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ERC at Miles For Music 20K, March 10, 2012 by Mick Close

The Fleet Feet Essex team had a great showing at today’s USATF-NJ 20K Championship Race in Highland Park. About 16 people (4 teams) ran representing Fleet Feet/Essex Racing.   USATF individual and team racing is tons of fun.  For more information on how to participate, click here. Hope to see more people at future races.

Complete results are posted at http://www.fasttrackcoaching.net/timing/results.html.

Mens Open Team – 9th
Womens Open Team – 9th
Mens Masters Team 40-49 – 7th
Mens Masters Team 50-59 – 5th

MENS OPEN TEAM RESULTS:
9. 6:44:25 12 (1:20:53)
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1 1:14:24 325 Paul Kartanowicz M 33 NJ FLEET FEET 12
2 1:15:00 257 Paul Giuliano M 49 NJ FLEET FEET 12
3 1:23:48 628 Daniel Smith M 51 NJ FLEET FEET 12
4 1:23:56 418 Patrick McAdams M 34 NJ FLEET FEET 12
5 1:27:17 267 Michael Gorman M 41 NJ FLEET FEET 12
6 (1:41:12) 398 Michael Magee M 53 NJ FLEET FEET 12

WOMENS OPEN TEAM RESULTS:

9. 6:45:43 312 (1:41:26)
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1 1:20:10 630 Catherine Smith F 40 NJ FLEET FEET
2 1:39:36 524 Karen Patton F 29 NJ
3 1:52:00 635 Samantha Spitaletta F 38 NJ FLEET FEET
4 1:53:57 334 Tracy Keller F 36 NJ FLEET FEET
5 (1:54:29) 47 Laura Barry F 31 NJ FLEET FEET

MENS TEAM RESULTS AGE 40-49:

7. 7:24:24 62 (1:28:53)
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1 1:15:00 257 Paul Giuliano M 49 NJ FLEET FEET 62
2 1:27:17 267 Michael Gorman M 41 NJ FLEET FEET 62
3 1:28:57 768 Charlie Slaughter M 57 NJ FLEET FEET 62
4 1:33:42 203 Desmond Duncker M 55 NJ FLEET FEET 62
5 1:39:28 442 Randall Miller M 51 NJ FLEET FEET 62
6 (1:40:02) 147 Michael Close M 62 NJ FLEET FEET 62
7 (2:01:54) 338 Tom Kelly M 71 NJ FLEET FEET 62

MENS TEAM RESULTS AGE 50-59:

5. 7:41:03 112 (1:32:13)
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1 1:23:48 628 Daniel Smith M 51 NJ FLEET FEET 112
2 1:28:57 768 Charlie Slaughter M 57 NJ FLEET FEET 112
3 1:33:42 203 Desmond Duncker M 55 NJ FLEET FEET 112
4 1:35:08 278 Dave Gurniak M 53 NJ FLEET FEET 112
5 1:39:28 442 Randall Miller M 51 NJ FLEET FEET 112
6 (1:40:02) 147 Michael Close M 62 NJ FLEET FEET 112
7 (1:41:12) 398 Michael Magee M 53 NJ FLEET FEET 112

 

Miles for Music 20K         Highland Park, NJ  Greg Neal                1:29:09

“Well, after a long hiatus, it is good to be back running with Essex Running Club again! I was a member, a semi-regular ERC runner when I lived here back in 2006-7, but we recently moved back, and I am getting back in racing shape again.

I received an email from Mick Close, asking me to run for the Essex team for Miles For Music when he saw I had registered, but because of some USATF snafus (I had been put on a Sneaker Factory affiliation), looks like I’ll be good to go next race. I still have my ERC Brooks Jacket so I can look the part.

But it was probably a good thing I didn’t “”race”” because for me this event served as a hard run. In fact, this was the longest run I have done since last October! I simply didn’t have the long runs under my belt. I saw Desmond before the race, and we talked about what our goals were. I told him I had hoped to get around 7 min pace,(I ended up at 7:07) maybe a little faster, and he told me he was going for around 8 minute/pace.

Well, when the start signal went off, Desmond took off like a greyhound and as we hit the two mile mark were already at 6:35 pace. I suppose starter’s adrenaline. I had never run this park before, but I actually liked the 2.5 loop layout, if I were racing this hard, I think it gives a fantastic perspective on who’s ahead…and behind you, because of the turnarounds, you see the other runners.

Plus, it’s really flat. And the weather was great.

In the end I felt pretty good, I kept a fairly even pace and think this served as a great tune up for some of the longer races coming up.(I hope). I also was surprised at how competitive this race was. Tons of fast runners.

I look forward to seeing some of you in future races, as Ill be sure to use Desmond as my rabbit getting off the line quickly.

-Greg Neal”

 

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