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Five Mile Club/Ash Can Quest #5, 5/29/16, (25/275)

by Paul Maloney

How are things going with the Grove Street runners, Fleet Feet runners, West Essex Trail runners (W.E.T.), Team Bacon, other groups?  Send me some details and I’ll include details in my next column!  We might be able to get a few people to join your group during the summer!

Instead of our monthly meeting in June, we have two events coming up.  Coming up this Wednesday June 1st is “Global Running Day”, formerly “National Running Day”.  Meet at Fitzgerald’s in Glen Ridge at 7:00 p.m. for a short run and refreshments at Fitzgerald’s afterwards.  On Saturday June 18th, 7:00 p.m., we have our Annual Wine and Cheese Party once again hosted by John and Faye Harvey.  For more details on both events, check out our Facebook site.

Look for an upcoming article asking for hosts for our Club Hosted Runs/Events to be held on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. during July and August.  Details will be posted in our article and the Facebook site.

A “hats off” to Randy Miller, Laura Barry Pierotti, Mick Close, Don Manfria, Ryen LoPresti , and many others for their continuing efforts with organizing USATF teams. Congratulations at Clinton, Newport, and other races.  Details on upcoming races and “standings” can be found on our Facebook site.

This past month, I had the pleasure to enjoy two hometown races with the Mount St. Dominic ‘05K on May 7th and the Caldwell West Caldwell Run for Education on May 21st.  The “Mount” race was quite similar to the Roseland Run for Answers the week before—it was essentially on the same streets– a nice mix of up and down hills through the streets of Essex Fells and Caldwell.  The C-WC Run was an uphill from James Caldwell High School —going through Grover Cleveland Park, and downhill back to the high school.  In both cases, a lot of thought went into the planning of each race and both were for great charities.  It was a good reminder to me, a Caldwell resident how beautiful the streets of West Essex and Grover Cleveland Park are.  My compliments to the organizers!  We had a handful of ERC members at both races.

Where the Caldwell races had a couple of hundred people each, the 40th Anniversary of the Spring Lake 5 Mile had 12,000 runners (May 28th).  This race just might be my favorite!  (I started this “Ash Can Quest” a year ago with this race.)  You really can’t get into full stride the first or second mile and this year, the heat was tough for the last two.  However, there’s a lot of excitement with just knowing you’re starting the summer running a scenic course with people all over the state.  Participants received the usual calendar, t-shirt, medal, and glass, and for 5.00 more, a nice 40th Anniversary Commemorative Hat.  There were at least 25 ERC members on hand with many great performances!

Next Month:  A busy race time!  We’re planning to serve ice pops after the Glen Ridge Lager Race on Sunday June 26thBe sure to stop by!

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


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