photos are complete.
Many viewers have asked me what is the status of the Norfolk 5-Mile results. Greystone has no affiliation with the Norfolk 5-Mile Road Race. I have posted all the results that I was able to write down. If I get more results, I will post them; however, I have written a formal request and I have not received any feedback.
Brian McGovern (#287) from Bonita Springs, FL, covered the 31st Annual Rocking Rooster 5K Road Race course in Newtown,CT with a time of 16:31. Seventeen year-old, Eric MacKnight, finished 2nd with a time of 16:57. Norma Grom lead the women in a time of 21:15. Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to the volunteers, spectators, sponsors, the Town of Newtown, and Race Director, Karen Finlayson. Results are posted.
Norfolk 5-Miler results are posted. As I get more information, I will post it...
The 2004 and 2005 champion, Joshua Adams returned to defend his title for the Race Around the Lake 3.5 Mile Run Around West Hill Pond at Brodie Park in New Hartford. This is the 5th year, but the course has now been certified and it had been short by about 100 yards. Mark Green outsprinted Adams to wrest the title and thereby establish the new Course Record at 20:45. For the first time in its history, Kate Paddon (who lives in New Hartford) ran the race and established the womens open and master mark at 22:26. Good times on a challenging course on a warm day recovering from a Saturday Night on Memorial Day Weekend! Congratulations and thank you to all the runners, the spectators, the volunteers, the People of West Hill Pond, and the Race Organizers- the Friends of Brodie Park. Nice Race. Results are posted....
Craig Aaker ran 23:28 to win the Guilford Savings Bank 4-Mile Road Race while Maureen Terwilliger captured the women's title in 25:19. Congratulations and thank you to the volunteers, the sponsors, the spectators, organizers, and runners. Results are posted.
The 5th Annual Bishop's 5K Run for Kids Road Race results are posted.
Results from the Hamilton Sundstrand 5K are posted and for the third year in a row, Joshua Adams is champion. Adams was still recovering from a fine performance at the Boston Marathon. In our conversation, I asked Joshua if he may be interested in promoting his athletic performance optimization business with an eye toward the Hogs Back Half Marathon. Adams won the Hogs Back last year and is familiar with the course. Good athletes know that the coach doesn't have to run a world record in order to produce an athlete that CAN. Stay tuned for developing info on the Hogs Back and a possible way for you to run a half-marathon PR!
The Terryville 5k photos are complete.
Mark Hixson(115) finished second last week in Simsbury. He returned to the 35th Annual Granby Road Race 10K as the defending champion. Hixson won in 35:38; about 42 seconds faster than last year. The women's defending champion returned as well. Beth Krasemann (138) ran 40:21 in 2005. She won in 2006 with a 42:24. Congratulations to the reigning champions and to all the runners, spectators, volunteers, sponsors, the Town of Granby, and the organizors for an outstanding 35th year! Results are posted, and photos will be up over the week.
A fantastic turnout at the 21st Annual Sharon Classic 5-Mile Road Race (CT00007DR). The Course record of 25:37 was set by Marc Robaczynski in 2001. Marc returned in 2006 to open with a 5:09 first mile. He passed the 2-Mile mark with a 5:04 while Olympian, Joe Lemay, worked to catch Marc. Once Lemay caught up, Robaczynski made a surge to pass the third mile in 5:12. Lemay gradually faded as the solid hill fourth mile split was a 5:31. Robaczynski coasted the final mile with a bookend 5:09 to capture first place in a time of 26:05. The 39-Year old LeMay finished second in 26:43 while last year's champion and masters' record holder(27:27 in 2005), Jeff Niedeck, finished third in 27:38. Niedeck had all he could handle as he battled over the last mile with the 26-year old, Eaman Dempsey: 27:42. 5th place, Roger Mahieu , from Colebrook, also managed to break the 30 minute barrier with a 29:55. The Grand Masters had a great race over the last 1/4 mile. Bob Hermesch(56), National Standout-Bill Borla(66), and Race Director-Wallie Jahn, were neck and neck as they crossed the last intersection during the 1/2 mile climb towards the ticking clock. It was the New Yorker,Hermesch, who put the hammer down and broke the tape in 31:38. The women's race saw a 20-year old kid from Sharon, Laura O'Reilly win handily in 32:44. This race, the venue (with plenty of kids activities and amusements), the scenic country course, and the organization, has the potential to be an excellent choice for the 2008/09 USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix. It would make a fine 5-Mile State Championship. Results are posted and photos will be up during the week.
The Race Around the Lake 3.5 Miler application is available for download.
There are some Terryville 5K photos posted; more to come.
Get ready for some double action! The Sharon 5-Miler on Saturday and the Granby 10K on Sunday. Both races have long standing histories. Both races have quality fields with competitors from around New England. Both races have outstanding courses with scenic country roads, fantastic volunteers, and top notch organization. You can download the applications from the Race Application page.
Kate Lapinski takes 3rd overall and establishes the new women's open and master race record. Fourteen year-old, James Rovnelli lead from start to finish to capture the 11th Annual Edmund Ganem Memorial Terryville Rotary Club 5K Road Race in a time of 17:20. Results are posted. Photos will be up over the next week.
The 19th Ernest Andre Dowdy 10K race results from Keney Park, Hartford, CT, are posted.
Photos from The Housatonic Track Meet with Terryville and Oliver Wolcot Tech are posted.
This Sunday is the Terryville Rotarty Club 5K Road Race. The race has a new venue this year. The start, finish, and registration are located at Lake Winfield. You can download an application for directions and additional info.
Chris Chisholm wins the 7th Annual Meriden Rotary Club Daffodil Festival 5K under 3" of rain, gusting winds, and a balmy spring-time temperature of 5.55 degrees Celsius.
Sandra Dalles runs a 20:48 to win the 7th Annual Meriden Rotary Club Daffodil Festival 5K with a spring-time smile. Thank you to all the Rotary Club volunteers, the sponsors, the Town of Meriden, the spectators, and the wet runners. The Daffodils salute you. Results are posted.
The Topsmead Cross-Country photos are complete.
Please note that the Ed McGuire Memorial Culligan Cannonball Run- The Falls Village 5-Miler is scheduled for SATURDAY, November 4, 2006 at high noon. The race has typically been run on a Sunday. This is a very fun race with a fairly fast country course along the Housatonic River and into downtown Falls Village. The application should be available soon.
Also note, the Race Around the Lake 3.5 -Miler is scheduled for Sunday, May 28th. This is a very pretty course that runs around West Hill Pond in New Hartford. Greystone is currently measuring the course for certification and the race application should be available for download soon.
The USATF/CT Trail State Championship Race application is available for download.
The Daffodils are in bloom and the rain has brought vitality, vibrancy, and vigor to the flora, fauna, and runners of New England. The Meriden 5K is tomorrow morning, April 23rd, at 10:00 AM. The registration, start and finish are located at Hubbard Park in Meriden. Download the app for directions; run the race for the Daffodils.
The 5th Annual Topsmead Cross-Country 3.25 Mile Race Results are posted. Photos will be posted during the week.
The Willimantic 5K results are posted.
The HTC Summer Solstice 5K race application is available for download.
This Sunday, 4/23, is the Meriden Daffodil Festival 5K. Download App
Unless there have been changes made; the following data (measured today) is based on the course used for the previous 2-years at the Topsmead Cross-Country 4-Miler...
3.239 miles. Start/Finish between two rocks, one on each side of the road, also between a triple hemlock and a double apple. 1 mile is on the first return leg, after the birdhouse but before the first hedgerow. In the woods, starting back uphill, after Station 25, cross two white culverts. After the second culvert, 2 Miles is at a rock, 2 feet in diameter and 4 feet high, off to the right of the trail. Shortly after 2 Miles, cross over a small pile of poles across the trail. 3 Miles is near the top of the dirt road, at the center of the drive to the right with the sign “Private Residence, No Trespassing.” Checking Mile 3 again, riding in the much easier backwards direction, I found it 22 feet short. Pre calibration 15,650 counts/mile, 11 am, sunshine, about 75 degrees. Post 15,654, 3 pm, sprinkles starting, 70 degrees.
On Route 118 are signs “254 Detour”, so probably we should not count on using 254 between Thomaston and Litchfield. Simplest route to Topsmeade parking is 118 to East Litchfield Road, then from EL Rd right onto Buell.
Start time 1:00 pm.
It's a pretty course and a fun race.
The Seymour 5K race application for June 11th is now available for download.
This Saturday, April 15th , is the Topsmead 3.5 Mile Cross-Country Race. The race will be held at Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield and is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM. This is a very pretty park. Since we are in the middle of a drought, the course should be fairly dry. To learn more about the race and/or to download an application got to the Litchfield Parks and Recreation website at: http://www.litchfieldpark-recreation.com. Registration opens at 11:30 AM and the entry is $10.00.
Erik Blake and Tim Perry passed through the first mile in 5:10. "It felt like a 5:00 effort". With Perry fading, Blake then put down a 5:16 for the second mile. From mile 2.5 to the finish, Blake figured about a 4:56. Needless to say, it was a new course record for the coach from CCSU in 17:45 (5:04's) to Perry's 18:09. In the women's race, Amy Fredericks passed the mile in 6:08. It felt like a 5:50 effort to me. A 6:27 for the second mile with a slight climb up a hill. A solid stride down the gradual straight to the third mile in 6:03. On the turn, just before the 3-mile mark, Fredericks snuck a peek as the 25-year old from Brighton, Mass., Erin Heslin who was closing. Through the 5K mark in 19:20 and then the last turn into the final stretch. Heslin was on a rampage as she caught Fredericks by the dip at the underpass. With less than 400 meters to go, Heslin put the hammer down to capture first woman in 21:35 (6:10's) and Fredericks took second in 21:43. A great race for a good cause on a fine spring day. The Donnelly Dash 3.5 Mile Results from Jim Gerweck and Club Connecticut are posted. Note, The Hawley brothers took 1st and 2nd in the Grand masters. Look out O'Neil sisters...
The Terryville 5K race application is available for download. Note; Terryville has a new course this year.
The first race in the Greystone Grand Prix (GGP) is the Twin Lakes 5-Miler on Saturday, July 15th! There are 6 races over 6 months in the GGP. Individuals are scored for the series tabulation based on the USATF Age Grade adjustments for overall place in each race. You can also score appearance points for total number of races finished, course difficulty, and weather related phenomenon. I'll keep track of each person over the series and GGP results will be posted periodically on this web site to determine who is the top runner in this area of the world. Take advantage of the Twin Lakes 5-Miler. It's a relatively easy race at a great venue for a very low price and scoring points early will take some pressure off of the later races.
Review the current list of applications for download.
Anders Peterson had a substantial lead when he veered off-course with about a mile to go. Peterson battled his way back into the lead to take first place in 18:01 as Michael Tortora settled for second in 18:03. Grand Master, Mindy Struwas lead the women and Master, Cheryl Cunningham with times of 20:49 and 20:59, respectively. A fine turnout on an awesome spring morning. Results for the 19th Annual North Haven 5K are posted.
This year's Annual April Fools 5K Race for D.A.R.E. in Easton, CT, had a whole new look. In its 7th year, Directors, Mark and Denise Pastor chose to relocate the venue about a half mile up the road from the old staging area. The new venue has a brand new school with top notch facilites. The relocation meant a change in the course. The overall layout of the course was similar with a much improved start and finish area. The directors made the change and the people responded with a record turnout of 239 happy finishers. Kevin Kniery and Ronnie (not Bonnie) Behringer established the new course marks with a 16:46 and a 22:13 respectively. Congratulations to all the runners and thank you to the Pastors, the volunteers, the Town of Easton, the sponsors, and all the cheering spectators. Nice Run! Results are posted.
The Oleksak Lumber Half Marathon photos from Westfield are complete.
The Sharon 5-Miler Race application is available for download.
Greystone is pleased to announce the selection of the People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run as the 2006 USATF/CT State Trail Championship. The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run has also been selected as part of the New England Grand Tree Trail Racing Series for the second year in a row. This is a great event staged at the People's Forest in Barkhamsted, CT on Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 9:00 AM. The People's Fortest Trail Run is also part of the 2006 Greystone Grand Prix Series. The Race application will be posted soon.
Run the Greystone Grand Prix in 2006:
Race #1, Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 10:00 AM; The Twin Lakes 5-Miler, Salisbury, CT.
Race #2*, Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 9:00 AM; People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run, Barkhamsted.
Race #3**, Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 9:30 AM; Hogs Back Half Marathon, Colebrook.
Race #4, Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 10:00 AM; 23rd Annual Highland Lake 10K, Winsted.
Race #5, Sunday, November 5 2006 at 11:00 AM; Sunny Brook XC 5K, Torrington.
Race #6, Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 11:00 AM; The Norfolk Pub 10-Miler, Norfolk, CT
* USATF/CT Trail Championship and New England Grand Tree event.
** USATF/CT State Half-Marathon Championship.
Last year's champion had all he could handle. Michael Brouillette (05' 1:13:05) was in the lead up to the eight mile mark. Robert Irwin, from Guilderland, NY, took control at 8 and the two runners went head-to-head in a tough Oleksak Lumber Half-Marathon battle in Westfield, Massachusetts. It was was the 33-year old Irwin who crossed the line in 1:11:07 as the 27-year old youngster, Brouillette, hung on for a 1:11:37. Outstanding times on a hilly course during the wind chills of March. Results are posted. Photos will be up soon.
The graduating class of 2006! Happy Spring!!!
The Summit Ridge photos are complete.
Seymour announces a new 5K race scheduled for Sunday, June 11th at 9:15 AM at the High School. Please note that the start time of 9:15 is actually pragmatic for a race on June 11th.
The USATF/CT Indoor Track Championship results are posted.
The USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Team Scores from the Fairfield 4-Miler are posted.
It was a little windy and a little chilly, but it is still winter, and that didn't stop Marc Robaczynski from opening with a relaxed and easy 5:48. Mark Hixson and David Ricciuti followed in 5:57 and 6:00 respectively. Robaczynski never looked back as he toured the Harwinton country side on his way to a stellar time of 53:26 (5:44/mile) and shattering Mike Owens' 2003 course record of 57:33. Hixson and Ricciuti battled to the 4-mile mark where Hixson pushed the hills and established a new Master's record of 56:26, also under the old course record. Meanwhile, Dana Cabone made short work of the women's field as she took control through 1-mile in 6:55 and never looked back. Cabone crossed the line in 1:09:20, still off of the 1:06:28 course record set by Kate Paddon in 2004. Perhaps the race of the day came from 65-year old, Lynette Walker who bettered her 2004 time of 1:19:59 to run a 1:19:32 and establish an age-grade of 54:03 and place only a few seconds back of the 31-year old Robaczynski for second place. Outstanding run Lyn! Thank you to Race Director, Jan Prenoveau, Mauricio Montero, Tucker Prenoveau, The Hartford Track Club, the spectators, and the runners. It was a challenging, pretty course, and you all did very well. The results are posted. Photos will be posted during the week. This was a great workout to begin preparing for the 2006 Greystone Grand Prix! Can you make the grade?
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
The Fairfield 4-Miler results are posted. This was the first race in the 2006 USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Series. The race had a fantastic turnout of quality runners from USATF/CT Teams that reside all around the State of Connecticut. Thomas Martin, who represents the Woodbridge/Milford Running Club, took control from the first whine of the Bag-Pipe start. Martin passed through 1-mile in 4:56, 2-miles in 10:01, eased up on the 3rd, and jogged in the 4th with an overall time of 20:25. With cold, rainy, and raw conditions, there was no need for Martin to press on the 4th mile even though, 41-year old, Oscar Barret (AFHT) had closed the 50 yard gap at the 3-mile mark to just 3 seconds back at the finish line. The next 4 athletes to cross the finish came in the form of Mohegan Striders (S. Swift, C. Brown, S. Herrera, J. Wadecki). 19-Year old, Danny Barry, from Sheffiled, MA, made the trek down with fellow training partners, Bill Borla and Bob Seiller. Barry took 6th and set a new 4-Mile PR. The 66 year-old, Bill Borla represented his 2005 National Title as the USATF 65-69 Age-Group "Runner of the Year" in fine form with a first place division win and a time of 24:02. For the women, it was Thomas Martin's fiance, Carolyn Robin (Woodbridge/Milford), who took it out in 5:48 and never looked back to finish in 24:11. Both Martin and Robin hail from Quinnipiac. They did run a few races in the series last year; however, in 2006 it looks like we could be seeing more appearances as Woodbridge/Milford vie for the top team prize money and the status of being number one. The Mohegan men looked solid as preliminary scores indicate that they may have taken first. Teams from Athletes Foot/HiTek, Warren Street, The Housatonic Road Runners, The Hartford Track Club, and The Silk City Striders, were all well represented. It was a great turnout for a well organized event put on by the Warren Street Social and Athletic Club. The USATF/CT says thank you to all the volunteers, the sponsors, the Town of Fairfield, the spectators, and the runners. As teams send in their scores, and I have a chance to review membership eligibility, the USATF/CT team results should be posted in a few days. Is Way Hedding a real red-head?
Collinsville photos are complete.
The Martha's Vineyard 5K Race application is available for download. This is a USATF certified course that runs around the East Chop of Oak Bluffs. It has one, slightly moderate, hill. This is a PR type course in a great resort-party atmosphere.
The Bristol Mum-A-Thon 5 Mile and 2 Mile race has changed its date from October 15th to Sunday, October 22nd. The Bristol Wellness Center is looking for sponsors and anyone that would like to help out a great 37-year old event! Contact Linda Manarino at the Bristol Wellness center: (860)314-2087
The Canaan 5-Mile Race app is available for download.
Colchester photos are complete.
The first race of the 2006 USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Series is this Sunday at the WSSAC 4-Miler in Fairfield.
The Collinsville Bake Off 5.6 and 11.2 Mile Race Results are posted. Mark Green takes control at about 3 Miles. Brown and Riccuit battle for the higher podium. Karen Anastasio has recoved from Colchester to lead all women. Photos will be posted during the week.
Updates on the calendar. The Salem 3-Mile(est.) will be held on 3/18/06.
The Summit Ridge 15K is scheduled for Saturday, March 18th at 10:00 AM, Download App
The Brookfield Lions Club 10K race app is posted.
What's the deal about the Greystone Grand Prix
There are some Colchester photos posted. There will be more in a few days.
The Polar Bear 7.6 Mile results are posted.
You can now download the Meriden 5K Race Application.
Race Director, Rick Konon points out the top guns in today's race. Twenty-two year old, Nick Auyeung, from Mansfield Center, CT wins the 15th Annual Running of the Colchester Half-Marathon in a respectable time of 1:19:22. It was a cool day on a challenging course. Quality Master, Cindy Pomeroy, of Windsor Locks, captured the gold for the women in 1:32:05. Thank you to the many volunteers, the Town of Colchester, to Rick Konon, the Hartford Track Club, and the many spectators along a classic, picturesque, and truly New England, race course. Results are posted. Photos will be up in a few days.
Ricciuti and Ahern take the lead early, break the pursuit, and never look back. The results for the 7th Annual Cedar Hill Cemetary/Katharine Hepburn 4-Miler are posted. Photos will be posted in a few days. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, the chilly spectators, the HTC, Bill Katz, and David Reik for putting on a fun race over a moderately challenging and pretty course.
Tom Walsh Havin' fun!
The Andrulis 5 Miler in Litchfield Results are posted. Davenport cruises under balmy conditions. Two feet of snow fell 24 hours after the race. Phew...that was close.
There have been several modifications to the event calendar. Check out the Race Calendar.
Winding Trails announces the 2006 Weekly Triathlon Series.
The Terryville 5K is scheduled for 4/30/06 with a new venue; Lake Winfield in Plymouth. Lake Winfield has been the site of several 5K races in the past. The course is much easier. It has less hills; however, it is not certified.
The Roger's Orchard HTC Winter Series Run scheduled for tomorrow, February 12, 2006 at 10:00 AM at the Shuttle Meadow Reservoir has been cancelled due to the prediction of inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for February 2007.
The Boston Build-Up has postponed and rescheduled its race to next weekend.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Trail runnin' in the Berkshires was pretty good this week. Have you heard about the 2006 Greystone Grand Prix? Cookies are always a good incentive. Approach with caution.
The Walley World 7-Miler results are posted.
This Saturday is the Bob Andrulis 5-Miler in Litchfield. Unfortunately, they never emailed me an application for download. The race starts at 11:00 AM. It's a relatively flat course with about a 600 meter section of off-road/field going out and coming back. The course is not certified. The post race party is excellent. The awards distribution needed some improvement. It's a good mid-winter gear up for speed work.
On Saturday, February 25th, the Colchester Half-Marathon takes place. You can download an application from the Greystone "Race Application" page.
Announcing the 2006 Greystone Grand Prix:
July 15, 2006, The Twin Lakes 5-Miler, Saturday 10:00 AM, Salisbury, CT
August 5, 2006, The Peoples Forest 7-Mile Trail Run, Saturday 9:00 AM, Barkhamsted, CT
September 30, 2006; The Hogs Back Half-Marathon, Saturday 9:30 AM, Colebrook, CT
October 7, 2006; The Highland Lake 10K, Saturday 10:00 AM, Winsted, CT
November 5, 2006*, The Sunny Brook Cross-Country 5K, Sunday 11:00 AM, Torrington, CT
December 16, 2006, The Norfolk Pub 10 Mile Road Race, Saturday 11:00 AM, Norfolk, CT
*the date for Sunny Brook needs to be determined.
Six Races over six months. A wide variety. Easy and challenging. 5K to the Half-Marathon. Flat, fast, easy road, to steep, gut wrenching, cross-country and trail. Real Men and Real Women earn points based on WAVA (age-graded) finish time for each race. It doesn't matter how old you are. Your age will be calculated along with your race performance to yield an adjusted finish time. Earn additional points for competing in the first 5 races. Earn additional points for competing in all 6 races. If you compete and complete all of the first 5 races, compete in the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler for free! Awards will be presented at the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler. The Greystone Grand Prix is open to everyone. I will keep track of your performance and post your points for each race on the Grand Prix Scoreboard. Take advantage of the early races. Once the Scoreboard is posted in public, everyone will want to be part of the deal for that next race... Stay tuned for additional information on the Greystone Grand Prix.
After 7-years, the Watertown 5K, held at Veteran's Memorial Park in April, has been cancelled. The race had seen steady growth and quality runners. Unfortunately, over the past three years, the race had been forced to change the time and its date several times. The attendance dropped off. Runners expect a reliable and consistent race date. The race director, who had done a wonderful job in producing a quality event, had very little control over the organization involved in controlling the use date for the venue. Hence, the race has been cancelled for 2006. Perhaps the event may return in 2007. It is a great venue, a great course, and a quality event. Thank you Joyce Heineman for directing and putting something special into the running community.
The Summit Ridge Farm 15K and the North Haven 5K race applications are posted. Check out the calendar and the race applications pages.
There is no tougher road race in Connecticut, and for the third time in six years, the Norfolk Pub 10-Mile Road Race has been selected to participate in the most prestigious Grand Prix encompassing all of New England. Once, every three years, The Hockomock Swamp Rat produces a 20-race Grand Prix series over a 12 month period. The toughest runners from New England compete on the toughest courses. It's a matter of survival. Men and Women of all ages are allotted divisional adjustments based on age and gender. Races are graded with degrees of difficulty and weather extremes to produce a weighted average and multiplied against your place performance. Go figure. Tough runners, running tough courses, under tough conditions, and they call it a race. The Grand Prix kicks off sometime around July. The Norfolk Pub 10 Miler is scheduled for December 16, 2006. For more details on the Hockomock Swamp Rat and what real racing in New England is all about, check out www.hockomock.net
There are some new race applications available for download: Colchester, Collinsville, and Easton.
Happy New Year!
Joe LeMay runs away with the 19th Annual Brookfield 4-Miler. Claudia Camargo repeats. Has Sergio moved out west? Brookfield results are posted.
The Norfolk Pub 10-Miler photos are complete.
Calendar updates up to August 2006.
The Norfolk Pub photos are posted through the 6.1 mile mark.
The USATF/CT announces association championships:
March 19, 2006- Indoor Track Championship, the Field House at Yale, New Haven, CT
June 17, 2006- Outdoor Track Championship, SCSU , New Haven, CT.
Road Race Grand Prix:
March 12, 2006- 4-Mile Road Race Grand Prix, WSSAC St. Patrick's Day Classic, Fairfield
June 18, 2006-(pending) The Branford 5-Mile Road Race
July 4, 2006-Independence Day 5000, 5K, Milford
September 4, 2006- New Haven 20K, also a team and individual National Championship
September 30, 2006- The Hogs Back Half Marathon, Colebrook, CT
All interested races should submit their bid on or before March 1, 2006 to be considered for the USATF/CT Mountain Race State Championship. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All interested races should submit their bid on or before March 1, 2006 to be considered for the USATF/CT Ultra Marathon State Championship. email: email@example.com
All interested races should submit their bid on or before March 1, 2006 to be considered for the USATF/CT Trail Race State Championship. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross-Country Grand Prix:
The USATF/CT will be posting the 2006 Cross-Country Grand Prix schedule on or before April 1, 2006. Any and all interested races should submit their bid immediately: email email@example.com
In addition, the USATF/CT will be participating in a joint venture with the USATF/NE to compete in a Cross-Country Challenge. The event details will be posted as the agreement becomes finalized; tentative details involve the race being held at the Mayor's Cup in Franklin Park and the USATF/CT will be sending a variety of mens and womens all-star open and master teams. Their is no club affiliation requirement. You must be a current USATF/CT member. Your team must declare prior to the event. The USATF/CT will be providing funds to certain all-star teams for their competition.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Framingham photos are complete.
This Sunday, New Year's Day, is the Brookfield 4-Miler. This is a great event over a very pretty course. The race starts at 11:00 AM and you can download an app from our applications page.
Congratulations to Torrington, Connecticut's, Bill Borla. Bill was selected by the United States Track and Field as the most outstanding long distance runner in the Nation for his age-group (65-70). This is the second time Borla has received this honor. Good job!
The USATF/CT Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championship photos from Litchfield are complete.
In the bitter cold of 2003, Eric Blake ran 56:37 to beat Joe LeMay 58:53. In 2004, Joe Lemay ran away from Jeff Niedeck in 57:47. In October of 2005, Joe LeMay won a tough Kent 5-Miler. This November, Blake and Lemay faced off in the Waterbury 5-Miler and Lemay walked away the victor. In 2005 Blake took 2nd at the Mount Washington Road Race and competed for the US International Team at the World Mountain Championship in Wellington, New Zealand. Today, Blake passed through the 2-Mile mark in 12:00 with LeMay in second place, 30 seconds back, and Niedeck at 12:45. Blake never looked back as he became the only human to break 57:00 twice. Blake ran the 4th fastest Norfolk time with a 56:54 while LeMay now has three of the top ten fastest times with a 59:38 and he is the only human to break 60 in all three attempts! Niedeck has been consistent and solid as he was top master in 1:01:18. Although defending women's champion, and course record holder, Claudia Carmago ran a little slower this year, she did have the highest finish by a woman at 4th place overall in 1:04:46! Debbie Settani was the second woman and she managed to gain one of the top ten fastest times in history for women with a 1:20:07. The Grand Master competition was hot and heavy as the top 3 GM's finished within a minute. Dan Lavoie lead the way, while Bruce Goulart put the fear of God into Bruce Heim in the last half-mile. A great turnout, a great race, a fine time at the Pub, a fantastic day! Thank you to the volunteers, the Town of Norfolk, the spectators, and the runners. Enjoy the PEZ!
Top Ten Women's Times at the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler (CT00003DR)
Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 AM
1. Claudia Camargo 33, 1:03:51, 6:24's, 5th in 2004
2. Liz Fagan 28, 1:09:06, 6:55's in 2003
3. Brigitte Boltz 43, 1:15:28, 7:33's in 2002
4. Naoemi Villafane 24, 1:16:36, 7:40's in 2001
5. Cathi Koehler 44, 1:16:57, 7:42's in 2001
6. Jeanne LaPierre 48, 1:20:04, 8:01's in 2004
7. Karen Skwara 33, 1:20:10, 8:01's in 2000
8. Gail Case 45, 1:21:16, 8:08's in 2001
9. Jan Prenoveau 48, 1:21:37, 8:10's in 2004
10. Daria Vander Veer 35, 1:22:53, 8:18's in 2001
Greystone is offering $50.00 for the first Man and Woman and a $50 bonus for a new course record!
This Saturday is THE Norfolk Pub 10 Mile Road Race.
The race starts at 11:00 AM and the race day entry fee is $12.00
In the event of snow or inclement weather, please check this website for important instructions on the snow date!
The registration, parking, start, and finish are located at the Norfolk Town Hall on Maple Ave.
From the junction of routes 8 and 44, follow route 44 west through Winsted to Norfolk. In downtown Norfolk, route 44 bends sharply to the right. The Pub is located immediately on the right. Parking is located at the Town Hall. Maple Ave. (the Town Hall) is located shortly before the sharp turn. The Norfolk Library is located on the corner of Maple and 44. Get there early, register, pick up your number, and offer to volunteer. This is a great race with a very challenging course over scenic country roads in the foothills of the Berkshires.
Top Ten Times for Men in Norfolk Pub 10-Miler (CT00003DR)
1. Chad Johnson 26, 54:40, 5:28's, 1st in 2001
2. Peter Oviatt 32, 55:38, 5:34's, 2nd in 2001
3. Eric Blake 24, 56:37, 5:40's, 1st in 2003
4. Joseph LeMay 38, 57:47, 5:47's, 1st in 2004
5. Dave Dunham 36, 57:57, 5:48's, 1st in 2000
6. Joseph LeMay 37, 58:53, 5:54's, 2nd in 2003
7. J. David Blodgett 35, 1:00:31, 6:04's, 1st in March of 2000
8. Bill Thramann 40, 1:00:34, 6:04's, 3rd in 2001
9. Kevin Gorman 23, 1:00:41, 6:05's, 2nd in 2000
10. Kevin Skehan 41, 1:00:42, 6:05's, 4th in 2001
Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K Results Up
Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K at High Noon this Saturday!
Norfolk Pub 10-Miler on Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 AM!
The Brookfield Lions Club 4-Mile App is now available for download.
Framingham Turkey Classic 3.5 Mile Road Race results are posted. The kids from Clinton git 'er done in the classic Thanksgiving snow of New England. I believe they actually have an affinity to cross-country. That would explain their ability to win under tough footing. Spikes were optional. Odds are, the winner was wearing shorts!
The USATF/CT Junior Olympic Cross-Country Final Results are posted. Thank you to Meet Director, Dave Driscol, USATF/CT Youth Director, Bill Mongovan, to all the proffessional volunteers, the parents and spectators,and most of all, the kids! We had a new State attendence record and it looks like we'll be sending some very good runners to the regionals in Rhode Island. Good luck.
The Hand in Hand, Amenia 5K photos are complete.
Preliminary results from Sunday's USATF/CT Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championship are posted in photo format on the Results page. When I receive the official results from the Youth Director, I will post them. In the meantime, we have some results and photos from the various races will be posted over the next week.
The Thomaston 5K photos are complete.
The USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix is complete and here is the story:
In race #1, The Stenger Farm 5K, The Mohegan Striders took the Men's Open and Master's team to score 1 point each.
In race #2, The Sunny Brook 5K, Fleet Feet took the Men's Open to score 1 point and the Athletes Foot/Hitek women took the Open and the Master's teams to score 1 point each.
In race #3, The Hartford Track Club 8K Cross-Country Challenge, The Mohegan Striders scored 19 points to the HTC's 36 points to capture the mens' open team championship title for the second year in a row! The Athletes Foot/Hitek Masters defeated the HTC team 10 to 12 and even though Mohegan had 1 point and AFHT had 1 point; the 8K is the tie-breaker;therefore, Athletes Foot/Hitek claims the Men's Master's Championship title!
The Athletes Foot/Hitek Women rolled over allcomers to claim Open and Master victories at the 8K and the overall team championship title.
Congratulations to all who participated in the 2005 USATF/CT Cross-Country Garnd Prix! Good luck at the National Team Championship in Rochester this weekend.
Connecticut Men's 2005 Open Cross-Country Team Champion: Mohegan Striders
Connecticut Men's 2005 Master Cross-Country Team Champion: Athletes Foot /Hitek
Connecticut Women's 2005 Open Cross-Country Team Champion: Athletes Foot/Hitek
Connecticut Women's 2005 Master Cross-Country Team Champion: Athletes Foot/Hitek
1st place, Eamon Dempsey and 1st female, Susan Leigh, set the course marks for all to follow in the first annual Hand in Hand 3-Miler on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in Amenia, New York. A track flat course meant for some fairly fast times on an awesome November day. Congratulations to Race Director, Robin Gottlieb, and all the kids from the Maplebrook School. You all did great! Results are posted, photos in a few days.
The HTC 8K Cross-Country Challenge results are posted. This was the final race in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix. Final team standings will be posted during the week.
Richard Klauber set a new course record at a wind challenged, Thomaston 5K. Results are posted.
The Sunny Brook Cross-Country 5K was the second race in the USATF/CT XC Grand Prix series. A variety of clubs were represented, but there's a new kid on the block; Fleet Feet (the guys in yellow). Fleet Feet's Ben Hildebrand had Silk City's Aaron Flamino on his shoulder for the first 4K. Hildebrand turned the cover and turned on the jets as he ran the second fastest time in course history. With Hildebrand leading the way, Fleet Feet lay waist to Silk City, Athlete's Foot/HiTek, Conquest, Mohegan, and the Hartford Track Club. Bekkie Wright is running on a new level. She stormed the hill and fought off Elaine Romano to the wire as she lead all the women in a solid victory for the Athlete's Foot /Hitek women's team. Congratulations to all the runners and their friends for making this a true cross-country event. Cell phones are not allowed. Thank you to Will Petricone and Markie Lapinski for some keen timing work and a nice run was turned in by 12 year old, Ray Lapinski over a tough course. Good Job! Results are posted.
The following is the list of races that have formally offered
letters of intent and have expressed interest in participating in the
2006/2007 USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix:
3/12/06 Sun. 11:00 AM ....4 Mile WSSAC St. Patrick’s Day
Classic Fairfield ......1,000
5/26/06 Fri. 8:00 PM ...... 5K New Balance Moonlight Run ......New
5/29/06 Mon. 8:30 AM ....10K ......Blue Onion .......................Hartford
6/4/06 Sun. 8:00 AM ........Half ........Iron Horse .....................Simsbury
6/18/06 Sun. 10:00 AM .....5 Mile ......Branford ......................Branford
6/25/06 Sun. 8:30 AM .......Half ..........Fairfield . .....................Fairfield
7/4/06 Tue. 9:00 AM .........5K ........Independence Day 5000
8/3/06 Thu. 6:20 PM ..........5K .............Hartford ......................Hartford
9/4/06 Mon. 8:30 AM .........20K .......New Haven ...............New
9/30/06 Sat. 9:30 AM .........Half ..........Hogs Back Half
10/22/06 Sun. 10:00 AM ....Full ............Mystic Places .............Mystic
10/22/06 Sun. 10:00 AM ....Relay .........Mystic Places .............Mystic..................
In light of the recent attempts by elite competitors to preview the Sunny Brook Cross-Country course prior to the USATF/CT XC Grand Prix event on 11/6/05. The organizers have been forced to bring in evening security to restrain those competitors that would otherwise gain a significant advantage:
The Mohegan Striders captured the first event of the 2005 Cross-Country Grand Prix and now the race comes to Torrington. It was one year ago that Mohegan took the 2004 Stenger Farm and came to Sunny Brook only to miss victory by one point to the Hartford Track Club. Can Hartford rally to stop the dark forces of Mohegan? Will Athletes Foot/Hitek coax its road runners to race north of I95? Does Woodbridge have enough Cross-Country athletes to field a team? Could there be a Silk City upset? What kind of funky shirt will Way Hedding wear this year? Come to Sunny Brook and find out. Timmy Smith might even show you how to catch a fish...Download an Application.
The Hartland 5K and Kent 5-Miler photos are complete.
The USATF/CT LDR Road Racing Grand Prix Committee has received a complete list of bids for the upcoming 2006/2007 season. After giving the committee and the USATF/CT Webmaster an opportunity to review the list, I will post the twelve races that bid to host a championship event within the next day or so. Those races that want to be considered, but have not yet submitted a letter of intent, are considered ineligible due to ineptitude.
Joe Lemay and Paul Mwangy passed through the first mile in 5:23. Both runners were able to drop the pace with Lemay edging Mwangy by 7 seconds at the end of the 29th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run 5-Miler. Shannon Hovey took out the lead in the first mile at 6:00 and never looked back as she set a new women's course record in 29:41. Congratulations to all the runners and thank you to the race organizers, the volunteers, the sponsors, and town of Kent, for putting on one of the top 5-Mile road races in Connecticut. Results are posted. Photos will be up over the next week.
The Hand in Hand 5K race application for Amenia, NY is now available for download.
The Sunny Brook 5K Cross-Country Race is this Sunday at Sunny Brook State Park in Torrington at 11:00 AM. This is race number 2 of the USATF/CT XC Grand Prix Series and everyone is invited to run. The race is open to the public and you can download an application from our application's page. It's a great race for kids to tune-up for the Junior Olympics, for High Schoolers to prep for Footlocker, for runners just to have fun.
The USATF/CT is selecting races for the 2006/2007 Road Race Grand Prix!
The following is correspondence between the USATF/CT LDR Open Chairman and a member of the LDR Road Racing Grand Prix Committee. Chris Dickerson owns and operates the Woodbridge Running Company. A store that specializes in athletics. If you want a good pair of running shoes, at a reasonable price, immediately; email Chris. He is a very good runner and offers a great deal of veteran experience to the world of running. (I'm not sure why he doesn't want to advertise on my web site). The correspondence is meant to provide you with an education on how the Long Distance Running (LDR) committee works in selecting races for the Connecticut State Championships. It's not rocket science. If you have a complaint, now is the time to speak up. Scroll down to the posting from August 31, 2005 for additional details.
----- Original Message -----
The meeting is scheduled for the same night as the USATF/CT Board meeting.
The USATF/CT will be holding its annual meeting and elections at 7:00
To date; I have received only two (2) bids for the Grand Prix.
I believe that we should follow the rules that the committee has ratified.
I will continue to promote the solicitation (i.e.. the cc: list of
Would you not agree?
That WAS the committee's vote.
I have spoken to John directly. He had been preoccupied with the Marathon.
Once the deadline of November 1, 2005 has passed, I will release the
Our agenda will be consumed by decisions for an affective race schedule
It is my desire to adhere to the rules laid down by the LDR Road Race
Please, spread the word. Races need to submit a letter of intent to
I will post your inquiry, along with this response, on my website, as
Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
The Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Championship photos are complete.
This Sunday is The 29th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run 5-Mile Road Race at high noon!
Sunrise over Mount Desert Island, Maine.Jeff Bellmore, and guest, with the morning's harvest. Jeff is the Owner of Georges River Outfitters in Warren Maine. He's a Captain and Master Maine Guide. This time of year, upland game hunting offers a tremendous way to cross train and get a full body workout. During the Spring, Jeff offers big game Turkey hunts, year-round fishing (salt and/or fresh). He's a great guide and you are guaranteed to get some action! For more information contact: www.sportmensgifts.com It's hunting season, so use some common sense when you are out and about...
The Hartland Harvest Run 5K results are posted. A fantastic first-year event with a pretty course that measured out at 3.2 miles. The course will probably be certified for 2006. The awards were great . Homemade pies, cakes, pastries, and brownies, along with engraved medals. "Chocolate Bavarian; not just a piece, but the whole thing!" The race included a pasta dinner with wait staff, and roomy, artistically decorated, table settings with good company and warm conversation. The T-Shirt with running vegetables is great. Hats off to the Bethany Lutheran Church, Nicole and Jill, all the volunteers, the live Band, the sponsors, spectators, and runners. Well done!
#1 Jason Periera and #2 Amie Schumacher are the 2005 NVL XC Champions! Congratulations. Results are posted. Photos will be posted next week.
Saturday at 3:00 PM; the Hartland Harvest 5K followed by a homemade pasta dinner. Download the App.
Salisbury 10K photos and the Waterbury City XC Championship photos are complete.
Tomorrow is the Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Championships at Veteran's Memorial Park in Watertown, CT. The races should be hotly contested with Jason Pereira and Connor Rafferty leading the boys Varsity and Amie Schumacher and Andrea Szarkowicz leading the girsl Varsity.
This Saturday is the Hartland Harvest 5K Run with a walk and Kids Fun Run. The 5K race starts at 3:00 PM and t-shirts are available to the first 50 registrations. You can download an application from the Greystone Application page.
Have you sent your notice in to the USATF/CT for hosting a State Championship in the 2006/2007 Road Race Grand Prix? The deadline is November 1, 2005. Scroll to the bottom of this page for details.
Litchfield Cross-Country Challenge results are posted.
Bristol Results are Posted!
Rain on Me.Colebrook.
With topo map, ruler and calculator, I say we left the course at 1.75,
returned to Colebrook for .75, ran back from the finish for .75 and then
did the final .75 of the course for a total of 4 miles in 40:00. I estimated
splits for the other three in my report below.
4.de Castella 37:18
Slightly off course record times; however, it should be noted that Viren was recovering from a Gold in the 5K, a Gold in the 10K, and a Gold in the Marathon. All in the same olympics. While Jennings had just scored the first 10K medal for a US Woman. Atkinson was merely driving bye when he decided to join the Colebrook 4 to make it 5 in a modest (whistling) tempo. de Castella and Pre had been recently released from convalescent care and have since, rescheduled another stay. October Rain. Hunting season for Pheasant and Grouse opened today. Orange is the designated color of safety while in the woods, trail running, cross-country racing, or just meandering about. Use some common sense. Have fun. Thank you to contributing editor, Carlos Castanada for the above documentation on: The Colebrook 5.
Amie Schumacher (Holy Cross) and Jason Pereira (Wilby) successfully defend their Waterbury City Championship titles under slick conditions. Both runners lead from the start and never looked back as their times were slightly slower than 2004. Congratulations to Coach Patrick Swift, as Wilby High School took both the boys and girls title in the team competition. Results are posted.
Pereira leads the pack at 400m.Schumacher reigns the rain.
All races that may be interested in hosting a USATF/CT State Championship in 2006 and 2007, are reminded to contact the USATF/CT LDR Chair in writing. Scroll down for more details. The deadline is November 1, 2005.
Some of the Salisbury 10K photos are posted.
The Dianne Burr 5K run in Thomaston- Race application is available for download.
This Friday is the City of Waterbury High School Cross-Country Invitational. All coaches are required to have their rosters submitted no later than Wednesday, 10/12/05!
This Saturday, 10/15/05, is the Colebrook Challenge 5-Miler. 10:00 AM below the General Store. This is a 5-Minute handicapped event. All finish times will have 5-minutes subtracted to make it look like you ran really fast...
Sunday, 10/16/05, is the Bristol Mum-City 5 Mile and 2-Mile races kicking off at 10:00 AM at the Bristol wellness Center. Pre-registration looks great and the race expo will be fun for the whole family. Download the application from our Application Page?
Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM is the Litchfield Cross Country Challenge 2.75 Miler at White Memorial.
The 1st Annual Harvest Heart 10K Run from Salisbury, Connecticut results are posted. Jeff Niedeck took out the lead and encountered a slight detour (not uncommon for Jeff lately)prior to the second mile. Niedeck passed through the 2nd mile, still in first place, but at 12:30 (6:45 pace) and with a group of hungry wolves not more than 40 yards back. Niedeck was completely embarrassed and properly humiliated by everyone he thoroughly beat. Congratulations Jeff! It's not really as hard as it seems...There are a plethora of remedies for this predicament. You handled it well. Thank you to the many fine volunteers who worked very well from experienced tutors in Dave Driscol and Karen Dignacco. Thank you sponsors, the awards and raffle prizes were fantastic. Thank you to Directors; Harriet Weiss and Michael Hodgkins. The course is beautiful. The word is out, this is a relatively easy 10K with a few rolling climbs from 2.1 to 2.6 and then a continuous gradual incline from 4.6 to 5.3. The countryside was breathtaking as the recent flooding of the Housatonic Valley washed the scenery and revealed, translucent, Salisbury-Autumn, colors. 10K!
The foliage wasn't the only thing with brilliant colors.
The Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Invitational photos are complete.
This Sunday is the Harvest Heart 10K Run in Salisbury at 1:00 PM. This is a first year event with the start on Library Street in downtown Salisbury. There's a free t-shirt to the first 100 registered. Check it out!
Good luck to all the competitors in the Hartford marathon.
22nd Annual Highland Lake 10K results are posted.
Hogs Back Half Marathon photos and Westerly Biathlon photos are complete.
The premier of the Salisbury Harvest Heart 10K Run is next Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 PM. It should be a good race.
Coaches of the Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Invitational! Results are posted. Photos will be up over the next week. Congratulations to Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown) and Jason Pereira (Wilby); Invitational individual champions. Hats off to visiting school, Bristol Eastern, in winning the girls team title, and to Naugatuck High in winning the boys team title. To all the schools: have a great regular season. We'll see you for the NVL Championships on October, 19th!
It's Cross-Country Season!
Kent results are posted.
The NVL Invitational is tomorrow at Veterans' memorial Park in Watertown at 3:30 PM! Will Amie Schmacher (Holy Cross) and Jason Pereia (Wilby) successfully defend their (Championship)titles?
The Highland Lake 10K is scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 AM at the State Boat Launch at Highland Lake in Winsted. Race day registration only, $10.00
Some of the Hogs Back Half Marathon photos are up. It was great to see such a large turn out and all the happy faces at the one-mile mark! Thank you.
I am writing because I am working to start a small business. This business is called Course Performance. I will be offering marathon race planning. For detailed information about my services, you can visit (www.courseperformance.com).
I am hoping to debut my services this fall at either the Hartford Marathon or the Mystic Places Marathon (or both). At this point I am looking for ways to advertise my services. I would like to offer this service to any Greystone Racing members free of charge (I would like feedback as to what each runner thinks of the service, but that is all), but I need to get the word out as to what it is, and how it works, and how to sign up.
Is this something you might be interested in working with me on?
Thanks for your time.
With Best Regards,
I have checked out Josh's website and it's pretty good. If you have a race in mind for the future and a goal that you would like to achieve, then check out Course Performance at www.courseperformance.com . Talk to Josh and get the real deal. He's a good runner (2-time winner of the Hogs Back) and very friendly. Good luck.
A beautiful day at the beach! The 15th Annual Shoreline Biathlon (duathlon) results from Westerly, Rhode Island, are posted. It was Zachary Kudlak in the lead following the 5-mile run, but Larry Orland quickly moved up from fourth in the run to overtake Kudlak a little over a mile into the bike. Orlando went on for the victory and covered the 5-mile run and, 2-loop, 16-mile bike, in a time of 1:09:47. Heather Bessette from Mystic, lead the women to victory in 1:29:09. Congratulations to all the athletes and thank you to the spectators, the sponsors, the volunteers, the Town of Westerly Police Department, and the Charih-Westerly Animal Rescue League. The animals' appreciate your love and support.
The Hogs Back Results are posted. Joshua Adams returned to defend his title. Adams wasn't bashful as he and Ray Fairchild passed the first mile in 5:35. Shortly; thereafter, the celebration was over and Adams ran a solitary race from the 2-Mile mark to finish in 1:20:24. That's 14 seconds better than last year. John Colucci steadily moved up from 8th position after the mile to take 2nd place in 1:22:12 and Tom Buckley ran negative splits to take 3rd in 1:23:24. In the women's race, Angela Brown passed the mile just ahead of John Colucci at about 6:00. Jenny Meyer made a move on the flats at about 5K, but it was Amanda Hill who finished strong to take first place in 1:28:53, Meyer 2nd in 1:29:24, and Brown in 3rd with a 1:33:42. Congratulations to all the runners on an outstanding performance and thank you to all the spectators, volunteers: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Young, Ray Winn, Joe Fica, Keagan Montero, the Towns of Colebrook, Barkhamsted, and Hartland. Thank you to the MDC for a fantastic venue. Photos will be posted over the week.
East Rock photos are complete.
Would you like your race to be on the USATF/CT Road Racing Grand Prix? Send me an email.
The USATF/CT 2005 Cross-Country Grand Prix schedule:
Race #1 Sunday, 10/9/05, Stenger Farm 5K, Waterford, CT
Race #2 Sunday, 11/6/05, Sunnybrook 5K, Torrington, CT
Race #3 Saturday, 11/12/05, HTC XC Challenge 8K, West Hartford, CT
This is an Open and Master's Team Championship Grand Prix for Cash.
The USATF/CT is selecting races for the next two years to participate as State Championship Distances. Follow the directions listed below if you would like to have a specific race considered for the 2006/2007 Road Race Grand Prix:
USATF/CT Long Distance Running
August 31, 2005
Attention: Race Directors, Event Coordinators, Timers, and Running Enthusiasts
Reference: The 2006 and 2007 USATF/CT Road Racing Grand Prix
Now is the time to establish the Grand Prix calendar for the next two years. The USATF/CT respectfully requests your consideration in participating as an Association Championship race for the next two years.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to have a race placed on the Grand Prix circuit the following criteria must be met for consideration:
1. A Letter of Intent MUST be provided; via email, fax, or post to the
above address on or before 11/1/05.
Once we receive your Letter of Intent, we will notify you of the event review hearing scheduled for November. We thank you for your continued support of Long Distance Running in Connecticut and look forward to the success of your event. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.
Cromwell photos are complete.
Weather for the Hogs Back Half Marathon looks good for Saturday. The race starts at 9:30 AM at the Goodwin Dam in Colebrook. Volunteers are welcome for water stops and course monitors. See you there! Last year's results.
Estaban Rivera took it out hard from the start and never looked back as top Master, Patrick Swift, kept the pressure up for the climb to the top of East Rock. It was Rivera who took the gold and established the course record in 28:23 with Swift 2nd in 28:48. Youngster, Katie Schettig set the women's mark at a very respectable 32:49. Congratulations to all the runners, walkers, and kids who competed in this premier event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Thank you to all the volunteers, the City of New Haven, and the Warren Street Social and Athletic Club for a fun and fine time with Spider Man. Results are posted, photos during the week.
Hope to see you all at the Hogs Back half Marathon this Saturday!
The Cromwell River Port 3.5 Mile Road Race results are posted. After serious mileage and strenuous training, Jon Fearnley came down with the flu and missed racing the New Haven 20K on Labor Day. He ran 95 miles this week and has started his taper for Steamtown with a relatively easy, but tired, victory in Cromwell with a 20:56 while Lucie Rios lead the women in 24:13. Congratulations to all the runners and thank you to the spectators, volunteers, the town of Cromwell, and the Washington Lodge #81 of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons.
The Colebrook Challenge 5-Mile Road Race is a free gathering this year. Lucky 13!!! That's right, the 13th Annual will have no numbers, no awards, no entry fee. The group will start at 10:00 AM +/-. Someone will say "GO", and you can run as fast or as slow as you like. The course will be marked and there may even be a finish line clock. David Lawrence and Sue Anderson topped the event in 2004, Nathan Hebert and Sara Titus in 2003, Ed Kostak and Laurie Filippini in 2002, Nick Landry and Julia Allen in 2001, Kate Paddon (CR 32:15) and Marty Schaivone in 2000, Dan Coelho and Jeanne LaPierre in 1999, .... and Rod Ellsworth set the record in 1993 with a 27:25. All of you are cordially invited to run this tough, challenging, honest, and pretty course on Saturday, October 15th. Jhonny C., there's no entry fee... Mark L. the start is at 10:00 AM...Jeff N., the course will be well marked... Marty, I remember your article about how you were the first male, but second overall. You could gain redemption in 2005... Ellsworth has held so many course records in Litchfield County, where is he and will another one of his records fall? Will Richard Hunter spank Chris Chisholm's et al butt again? Will Michael Hall regain some of that early spring-time speed? It's a free country. It's a free run on a certified course. There's no money and it's not a flat pr type of course. I may have a course description in the calendar section. It's a tough course for tough runners who love to run for glory; just glory. It's the Colebrook Challenge.
Salisbury , Connecticut announces a new race: The 1st Annual Harvest Heart 10K Run scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2005 at 1:00 PM. This is a fantastic setting for a solid 10K race. Registration opens at 11:30 and is located near the starting line on Library Street. The finish is located at the Housatonic Day Care Center in downtown Salisbury. For more details, download the application.
The Cheshire 5K photos are complete.
In an effort to accomnodate the USATF National Cross-Country Team Championship in Rochester, New York this November, The Hartford Track Club has rescheduled its 8K XC State Championship. The new date is Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 10:00 AM at the MDC Reservoir off of Farmington Ave. in West Hartford.
Torrington photos are complete, calendar updated, and the USATF Board of Directors meets this Wednesday at 7:00 PM at SCSU. All are welcome to attend.
The first race in the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix is the Stenger Farm 5K XC scheduled for Sunday, October 9 at 11:00 AM; see calendar for more details.
The 7th Annual Cheshire Jaycee's Autumn Jaunt 5K Road Race results are posted. David Ricciuti returned to recover from his New Haven 20K and open the first mile with a 5:27. Ricciuti won the race for the third time in a row with a time of 17:42 while Debbie Settani held off a charging Don Smith to capture the women's title in 20:46. Congratulations to all the runners, spectators, and volunteers, and thank you to the Cheshire Jaycee's for the wonderful work they do in support of the community. More photos will be posted over the next week.
2 Entries Marine Marathon
Two official entries are available for the 30th Marine Corps Marathon of October 30, 2005. The deadline for transfer entries is September 13, less than one week away. Contact 860-673-3146 or aprilmock @yahoo.com. The entries would be $80 each plus a $20 transfer fee.
See other details on the race at www.marinemarathon.com, such as:
The entry for the MCM is $85 plus a 5% processing fee.
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) kicked off its 30th anniversary on
The John Ponte 1-Mile Walk results are posted.
Martha's Vienyard photos are complete.
The Hogs Back Half Marathon is Saturday, September 24th at 9:30 AM in Colebrook/Barkhamsted. Download an application for more details. This is the prettiest, and one of the fastest, Half Marathons in Connecticut.
Mike Hall passed the 1st mile in 4:42 with Richard Hunter on his shoulder at 4:43. Hunter passed the 2-mile in 10:00 and went on to win the first annual John Ponte 5K with an impressive time of 15:47 (5:05/Mile). Peter Oviatt was second in 16:01, and Michael Hall was third in 16:12. Claudia Camargo continued her regional winning streek in establishing the women's course mark at 17:24, followed by master, Zofia Wieciorkowska in 18:13, and Lisa Winn at third with a 19:22. Congratulations to all the Kids, the Walkers, the Runners, and the many spectators who turned out for a spectacular premier event. Thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors, the City of Torrington Parks and Recreation Department, the Torrington Police, Mayor Owen Quinn, Bob Calabrese, and Rose Ponte for a fun time in an awesome venue in memory of John. The results are posted!
“You Never Know Who is Going to Show Up.”
By Bill Phillips
Two weeks ago the Series assembled at West Hill ready to race. The race director signed people in at registration and the event began. The Swim was one of the fastest this summer – who was that guy?
The Bike course accepted its new occupants and the first loop leader appearing like one of us “old guys” cranked up the hill into the second 5.5mile loop – who the hell was he?
Zoooooom - it seemed that as fast as he completed the first he finished the second or faster! The fastest Bike time this year!
Out on the Run – it was the same - who is this guy?
Through the finish chute there he was again, losing no time on the run to a great runner who usually reels in the best Swimmers and Bikers who try to establish big leads. The best thing about the night was to watch the respect the family had for this mystery man and to watch one of his two sons run to his father after the finish and accompany him on a cool down jog.
Who he was is Keith Retcliff from Newtown doing only his fourth Tri with a little prodding from his neighbor Bruce Goulart who does every race everywhere every year.
Pretty decent showing for a 55 year old man. Joins the screaming 1:06 club for the fastest group of finishers this year on this course. A caveat, for anyone who wants to go against him, Keith came to us from England where he was a national champion on the Bike or so the story goes. Trying to reach him for a follow up is impossible, nobody answers the phone – they’re all out training.
Last year his 17 year old son, the one that joined his father for a jog after the finish, is off to the National Tri Championships around Seattle on August 7. He finished 4th overall in last years GHT. It’s all in the genes.
And, if that wasn’t enough, three members of the Yale Tri Team showed up. Foster Hayes recorded the fastest swim with a 5:44. Pretty good night.
By the way, last week when it looked like Noah’s Ark was going to be required in various parts of the area, we raced in New Hartford up on the mountain. I must have answered 10 calls about whether we were going to race?? Lots didn’t brave what didn’t happen. We did, and there wasn’t a drop – (well maybe one) and just a lot of thunder.
Various comments on the Course: 25miS +.38 Trans. Run / 11.04miB / 3.8miR
There are none about the water – the water is so beautiful, everyone loves it.
The Swim is too long. The swim is too short. The Swim is just right.
Can we shorten the Bike to one loop? This course is great just the way it is! The Bike is too short! The hills are too fast. The hills are great, this is a blast!
The run is too long! This run is over too fast it’s too short!
I won?! Usually uttered by a woman who doesn’t think she came close to placing.
Hmmm…….. that red looks good but I’ll take the Chardonnay; usually uttered by a woman who doesn’t think she came close to placing and won. ;)
CATS Summer Tri Series Top Ten Fastest Men’s Times this year through 7/27:
1.Coby Jacobus, Simsbury - 1:06.03
2.Keith Retcliff, Newtown - 1:06.37
3.Greg Pelican, New Milford - 1:06.45
4.Chris Kyle, Avon - 1:09.06
5.Greg O’Donnell, West Hartford - 1:10.00
6.Peter Chiu, Yale Tri……………….1:11.15
7.Foster Hayes, Yale Tri…………….1:11.23
8.Mike Morrow, Farmington………..1:11.25
9.Scott Leland, Glastonbury………...1:11.58
10.Ray Hanley, Simsbury………… 1:13.11
CATS Summer Tri Series Top Ten Fastest Women’s Times this year through 7/27:
1.Jodi Frank, Storrs………………….1.22.25
2.Caprice Shaw, Barkhamstead…..…1:26.48
3.Marilyn Quinlan, Canton………….1:27.37
4.Lavinia Vigue, Durham…………...1:28.29
5.Marilyn Quinlan, Canton………….1:29.36
6.Anne-Marie Fleming, Preston…….1:29.40
7.Pam Stevenson, Caanan…………..1:38.24
8.Caprice Shaw, Storrs……………...1:42.48
9.Jahn Surette, E. Longmeadow…….1:42.48
10.Angela Rubano, Wallingford……1:45.24
There are no weather issues for todays race.
You will have to park your car in another area other than the main parking lot. You may use any area on the park grounds other than the main parking lot, then walk your bike to the transition area. The area around the Playscape is appropriate. If that is full please park on the grass near that area.
Starting with todays race, we will alter the length of the race and get your input to see how you like it. It will change from ¼ mi S or ½ mi S and One Loop Only of the Bike. The run will remain the same. We will be dealing with a sun setting earlier and want everyone to be finished and in the transition with their race completed with light left for everyone's safety.
CATS Summer Series Race 4 6/29
There were clouds then none, then rain then none, then sun then none, as the day moved.
The Race Directors dilemma, have the race or not? Look at local radar and try to estimate what the weather will be at race start time – check with Will at Greystone racing, the Timer closer to the site and see what he recommends, field the calls of anxious people who want to race.
3PM time to check with the site director at West Hill, the First Selectman in New Hartford. No rain, roads drying, GO! Make sure we have guards. Pile all race material into the car and hope by the time you get to Brodie Park on top of the mountain, the weather is still on the plus side of things.
6 PM roads are too wet. Make the call to lengthen the swim to ¾ mi and combine it with the run. The gun and everyone is off the beach. Blue sky above and a lake like glass.
The run to the Finish and another series race is in the books with the help of very dedicated volunteers an agreeable Timer and some people who come to race again and again.
Looking forward to racing on July 13.
The CATS Triathlon #4 on 6/29 was adjusted to run as a duathlon. The roads were too slick for the bike.
The CATS Triathlon #5 will be postponed to 7/13/05. There is no event on 7/6/05.
This is the way it will work: 10 points first-place, seven points second-place, five points third-place. The accumulation of the most points in each category wins at the end of this year’s Series. First-place is worth $260, second $125, third $75 plus gift certificates. The best average times over the season for the Swim, Bike and Run will be awarded $50 gift certificates from sports and bike shops in the area.
You must have participated in at least 7 of 12 races this year to be eligible. Prizes will be awarded at a Series post season bring your own pot luck dinner at Berkshire Hall, Brodie Park 580 West Hill Road, New Hartford CT. CATS will supply wine, beer, beverages, turkey Subway Sandwiches and Chicken from the Grille in front of Berkshire Hall.
The CATS Summer Tri Series event from now on will no longer be considered a "training race" except for those who are very good to elite triathletes. In no way should this discourage novices or beginning triathletes, to learn, they have to experience the course for what it is, challenging.
To reiterate the distances: The course is Great, Beautiful but Tough. It is part of the Greater Hartford Triathlon; the run from the beach at West Hill Lake to the transition at Berkshire Hall is 0.38mi. uphill and across a large green lawn; the Bike is 11.04mi and the Run, 3.84mi. The Swim is pristine; the Bike has very challenging uphills and fast down hills. Of course the downhills are as fast as you make them. The run through a quiet neighborhood is mostly flat but there are some hills.
The courses are very well marked and on race night additional lime arrows at corners are laid down. This race would compare or be more difficult than most Sprint Tri’s anywhere. Some people have asked us if they could Swim one half mile. Accordingly you may do a one quarter or one half mile swim as long as you inform us when you register.
Attendance was down because of the competing triathlon at Lake Waramaug. However, several people lowered their times by five to eight minutes which is significant.
Angela Rubano completed her first triathlon, notwithstanding some difficulty in the Swim, but as I awarded her a nice bottle of chardonnay, a smile crept onto that previously very serious face. She is starting as are many others are, their first triathlons on a tough course and I suggested she never give up as I have other novice triathletes this year at the Winter Swim Series and also on the Tri Series race course.
There is a benefit to doing this course. Because of its difficulty, after half a season or more you may do other Sprint races and kick some ass because they have been doing flat course racing. Other Sprint's do not have nearly the transition run from the swim or the challenging course we do.
Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated in Race 3.
The success or the Series depends on you. We need at least 10 Participants per race to cover the costs of producing the event.
Series standings after Race 3
Male Town Races Place Time
1. Greg O'Donnell West Hartford 1 1 1:10.*
2. Winter Mead Caanan 1 2 1:11.*
3. Mike Morrow Farmington 1 1 1:11.25
4. John Koster West Hartford 3 1 1:11.58
* hand timed / no splits
Female Town Races Place Time
1. Joanne Flescher Feeding Hills, MA 1 1 1:16.10
2. Carol Cote W. Springfield MA 1 2 1:16.12
3. Anne M Fleming Preston 1 1 1:29.40
4. Lavignia Vigue Durham 1 1 1:29.45
Male Town Races Place Splt
Swim - Mike Morrow Farmington 1 1 4:34
Bike - Scott Leland Glastonbury 1 1 35:32
Run - Ray Hanley Simsbury 1 1 25:56
Female Town Races Place Splt
Swim - Allison Lassoe Sheffield, MA 1 1 6:55
Bike - Allison Lassoe " " 1 1 41:53
Run - Angela Rubano Wallingford 2 1 31:54
Hope to see you at the race Wednesday, 6/29.
Please go to www.greystoneracing.com to check your times. If you have questions please email me or check with the timer at the next race.
Race Director CATS Summer Tri Series
CATS Summer Series Race 2
90 degrees and 56 degrees - the temperatures at the first race and the second were startlingly diverse. As the evening wore on the temperature continued it’s decline and the brave souls that showed up to do this race hurried to get to their cars to warm up post race.
Triathletes at the start of the swim observed a glass surfaced lake covered with a thick mist that made visibility to the mark a concern. The lake was the warmest of anything at the race site at 75 degrees and all negotiated the swim and made their way up the hill through the woods to the Bike transition without any problem. The transition from Swim to Bike IS long – it’s just the way it is.
The BIKE course is tough and fun and competitors found it that way. A true Biker or a triathlete very experienced at Bike racing would find this double loop course a blast. The downhills and rollers were enjoyed and the uphills- especially the incline at the end was felt hard by some. The cooler air versus last week was kinder to participants on the Bike and Run.
Congratulations to Mike Morrow of Farmington and Anne-Marie Fleming of Preston for
Please go to www.greystoneracing.net for results and pics!
See you at Race 3 in this Series, Wednesday June 22. The weather is going to be better.
And they're off!
The John Ponte 5K is this Saturday in Torrington, CT with $2,000.00 in individual prize money. Download an application.
The New Haven 20K is this Monday, Labor Day. This is a USATF/CT Championship and a National Championship for Men and women, individual and team. Any CT Association teams that wish to declare for the national championship (open men and women only), must send a rep. to the tech meeting/press conference on Sunday afternoon. Entries are due at that time. See one of the usatf liaisons for a team entry form (Carol McLatchie for the women/Keith Dowling for the men). You must be over the age of 14 and a citizen or the US, eligible for international comp., in order to run for a team.
Men declare 8 with 5 scoring, women declare 5 with 3 scoring.
The Hartland Harvest 5K Race Application is now available for download.
The 5th Annual Brooklyn Fair 5K Race/Walk results are posted.
The Greater Hartford Triathlon results are posted. Complete results; including age-groups were posted at the race prior to awards. A delay in website posting was created by forces outside of the timing company. Congratulations to the 2005 Champions: Matt Thibodeau and Tara Hurlburt!
17th Annual Sullivan 5K Run/Walk to benefit Martha's Vineyard Hospital results are posted. Congratulations to Derek Seber. The sixteen year old from Pittsford New York set a new course record in 16:57. Photos will be posted during the week. Thank you to all the runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors, organizers, and spectators for making this a fun event.
Chris Moore won the series! Winding Trails Triathlon results are posted.
Richard Hunter competes in his very first Triathlon. CATS results are posted.
The Farmington EXTERRA Triathlon photos are complete.
Nahom and Snyder dropped 'em all, one by one, to win the 3rd Annual Farmington Valley Off-Road Triathlon; part of the Nissan EXTERRA USA Championship Series. Results are posted. Photos will be up over the week!
The CATS Triathlon results are posted and the Torrington 5-Mile Road Race photos are complete!
Winding Trails Triathlon Results are posted.
That's three races in a row at 26:53! Richard Hunter took out the first mile in 5:02 and glanced back briefly after the 4 mile mark to see if Chris Chisholm was going to make a move. Hunter made a brief surge and cruised in for another 5-Mile victory. Meanwhile, Heather Crosby held off a late charge by course record holder, Anne Curri-Presig, and the Cannan champion, Angela Brown, to take the women's race in 32:55. Congratulations to the Torrington 5-Mile Road Race Champions. Photos will be posted during the week. Race Results.
The Bristol Mum-A-Thon 5-mile and 2-mile race application is now available for download.
CATS Triathlon #9 results are posted. The Greater Hartford Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 8:00 AM. You can register on-line at Active.com. This is an olympic distance event staged at Brodie Park in New Hartford. The next CATS sprint triathlon is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 PM at Brodie Park in New Hartford.
The photos from the People's Forest Trail Connecticut Championship are complete.
The 34th Annual Torrington 5-Mile Road Race is this Sunday at 10:00 AM. Sub 26:50 is a must for a step on the podium (that's a 24:59 for you flat County people). Robaczynski has taken the last two years, but has he fully recovered from his time-off? The new kids on the block will have somethin' to say. Richnavsky needed another 200 meters to overtake Robaczynski last year and Hunter has won the last three Litchfield County 5-Milers in 2005 ( in record style)! Has old man, Chisholm got another Torrington victory left in him? Dempsey, Niedeck, Borla, Moya, Pretak, Barry, the best runners in the state will be at Torrington. Come join the race.
Greystone has a potential part-time position available. Greystone races are the best value in this state. No glitz, no glamour; just solid and true races with spectacular courses for people who love to run. If you would like to be part of the largest running website in Connecticut and the most competitive timing business in New England, send us your resume.
If you would like to run an ad on our website, we would be happy to offer a competitive quote.
Winding Trails Sprint Triathlon #8 results are posted. Kayaks offer a great alternative to the swim!
The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run Results are posted. The weather was reasonable as temperatures had been well over 90 degrees all week. Race-day morning broke with cooler, drier air, and a top quality field ready to run the People's Forest and score points in the New England Grand Tree. It was Gregory Hammett (382), from Chesterfield, New Hampshire, who lead the race from start to finish. Hammett set a new course record of 49:02 breaking Bill Thramann's 2001 record of 49:30! Debbie Livingston, from Bolton, Connecticut, lead the women from start to finish and also set a new course record in 58:31! Congratulations to all the runners, and thank you to the People's Forest and all the volunteers. "Bee stings, falling down, mud, rocks, blood, roots, wrong turns, hills, and getting lost are all part of the trail race experience; I love it" Great Race Results.
What a view.
The 3rd Annual Sandy Beach Triathlon results are posted for both adults and kids. Congratulations to Joe Whelan and Megan Rose in solid victories following a torrential downpour, winds, and lightning. The rain subsided, the roads dried off, temperatures dropped, and the triathletes had a great event. Check out the results...
Canaan photos are complete.
CATS Triathlon #8 results are posted. The Greater Hartford Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, August 28th at Brodie Park in New Hartford.
The Team/Club page has update info on the CATS Triathlon series.
Chris Moore was 3rd out of the water and Toby Kulas was 10th. Moore finished the bike and started the run in first place with a 58 second lead over Kulas, who had moved to 2nd. Kulas demonstrated his running prowess with an 18:39 XC 5K to edge Moore by 14 seconds. Becky Haberek, fully recovered from her fall in the mountain bike last week, continued her top wining form. Winding Trails Tri # 7 results are posted.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the CATS Triathlon series in New Hartford. The weather is predicted to be good and the course will be in tip top condition.
Friday is the world famous, Sandy Beach Triathlon. This is also a sprint with a fairly quick and easy course.
Saturday is total off-road day! The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run, in Barkhamsted, is a true fitness test. Download Race app.Will someone actually break the 7 minute per mile barrier? The following are the top 10 times for men and women:
1. 49:30 Bill Thramann in 2001 .........................1. 1:01:50 Windy Spillare in 2002
2. 49:37 Tom Buckley in 2001............................2. 1:04:21 Diana Mann in 2001
3. 50:38 Rodney LaFlame in 2003......................3. 1:06:29 Caitlin Callahan in 2002
4. 50:51 Tom Buckley in 2002............................4. 1:06:53 Raina White in 2004
5. 52:11 Rich Fargo in 2000...............................5. 1:06:59 Angela Heidgerd in 2001
6. 52:38 Ed Kostak in 2001................................6. 1:08:03 Kristin Mattocks in 2001
7. 54:14 Will Graustein in 2002..........................7. 1:10:37 Raina White in 2003
8. 54:17 Rick Tillotson in 2004...........................8. 1:13:34 Trish Rochefort in 2002
9. 54:18 Bill Thramann in 2000..........................9. 1:15:47 Tricia Dowcett in 2003
9. 54:18 Will Graustein in 2001.........................10. 1:16:26 Abby Doolittle in 2001
Congratulations to Richard Hunter and Angela Brown for outstanding victories in the Canaan 5-Mile Road Race. Angela lead the women from start to finish and closed with a fast finishing mile. Meanwhile, Hunter, who had set the Twin Lakes 5-Mile record two weeks ago, was loaded for bear. Only Dan Barry managed to maintain contact through the first mile with Hunter passing in 5:02 and Bary at 5:04. Hunter maintaned the pace through the second mile and set a new course record over the hills of Canaan in 26:53! See results.
It's a busy week with triathlons on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sandy Beach on Friday. The New England Grand Tree Championship Trail Series comes to Barkhamsted this Saturday! Check out the People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run Saturday at 9:00 AM at the Matheis Grove Pavilion at the Peoples Forest in Barkhamsted, CT. Get Race app.
Winding Trails Summer Series Sprint Triathlon Race #6 results are posted.
Middletown results are posted.
Tip o'the cap to one of the top Triathletes in New England, Keith Retcliff. The 55-year old came from 11th place in the swim to dominate in the bike and perform smart and strong in the run to win this week's CATS triathlon. Congratulations to Jahn Surette who broke the plain first in a dead heat time with Caprice Shaw and took home the top prize for women. Results are posted. photos will be up for an hour or two sometime in the not too distant furture.
The photos are complete from the Twin Lakes 5-Miler. Can you find the fish?
Middletown on Thursday. Celebration on Saturday. Long run on Sunday. It's all good.
Winding Trails Triathlon #5 Results are posted; photos will magically apear over the next week. Congratulations to Toby Kulas and Becky Haberek on outstanding victories under slippery conditions.
There's a whole bunch of new Twin Lakes photos.
Happy birthday Cheryl! Thanks for the popsicle.
Richard Hunter (50) took out the first mile, on the gravel, in 5:15, Eamon Dempsey (64) followed in 5:20, and last year's runner-up, Dan Barry (63) completed the first mile in 5:30. Hunter prevailed on his way to setting a new course and race record 26:54; while Dempsey finished in 28:37, and Barry in 29:52. The women were a bit more civilized and social as Margaret Banker (52) passed the first mile in 7:37, Cinde Soldan in 7:38, and Diane Jakobsen in 7:39. Banker held the lead for a victory in 40:18, Soldan in 41:04, and Jakobsen in 41:57. Congratulations to Jamie Cantoni for completing her first 5-miler and to Jennifer Gohlke's respectable return to racing. Thank you to all the volunteers, the spectators, the people of Twin Lakes, and the runners.
Next up: The Canaan 5-Mile Road Race on Sunday, July 31st at the Ball Field in Downtown Canaan. The big question on everyone's mind is, Can they beat the TRAIN!?!
In 2002, it was Evan Hardcastle in 31:03 and Leslie Hadra in 37:33. In 2003, it was Rodney (wrong turn) LaFlamme in 29:04 and Emily Mareb in 35:00. In 2004, it was Jeff Niedeck in 28:45 and Pamela Neimeth in 35:50. Who is it going to be in 2005? The 8th Annual Twin Lakes 5-Mile Road Race is scheduled for Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. We will run/walk rain or shine. The Start, finish, and registration are located on Between the Lakes Road in Salisbury, CT. The turn for Between the Lakes Road is situated at the top of a hill on Route 44 across from the Salisbury Prep. School. Look for the Greystone direction arrow. Download an application.
Photos from the Winding Trails Triathlon #4 and CATS Triathlon #5 are complete.
The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run is a great race selected for participation in the 2005 New England Grand Tree Series. Download an application, check out the race, and have some fun on Saturday, August 6th at 9:00 AM in Barkhamsted.
The CATS Summer Series Sprint Triathlon #5 results are posted. Photos will be posted during the week. Congratulations to Coby Jacobs (3rd in the swim, 3rd in the bike) and Jodi Frank (1st in the swim, 1st on the bike) on fine victories with very quick times. Congratulations to Lori Dolan and Jason Craig on competing in their first triathlons. Well done! See you next week.
Congratulations to Chris Moore, 11th after the swim, 1st after the bike, and overall winner of The Winding Trails Triathlon #4. Becky Haberek, 8th after the swim, 1st after the bike, and overall winner for at least the second week in a row. Results are posted. Photos from Tri #3 are complete. Photos from Tri #4 will be posted during the week.
Firecraker Mile photos are complete.
Winding Trails Triathlon #3 results are posted.
There's an update on the Team Page for this Wednesday's CATS Triathlon.
Happy Independence Day!
The Lakeville 8K results are posted. Congratulations to the birthday boy, Doug Landau, who lead from start to finish. Good luck with the Triathlon in Israel! Fantastic Holiday shirt (and shorts)Will. He's hip. Thank you George Keefer for a fine, free, Independece Day Race.
The Wednesday sprint triathlon at Brodie Park takes a break this holiday week, July 6 and will resume July 13 at 6:30 pm. New pavement has been completed on part of the bike and should improve times over earlier performances. See the Team Page on this site for details about the series. (July 6 the action is in Middlebury - www.patgriskustri.com)
Adams (winner at the Hamilton Sundstrand 5K and the New Hartford Race Around the Lake 6K), Read, Hunter, and Pretak, all took it out strong. With 1/4 mile to go, Pretak made a surge and Hunter stayed on his shoulder. With less than 200 meters to go, Hunter began his kick to win the 7th Annual Harwinton Firecracker mile in 4:41. Hunter has had a great season with a solid race in the 5K Run for the Arts and a definitive victory at the Norfolk 5-Miler on Memorial Day. Christine Spelman ran a fine 6:13 to capture the women's race. Congratulations and thank you to the Town of Harwinton Fire Police, the Harwinton Congregational Church, the awesome volunteers, spectators, and runners. Happy 4th of July!!!! Results are posted and photos will be up over the next week.
Monday is the 4th of July and the Lakeville 8K. The race starts at the town beach at 8:00 AM. IT'S FREE!
The Harwinton Firecracker Mile is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday at 10:00 AM on South Road in downtown Harwinton. The weather prediction is favorable... Download App.
CATS Triathlon #4 Results are posted along with updates on the team page.
Applications are available for download on the Twin Lakes 5-Miler and the Sandy Beach Triathlon.
Preliminary USATF/CT Team results are posted from the Fairfield Half Marathon. Team scores for the first three races should be posted soon.
Brookfield 10K photos are complete along with CATS #3 Photos.
Because of today's inclement weather, the roads were slick and caution prevailed at the 4th race of the CATS Triathlon Summer Series at Brodie Park in New Hartford. The race deleted the bike portion, increased the length of the swim from 1/4 to 1/2 mile, and called the event a duathlon special. Congratulations to Vin Darcy in winning the men's race and to Cara Bufkin in finishing second overall to capture the women's race. The race results will be posted tomorrow.
The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run application is now available for a free download. This race has been selected as part of the New England Grand Tree Trail Race Grand Prix Series. It's a modest distance with a sizeable climb during the first 3 miles. Following the race, participants, their friends, and family, have been asked to bring some food to share with everyone (pot luck). This has been a great party with a casual atmosphere and a refreshing swim in the ice cold Farmington River. Everyone is invited to attend. The Park does charge a parking fee. Commute, chip in to help support this great resource. Run, walk, cheer, participate; be there to meet and compete along side some of the greatest trail runners in New England! Saturday, August 6th at 9:00 AM.
The United States Track and Field (USATF) Connecticut Association conducts a road race grand prix series where runners can join a club, register with the USATF/CT and score points for their team in various road races around the state. Race number 2 was held in Branford at the Branford 5-Miler on June 19th. The Team scores are posted on the results page. The Fairfield Half Marathon (race #3) results have been submitted and are currently under review. The Fairfield team results will be posted over the next couple days along with a current tally of the team standings/points after the first 3 races.
The USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Committee met yesterday and some significant progress was made in determining the requirements for the 2006/2007 road race grand prix. The minimum prize fund cost to the Race Director for 2006/2007 has been lowered in an effort to attract more races to bid in the selection process. Any and all races are encouraged to make a bid for the 2006/2007 Championship Series. The USATF/CT offers key benefits to the Championship Races in significant media value, a tremendous cost savings in the Sanction/Insurance expense, prize fund subsidy, and increased participation, to name a few. Would you like your race to be a State Championship? You should at the very least become educated on the FACTS. A lot of people confuse fiction with fact.
The CATS Triathlon #3 results are posted. The photos from CATS Triathlon #2 are complete.
Attention Race Directors: The USATF/CT needs your input. Please type in this link and respond to the survey. It takes about 3 minutes.
The USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Committee is meeting next Tuesday evening at the Wood bridge Running Company at 7:00 PM. All race directors are invited to attend in an effort to promote the selection process for the 2006 and 2007 State Championship Series.
The Ponte 5K Road Race Application is now available for download.
Hamilton Sundstrand / Local 743 5K photos are complete.
The Harwinton Firecraker Mile, 7/2 at 10:00 AM on South Rd. in Harwinton, application is available for Download.
The Lakeville 8K is scheduled for 7/4 at 8:00 AM. This is a free race from the town beach! Show up and run!
Happy Father's Day!
The 6th Annual Brookfield Lions Club Father's Day Peace Run 10K results are posted. Congratulations to men's champion, David Burke, and to the women's champion, Heather Crosby. Happy Father's Day! Photos will be posted later during the week.
The Newtown photos are complete. Hamilton and CATS photos will be posted over the week.
You can follow current updates on the weekly CATS Triathlon series on the Greystone Team/Club Information Page. The series is open to everyone!
The USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Committee is meeting on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00 PM located at the Woodbridge Running Company. Everyone is welcome to attend. The major topic for discussion is the upcoming 2006 and 2007 RRGP schedule and the bidding process. Would you like to have your race on the Granb Prix?
Greystone is proud to announce the selection of the People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Race as part of the New England Grand Tree Trail Race Grand Prix! The race is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th, 9:00 AM at Matheis Grove Pavillion at the People's Forest on East River Road in Barkhamsted. Stay tuned for details.
The CATS Summer Series Sprint Triathlon Results are posted. Congratulations to Mike Morrow and Anne-Marie Fleming with solid victories on a cool, damp, and slick evening.
CATS Tri Series Race 1 - held on June 8th. By Bill Philips:
The first CATS Summer Tri Series Race was treated as a training race.
The Bema Ball marking the Swim Turn at the first CATS Summer Tri Series for 2005 mysteriously let go of its mooring after half the field had passed it and began drifting at 5 MPH towards the boat launch at West Hill Lake. Unfortunately, instead of anchoring and becoming the mark for the remaining swimmers, the guard in control of the powered boat began to follow the ball with some of the remaining swimmers following the boat adding to their Swim time. Fortunately all returned to shore and the run up hill to the transition.
Post Race Comments: All of the 22 people that attended found the course to be challenging and were very positive in their reaction to the race. “you can see to the bottom 60 feet.” “ It’s a great course but it’s tough”! “Love the rollers.” ”Great Bike course” “Fast as I have ever gone downhill,” were some of the Bike leg and post race discussion.
1.Greystone Electronics will be timing all future races starting this Wednesday 6/15. Greystone will provide a large double sided digital clock mounted at the finish line, computer results for the swim, the bike, and the overall finish. Results will be posted at the event and online.www.greystoneracing.net Greystone will provide a finish line chute.
2. Corners on the Bike and Run are marked by paint but may also be coned for visibility.
3. Both the Bike and run will have water for participants.
4. Prizes will be awarded to first out of the water, first overall M&F, and the last person to finish.
5. Please remember to bring running shoes to the beach for the Swim to Bike transition.
6. There are 32 individual Bike Racks beneath Berkshire Hall. If you arrive early you may help to set them up.
7. Can we lengthen the Swim? (Yes). For those who wish to do a ½ mile swim you must let us know at registration before the race starts
8. Can we lengthen the Run? (No).
9. The phone number to check on all race Wednesday weather is available after three PM. at 860-379-3877.
The Men’s race was won by Greg O’Donnell followed by Winter Mead and John Koster. Lavinia Vigue took first in the Women’s race followed by Jessica Uliasz and Kim Previti. Prizes will be awarded to the above individuals at this weeks race if they are there.
ORDER of FINISH – Times are Approximate except where *
Greg O’Donnell 1:10.
Winter Mead 1:11.
John Koster 1:11.58*
Bob McCusker 1:12.05*
John Pugmire 1:13.36*
Coby Jacobus 1:14.
Robert Ruby 1:15.
Bill King 1:17.
Ken Davison 1:21.35*
Vin Darcy 1:21:58*
Brian Kelleher 1:22.
Mark Fisher 1:23.
Peter Haynes 1:25.
Chris Martin 1:26.
Bruce Goulart 1:28.
Lavinia Vigue 1:29.45
Jessica Uliasz 1:35.42
Matt Marseglia 1:37.
Kevin Connors 1:42.
No one found the course difficult to get to. Easy to register. Swim, pristine. There are three attentive guards on life boards and one in a powered boat.
Transition to Bike is difficult, a ¼ mile uphill run, the GHT transition. Bike - diverse climbs, downhills and flats. Run though a very quiet neighborhood. A challenging course overall.
Remember the success of this race Series depends on its volunteers. Race FREE for every race you volunteer for. This works well when people sign up and actually volunteer. CATS has always produced safe racing. If we do not have enough volunteers for a race the race will not be produced. For this course we need seven volunteers, two to work with the timer four on the course and one to hand out water. Please look for the volunteer sheet at the registration table and sign up for a date for you.
Please bring hydration other than water for yourselves. With the weather
this hot and humid you will need to hydrate all day Wednesday.
Hamilton Sundstrand results have been updated. Photos should be posted over the next week.
The Hamilton Sunstrand/Local 743 United Way 5K Run and 2K walk results are posted. Defending champion, Joshua Adams sets a new course record while Raina White leads the women with a new course record! Congratulations. High noon in June wasn't so bad. Meanwhile, there are some very serious injuries from a number of runners (still hospitalized) who participated in last Sunday's running of the Litchfield Hills Road Race. When it's hot, cut back at least 1/3 your mileage and avoid speed work and/or stress.
Some Newtown 5K photos are posted.
The Final USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Team Results from the Mid May 10K are now available. The next USATF/CT RRGP event is the Branford 5-Miler scheduled for Sunday, June 19th.
Firecracker Mile Race Application
The Norfolk 5-Mile photos are complete. Newtown photos are coming.
Torrington announces a new race. The John Ponte 5K located in downtown Torrington is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2005 at 10:00 AM. This is a flat course with the registration, start, and finish located at the Fussenich Baseball Stadium. $2,000.00 in Prize money is offered! The first place Open and Master, male and female, each receive $300.00. Second and third open and master are $150.00 and $50.00 respectively. I haven't decided about duplicates yet. It is possible to run a 5K on a Saturday and a 20K two days later. How much money will you win in New Haven???
The 31st Annual Rocking Rooster 5K results from Newtown are posted. Congratulations to Sergio Ribeiro for his third victory in a row and to master, Caroline White, in winning the women's race.
The USATF/CT Preliminary Team Results are posted from the Mid May 10K. Members are encouraged to review the scoring and notify their club representative of any discrepancies. View Team Scores
The Race Around The Lake 3.5-Miler in New Hartford results are posted along with some photos of the Norfolk 5-Miler.
Happy Memorial Day!
The Norfolk 5-Mile Results are posted. Thank you Ken Gankofskie from Prime Time; Good job.
I have photos of the Norfolk-5 Mile event. I have also contacted the race director for the New Hartford 3.5-Miler held on 5/29; I expect to have their results up soon. The winner of New Hartford was the defending champion, Josh Adams. The entries were up for New Hartford and they don't use a professional timer so I can only hope that they provide me results, especially since I posted their race application for free.
Last year's runner up at Norfolk, Richard Hunter, took out this year's first mile in 5:06, 2nd mile in 5:20, 3rd mile in 5:51, 4th mile in 5:51, and closed with a relaxed 5th mile in 5:20. The start was unofficial; therefore, performances and times are approximate. The starter was advised to have the kids move back one or two rows as a matter of safety and courtesy to the faster runners. No response. Despite the officials' problems, this is a great race on a very pretty course. This is perhaps the most difficult certified 5-Miler in Connecticut. They have decent volunteers and a very low race day entry fee of $8.00. The timer had nearly 245 race day registrations which makes for difficult logistics. The race director could use some help and some exposure in the sport of road races in Connecticut. Jeff Niedeck finished in 2nd place after running a superlative Moonlight 5K. Jeff closed on Hunter in the final miles, but they never ran head-to-head. Jeff had done a two hour run on Sunday with the "Running Ambassador", Bob Seiller (who took first in the 60+ division today). The 5K, two hour run, and running the race during his lunch hour isn't the ideal way to enhance your race performance, but he was top master and he did finish with a smile! The real race came down between Jhonny Camacho (Torrington) and Jeff Molson (Avon). These guys are both in their early 40's and they were running side by side pressing the pace without speaking a word for 4.9 miles. With the cascading fast fifth mile they were neck and neck until the bottom dropped out and there is a short, sharp, 100 meter, climbing right turn, to a blind finish line. Camacho sprinted the hill to beat Molson by only a few ticks. A tip of the cap to the Masters! I have it all on film... Photos will be up during the week.
Guilford photos are complete.
Despite a brief micro-burst about an hour before start time, Wallie Jahn managed a respectable turnout for the New Milford Moonlight 5K last night. Following the front, temperatures cooled, the wind stopped, and times were slightly slower. Hats off to timer, Ken Platt, for handling the adverse weather, a broken clock, and smashed rear window. Luckily, no one was hurt as lightning hit the nearby ball field lighting pole, people scrambled to a nearby pavilion, and the finish line staging, along with a few tents, tumbled over from the wind. If you have it, they will run. I think a few people burnt their creotene phosphate well before the start...
Some Guilford photos are up as well as free Downloads are now available for the Firecracker Mile and Twin Lakes 5-Miler.
Photos from the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation 5K Run/Walk in North Haven are complete.
I have not yet received the scores from last Sunday's USATF/CT 10K State Championship. I anticipate them within the next few days. Once the scores have been tabulated and the eligibility for each runner verified, the scores will be posted. Runners should review the scores and notify their team captain of any discrepancy. The team captain will then immediately notify LDR. Once the scores have cleared probate, checks may then be cut.
On Sunday, June 5th, The Harwinton Rod and Gun Club will be the venue for a Summer Biathlon competition. There are only two types of Biathlon, Summer and Winter. The Winter Biathlon is the pure form and is a highly competitive Olympic event. In the Summer Biathlon, the competitor typically will run a cross-country course for approximately 1-mile and then pause, pick up a target rifle from a stationary rack, and take 5 shots at a target placed at about 40 meters, the competitor then returns the rifle to the rack and runs another 1-mile loop, pauses to take 5 shots, and finishes with another 1-mile run. This is the ultimate in repeat mile runs and can offer a very fast 5K time. The competitor must be able to regain composure and steady himself for an accurate shot. There is a penalty assessed to every missed target (usually an additional distance-penalty loop to run or additional time).
The Summer Biathlon is an ideal way to get off the roads, become educated in safety about firearms, get some cross-country speed, meet some new people, and have fun. The competition is open to everyone: young and old, fast or slow, male or female.
If you have never participated in a Biathlon, you must get there early to attend a Safety Clinic. You will be taught how to handle a .22 Target Rifle. The .22 is a very small caliber and the rifle does not provide a serious recoil. It is very simple and easy to handle. Competitors may bring their own, approved, Biathlon Target Rifle, or they may use a target rifle provided by the event. Connecticut's Marlin Firearms will be providing target rifles for competitors to use in the event.
The Safety Clinic starts at 8:30 AM. Attend the clinic, then do a warm-up run on the course and compete in the Biathlon at 10:00 AM. The Harwinton Rod and Gun Club is located at 123 Campville Rd in Harwinton, CT. Entry for US Biathlon members is $12.00 and for non-members, the entry is $22.00. That's cheap for many 5K's, and this one provides a whole lot more fun and entertainment! For more information about this event and the U.S. Biathlon Organization, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bishop's Fund 5K photos are complete.
The USATF/CT is planning the 2006 and 2007 Road Race Grand Prix Schedule. Race Directors need to provide input. The LDR committee has developed a survey. All race directors are requested to go to the following link and respond to the survey:
Who is more enthusiastic?
The Guilford Kids K and 4-Mile results are up! Defending champion, George Luke took it out in 4:58 and never looked back as he broke his own course record from a year ago. Meanwhile, 15 year old, Becca Krumholz beat most of the men and all of the women to take first place female. Jack Dunleavy and Rebecca Wolenski set new records in the Kid's K!
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation 5K results from North Haven are posted along with photos from the Bishop's 5K. Vance Dean and Jeanne Savoiia each established race records today while interspearsed with peppy walkers...
This Saturday is the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's 5K run/walk in North Haven at 10:00 AM. This is a fairly flat and fast 5K. Registration is at the High School. Check it out! Download App
Sharon photos are complete.
The 4th Annual Bishop's Fund 5K results are posted. Conrgatulations to returning champion, Chris Chisholm and to Leslie Gorman for outstanding performances in today's race.
Granby photos are complete. Claudia Carmago wins the women's half in New York. The Newburgh 5-Mile results are posted. Sharon photos will be posted during the week.
This Saturday, May 14th, is the Bishop's Fund for Children 5K in West Hartford at 9:30 AM. See you there.
The 25th Annual Sharon Classic Road Race 5-Miler results are posted. Congratulations to defending Champions, Jeff Neideck and Martha Perkins, for successfully defending their titles over some very tough competition. Photos will be posted during the week.
Some Granby photos are up; more to follow.
Terryville Track photos are posted.
This Saturday is the Sharon 5-Mile Road Race (USATF # CT00007DR). There will be plenty of activities: including; food, demonstrations, arts and crafts, a walk, popcorn, and a kids' fun run. It all starts at 9:30 AM on the Town Green in Sharon. This race offers cash prizes and has expressed serious interest in participating as the 5-Mile State Championship for the 2006/2007 USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix. The venue is ideal, although many runners along the I-95 corridor believe that Sharon is located in a remote part of the world. They have a difficult time comprehending that Connecticut extends beyond their neighborhood. The race amenities are good. The course is fantastic. There is plenty of parking for the people who can figure out where Sharon is actually located. Run the 2005 race and let the USATF/CT know your educated opinion.
Happy May Day!
The Granby 10K results are up. Photos will be posted during the week. Congratulations to the winners, Mark Hixson and Beth Krasemann.
The Terryville 5K photos are complete.
Terryville Track photos are up. Topsmead photos are complete. Terryville 5K photos will be posted soon. The West Hill Pond 3.5 Mile race application is available for download as well as the Brookfield 10K race app. Next up- The Granby 10K; Sunday at 1:00 PM!
The Granby 10K is this Sunday. Fairly flat and fast; this is one of the oldest races in Connecticut. Download the application.
Watertown photos are complete, Topsmead and Terryville are on the way. Congratulations to Christine Clifton (2nd Open) and Kate Paddon (1st Master) for fine performances in the rains of the James Joyce 10K.
Terryville and Topsmead results are up. Congratulations to Jason Dufour who took his first win over a tough certified 5K while Miki Latvis successfully defended her championship title. Six women in the top 10! Terryville is a tough course; too tough for many of the lower state runners. The women love it. They did well. They're tough.
Watertown photos are up and the Topsmead 5K XC is on Saturday at 1:00 PM!
The 7th Annual Watertown 5K results are posted. Photos will be up over the next week.
(GBphoto)Once more into the breach...
More Westfield photos are posted.
The USATF/CT has selected the Mid May 10K in Fairfield on May 22, 2005 as the Quassy replacement race for 2005 USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix Championship(scroll down the page for the entire schedule). Race Director, Marty Schaivone, revised the Mid May Classic from a 4-Miler to a certified 10K course that is flat and fast. It should be a great way to start off the 2005 road racing series.
Some photos of the Westfield 5k and Half are posted. Watertown is this Sunday at 1:00 PM
Photos of the Easton D.A.R.E. 5K are complete. The USATF/CT will be holding an LDR Road Race Committee meeting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 13. The meeting is located in the Wintergreen Building on the SCSU campus in New Haven. The agenda will include discussion on the 2005 Road Race Grand Prix and a possible replacement race for the cancelled Quassy 12K. Also on the agenda, a discussion about the race director's survey created in an attempt to determine what race directors' would prefer in requirements for participation in the 2006 and 2007 Road Race Grand Prix Series. If you know of a race that should be considered as a replacement for the 2005 Quassy or for the 2006/07 series, please come and be heard. It is not the job of the USATF/CT to track you down. It is your job to participate.
This Sunday is the Watertown 5K at Veteran's Park in Watertown. The race starts at 1:00 PM and runs a certified course which is also spectator friendly. This would be an ideal candidate for a championship race especially if the home-town club, Empire Racing, were to get behind the event and make a bid for the USATF/CT Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007. Located in a very pretty setting and filled with tons of post race food stuffs. Run the race on Sunday and let us know what you think. If it is selected, you'll be that much more in the know... Be erudite not ignorant.
Brian Talen wins the 18th Annual NHHS PTSA 5K Road Race; results are posted.
Runners take the Line at the start of the Oleksak Lumber Spring 5K and Half-Marathon through the picturesque country of Westfield, Massachusetts. Despite cold temperatures, a stiff headwind, and an occassional wave of rain, Micahel Brouillette cranked out 5:35's for a 1:13:05 and Kelli Lusk placed 6th overall to lead the women in 1:22:48. Is it really Spring yet? Results are posted, photos up during the week.
April Fools! The Easton 5K Race for D.A.R.E. results are posted, photos during the week.
The Middletown 10K results are posted, the Holyoke photos are complete, and there are more race apps available for a free download. Check out the table of contents.
This is our first response for the USATF/CT RRGP 2005 posting from 3/22(see below).
I like the Simsbury 10K and the USATF/CT will solicit for this race; however, the April 24th date may not be practical. The shorter notice presents a roblem for serious race training as well as recovery time from the Bostom Marathon. Concurrent to the solicitation, the race will be presented to the current members of the Road Race Grand Prix Committee. The committee is made of members from USATF/CT Clubs. We will discuss the proposal and then take a vote.
I also recieved this little tidbit:
RUNNING THROUGH HISTORY
Are you a serious runner who is interested in history? Would you like to take your conditioning and have a dramatic impact reliving battles of the American Revolution? If this is the case, here is a re-enacting unit for you to join:
The 2nd Regiment Light Dragoons, Tallmadge's Troop
The 2nd Regiment Light Dragoons was the first commissioned cavalry of the US Army, led the first cavalry charge in US history, conducted several commando style raids, and provided General Washington with critical intelligence gathering through the Culper spy ring. Today, we reenact battles of the American Revolution.
Have An Impact As A Runner
The goal is to put together a team of runners to augment our existing dismounted troopers. We want to have the same impact this elite unit had in the American Revolution. To be effective, we will need 4 – 8 runners to implement the fast paced tactics. If you run regularly with a group, encourage them to join. Experience the camaraderie of your group in a new way. You will work closely with horses in combined maneuvers. There is no other re-enacting group that operates at the speed we are planning. Enjoy the thrill of winning a race at each re-enactment. We are looking for brothers, sons and fathers.
For more information go to http://www.2dragoon.org/ . Please contact John Koopman by e-mail if you are interested: email@example.com . Please put “Running Through History” in the e-mail title. We are looking for brothers, sons and fathers.
It almost sounds like a Hash, which is actually a great way to meet new people and have fun! Nothing like running in wool...
Since the Quassy Loop 12K has cancelled, the USATF/CT is now searching for another race(s) to add to the 2005 Road Race Grand Prix. If you know of a race that you think might make a good State Championship, then send Greystone an email and we can review the race criteria. The next USATF/CT LDR Road Race Grand Prix Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at SCSU. Get your race information submitted now and then attend the meeting for the race selection process. Should it be flat and fast, hilly and tough, or somewhere in between? Should the race be located in a metropolitan area or the country? Should it be a largely attended event with extracuricular activites, or a small intimate affair? What should the entry fee be: $5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35? Does it have to provide a t-shirt? How about a big post-race buffet? The course does need to be certified and the race does need to be sanctioned. There are a minority of runners who have very negative opinions about the USATF/CT and the Road Race Grand Prix. Step up, be constructive, volunteer, make a positive change. Get the word out and make a difference.
The Quassy Loop 12K, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, has been cancelled.
The ubiquitous New England Runner Magazine bon vivants: Michelle Lebrun, and husband Bob Fitzgerald, take in the luck of the Leprechaun at the famous, Holyoke 10K on Saturday, March 19th. We've got race photos and results.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
The 10th annual Terryville 5K is set for April 24th and you can now download the race application. The photos for Collinsville are complete. The Topsmead 5K XC has been confirmed for Saturday, April 16th. We are now heading into the busy race season. Stay tuned for updates, revisions, and announcements.
11:55z Due to the snow storm, today's Summit Ridge Farm 15K Race has been cancelled.
The Summit Ridge Farm 15K is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2005. We will keep an eye on the developing inclement weather and post any changes on or before 7:30 AM tomorrow. The Race is on! More Collinsville photos posted.
David Reik (15:30 for 5K) and Michael Thramann (15:29 for 5K) cover Collinsville.
The United States Track and Field (USATF)/ Connecticut Association announces the 2005 Road Race Grand Prix
May 7, 2005, The Quassy Loop 12K in Middlebury, www.stmh.org/quassyloop CANCELLED
June 19, 2005, The Branford 5-Miler in Branford, www.jbsports.com
June 26, 2005, The Fairfield Half Marathon, Fairfield, www.jbsports.com
August 11, 2005, The River Run 5K, Hartford, www.jbsports.com
September 5, 2005, The New Haven 20K, New Haven, www.jbsports.com
October 23, 2005, The Mystic Marathon Relay, Mystic, www.jbsports.com
The races and the schedule were determined by the following USATF/CT clubs:
The Housatonic Road Runners, The Mohegan Striders, The Hartford Track Club, Warren Street, The Woodbridge Running Company/Milford Road Runners, Athletes Foot/HiTek, and The Empire Racing Club.
Each race is a complete championship for teams in the Open, Master, Grand Master, and Senior age-group categories. The Open men are required to have a minimum of 5 members on their team, all other categories only require a minimum of 3 members per team. Each runner must be a current USATF/CT member and belong to a current USATF/CT Club prior to the race in order to be eligible to score and/or win money.
Each race offers over $1,300 in cash awards to qualified teams. Over the years, cash has been disbursed midway through the season and at the conclusion of the season following eligibility review.
The Current Road Race Grand Prix Committee will be holding a meeting tomorrow at the Woodbridge Running Company to discuss the 2006 and 2007 RRGP structure. Should we continue to offer prize money? Should we reduce the prize money? How should we select the races and set-up the schedule? Contact your club representative for information and constructive input.
More Collinsville photos are up.
Fearnley and Paddon set new Course records, over the picturesque hills of Collinsville, in the 2nd Annual Collinsville Bake-Off 11 Miler. Results. Photos will be posted during the week.
This Sunday is the Collinsville Bake-Off 11-Miler. This is the second running of the event. Last year the race was won by Jon Fearnly in a time of 1:09:04. It's a two looper with some solid hills, country roads, and beautiful scenery. To learn more about this race, check out the race app page and last year's results. This is a great race for pre-race conditioning in preparation for the Summit Ridge 15K on Saturday, March 12!
Colchester Results are up!
The Cedar Hill Cemetary 4-Mile results and the Andrulis 4.8-Mile results are posted. The Andrulis results were sent as a photo; it requires a huge amount of memory. If you don't want to open the BMP; suffice it to say, a new world record was set on an uncertifed course somewhere around 4 and a half miles... View results
The Watertown Certified 5K app is available for your free download in MS Word.
Get ready for the Best 15K race in Connecticut, The Summit Ridge Farm 15K is Saturday, March 12th at 10:00 AM. The outrageous cost is $2.00 For info and Directions, check out the Calendar Page. The post race chili is awesome.
Welcome back Christine!
Editorial Comment: "Dump your State Street Stock ASAP...Marrried men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die."
Just waiting for the race directors to submit results. As soon as I get them, I'll post them. In the meantime, for more information on the availability of the Horse shown below, flip to our Team Page.
The New Hartford Frigid 5 results are up along with the Martha's Vineyard 5K Race Application.
Horse for Sale- contact Greystone for more info.
The People's Forest 8.5 and 17 Mile Road Race results are posted.
Brookfield photos are complete. The People's Forest 8.5/17 Miler is scheduled for this Sunday at 10:00 AM sharp. Race day registration is $2.00 at Matheis Grove on East River Rd. in Barkhamsted. The course is fairly flat and fast up to Riverton, down to Pleasant Valley, and back to the Grove. For more info. on the race, check out the Calendar Page.
Happy New Year!
The Brookfield Lions Club 4-Miler results are posted. Look for photos during the week.
Norfolk photos are complete. Brookfield on New Year's Day. The Hartford Track Club announces the selection of the Colchester Half as the venue for the Club's annual awards. Over the next several weeks, the Team/Club Page will attempt to paint the subtleties, highlights, nuances, and spirit of the Summit Ridge 15K scheduled for March 12. If you plan on the giant BM for April, then The Summit should be on your race calendar.
A medal for each marathon. Happy Festivas....bring on the amazing "feets" of strength.
There are some Norfolk photos posted and not only Norfolk splits, but elevation calculations as well:
And here are my lap and split times:
1-7:24, 2-8:21, 3-7:29, 4-7:23, 5-7:42, 6-?, 7-15:54, 8-8:48, 9-7:18,
Thanks for the Norfolk splits. It would be interesting to see a few more splits from other runners. Miles 2 and 8 definitely tell a story...
Here are my splits
Thanks for a great race, the encouragement on the course and your
Best wishes for a happy New Year.
ps I'm signed up for the Boston Prep 16 miler. I saw you did it
Very nice. Out in 30:44 and In in 31:30. Even though the 2nd mile is harder, the 8th mile offers a prime location with scenic vistas.. A solid effort from a consistent, quality, runner.
Yes, I have run the Derry, NH 16 Miler three times over the past six
years. The 2004 race was the coldest race (one of the most dangerous)
that I had ever run. Prior to that, it may have been Cape Elizabeth Maine's
10-Mile state championship. Derry has moved its start and finish more
than once over my six years. In 2004 the registration and finish were
located at the local middle/high school, while there was a modest 700
meter distance to get to the start. The course is a lot of fun. Mile
for mile, it's not anymore difficult than Norfolk; however, the 16-Mile
distance can be deceiving. There are several moderate hills ( mostly
short and sharp) and one significant climb up a 1.5 mile tiered "Signal
Hill". It comes around 11 miles into the race and, as you know from
the 8th mile at Norfolk, location, location, location. The hill offers
at least three turns of hope. As you look forward in your climb, the
road turns, and you hope that the top is on the far side of the turn.
Late in the race; it does leave your legs greatly fatigued over the last
3 miles, which are relatively flat with some minor down hills. It is
more difficult than the 18.6 miles of Stu's 30K. I do recommend a carbo
load for this race and a large variety of clothing options. I have never
run this race in weather above 20 degrees. I have run it on black ice
with many runners suffering sever head injuries, and also during a major
blizzard. They tell me that there was one year where it was above 40
degrees. That would certainly make the race a lot easier. Use strategy
and tactics identical to Norfolk and you will have a successful race.
Try not to break into a sweat too early. Good luck.
News travels fast, and so does Joe Lemay. Tonight's email:
Just did the HTC report for the Norfolk 10-miler. Did you know that
Joe Lemay has a 10-mile PR of 47:25? That was at the Cherry Blossom
10-miler in Washington D.C. in 1995. So it says on his web site (http://home.comcast.net/~jlemoo/running/running.htm).
Thanks for the timely input. When, I spoke with Joe at Kent, he was in the process of recovery from an injury. Norfolk is a great test of fitness. I would say that Joe is fit and that he has a significant amount of experience. Joe knows what to do and how he should proceed. It would not be unreasonable to expect him to run a faster time at Norfolk in 2005. I do believe that Chad Johnson's course record, driven by the wake of a hard push from Peter Oviatt in 2001 is a time that one could not approach without company. This year I put up $100 for a new record. Maybe next year it should be higher? Joe is the only athlete to have two times in the top ten at Norfolk (58:53 in 2003-just behind Dave Dunham, and 57:47 in 2004, just ahead of Dave Dunham's 57:57 in 2000).
The Norfolk Pub Results are up! Last year's runner up, Joe Lemay took it out strong and crowned the 2-mile mark in 12 minutes with a quality group of runners not more than 100 meters behind.
Jim Zoldy (hot from a win in Watertown on 11/27), Stephen Marsalese (from NY, now in Litchfield, is a 26:30 for 5 kind of guy), and the 2002 Pub Champion, Jeff Niedeck, who just missed the master's course record by 16 seconds. Congratulations to Claudia Camargo for not only setting a new women's record and winning $50, but she also broke the 64 minute mark and took home an additional $50 for a quality effort. Shortly; thereafter, the crowds became unruly, and the riot police were assembled...
The runners found sanctuary in the Pub. More photos will be posted in the not too distant future. Thank you to the Town of Norfolk, The Pub, the volunteers, spectators, and runners.
Which way should I go?To the Pub of course! Claudia Camargo has signed up. This Argentinean has had an outstanding 2004 season and will no doubt be making a legitimate effort to not only set a new women's record and earn $50, but she has a shot at breaking 64 minutes and earning another $50 bonus! And after the race we drink a toast; at the pub.
Litchfield Jingle Bell photos are complete and there's a bunch more info and photos on the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler.
Just one of the many stone walls located along the varied topography of the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler to be held on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 11:00 AM.
Some of the Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K photos are up.
If you would like to advertise a race in the USATF/CT 2005 Race Calendar, send me an email asap.
Meanwhile, the President of USATF National Organization, Bill Roe, has been formally requested to clarify the situation that unfolded at this year's annual convention. Once Mr. Roe has had an opportunity to respond, then a more detailed account can, and should, be presented to the public. It's prudent to wait for both sides to have a fair opportunity to make their case before judgment is cast. Something, many people in this world fail or simply refuse to do... Nevertheless; the National Organization is in disrepair. Should we abandon the organization? Our local association is in great shape and for years the National Organization has treated us with great DISRESPECT. How do we remedy the situation without loosing our local volunteers, organizers, and constituents? Should the USATF/CT secede from the national organization? Would the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)be a viable alternative? A large amount of money is generated in this association and forwarded to the National Organization, a 501 c.3 corporation. If there is the slightest hint of malfeasance or an egregious violation of the corporate by-laws, will the IRS begin to take a closer examination of the millions of dollars and the transmigration of funds? Why bother having a rule book if we're not going to follow it? It is my sincere hope that Mr. Roe responds in a timely manner with a clear and positive message. This is his second term and and the latent effect of bureaucracy in his first term will be highlighted during his second term. Such is the case in public policy. Such is the case in politics. The policies and procedures created today will not affect us today, tomorrow , or next week. They will affect us two to three years from now. Clean up the mess now; otherwise, the damage may be irreparable in the future.
So how corrupt is the United States Track and Field National Organization?
We have the best USATF Association in the entire United States; it's a shame that we have to be subservient to a national disaster. Hey Indianapolis! WAKE UP!
Feel free to voice your outrage: www.usatf.org
Congratulations to the Athletes Foot/ HiTek Open and Master Womens' teams, to The Mohegan Strider's Open Men's team, and the AFHT Master Men's team. The team results for the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix race number 4 and the Year-End Summary:
Cow Chip 5K XC USATF-CT Teams, November 27, 2004, Trumbull (Race #4)
Mohegan Striders 24 (Chadwick Brown 1, Chris McCormack 2, Carl Roth 4, Jon Kornacki 7, Eddie Eckard 10, Tim Smith 11, Zachary Eckard 15);
Hi Tek 38 (George Buchanan 3, Alan MacDougall 6, Raymond Regan 8, Charles Hornak 9, Jim Tharp 12, Marc Romano 16, Dom Romano 17);
Hartford Track Club 59 (Jason Sparkowski 5, Ray Wise 13, Peter Hawley 14, Tom Butterfield 18, Bob Gemske 19).
Hi Tek 14(George Buchanan 1, Jim Tharp 5, Dom Romano 8, Paul Couzelis 12, Alexander Metro 13);
Hartford Track Club 15 (Jason Sparkowski 2, Ray Wise 6, Peter Hawley 7, Tom Butterfield 10, Bob Gemske 11);
Mohegan Striders 16 (Jon Kornacki 3, Tim Smith 4, Way Hedding 9).
The 2004 USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix
Race #1 = Open Men: Mohegan 1 point ($75)
Race #2 = Open Men: HTC 1 ($75), Mohegan .5 ($50)
Race #3 = Open Men: Mohegan 1 ($75), AFHT .5 ($50), HTC .25 ($25)
Race #4 = Open Men: Mohegan 1 ($75), AFHT .5 ($50), HTC .25 ($25)
Year-End Open Men XC Team
Champions = Mohegan Striders = 3.5 points (total cash = $275)
2nd place = Hartford Track Club = 1.5 points (total cash = $125)
3rd place = Athletes Foot/ HiTek = 1.0 points (total cash = $100)
Open and Master women, Athletes Foot/HiTek (total cash = $75)
Race #2 = Master Men: HTC 1 ($50), Mohegan .5
Race #3 = Master Men: AFHT 1 ($50), Mohegan .5, HTC .25
Race #4 = Master Men: AFHT 1 ($50), HTC .5, Mohegan .25
Year-End Master XC Team
Champions = Athletes Foot/HiTek = 2.0 points (total cash = $100)
2nd place = Hartford Track Club = 1.75 points (total cash = $50)
3rd place = Mohegan Striders = 1.25 points
Any team that asks me when they are going to get "their " money will forfit. Your representative will be at the next LDR meeting; 1/12/05.
Thank you to all the cross-country races, Kevin Grant, Peter Hawley, The Hartford Track Club, Marty Schaivone, Athletes Foot/ Hitek, Mohegan Striders, and to all the true runners of the sport.
If you have a race that you would like to add to the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix for 2005, send me an email.
The Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K results are posted. Dempsey, Sass, and Courtney open it up strong through the mile, the Eamon Dempsey took control to establish a new course record. Teren Block worked gradually through the first mile to move into first place where she never looked back on her way to a new course record. Photos will be posted over the next few days.
Watertown photos are complete. The Litchfield 5K is tomorrow at High Noon.
The Oleksak Lumber Half-Marathon on 4/3/05 in Westfield , MA, application is available on line.
Top Ten Women's Times at the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler (CT00003DR)
Saturday, December 18th at 11:00 AM
1. Liz Fagan 28, 1:09:06, 6:55's in 2003
2. Brigitte Boltz 43, 1:15:28, 7:33's in 2002
3. Naoemi Villafane 24, 1:16:36, 7:40's in 2001
4. Cathi Koehler 44, 1:16:57, 7:42's in 2001
5. Karen Skwara 33, 1:20:10, 8:01's in 2000
6. Gail Case 45, 1:21:16, 8:08's in 2001
7. Daria Vander Veer 35, 1:22:53, 8:18's in 2001
8. Rebecca Haberek 28, 1:22:59, 8:18's in 2003
9. Judy Romvos 49, 1:23:21, 8:21's in 2000
10. Nancy MacDonald 39, 1:23:26, 8:21's in 2003
Greystone is offering $50.00 for a new women's record and a $50 bonus for a new women's record under 1:04:00!
Learn more about this race and download an application. Take advantage of the $7.00 entry fee!!!
HTC 8K XC photos are complete. Framingham photos are up.
On 11/29 there was a reminder posted (scroll down) on the official procedure for starting a road and/or cross-country race. I received this email which addresses some additional key points in the value of a race:
Gentlemen & Ladies,
This is a very common situation among certain races. During the certification process for a race course; the course is measured a minimum of two times. When a course is certified, technically, the overall distance is certified from start to finish. When I measure a course and submit the documentation to the national office, I include the intermediate mile marks with key landmark identification. The most important thing is that the overall distance of the course be accurate. Kilometer gradations and/or mile marks are rarely measured out prior to the race-day marking, even though they may be accurately depicted on the course certification map. It's up to the race director to determine where he/she would like to mark the course. There are several well known and hugely popular races where mile marks are absolutely meaningless. Meaningless because of faulty marking, or meaningless because of the course terrain (ie. cross-country).
Run solid, run strong. A fast opening, a steady middle game, and a fast closing will, more often than not, lead to a very good overall performance. Don not dismay over a slow split. Do not rejoice over a fast split. Do the best you can to contain your emotions and stay focused on the task at hand. Never lessen your pace because of an estimated mile mark. It could be the difference between a 1 second pr plus or minus. It always helps to know the course. During your pre-race warm-up, jog out from the finish (1/2 to 2 miles), turn around and jog back. Glance at your watch from time-to-time to get a feel for the distance and the effort you will need to apply during your race. If you race frequently and recognize some of the local talent, you may use the known runners around you as a means to calibrate your effort; however, always try to gage and run your own race.
It's perfectly acceptable to send an email off to the race director. Thank him/her for their efforts. It is more often than not a thankless job and a few words of praise will go a long way especially if you point out the questionable markings. Hopefully, the director will take the constructive criticism and make improvements. 12:10 through 2 ain't half bad!
If you have a question or a comment worthy of posting, send it in. For more info on course certification contact: www.usatf-ct.org
This Saturday is the Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K located at the Middle School on Plumb Hill Rd at high noon.
The USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix has concluded. In race number 3, The Hartford Track Club 8K Cross-Country Challenge, the Mohegan Striders took the Men's Open Team competition (MS=22,AFHT=35,and HTC=72), while the Athletes Foot/HiTek men took the the master's team competition. Congratulations to all who participated. The Junior Olympic photos are complet, the 8K XC photos have started, and the team results for race number 4 will be posted soon....
Master Men: AFHT(6),Mohegan (20), HTC (22)
Just a reminder. I've run in a lot of races where the director, the timer, and the race officials, did not know the proper way to start a race. There is no count down. There is no one saying, "steadyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy". Road races and cross-country do not have false starts. It's especially frustrating if the race is sanctioned by the USATF and the rules are not followed. Does that mean that the records set at say, "The Twinight 4K", should not be recognized by the National office? Why bother having official rules of competition if we're not going to comply? Technically, many of the so-called records set in this state are not official. It's even more frustrating when our own USATF representatives don't know the rules.
USA Track & Field 2004 Competition Rules. Article III - Rules of Competition, Section I - General. Rule 162.3: "... In races longer than 400 meters, the command shall be 'on your marks' and when all competitors are steady, the pistol/starting device shall be fired. ..." Section VI - Long Distance and Road Events. Rule 245.2: "The timers shall start their watches or timing devices at the flash/smoke of the pistol or approved apparatus or at the first moment a competitor crosses the start line, whichever happens first. False starts in road races should not be recalled." Section VII - Cross Country. Rule 254.4: "Finishers should be recorded and timed according to Rule 245."
There will be two commands: runners on your mark and then the gun. Anything else is superfluous, glitzy, and not entirely professional. Consider it a fun run...Fun runs are good too. So did you run in a race or a fun run last week? Perhaps you raced in a fun run! So let's raise the bar and if you can't win the race, at least be an educated consumer. At today's prices, a certified course distance, a sanctioned race, prompt, accurate results, and an official start is the least of what you should demand for your money. Fun runs are good too.
The Watertown Harvest Ramble 3-Mile results
and the Watertown Harvest Ramble 5-Mile results
are posted! Hudimatch breaks his record from last year, while Zoldy and Anderson set the mark.
Framingham results are up along with some USATF/CT JO XC photos.
Team results are still preliminary. The HTC 8K Cross-Country Challenge results are posted. It looks like the Mohegan Striders took first place in the Open Men's Team competition.
Thomaston photos are complete
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More Thomaston photos, JO XC are on their way. Norfolk Pub 10-Miler offers Course record bonus money!
Preliminary Junior Olympic XC results are up along with some Thomaston 5K photos. There will be some JO photos posted over the next couple of weeks.
If my team doesn't win that next Cross-Country Race...
I'm gonna cry me a river.
Sunny Brook photos are complete. Thomaston photos will be up over the next week. The Norfolk Pub 10-Miler feature will be developing on the Team/Club Page from now until race day, 12/18/04.
The USATF/CT 2004 Cross-Country Series:
1. Stenger Farm 5K on 10/16 Mohegan takes the open men team competition in race number 1!
2. Sunny Brook 5K on 11/7 Hartford beats Mohegan in the open men team competition by a tie breaker!
3. Hartford track Club XC Challenge 8K on 11/20 Mohegan takes the open and AFHT takes the masters!
4. Cow Chip 5K on 11/27
You can download an application to any of these races from Download Application
Team prize money for Open and Masters.
USATF/CT Junior Olympic Association Cross-Country Championship are Sunday, 11/14/04 at White Memorial in Litchfield. For more information, contact meet director, David Driscol at FUMAN43@msn.com
The 3rd Annual Diane Burr Memorial 5K Flag Run/Walk results are posted. 42 year-old, Jim Zoldy leads through 2.5, cracks under the intense pressure, then pursues his dreams into an extended exploration. Berkshire League standout, Steve Krasnowski follows the leader, is slapped by cold reality, then scrambles. The wily 14 year-old, JoshOlsen seizes the moment to taste the fruits of victory... Carpe diem! Marianne Sklarsky shattered a 13 year-old's dreams by leading the entire way and then winning... Happy Veterans' Day!
Mike Owens leads John Funk and Ron Lombardi at 1.5 Miles: Sunny Brook.
Kent photos are complete. Sunny Brook photos will be up over the next few days. The Thomaston 5K is this Thursday. The USATF/CT Junior Olympic Association Championships are Sunday, 11/14 at White Memorial Conservation Area in Litchfield. The HTC 8K XC is on Saturday 11/20. So far the Mohegan Striders Men's Open Team has one first place finish and one second place finish for a total of 1.5 points. The HTC men's Open Team has one first place finish for a total of 1.0 point. The HTC Master Men have one first place finish (1.0) and the Mohegan Striders Master Men have one second place finish(0.5). Athlete's Foot/ HiTek along with the Housatonic Road Runners, Warren Street, Empire Racing, Woodbridge, and a few others, have demonstrated a lack of competition for cross-country. I expect that to change as we head into the second half of the season. The 8K draws some good teams, and the Cow Chip XC 5K is actually sponsored by AFHT. In the event of a tie for team standings, the performance in the 8K will be the tie-breaker.
The USATF/CT Long Distance Running Road Race Grand Prix will conduct a committee meeting on Wednesday, 11/10 at 6:00 PM at SCSU. Everyone is welcome to attend. The basic agenda will be a wrap-up discussion on the 2004 Road Race Grand Prix, the preliminary set-up for the 2005 RRGP schedule, marketing, and volunteers for the USATF/CT Indoor Track Championship to be held in March 2005. The Mystic Marathon Relay was the last event for the RRGP 2004 and the team results can be found on the Team/Club Page.
Sunny Brook has a show down! 28 to 28, Hartford Track Club Open Men edge Mohegan Striders on the tie-break! It done git any cloza. Results are posted and controversal pictures, currently under review, will be posted during the week. Greater Springfield Harrier, Ron Lombardi, drafts behind Mike Owens (Westcheser Track Club) through first 3K, then turns on the jets to hit the 6:00/ mile mark... Kate Lapinski lowered her course record in preparation to defend her national title. Next up for this tour de cross is the HTC 8K on 11/20. Perhaps next year, I'll kick in another chunk of money as a side purse to score a tri-meet between Westchester, Springfield, and Connecticut's top team! What do you think? Mike don't look so disgruntled...It's cross-country!
from team page
Mystic Marathon USATF/CT Team Relay Results
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The Sunny Brook 5K Cross-Country course is in fantastic shape. The race is open to everyone and it starts on Sunday at 11:00 AM. Get there early. The registration , start, and finish are located about 3/4 of a mile from the parking area. There are no restrooms; this is a true cross-country race. Last year's event was won by Stephen Herreira and Kate Paddon, shown below
Sunny Brook State Park is located North of Torrington. From Torrington, take North Main street past the Police Station located at the intersection of route 4 and N. Main and continue to the third set of lights. North Main will take a sharp 90 degree right turn at the third set of lights; however, you will proceed straight onto Newfield Rd (therre's a white church at the corner of Newfield Rd and N. Mn.). I will try to have a couple race signs out to give you a heads up. Proceed up Newfield Rd. about 3.5 miles and take a left into the DEP parking lot. There will be race signs for the parking lot. Park and hike in to registration; race day is $10.00. if you plan on competing for the USATF prize money, you must be a current member of the USATF/CT and affiliated with a current USATF/CT team. USATF representatives will be available at the race to answer any questions and get you signed up before the race. Get there early, bring a lunch, and enjoy the scenery. The prizes this year look pretty tasty...and the race results and photos will be a featured item on the number one running web site in Connecticut. For more details on last year's race check out the Team/Club page. For aerial photos of the course and surrounding terrain , check out the photo gallery.
Congratulations to Amie Schumacher (she's got a couple photos located on this home page) for succesfully defending her title and winning the High School State Open Cross-Country Championship. Good luck at the New Englands at Wickham Park next week!
More photos from Kent are posted. The Mohegan Striders won the Men's Open Team competition at the first race of the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix. The second race of the series is scheduled for this Sunday at the Sunny Brook State Park in Torrington. The race is open to everyone; individual and/or team. Check out the team/club pages for more details.
Happy Halloween! Kent results are up and pictures will be up during the week.
Congratulations to the World Champion Boston Red Sox!
This Sunday is the 28th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run 5-Miler. Lat year's race was won by Joe LeMay in 25:31. Joe is listed as #1 in this year's pre-registration. Martha Perkins won the women's race in 32:09, there's a good chance that she will return to defend her title. This is a USATF certified course with climbing, small rolling, hills over the first two miles. The course record is 24:42 set by Simon Peter in 1995. The weather reports all predict favorable conditions. It should be a great race! Greystone will be there and barring any unforseen circumstances, the photos should be spetacular!
Do these photos look familiar? Congratulations Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Champions Jason Pereira and Amie Schumacher. Lucky numbers?
The Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Championship results are UP! Photos will be posted during the week...
The Bristol 2-Mile Results are up!
The Bristol 5-Mile Results are up!
The Litchfield Cross-Country Challenge Results are up! View All THE Results....
Lawrence (168) and Munroe (159) in a blaze of fire battle down to the wire with a final 50 meter surge by David Lawrence to take the 11th Annual Colebrook Maple Syrup 5-Mile Run. Results are posted.
The City of Waterbury High School Cross-Country Championship Results are posted. Hats off to #1 Amie Schumacher and #2 Jason Pereira for wearing the numbers and living up to expectations. Congratulations to the City of Waterbury Champions!
Pereira leads the race, runs off course at about 1 mile, he extends his race course, rejoins the race in 3rd place with no advantage, then manages to fight for the win. Schumacher lead from start to finish and should be a strong favorite for the state title in a few weeks... A bunch of photos will be posted from this race over the next few days.
Schumacher won the state open yesterday 11/5 against a great challenge from Caitlin Cunningham.
2004 Watertown Harvest Ramble Run Road Race
The 2004 Watertown Harvest Ramble Run Road Race would like to thank all our generous sponsors and contributors. Last years race raised $2300.00 for the Noble family and $250.00 was given to the Alicia Townsend fund, our 2002 recipient.
The Watertown Harvest Ramble Run Road Race Committee is diligently preparing for the 2004 upcoming race. New for 2004 will be the addition of a 5 mile unsanctioned scenic and challenging course along with the existing 3 mile sanctioned course!
This years race will be again Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 27, 2004, 10:00 AM, at Crestbrook Park Golf Course, Northfield Road, Watertown, CT.
Contributions may be made to the Watertown Harvest Ramble Run Road Race c/o the Watertown Recreation Department, 51 Depot Street, Suite #108, Watertown, Connecticut 06795.
For more information or to register for the event please contact the
Watertown Recreation Department at 860-945-5246.
Have you been to the team page lately? Let's go.
The USATF/CT 2004 Cross-Country Series:
1. Stenger Farm 5K on 10/16 Mohegan takes the open men team competition in race number 1!
2. Sunny Brook 5K on 11/7
3. Hartford track Club XC Challenge 8K on 11/20
4. Cow Chip 5K on 11/27
You can download an application to any of these races from Download Application
Team prize money for Open and Masters.
team page star 11/8/04
It's Cross-Country season once again and the USATF/CT is offering two significant areas for cross-country competition: the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix and the Junior Olympics.
The USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix is four races: The Stenger Farm 5K in Waterford on 10/16, the Sunny Brook 5K in Torrington on 11/7, the Hartford Track Club Cross-Country Challenge 8K at the MDC Reservoir in West Hartford on 11/20, and the Cow Chip 4 Miler in Trumbull on 11/27. This is a great series for individuals and teams. Greystone is looking to put together open and master teams to vie for the team prize money that each race puts up. You must be a current member with the USATF/CT. You must declare your team affiliation for the cross-country season. You may compete for a different club during the road race grand prix; however, the competition must not overlap. For instance, if you competed for club A during the road grand prix at the New Haven 20K and that was your final road grand prix event ( you chose not to compete at Mystic) you are then elligible to run for club B during the first xc race at Stenger Farm and beyond.
The open mens team need 7 guys. Top 5 scoring with 6 and 7 displacing. The Open women, Master men, and Master Women only need 5 runners with the top 3 scoring and 4 and 5 displace. Masters can score down in the Open division.
Below is a picture of last year's Champion Cross-Country Mens Team with some pretty fast women: The Mohegan Striders.
Stenger Farm is their home turf. Sunny Brook is our home turf. Last year at Sunny Brook #196 won the race, just like he did the year before. That's Steve Herrera.
Off in the distance at Sunny Brook, you can see the second place finisher and our number one runner for Greystone in third, Richard Hunter. Hunter is hot right now and we need to set up the guns to back him up for the open mens team competition. Adams is coming off a fine win at Hogs Back and a strong second place finish at Highland Lake, he is definitely a top gun. Who else wants to step up to take on the Mohegan Striders, Athletes Foot -HiTek, Empire Racing, and any other team that throws their hat into the ring?
And don't let their smiling master men team fool you. They are fast with Wayne Jollie, Tim Smith, Way Hedding, and God knows who else they might throw at you... Is Fred Hudak up to the task? Could Tillotson decide to compete for Greystone in Cross-Country? If you have questions about the elligibility, let me know. Maybe Bill Borla could give us a hand. It's our turf, and we should run hard to win the Sunny Brook 5K and any other Cross-Country race for that matter.
That's the current USATF Women's National Master Cross-Country Champion, Kate Paddon tuning up on last years Sunny Brook 5K while the Greystone Girls won the Open Womens team competiton.
This is a great race for the kids to tune up for the USATF/CT Junior Olympic Association Championship the following Sunday. For a race application to Sunny Brook 2004, check out the Applications Page
There are no restrooms at Sunny Brook but there is a significant turnout in enthusiastic spectators all along the course...
and of course the Star Spangled Banner is a significant event
as well as the pre-race "fly over" with a local fuel tanker...
The finish line is loaded with many spectacles as spectators await the first runners...
and there is great cellebration for the cross-country harriers as they race to victory!!!
Come to the Sunny Brook 5K XC and be a part of it all.
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Coaches submitting their rosters for the City of Waterbury Cross-Country Meet scheduled for Friday, 10/15/04 at Blackrock State Park in Thomaston, should email the roster to firstname.lastname@example.org and request confirmation. Include your name, the school name and the first and last name of each runner. Seperate rosters for boys and girls.
More Highland Lake photos posted and some team insights on Sunny Brook at the Team Page. The Owens Cross-Country Race is cancelled. The Cow Chip 5K has been added to the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix!
The Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Invitational results are up along with a few photos. Hogs Back photos are up as well as Highland Lake 10K results. Highland Lake photos will suddenly apear like apparitions from amoung the morning ground fog. Over the next few updates you will be informed about the USATF/CT Cross-Country 2004 Grand Prix. The first race in this series is the Stenger Farm 5K. You can download a race application directly from this website. At anytime you may scroll to the left and access the application dowlnoad page. The Colebrook 5 Mile race is also scheduled for the same day as the Stenger Farm Cross-Country. Check out the website calendar page for updates on dates,course descriptions, and miscellaneous race information. I will eventually revert to the Hyper text links to these assorted ornaments, but for now, I encourage the website regulars to break from the standard routine and check out the far corners of this athletic collage.
Congratulations to Krista Albright and Steven Krasnowski: NVL High School Cross-Country Invitational Varsity Champions. Scroll the results Page.
The USATF/CT LDR committee met in September to determine the following rules for the Mystic Marathon relay as it pertains to the USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix:
1. A Club may enter an unlimited amount of teams; however, only one team will be scored in a given division.
2. The team must present a card to the USATF/CT table prior to 30 minutes before the start of the race identifying:
- the team's name
- the club for which the team is competing
- the division(s) in which the team intends to compete
- the full name and age of each member on the team
- each member must be a current USATF/CT member registered for that club
3. Teams may score down in divisions (with the exceptions of Senior Men and Grand Master Women).
4. Teams are limited in age divisions by the youngest member on the team.
5. Team member requirements:
- Open Men and Open Women = 5 members per team
- Master Men and Master Women = 5 members per team
- Grand Master Men = 5 members per team
- Grand Master Women = 3 members per team running the legs as follows (1 +2),3,(4+5).
- Senior Men = 3 members per team running the legs as follows (1 +2),3,(4+5).
6. Grand Master Women and Senior Men Teams will not score down in divisions.
7. No member shall run more than one leg.
8. Each Club is required to submit a score sheet to the designated USATF/CT Official with 48 hours after the posting of results.
9. The relay chip for the 1st leg of the team must not cross the finish line or the team will be disqualified.
Rev.A 9/16/04 WG
Hogs Back Half-Marathon results are posted. Brooklyn Fair 5K photos are complete, Hogs Back will be posted during the week. The Litchfield Cross-Country Challenge 2.75 xc race scheduled for 10/10 has been rescheduled for Sunday 10/17.
In torrential rain they came. They had come to run the 6th Annual Cheshire Jaycees 5K. They weren't disappointed as lightning flashed and roads flooded, Ricciuti defended his title, McKenzie topped the women, and Ivan was humbled. See the results page...
USATFCT LDR Mystic Relay Rules posted
The Martha's Vineyard 5K and Brooklyn Fair 5K results are posted. There will be photos posted during the week.
The Northfield Twilight 10K results are posted, the Colebrook 5-Miler has changed their race date, and the Litchfield XC Challenge race date is pending. Below are the Northfield 10K winners, Rebecca Steinkraus(AFHT) and Jim Zoldy(Empire). Jim lead from start to finish while Rebecca started conservatively and made significant advances in the second half. Rebecca passed on the opportunity with Greystone Challenge to earn the extra $150.00
Julliet on the wing at Richmond, VA
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The Northfield 10K has been rescheduled for next Friday!
Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Northfield 10K scheduled for tonight at 6:00 PM has been rescheduled for next Friday nigh, 8/20/04 at 6:00 PM.
The new 2004 Hogs Back Half Marathon and Highland Lake 10K race apps are available from the Application page. Sandy Beach Triathlon and People's Forest Trail photos are up. The Torrington Road Race photos will be posted over the next few days.
Results for the Sandy Beach Triathlon and the People's Forest Trail Race are up! Korby kicks in tri and Tillotson rocks on trail...Photos will be posted over the next week.
$50.00 to the first person to break 49:00 for 7-Miles. The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail race is this Saturday at 9:00 AM. The State charges a parking fee at Matheis Grove Pavilion on East River Rd in Barkhamsted, and the gates open at 8:00 AM. Race entry is $5.00. The course is a challenging run with marks at all the turns and miles. There is an unmanned water table at the 4 mile mark. Bring some food to share with other runners for a post race picnic in the grove. 7 minute miles isn't that tough!
The People's Forest is the first race in the Greystone Challenge. $150.00 to the man and/or woman who can finish first in all three races: Peoples Forest 7- Mile Trail, Torrington 5, and Northfield 10K, in 2004.
Jeff Niedeck and Dan Barry took immediate control over the bucolic Twin Lakes 5 Mile Road Race in Salisbury and never looked back. Niedeck was able to sustain the pressure while Barry dropped off at around 3 miles. Pamela Neimeth from Milan, NY masters the women. Race results are posted along with more Firecracker Mile photos. Twin Lakes photos will come up over the week...The Canaan 5-Miler is this Sunday, the New Milford 8-Miler on 7/31, Sandy Beach Tri on Friday 8/6, Peoples Forest 7-Mile Trail 8/7, Torrington 5-Miler on 8/8, and Northfield 10K on Fri. 8/13. Greystone will award $150.00 to the man and/or woman who can perform the triple crown of running. Win all three, Peoples, Torrington, and Northfield in 2004 and I will present you with a $150.00 check! Be sure your insurance premiums are up-to-date. Who knows, as we get closer to the race date, and the more I think about the Herculean task, the prize money might just increase. Any takers?
Winner, Jeff Niedeck , Sage, Bob Seiller, and runner-up, Dan Barry.
Members from the Greystone Men's Racing team recover from their victory in the Open Mile between sets with the post race party band. The Greystone Men's team defeated the Hartford track Club in the Open Mile with a score of 27:14 to 28:06, while the Greystone women's team placed second to the Hartford Track Club with a score of 18:59 to 19:45. Congratulations in the Open Mile Team Championships! Crank up the band...
Results from the Firecracker Mile are up as well as more photos of from Branford. Photos of the Mile and Fairfield will be up during the week. Happy Fourth of July!
Fairfield on Sunday, Firecracker on the 3rd, and The West Hartford Women's 10K on the 10th. All offer prize money. The Fairfield Half offer USATF team money, the Firecracker (a non-grand prix event) offers preregistered open team money, and the Women's 10K offers $150.00 each to the top USATF/CT Open and Master's Woman to compete at the Tufts National Championship in Boston this October. The women will also score USATF/CT individual Grand Prix points at the Women's 10K. Branford 5-Mile photos posted over the next few days.
.Tom Hill from WATR 1320AM in Waterbury continues to provide support to the running community with special interviews and shows all about running here in the state of Connecticut. Thank you Tom: www.tomhill.com
We all need a cookie once in a while. WPLR Baby Race Results
It's not too late to register your team for the Firecracker Mile. Mail in your application along with your team roster. Rosters are due before race day and the race is run in the opposite direction this year... There are more Litchfield photos. WPLR is hosting it's first Annual Baby Race in Milford on Saturday! The Harwinton 10K will not be run this year.
Great day for Litchfield. There's a bunch of Moonlight photos and the beginning of the Litchfield Hills. Joseah Matul (11) finished second in a time of 33:52 and Ronald Mogake (in white) took first with a time of 33:44. The course record is 33:21 by Godfrey Kiprotich in 1997. Mogaka and Matul move to 4th and 6th respectively on the list for the fastest times.
Professional Track Work Outs every Tuesday till 7/6 at 6:15 PM at Conard. $5 for anyone who wants to have fun.
The 30th Annual Rocking Rooster 5K from Newtown results are posted! Ribeiro and Camargo establish new course records. View Results
"All baby strollers, little children, and llamas, to the back of the start please!"
I have received the New Hartford Race Around The Lake 3.4 Miler ( it was measured, and it is 3.4 miles; especially since the start was shortened this year). The race is never over. The work is never done. Thank you to the many volunteers and organizers that worked to put on a great race. Congratulations on a record turnout! I look forward to 2005! Moonlight photos will be up over the week. New and improved Race around the Lake results have now been posted. Thank you to the many volunteers who provided runner friendly revisions. View Results
The Martha's Vineyard 5K app is available for download. This is a great summertime race on a certifed 5K course that is relatively flat, fast, and easy.
The Twin Lakes 5-Mile application is now available for download. For the first time ever, the Firecracker Mile will be run in the opposite direction (North to South) in 2004. The Firecracker Mile is offering significant team prize money for both men and women. If you have a team that is interested in competing for this money, you must contact me as soon as possible. There will be no team entries on race day.
The Run for Nancy's Kids 5K and Guilford 4 mile and 1K results are up. There will be photos posted during the week. Luke repeats and Arsenault takes the women's race in a very respectable time...Bob Carmody and the Guilford Savings Bank have continued to be a great supporter of running as well as Race Director, John Bysiewicz (below)
The Hamilton Sundstrand/Local 743 Machinist Union 5K results are up as well as the race application for the Firecracker Mile. Notice that the Firecracker Mile is offering significant prize money to teams who respond and qualify for the invitational grand prix. If you have a team and would like to be invited to participate in the invitational grand prix, then send me an email and I will review your qualifications. Good luck!
Carry the speed up and don't neglect coming back down to short sprints every once in a while. Tuesdays at 6:15, Conard, $5.00.
Results for the Bishop's Fund 5K Run/Walk are posted. Chisholm and Gvozdas establish the race records while team Carpenter takes top honors. Race photos will be posted over the next few days.
The Hartford Track Club has started its coaching series. The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 at the Conard High School Track. The cost is $5.00 per session and they typically last about 1.5 to 2 hours. They are open to all ages and abilities. It's a lot of fun; check it out.
Ran the Granby 10K yesterday. Chris Chisholm took it out easy in the first mile with a 5:30. He briefly pacced with Joel kid and at the turn onto Canton Drive, Chisholm immediately put 30 meters on the rest of da playas. He never looked back as he crossed in 33 mid while Joel took second for a 35 high. Cindy Pomeroy was first female in 11th with a 40:11. Well organized, well marked, not sure when results will be posted. As a note, Chisholm was pumped coming off his brand spankin new National Masters' Title for the indoor 3000 meters at Regie Lewis.
Chris Chisholm at Granby 2004 ...........................................Ken Clark (doubled up from Quassy the day before) stands in front of the partial Granby results. I think he took 5th.
Jeff Niedeck runs away with Sharon while Martha Perkins repeats on a warm, sunny, and beautiful day in the Northwest Corner. Race Results are up and photos will be posted during the week. Assistant track coach, Jhonny Camacho breaks 6's and holds off neophite, Dan Barry. This is Dan's second road race; ever. As you recall, elsewhere on this page, Dan placed 3rd at Watertown for his debut a week earlier. He trains with Bill Borla and Bob Seiller, who put him through his paces in a hard workout the day before. I imagine, Dan might have given Jeff a challenge, had he not busted a gut within 24 hours before the gun. It was great to see former champion, Dave Dunleavy finish in the top 5. Dave can run an easy 2-3 minutes faster towards the end of May. Spencer Sass chopped a half minute off his time from last year despite falling from third to 6th this year. It's the effort that really matters and at 14, Spencer will soon be King of the road.
Tillotson Takes Terryville, Miki Latvis (first female) is second overall, and 12 year-old, Greg Armbruster is third. Outstanding running conditions. Race results are posted and photos will come up during the week.
Gyulay, Cavanaugh, and Barry play nice through the first mile, then Gyulay took his ball and went the rest of the distance by himself to capture the 6th Annual Watertown 5K in 16:43. With a mile left to go Crosby presses Titus and tops the women by 5 seconds. Wind was a factor in spots; otherwise the course was in great shape and the turnout respectable, despite the revised date and time. This is a great event put on by Race Director, Joyce Heineman. Race results are posted and photos will be up over the next few days.
Watertown on Saturday and Terryville on Sunday!
Can you guess this course?(Terrryville)
Tax Track 5K and Topsmead XC results are up along with Topsmead photos and the new Canaan 5 Miler Application.
Runners, walkers, bikers and even strollers are invited to follow one of the most scenic race courses in Connecticut – a 3.5 mile route that circles West Hill Pond, with start and finish lines inside Brodie Park. Taking place on Sunday, May 30, 2004, the race goes off at 10:00 a.m., with race day registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration fees are $20 per runner, $15 under age 15, with a $5.00 discount for registrations received before May 18, 2004. The first 100 registrants receive a commemorative T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded in each division.
Following the race will be an awards presentation, and a Kid’s Fun Run, for children under the age of 11. There is no charge for the Fun Run, and all participants will receive a prize. Refreshments will be available.
Come on out and join the Friends of Brodie Park at this fun event! For registration information, please call Trish Morrissey at 860-379-7081 or email email@example.com
The Friends Of Brodie Park, LLC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization created to fund maintenance and improvement projects at Brodie Park in New Hartford, Connecticut, including building an accessible playscape in the park in 2004.
Relaxing after trail work, hill repeats, and the rat race.
This Saturday is The Bunny Boogie 3- Mile Road Race in Darien. This is the USATF/CT AADP race for women who want to qualify for funding to participate in the Freihoffers Women 5K National Championship in Albany this June. The USATF/CT along with the Bunny Boogie Race and the USATF National Organization provides funding and direction for promissing athletes who show potential to compete at the elite level.
The Bunny Boogie race is the first race in the USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix which is directly applicable to individual grand prix points for women. There are no team points in this race.
The Quassy Loop 12K , on Saturday, May 1st, is the first Road Race featuring both individual and team points for all men and women. The start of the race has been modified to reduce risk, slightly straighten the first 200 meters, and enhance the quality of the race. The new start takes place in the main parking lot and runs directly out the main park entrance/exit gate. Look to our calendar page for more race info.
The USATF/CT held a board meeting last night and determined that the Junior Olympic Track Meet scheduled for June 19th will be held at Southern Connecticut State University. The Outdoor Association Championship , which is open to everyone, will also be held at Southern on July 25th. The July 25th meet, like the recent indoor track meet at Yale, will feature master championship events in the: shot put, long jump, 100m, 400m, and 3,000m.
The next USATF/CT LDR meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00 PM in the Wintergreen Building at SCSU.
The North Haven 5K results are up. This was also a record turnout on a relatively raw and chilly spring morning. Jeffrey Townsend, from Berkley, CA lead the field with a 5:22 pace while Rebecca Steinkraus topped the women with 6:28's. Results and photos...
The Easton DARE 5K results are up. A record turnout on a raw, rainy day. The rain didn't dampen the spirit of Bob Davenport as he took a good long look over his shoulder at 3 and then coasted to a 16:37. Seventeen year-old, Robyn Hudak lead the women with a solid 20:44 over a moderately hilly course. Results and photos...
Coming soon. Big news on some local races! Stay tuned.
The Oleksak Lumber Spring Half Marathon and 5K had a fantastic turnout. Tom Bousquet cruised at 5:43's to tour the 13.1 all by his lonesome. Donna Kay-Ness finishes 10th overall to win in a 1:26:00. Meanwhile, Carlos Rivera worked into the wind with a 5:29 effort to take the 5K and Kelly Heroux finished 6th overall to top the women with a 20:54. 5K and Half race results are posted and race photos will be poping up over the next few days...
The Bears are done hibernating. Enjoy the trails and keep your eyes open.
The USATF/CT Indoor Track State Championship results are posted. Please note that these results are preliminary and current to 3/23/04 00:10 Zulu. Other sites have different results through no fault of their own. Like the past three years, the results will not become final until the USATF/CT Board of Directors has reviewed the the documentation and made the corrections for ineligible athletes and clubs.... Please review our results in the results section along with the photos from the meet. I will continue to update the results as they are reviewed. Our next board meeting is scheduled for 4/7/04.
Local athletes turn in top performances at the Indoor Track State Championship. See team/club page. More photos will be posted in the gallery over this coming week.
Howling winds couldn't keep them away. Ronalter goes out a little easier this year and it pays big dividends as he took control around the 4 mile mark. Paddon sets a new course record. Giorgetti and Heim double the pleasure and the chili was awesome. Race results and photos...
The Summit Ridge Farm 15K on Saturday, 3/13 at 10:00 AM-From route 118 in Harwinton, take route 222 (Hill Rd) south for two miles. #421 is on the right hand (west) side. Park at the top of the hill. Race day registration only from 8:30 to 9:55 AM. See calendar for additional details.
A full recovery from Stu's
There has been a date change for the Watertown 5K. The new date is tentatively set for 4/24 at 10:00 AM. Happy March! Get ready for the Summit Ridge Farm 15K on Saturday, March 13th at 10:00 AM. One of the prettiest courses in Connecticut. Check the calendar page.
The Colchester Half is up. Look for race photos to be posted throughout the week in the photo gallery. Karatkewicz goes out hard and never looked back. Arsenault is dogged by Terwilliger. Record attendance on a gorgeous day.
Happy Valentine's Day!Results for the Bob Andrulis 5 Miler are up. Marsalese and Leigh establish course records. Tom Filippini has an outstanding run after recovering from Litchfield Hills fracture. Third and fourth place finishers walk away with nothin'. Improvements have been made, the course is now closer to 5 miles (not certified), and appoximate mile marks were displayed this year; however, it's difficult to explain why a runner who finishes third overall is ommitted in the awards while others further back are recognized for a lesser achievement. While going one deep is fine, duplicates are questionable. A fine race with outstanding volunteers and organizers. Some minor adjustments needed for the future. If you're only going one deep, try awards to the top three male and female overall finishers, then one deep in each age division without duplicates. There are several smaller county races that actually go three deep in the age groups and as this race grows, one deep ain't gonna cut it... The singing and the post race food were fantastic! Hats off to Berta; good job and it is getting even better.
Indoor Track is in full swing. Check out the Team/club page for more info on Team Greystone events.
The Collinsville 11.2 Mile Results are up and thank you to Gail Case, owner and head Baker of the Collinsville Bakery. She's also a great runner.
Next Saturday, Valentine's Day , is the Andrulis 5 Miler in Litrchfield, check out the race application and race calendar pages for details.
Shorts and a singlet.
The USATF/CT announces the 2004 Road Race Grand Prix:
5/1/04 Saturday The Quassy Loop 12K in Woodbury
6/20/04 Sunday The Branford 5 Miler in Branford
6/27/04 Sunday The Fairfield Half-marathon in Fairfield
8/12/04 Thursday The River Run 5K in Hartford
9/6/04 Monday The New Haven 20K in New Haven
10/24/04 Sunday The Mystic Place Marathon Relay in Mystic
Happy New Year!
The Milton 4.9 mile road race results are up. Pictures will be posted in the gallery over the next couple days. Congratulations to kid Golding for takin' the men, and to Ms. Lodovica for offin' da wimun.
Next up on the calendar is the People's Forest 1 or 2 lumps on 1/18.
The USATF/CT will conduct an LDR (Long Distance Running) meeting on 1/7/04 at the Community Room at West Farms Mall at 7:00 PM. This meeting is directed to potential LDR committee members. As per the by-laws, this is a semi-restricted meeting. Send me an email if you would like to attend.
Yes, the Norfolk Pub 10 results are here! It was a solid interstate rivalry between Conn., Mass., NH, RI, New York, and CA. And the winner is; Calif.??? Blake and Lemay dual for the CR bonus, while Fagan is hot stuff! Rats run the party and the pub rocks. Thanks to all the runners, volunteers, the town of Norfolk, and my wife, Patty, whose poetry helped my campaign swing into full gear.
The wisewomen, Kate Sileo(152) and Kristen Bald(163), followed by an elf, Isaabelle Binstade(226)
When an idea is wanting, aword can always be found to take its place.
For those of you who plan on attending the Gala Norfolk event, I have the following phone numbers of establishments that could give a flying: Mt.View(860)542-6991, Blackberry(860)542-5100, Angel Hill(860)542-5920, and the Manor House(860)542-5690. The Manor House is located on the course, 300 meters up from the start. I make no endorsement of any of these establishments. I might call one or two in the near future to let them know about the race and to find out about their rates.
Masters reign supreme at the Jingle Bell 5K! Funk repeats. Irwin takes the women. Results & Photos
left-to-right Falk216,Howe214,Murray203, Zoldy 210,and Funk254 through the first kilometer in Litchfield.
The Norfolk Pub 10 Miler is scheduled for next Saturday, 12/20/03, at 11:00 AM.
Local running clubs offer a great
way to train, compete, meet some new people , and have fun.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. -Helen Keller
Congratulations to Kate Paddon-Lapinski for winning the Women Master's Cross-Country National Championship in Greenville, NC over this past weekend. Kate covered the rugged 10K XC course in a time of 40:01 to beat her nearest rival by 38 seconds. Good job!
The Milton Resolution<5 Mile Road Race app is now available. The Jingle Bell 5K is coming up on Saturday at high noon. Last year saw 155 finishers with John Funk from Kent winning in 18:30 and Brianna Smyth leading the women in 21:39 under snowy conditions. Today's weather report predicts flurries. Keep an eye on the new Team/Club Information page for team training tips, trips, and notes on who's doin' what. Tis' the season.
The time is always right to do what is right. MLK
The 2003 USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix featured excellent performances for both the Open and Master Men from The Hartford Track Club, Athletes Foot Hitek, and The Mohegan Striders. It was the Mohegan Striders that put up the strongest fight to claim the club title of overall State Champions for the Open and Master Men! Congratulations to the Mohegan Striders on a fine Championship season. We'll all be gunnin' for ya next year! Way, the tie-dye ran pretty well at the Framingham 5.1 yesterday...
The Watertown Harvest Ramble 3 Mile results are up along with some photos. This was a first year event on the 3-mile, certified, course. The course runs out, does a loop, then comes back. Some runners chose to run the loop in a clockwise direction, some chose counterclockwise, while others started to run the loop in the clockwise direction, then realised they were running the course in the opposite manner, and turned around to run in the proper direction. Those runners that turned around actually went a sizeable amount of extra distance and I have noted their results with an asterix. Occassionaly, we all take a wrong turn. Congratulations to all who participated on this blustery day.
Framingham Results are up. Happy Thanksgiving!
Congratulations to Krisy Hassig, National qualifier in the Region 1 Junior Olympics. Congratulations to all the Team Greystone members who ran well and enjoyed the day at Van Cortlandt. Thank you for a job well done. Region 1 Results are posted along with some Van Cortlandt Park photos.
The Connecticut Cross-Country State Championship results are posted along with various photos. Herrera and Arsenault claim State Titles. The Hartford Track Club battles to the final point with the Mohegan Striders. A fantastic turnout on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning. Final standings for the 2003 USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix will be posted early next week. I still have the regional junior olympics. It was a very exciting season and all the races were competitive. Thank you to all the races, the directors, their sponsors, the runners, the volunteers, and the spectators for making the 2003 XC Grand Prix an exciting and fun event.
The Connecticut Junior Olympic Cross-Country results are now posted!
Congratulations to our new USATF/CT President, Robert Fontaine and thank you to Bill Mongovan for so many years of outstanding volunteer service.
The Litchfield Jingle Bell 5K application is now available.
Today was the Junior Olympic Cross-Country Meet at White Memorial Conservation Area in Litchfield. Thank you to all the Greystone team members and their support crews. Our Club was well represented across all the events(with the exception of the inter/young men 5K). We had members qualify in all the events entered. Photos from today's starting line area are up in the Gallery. The USATF/CT should have the results posted within a couple days on www.usatf-ct.org I'll give you a heads up, as soon as the results are posted. We have practice on Tuesday. Check out the members area for more details. You all did GREAT!
Thank you to White Memorial, to Meet Director, Dave Driscol and the wonderful volunteers from Litchfield and the Litchfield Track Club. Thank you to the USATF/CT, to the former (long-time) President, Bill Mongovan, to Membership Director, Jim Barber,to Masters LDR Chair, Peter Hawley, and to all the men, women, children, and pets, that help to make the Junior Olympic Cross-Country Meet a fantastic event. No ice storm this year, just impressive performances by runners from all over the Constitution State. New York, here we come...
For more info on the JO's go to the members area and type in the secret registration code.
The USATF/CT drafted a preliminary Road Race Grand Prix and chose six of the following races along with two women's AADP races. The Final calendar will be announced once all the contracts have been signed, sealed, and delivered. Thank you to all the races for participating in the RRGPbid process.
The following races submitted bids for the 2004 and 2005
USATF/CT Road Race Grand Prix within the prescribed guidelines.
Every current USATF/CT member was notified of the Road Race Grand Prix process in writing. If you feel strongly about any of the above races being included in the final schedule, then come to the meeting and let your opinion be heard.
Record Falls at the Diane Burr Memorial 5K Flag Run/Walk. The pack of 50 year-old horses make a statement. Chiovetti repeats. Photos and results.
USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix brings showdown to Sunny Brook 5K in Torrington. It was sunny, it was dry (except for a few spots in the field), it was cold, it was windy, and it was competitive. Top teams were determined by less than a point. The officials have reviewed the scores. In the men's race, The Hartford Track Club and The Mohegan Striders rocked. The women's race saw Team Greystone dominate. The results are up and the photo gallery is jammin'. This was a mild preview to this Sunday's JO races in Litchfield. Congratulations to all the runners, volunteers, and spectators. Thank you to the State of Connecticut and to the Balsa Flyers for sharing such a beautiful resource. Nice job with the starting gun Bridgette.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back. (Will Rogers)
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. (Will Rogers)
After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him... The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut. (Will Rogers)
Rafferty's Pub Photos of dubious characters are in the Gallery.
Every now and then, a weekend comes along where there are a number of races that you wish that you could run. Last weekend was such a weekend. On Saturday, November 1st, I participated in the Owen's 6K Cross-Country Race at Black Rock State Park. This was Mike Owen's 4th year and he has a great location, great volunteers, and a great race.
There's something about a cross-country race that sets it apart from the road race scene. Owen's race featured a USATF/CT team and individual competition. This is always fun. In general the settings for cross-country are more intimate and friendly than road races. The competitors in cross-country are quality runners who know each other and they don't take themselves too seriously. The Owen's race had a picnic-like atmosphere that made it very friendly and fun for even the spectators. The Black Rock course is very spectator friendly. It was great to see the familiar faces from last season's cross-country grand prix. The ageless wonder and renowned champion, Tim Smith was there. Tim is big and strong, in his early 50's, a former High School Champion, and a New England Running legend. A great guy, church deacon, and tenancious competitor, he always greets you with a big hello and a warm smile. Tim, his history, his attitude, go a long way to symbolize cross-country. Last year's cross-country open grand prix champion, Stephen Herrera was there. Steve is a running machine on both the road and the cross circuits. He is very humble, soft spoken, and always friendly, upbeat, and positive. He likes a challenging course. That is a trait that is common for most cross-country runners; we all like a challenging course. Way Hedding came up from Norwich. Way is the cross-country runner who runs the race like it is actually a race and not just some training tempo/jog. In year's past, Way would show up with his psychadelic tie-die and put the petal to the metal. He loves to kick back after the race, crack open a cold one, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy the after glow of a well run, fun, race. These are just a few of the characters that come out for a morning's run in the blood, the mud, and the vomit. To them, as to most cross-country runners, it's fun first and foremost, then it's a race.
I took my middle school cross-country team down to the event and they had a great time. The Owen's 6K Cross-Country is hereby designated as the Western Connecticut Middle School State Championship. As USATF Long Distance Running and Cross-Country Chairman for the State of Connecticut; I can do that... The kids will learn more about what cross-country means at a race like this more than anywhere else. They'll be there again next year where they'll pick off two or three adults and brag about it for weeks! Great job! Great season!!!
Immediately following the cross-country race, I worked to post the results for Mike. They were up on this web site about 6:00 PM, then I was off to Massachusetts where I lead my double life competing in a New England Road Racing Grand Prix sponsored by the Hockomock Swamp Rat Magazine. This is a magazine, published every ten weeks specifically for runners. The advertising is minimal, the text is colorful, the statistics are interesting, and best of all, it's not politically correct. It's straight talk with plenty of opinion and fun reading. You can try the web at www.hockomock.net
Sunday's race was a contrast. The Rafferty's Pub 5 Miler in Marshfield is a race with twenty years of history and a lot of top runners have put down some pretty fast times over this relatively easy 5-mile out and back road course. The race tipped off at noon and I had plenty of time to think over the Brain Trust strategy. When faced with a double race weekend, the best strategy is to avoid injury and let the horses run on the final day. This race was no exception, the lead pack of five runners went out in a very tame 5:40 first mile which meant that I was able to tag along and clear my lungs of the morning's poker cigar (Juan Clemente-Churchill).
Since I wasn't sure of the start time I had arrived to the race at 9:00 AM and spent the next three hours talking with an entirely different type of race crowd. Tom Hurley was the first to arrive. Tom is a writer, a spokesman for the sport of running, a gentleman who is an expert on running here in New England, and a happy guy! He started this year's race. He's fired the starting gun at many great races. Peter Wallen showed up a few minutes later. Peter is the Editor and Publisher of the Hockomock Swamp Rat Magazine. He's been running races since the early 60's. Always a top competitor in his age-group, Wallan has an encyclopedic knowledge of runners, races, dates, times, distances, and attractive women. He's married, so he makes for a good wing man. He's the only guy I know with a personalized autographed 8 x 10 of Suzy Hamilton (good runner-NICE calendar).
Dave and Gail Martin run this Grand Prix religiously. To date, they are the only participants to earn bonus points by running and finishing in a nude race. Gail sits atop of the leader board and currently lords over the ratdom. She's a great runner and is consistently winning her age-group. Dave met her through running a number of the early Swamp Rat Grand Prix races and they got married. Dave's running hasn't suffered too much.
I'll be putting a bunch of photos up in the gallery over the next few days, so you can all see the runners from the Rat Grand Prix. Look at their faces carefully. Study them. Remember them. This December they will invade Connecticut and compete for glory in the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler. Don't let Connecticut become infested with vermin from the North. Defend your country and let them know what a real race is like! You can download a Norfolk Pub App from the application page. It is guaranteed to be a great time!
Man of the year Awards
3rd Place goes to
2nd Place goes to
and the winner of the man of the year goes to
Results from the Pearson Middle School Cross-Country Invitational are posted. No tricks, justs treats to the top five finishers in each race. Congratulations to the Fisher Girls Team and the Pearson Boys team. Happy Halloween!
Greystone cordially invites runners of all ages and abilities to participate in the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country program. Greystone offers professional coaching, administration, uniforms, and direction for the runner and their guardians.
Our first practice is scheduled for Monday, November 3rd at the White Memorial Conservation Area in Litchfield. White Memorial is the location for this year's JO XC State Championship race. We meet at the Museum parking lot at 3:30.
Greystone attempts to create a number of different boys and girls teams to compete in all the divisions. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Bring a friend, bring a group of friends. We can help to form a team and everyone gets to run on race day!
Greystone is a registered USATF Running Club. Membership is free and I'll do my best to post your name, and any club happenings right here on this web site. If you can't make all the practices, that's okay. I'll set up some workouts and you can meet us on race day. For more information on practices (eg, People's Forest, Torrington Track, etc.) send me an email and reference the Greystone JO XC
Course records fall at the Bristol Mum-a-Thon 5-miler as Chris Chisholm and Kate Paddon raise the bar. 2-miler draws a crowd in raw conditions. Thank you Patrick and Brittany.
The USATF/CT held an LDR meeting last night to discuss the 2004 and 2005 Road Racing Grand Prix. The members present were asked to vote on two items: Prize Money and the Total Number of Races. Members were given a hand out detailing the bid process for those races wishing to be part of the Grand Prix for 2004 and 2005. Checks were distributed to winners from the current 2003 Road Race Grand Prix, and an open Discussion took place to address member concerns and answer any LDR questions.
The following is info for the USATF/CT Cross-Country Grand Prix for
Simon's General Store 10K is a spectacular course. Even the neighboring roads are pretty; just ask the first place female, who inadvertantly took a wrong turn with 1 mile to go. She had a 400 meter lead on the rest of the field. Lost 3 minutes on her time before she corrected the mishap. She finished 2nd overall but she definitely wins first place for the embarassment award... It happens to the best of 'em. She'll break 6's next year! View photos and results.
Highland Lake is up and the USATF/CT Road Grand Prix team results from Old Saybrook.
USATF/CT ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX : New Haven 20K 9/2/03 Team Results . Significant delays were incurred, while review was made over faulty submissions. Old Saybrook should be up in a day or two. Review the results and save the comments; especially when it may have been your team that submitted the bad data. I'll here your comments at the LDR meeting scheduled 10/8/03 (7:00 PM at the Moore Field House at SCSU). Until that time, it is best not to cast an indictment.
There are some new photos up from the Hogs Back Half Marathon. I'll be posting some more Hogs Back photos over the next few days.
The Cross-Country meet for Pearson vs. Thomaston that was scheduled for today was changed to tomorrow (9/30): Pearson at 3:30. I'll post the results from that meet as soon as possible.
The Highland Lake 10K is schedulded for this Saturday at 10:00 AM. I need voluneteers to work at water tables. Please check in with me by 9:30 AM on race day or send me an email to me plan the event.
The Simon's General Store 10K is scheduled for Sunday 10/5 in Ancram, NY. Ancram is fairly close to Milerton, NY. The course is very pretty and I would expect the foliage to be on the upside of peak! Prime! It's a moderately hilly course made for the classic 10K athlete.
The Clarence DeMar Marathon is a spectacular course with a river (Ashuelet) run similar to that of the Hogs Back for the first 6 or 7 miles; unfortunately, it was a steady rain, with an occassional torrential downpour, which turned puddle jumping into stream leaping and my race was a wash. I finished, and that's about all I can say about my performance.
I'll be putting the cover photo of man's best friend into the gallery within the next day or so. For those of you with dial-up, be patient and you won't have to deal with the download time for much longer. The photo cheers me up. Haven't seen the bear lately.
The Summit Ridge Farm running group is getting back together for Friday morning runs. We start up on Friday, October 17th at 9:00 AM. The runs vary in distance from 3 to 9 miles and in ability from 7:00/mile to 13:00/mile. For more info send an email to SummitRidgeFarm.
Livin' high on the Hog. I'll put the photos up when I get back from Clarence... Thank you to all the runners, the Lions Club volunteers, the MDC, Hartford Track Club, and the Towns of Colebrook, Barkhamsted, Riverton, Pleasant Valley, and Hartland.
The Watertown Boys and the Torrington Girls emerge victorious in the Naugatuck Valley League High School Cross-Country Invitational. Jose Guzman (Wilby) lead the boys race from start to finish while Amie Schumacher (Holy Cross) dominated the girls race. Congratulations to all the runners, to the volunteers, coaches, and Meet Director Kristian Kuegler for an outstanding event.
The Pearson Middle School (Winsted, CT) opened its Cross-Country season with solid victories in both the boys and girls varsity races against E. Granby. Jimmy D'Amico (Pearson)lead the boys race from start to finish while Joanna Cesuelle (E. Granby) lead the girls from start to finish. Congratulations to the Pearson teams for an outstanding effort. See Results
Cheshire results are posted. A newly certified course with a good turnout and fantastic weather means a great event.
The USATF/CT will hold an LDR Road Race Grand Prix meeting on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM at the Moore Field House at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Anyone interested in nominating a race for consideration in the 2004 and 2005 Grand Prix should attend.
A fantastic weekend for running. The Colebrook 5 Mile results were posted on this site shortly after the awards ceremony. Congratulations to Nathan Hebert and Sara Titus in their victories. Hebert took pause and waited for 2nd place, Jim Doherty, to correct his navigation skills and get back on course half way through the race. Doherty mounted a sizeable charge down the last 600 meter straight to the finish. Doherty was closing but the extra distance and the young gun's legs proved too much. Titus ran a conservative race in recovery from a tremendous 1:20:50 effort at New Haven just five days earlier. Had Titus been running on fresh legs, she certainly would have pressed Hebert and Doherty for the overall laurels. Thank you to the Colebrook Lions Club for putting on a fantastic event. The homemade Maple Syrup awards are the best! We look forward to seeing the Lions Club members at the upcoming Hogs Back Half.
Tonight was the third time in less than two months that I've come upon a large surprise during my trail run. There, just thirty yards in front of me stood Ursus Americanus. After a mile and a half of easy warm up over the trails, I had just started into my first set of 50 quick step pick-ups when I looked up ahead to see 200 plus pounds shake, rattle, and roll up onto the logging road. Unlike the previous two encounters when this guy decided to move at his leasurely own good time; I must have startled him tonight. After all, what's this 190 pound runner racing up the trail so quickly? Where's the fire? Tonight, he moved without hesitation. I was thankful. One gentle swipe of his paw could easily cut a person in two. This was a healthy and agile creature that completely covered the span of the 8 foot wide logging road with his irredescent black fur and bright white snout. The last time I saw this guy he had a red tag on his left ear. Tonight gave me no glimpse of his left side but after he disperesed I did take a general measurement of his paw prints. His claws had dug deep into the gravel of the logging road. A beautiful, formidable, spartan-like animal.
When you come across a Black Bear, stop. Look around. Be sure that you are nowhere near any other bears, particuliarly cubs. The mother will do what any mother would do if she felt her children were threatened. Make a lot of noise and let the bear know that you are there. Make no mistake. Disney has created tremendous misconceptions of wild animals. The world in which we live in is not like Bambi's fantasy land. Never approach a bear. Typically, the Black Bear is fairly timid and will move away quickly before you have any sense of their presence; however, Connecticut has a significant problem with human ignorance and domestication of wild animals (thank you Disney).
Weather the DEP chooses to acknowledge the problem, doesn't matter. There are some bears in these woods who are not afraid of humans and you must be careful. Those are the types of bear that can hurt you. Keep your head up as best that you can while trail running. It's always a good idea to run with a partner. Always let someone know where you are running. Remember, just because you're on a paved road doesn't make you immune to mother nature.
Given the choice, I'ld rather meet a bear in the woods, than another human any day. I went on to finish my workout with a lot more enthusiasm and a great deal of heightened awareness. Thanks for the pick-me-up.
Greetings to everyone from Washington, DC! I hope everyone is doing well. In case y'all haven't yet heard, Hartford's own Jerome Young (...a Prince Tech HS grad) just took the Gold Medal in the Men's 400 Meter Dash in 44.50, at the IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Paris.
On a side note: Remember Ingoe Schultz, the German speedster who handily won the 400M at our 1999 HTC Track Meet at Farmington High School? Back in 2001, he ended up as the 2001 IAAF Silver Medalist in the Men's 400 Meters, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Unfortunately, he was eliminated in this year's IAAF Championship semi-finals, with a still solid 46.02. Hats off to Ingoe for making a good showing!
All the best,
Get ready for the NASHOBA XC Championship followed by the Garven Bash.
Martha's Vineyard and Brooklyn 5K results are up along with photos of each event.
Northfield Results are up and despite the 90 degreee temperatures, the kids were able to tough it out in very respectable times. Hats off to Dave Driscol for timing, the Litchfield Parks and Recreation for hosting the event to benefit 16 year old Alicia Townsend, who is recovering nicely from an intensive brain surgery. Thank you to all the volunteers and the runners that make it happen.
The New logos are up and you should now be able to open the Greystone Photo Gallery. Torrington Race Results have been posted and this Friday is the Northfield 10K. Results from Northfield are being handled by the Litchfield Parks and rec, but we will try to get them posted on this site Friday evening. Stay tuned.
We are currently getting up and running. You can now view local race results, select races from the local calendar, and download certain applications for some races. If you have a local race and would like to make your race application available for downloads, please send us an email for pricing information.