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September Race Results

Haworth 5K, September 28, 2013–Aileen O’Rourke

Over 900 runners on this beautiful autumn day. Had my best 5K ever. Got 1st place in my age group with a finishing time of 20:45! My co-worker Delphene just started running in May and got 1st in her age group finishing in 21:59 for her first race.

Newport Liberty Waterfront USATF-NJ Half Marathon Championship in Jersey City – September  22nd, 2013   by Mick Close:

There was a large field for today’s USATF-NJ Half Marathon Championship in Jersey City with almost 2,700 finishers. The skies had cleared by the start of the race although runners still had to dodge some puddles and deal with some gusty winds as the course wound through Jersey City and Liberty State Park with some nice views of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the NYC skyline. Some new faces were our top finishers today, Jackson Bangs (1:25:50) and Pia Lopresti (1:39:17). Several people ran PR’s and our men’s teams performed well in the USATF-NJ Championship.

1:25:50 Jackson Bangs (PR)
1:27:44 Patrcik McAdams
1:31:38 Jason Ben’ous
1:32:42 Michael Gorman
1:35:55 Charlie Slaughter
1:39:17 Pia Lopresti (PR)
1:41:24 John Kriens
1:41:57 Desmond Duncker
1:43:40 Rob Allen  (PR)
1:44:54 Ed Kelly
1:48:47 Michael Magee
1:48:59 Mick Close
1:50:12 Gerald Velli
1:52:40 George Swiatek
1:55:44 Mike Kantor
1:56:49 Tom Kelly (3rd AG)
2:04:03 Roosevelt Lucas
2:09:52 Martta Kelly
2:11:39 Sarah Ford
2:11:48 Ed Trieste (PR)
2:16:16 Mellie Torres

USATF-NJ Team Competition:

Open Men – 12th (Average 1:32:01)
Masters Men 40+ – 10th (Average 1:39:34)
Masters Men 50+ – 7th (Average 1:45:17)
Masters Men 60+ – 5th (Average 1:52:56)

2013 Liberty Half Mar


Great Six Flags Triathlon – September 22nd, 2013   by Justine Krell:

Great Six Flags Triathlon was Sunday September 22– forecasted showers occurred in the wee morning hours, leaving a beautiful warm day for my first tri. I did the sprint – 0.45 mile swim / 13.5 mile bike / 3.1 mile run. Swim was very frustrating for me, as I quickly discovered why I would need tinted goggles. Major sun glare to the left, so I just kept my eyes closed every time I turned my head. I had a tough time maintaining my stroke and breathing rhythm and ended up in the back of the pack. I didn’t panic, just got angry with myself and focused on compensating in the remaining events. Swim time 22:46. Picked up a brisk pace to transition out of the water back to T1, which was a LONG run out of the water through the park to transition (maybe .5-.75 mile?), happy with my T1 time, and got to business on the bike. Passed quite a few cyclists, didn’t notice any in my age bracket, though. I was only passed by 2 guys and a gal on beautiful roads in farm country, mild hills. 52.19. Transitioned to the run pretty quickly as well (1:15), and got off to a better pace than expected (about 8:40?). Then I made the mistake of trip to sip water from a cup before the first mile and gagged – took a few seconds to breathe and regain composure. My legs were a bit heavy on the first mile, but I seemed to keep a decent pace and worked through it quickly, thanks to the brick training. Continued to pass more people than I got passed by, and was very happy to pass some 25-year-old guy in the last 1/4 mile (nice little ego boost, so what if he wasn’t in my category!). I picked up my pace to finish strong, run time 28:22.
Lessons learned: 1) Do more open-water swims with people. Get a thick skin and deal with it. 2) FOCUS and swim my own swim. 3) Don’t bother with Dixie cups, especially on a 5K in good temps. The gagging isn’t worth it. 4) Run harder and faster. I could definitely break through the lactic acid quicker than I did.
With that said, OF COURSE I’m going to do another tri ! I need to set some things straight!!  Looking forward to off-season strengthening, plenty of swimming, maybe a wetsuit purchase? The basebuilders plan was great, and the people were even better. Any and every issue was addressed with great advice !  Looking forward to improving in all aspects!

Overall place: 98 of 208
Gender place: 20 of 87
Female 40 to 44: 5 of 20
Chip time: 1:52:42.3
Segment Rank time Pace
Swim 147 22:46.2 50:36/M
T1 88 07:59.1
Bike 77 52.18.9 3:52/M
T2 58 01:15.7
Run 81 28.22.2 9:09/M

24th CVS Caremark Downtown 5K race – Providence, RI  –  Sep 22nd, 2013   by John T Maxwell:

Ran in the 24th CVS Caremark Downtown 5K race in Providence, RI. This was my son’s first race (he lives in Providence and works for CVS). He wasn’t at all prepared for this race, he predicted a 50 minute finish, came in a bit over 56 minutes. I finished in 25:26, a respectable time considering I hadn’t run since Tuesday. My first mile split was exactly what I had at the Garrett Mountain 4 miler the week before. I finished strong, and felt I could have done better, despite my lack of adequate training. It was a crowd of 3399 runners, there was prize money for the top runners. It was a relatively easy course, with an “uphill” finish. The best part was all the pizza after the race. I’ve just gotta stop holding back so much at the first mile! The beautiful cool weather was a great help, especially after all the rain the night before.

NYRR 5th Avenue Mile  September 22nd, 2013   by  Glen Freyer:

Let me just say this about the mile… Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I used to think this was my favorite race. It’s still my favorite result, but strictly speaking it’s too painful to say I enjoyed it, per se.

As I’m training for a marathon on October 13, my schedule called for a last long run of 22 miles today. Clearly, I didn’t follow my schedule. (What’s an extra 22 miler among friends, right?) The 5th Ave. Mile is just too tempting for me. Every year I’m struck with the same thought — this is nuts.

The corral was crowded so, when the gun went off, I sprinted to avoid being trampled. But then I realized, everyone else is sprinting — for the whole race. I felt a bit spastic, but just kept pushing forward.

I hit the halfway mark on pace for a 5 minute mile, but couldn’t hold it, finishing in a still strong 5:07. My lungs burned in a way unlike any from longer races. In the ultimate dork admission, I’m pleased to finally score over 80% PLP for a race, something I’d never done before. (And no, I still don’t know exactly what this means, but I like it).

Randy gets mad when I start recaps with the weather, so let me just say in closing it was nice out.

NYRR ING New York City Marathon Tune-Up (18M)  September 15th, 2013    by  GLEN FREYER:

Recap is really too strong — just a note about how gorgeous it was in the city today and what perfect weather we had for running. As much as I wanted to run with Fleet Feet this a.m., I was looking forward to the race vibe of the Tune Up and its  familiar three loops of Central Park. When I got there at about 6:15 a.m., the sun was just lighting the sky over the reservoir — one of those quiet, perfect NYC moments.

With new security measures, the baggage drop line was easily a quarter mile long at the start, so they had to keep the starting mats down an extra 40 minutes so everyone could be timed (I hid my sweats in the bushes and started at the gun). If you’re running upcoming NYRR events, please remember to leave extra time.

The first loop was fine, but because of the delayed start, there were a ton of people of all skill levels on the road all the way around after that, making running the tangents difficult, especially the last lap. Harlem Hill was definitely less fun the third time, but I felt pretty strong all day and finished 57th overall — 2nd in my age group — with a time of 2:01:36 (6:46 pace).

Part of me wishes the marathon had been today. The other part is just glad I didn’t have to run another 8.2 miles!

Reach the Beach NH relay – September 13 and 14th, 2013     by  Justine Krell:

I ran the Reach the Beach relay in NH on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. For the uninitiated; this is the 15th anniversary of a 200-mile relay in 24 hours (or less) from Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach. Teams of 12 are split up into 2 vans of 6 runners each. Van 1 runs and supports their 6 occupants, then it’s Van 2’s turn; repeat 2 more times so each runner completes 3 legs. I competed for the second time with team 50 Shades of Pain. The hilarity and camaraderie picked up seamlessly from last year’s team, a group from Cincinnati plus my college classmate. This year I was in Van 1, so the scenery, hills and sleep patterns I experienced were different than last year’s in Van 2. The first leg (2:30 pm) had a fairly constant rain that could not detract from the scenery with many hillside streams/waterfalls.  l passed through the smallest town in New Hampshire (Harts Location – population 42), so momentarily, considered taking over the town with 7 other vans…. I had a mostly downhill run of 8.62 miles to Attitash ski area (I’m happy anytime I’m near a ski resort!) I held a good tempo for me, thanks to the grade, but since I really hadn’t run more than 7 miles in training, I was hurting afterwards. My second leg began around 2 AM Saturday through the town of Laconia, finishing at Gilford High school. “Now Hurting – Justine” was appropriately chalked on our van window during my 5.6 miles, with every hill resulting in a 10-20 second recovery walk. A slower leg, at 58:57, I felt 7 or 8 shades of pain.. Other than our vans, not a car was on the nighttime roads, and it’s very dark, only our required headlamps and reflectors/flashers punctuating the darkness. Some sleep time in the van afterwards at Tent City in Bear Brook State Park.  It felt like a coffee commercial, waking up to the aroma of breakfast sandwiches purchased by our driver and stretching out our legs in a campground (sorry, Maxwell House!). My last run was a gift to my sore legs – a downhill 5K on a shady, suburban winding street without a single moving vehicle (again, except for a RTB van). Gravity absolved any quad pain completely while I finished with a 9:10 pace. As the last runner in my van, I handed off to van 2 to finish the last 6 legs while we showered (clean at last!) and made our way down to the finish line.
I highly recommend this for a few reasons: think of it as 3 tempo runs for a fall marathon, spaced several hours apart. The scenery of New Hampshire while running and crewing is breathtaking. The banter occurring when you are NOT running is another experience in itself, resulting in escalating smack talk with a rival team (complete fun with penalty points for running over shrubbery and false accusations of killing a hummingbird) and some R & D on essential nighttime running gear (disclaimer: “I guess you had to be there”). The generosity of the multitude of volunteers at the 35 transition areas is outstanding. There were pancake breakfasts, a variety of foods (soup, vegan, Indian, desserts), and cheering offered by volunteer fire departments, churches, schools, and other locals. It was nice to thank the locals for volunteering and making the experience memorable in their own way. And I am ready to come back next year !

-Justine Krell

Garrett Mountain 4-Miler, Sept. 7, 2013    by Martta Kelly

If a race has the word “mountain” or “hill” in it, I think you can safely assume it’s going to be a challenge! Well, the Garrett Mountain 4 Miler didn’t let me down in that respect. Still, I would do this race again in a heartbeat. Perfect weather (I was actually shivering at the registration table but it warmed up nicely with NO humidity), nice course, and hills, lots of ’em! A good workout for the fall race season. Results can be found at  (, and we had four Essex people:

Tom Kelly–33:59 (3rd AG)
John Maxwell–34:16 (1st AG)
Martta Kelly–37:35 (1st AG)
Jim Malone–48:23

They also gave an award to the top team, something the club might want to think about for next year.

I should add that top male and female finishers of this race were 47 and 53, respectively!



Jimmy D 5K   September 1st, 2013                  by Desmond Duncker

With a marathon in a week I figured to run this 5K for the 2nd year in a row.

As a championship race it was well attended by all the clubs. However, I only saw Charlie Slaughter and John Kriens representing Essex.

It was very humid and this course is a straight shot for a mile and half downhill and then the same course back (uphill) with the finish on a track.

I was reminded before the race of the fact that at the Sunset Classic I had surprised many of my age group competitors  (55 – 59, they were not aware that I was THAT old yet), by placing 3rd and passing almost all of them. Jim Olivola from the Do-Run runners informed to prepare for a beating today and delivered on his promise as I finished far down in my age group (10th). Mark Washburne, president of the Do-Run runners also passed me in the last mile. It amazes me how good the runners in my age are.

I went out too fast (6:24) which cost me on the way back. However, I did still run it a minute faster than last year. So I was quite happy with my time.


JIMMY D MEMORIAL 5K RUN – Race Date:9-01-2013
Place Runner            Time   Pace Age-Place   PLP
68. Charile Slaughter 20:38.28 6:38 M55-59:5th  76.38%
87. Desmond Duncker   21:04.92 6:47 M55-59:10th 73.51%
97. John Kriens       21:21.27 6:52 M45-49:7t   66.39%

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