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December Race Results

30th Annual Westfield’s Turkey Trot – November 30th, 2013   by Jerry Utr

I ran the 30th Annual Turkey Trot in Westfield yesterday. There were several familiar faces; albeit not many Essex folks. An interesting event was the seeking out of the vintage race shirts which Bill Welsh won sporting a 1989 version. It was chilly but sunny morning with a bit of a warmup before the 11:15 am start. The cold had been agreeing with me as it is now 3 consecutive races accompanied by a PR. Too bad the season is coming to a close. Here are the folks from the club I spotted in the results; please add yourself if I missed you.

29:24.6 0425 JORGE LOPES (1st AG)
35:09.7 0748 GERALD VELLI (PR)
43:28.7 0933 GEORGE SWIATEK

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Pequot Runners Thanksgiving Day Road Race, Southport, Connecticut – Thursday, November 28, 2013

I ran the Pequot 5 miler yesterday in Southport, Connecticut on a rather chilly morning, but was pleased with my running progress. The temperature at the start (8:15 am) was 27 degrees, but the wind chill factor (with 20-mile @ hour wind) was around 10 degrees. Southport is home for some beautiful houses on the Long Island Sound and much of the course was along the water front. After a 10-minute first mile start with over 5,000 runners on a rather narrow road, the field spread out some and I was able to pick up the pace. I finished with a 9-minute mile pace at 44:56, placed 3rd in my age group, and 1,445th overall.

I look forward to our 30th Anniversary party this Sunday.

Carl Sturcke

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