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Five Mile Club / Ash Can Quest, #2, 1/30/16, (17/283)

By Paul Maloney

Group Runs:  Check out our schedule for the group runs on the website.  I’ll be updating the list each week—we have five more.  In December and January, we had a great time at my house (Happy Birthday Mick), an exercise session sponsored by Helene Swank (Orangetheory Fitness), Sharon Morrisey’s Annual Run for the Oats, and a co-sponsored run from Dr. Geno Mayes (Iron Fit) and Rachel Campsey (Montclair Bread Company).  (We were snowed out last week.)

Polar Bear 5K, Asbury Park:  This past December 27th, I ran the 52nd Annual Asbury Polar Bear 5K down in Asbury Park.  It was my third “out and back” on the Boardwalk this year.  (I ran in Wildwood in August and Atlantic City in November.)  The Shore A.C. had nice organization in a low key setting.  Normally with the December ocean breezes this race is probably freezing, but the moderate weather made it a nice way to spend a day during the holiday week.  It was especially great to hear from members of the Shore A.C. giving thanks to an Essex member coming down to run the race.  (A 10 Mile USATF Race Walk was going on right before the 5K.  Are there any race walkers in the ERC?)

Westfield Hangover 5K, January 1st:  A few days later, I ran the January 1st 12:00 p.m. Westfield Hangover 5K at Tamaques Park.  I ran this race a couple of times (1997 and 1998?) and remember it being quite cold.  As with Asbury, it was a nice day with more moderate temperatures.  The very impressive Mike Skara finished 14th overall and 4th in his age group—after running the Fleet Feet New Year’s Resolution Run earlier that morning.  Charlie Slaughter was third and Gary Peters was fourth in their age groups. In the results, I saw Michael Sneden fourth in his age group. I finished near George Swiatek.  Congratulations to Central Jersey Runners for running such a great organized race.

Shirts for both races were pretty neat.  Entrants in the Asbury Park race received nice long sleeve red shirts and at Westfield, we were given really great white hoodies.  It was interesting that both race shirts had no sponsors listed. (I suspect having one race on the boardwalk and the other in the park saves money on police directing traffic.)  If you’re looking for some December or January races next year, it’s a nice way to end the year and/or begin the new.

As mentioned last month, Don Manfria is doing a great job with daily strength workouts.  Don and others are also directing “Track Tuesdays” for those who want to do speed work.  For more details, check out the Facebook postings.  Thanks Don!!

Next month, an overview of two February Morristown races.

Consider yourself at home…one of the family….one of us….

Paul

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