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New Bedford Half Marathon (2015 GP Race #2) Members by Place in Age Group

New Bedford Half Marathon – March 15, 2015 – 2015 GP Race #2
Results of all USATF-NE members ranked in Age Groups. Over 470 USATF members competed in this race. These runners are used to determine Team results.

As of Wednesday, March 18, these are latest results processed from source results available at http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/ma/Mar15_38thAn_set1.shtml.


Plc  Name                  ClubName                 GunTime  S Age DvPl ChipTime AG %    AGPl Bib   Pts
2    Brian Doyle           Unattached               1:07:10  M 22  1    1:07:09  86.94%  13   2023   10
3    Matt Pelletier        Unattached               1:07:10  M 35  2    1:07:09  87.57%  10   7      9 
5    Louis Serafini        The Heartbreakers        1:08:14  M 23  3    1:08:14  85.56%  19   1782   8 
8    Teage O'connor        Green Mountain AA        1:08:47  M 31  4    1:08:46  84.91%  27   1926   7 
9    Dan Vassallo          Central Mass Striders    1:08:56  M 29  5    1:08:54  84.74%  29   2682   6 
11   Alex Taylor           BAA                      1:09:07  M 35  6    1:09:07  84.95%  25   2344   5 
12   Alex Leuchanka        Millennium Running       1:09:19  M 23  7    1:09:19  84.23%  34   2647   4 
13   Nils Schallner        BAA                      1:09:48  M 34  8    1:09:47  83.97%  36   2350   3 
14   Yuji Wakimoto         Greater Boston TC        1:10:31  M 22  9    1:10:27  82.87%  48   2559   2 
15   Scott Leslie          Central Mass Striders    1:10:33  M 33  10   1:10:32  82.96%  46   2686   1 
18   Spencer Mcelwain      Dirigo R.C.              1:10:57  M 25  11   1:10:54  82.35%  56   1426   - 
19   Andrew Chalmers       Greater Boston TC        1:11:07  M 25  12   1:11:04  82.15%  59   2553   - 
20   Jefferson Welch       Whirlaway Racing Team    1:11:10  M 27  13   1:11:09  82.06%  63   2888   - 
24   Chris Mahoney         Central Mass Striders    1:11:38  M 37  14   1:11:35  82.67%  51   2685   - 
25   Adrian Macdonald      Greater Boston TC        1:11:40  M 26  15   1:11:39  81.48%  69   2561   - 
28   Robert Espinosa       Greater Boston TC        1:12:02  M 30  16   1:12:00  81.09%  75   2555   - 
30   Philip Shaw           Millennium Running       1:12:09  M 30  17   1:12:00  81.09%  75   2652   - 
31   Jason Dedonato        Team RUN                 1:12:09  M 28  18   1:12:08  80.94%  77   2894   - 
32   Mathew Weissinger     Western Mass Dist Proj   1:12:12  M 28  19   1:12:10  80.90%  78   1482   - 
33   Eric Mendoza          Greater Boston TC        1:12:16  M 30  20   1:12:12  80.86%  79   2549   - 
35   Kenny Rayner          HFC Striders             1:12:18  M 24  21   1:12:16  80.79%  81   1285   - 
36   Peter Omae            Team RUN                 1:12:21  M 36  22   1:12:17  81.72%  67   2890   - 
37   Christopher Harmon    Dirigo R.C.              1:12:24  M 27  23   1:12:20  80.71%  84   1800   - 
38   Louis Saviano         Millennium Running       1:12:41  M 24  24   1:12:39  80.36%  90   2650   - 
39   Manuel Gonzalez       Greater Boston TC        1:12:49  M 25  25   1:12:47  80.22%  98   2548   - 
40   Jonathan Baker        BAA                      1:12:50  M 31  26   1:12:48  80.20%  99   2340   - 
42   Ian Nurse             BAA                      1:12:50  M 37  27   1:12:48  81.24%  73   2362   - 
43   Tim Catoggio          Team RUN                 1:13:08  M 29  28   1:13:06  79.87%  103  2895   - 
44   Jose Ortiz            Whirlaway Racing Team    1:13:11  M 26  29   1:13:10  79.79%  105  2885   - 
45   Alex White            Somerville Road Runners  1:13:24  M 30  30   1:13:14  79.72%  106  2965   - 
47   Roger Donaghy         BAA                      1:13:33  M 36  31   1:13:27  80.28%  97   2321   - 
48   Samuel Fazioli        Whirlaway Racing Team    1:13:38  M 23  32   1:13:35  79.34%  111  2879   - 
50   Morgan Kennedy        Central Mass Striders    1:13:43  M 27  33   1:13:38  79.29%  112  2696   - 
51   Matthew Haringa       Greater Boston TC        1:13:44  M 31  34   1:13:42  79.22%  114  2988   - 
52   Ben Coughlin          BAA                      1:13:46  M 25  35   1:13:43  79.20%  115  2330   - 
55   Daniel Button         SISU Project             1:13:52  M 28  36   1:13:48  79.11%  118  951    - 
56   Brad Mish             BAA                      1:13:54  M 27  37   1:13:53  79.02%  121  2307   - 
58   David Bedoya          BAA                      1:13:59  M 38  38   1:13:59  80.30%  95   2338   - 
60   Dave Moyer            Forest Hills Runners     1:14:06  M 25  39   1:13:58  78.93%  123  1975   - 
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New Bedford Half Marathon (2015 GP Race #2)

New Bedford Half Marathon – March 15, 2015 – 2015 GP Race #2
These age-graded results of USATF-NE members utilize the new 2015 tables published by the WMA in late January 2015. Over 450 USATF members competed in this race.

Appended to these results are those non-members scoring over 70% age-graded.  If you see someone in that section who you believe is a member, let us know and let them know they might not have renewed for 2015. Several of the top runners are from neighboring USATF associations who came to compete in our New England Championship race.

As of Monday, March 16, these are latest results processed from source results available at http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/ma/Mar15_38thAn_set1.shtml.

Plc  Name                  ClubName                 GunTime  S Age DvPl ChipTime AG %    AGPl Bib   Pts
774  Jan Holmquist         Whirlaway Racing Team    1:44:43  F 70  1    1:44:37  94.34%  1    2865   10
29   Gregory Picklesimer   Somerville Road Runners  1:12:05  M 48  1    1:12:03  89.41%  2    1988   10
621  Karen Durante         Whirlaway Racing Team    1:39:50  F 63  3    1:39:44  89.22%  3    2863   8 
408  Sue Hackney           Green Mountain AA        1:32:26  F 58  1    1:32:07  89.15%  4    2477   10
54   Eric Williams         Whirlaway Racing Team    1:13:51  M 50  1    1:13:45  88.60%  5    2889   10
59   Hilary Dionne         BAA                      1:14:01  F 29  1    1:14:01  88.10%  7    2326   10
619  Linda Jennings        Whirlaway Racing Team    1:39:44  F 62  2    1:39:27  87.99%  8    2866   9 
68   Christopher Lawrence  BAA                      1:15:03  M 51  2    1:15:02  87.88%  9    2316   9 
3    Matt Pelletier        Unattached               1:07:10  M 35  2    1:07:09  87.57%  10   7      9 
239  Mimi Fallon           BAA                      1:24:41  F 49  1    1:24:39  87.40%  11   2322   10
540  Elizabeth Cooney      Somerville Road Runners  1:37:25  F 60  1    1:37:02  87.11%  12   704    10
2    Brian Doyle           Unattached               1:07:10  M 22  1    1:07:09  86.94%  13   2023   10
17   Chris Magill          BAA                      1:10:44  M 42  1    1:10:44  86.30%  14   2311   10
78   Laura Hagley          Millennium Running       1:15:50  F 30  2    1:15:50  86.05%  15   2646   9 
119  Michael Cooney        Whirlaway Racing Team    1:18:16  M 53  3    1:18:13  85.75%  18   2875   8 
5    Louis Serafini        The Heartbreakers        1:08:14  M 23  3    1:08:14  85.56%  19   1782   8 
85   Wayne Levy            BAA                      1:16:20  M 49  4    1:16:18  85.19%  22   2315   7 
535  Joan Miller           Liberty AC               1:37:18  F 58  3    1:37:09  85.07%  23   2365   8 
11   Alex Taylor           BAA                      1:09:07  M 35  6    1:09:07  84.95%  25   2344   5 
173  Craig Fram            Whirlaway Racing Team    1:21:20  M 56  1    1:21:17  84.93%  26   2880   10
8    Teage O'connor        Green Mountain AA        1:08:47  M 31  4    1:08:46  84.91%  27   1926   7 
402  Lisa Zappala          Whirlaway Racing Team    1:32:05  F 54  2    1:32:00  84.90%  28   2870   9 
9    Dan Vassallo          Central Mass Striders    1:08:56  M 29  5    1:08:54  84.74%  29   2682   6 
53   Keven O'neil          BAA                      1:13:50  M 45  2    1:13:49  84.68%  30   2360   9 
23   Mike Galoob           BAA                      1:11:32  M 41  2    1:11:32  84.58%  32   2324   9 
12   Alex Leuchanka        Millennium Running       1:09:19  M 23  7    1:09:19  84.23%  34   2647   4 
107  Katherine Chute       Unattached               1:17:39  F 25  3    1:17:38  83.98%  35   1784   8 
13   Nils Schallner        BAA                      1:09:48  M 34  8    1:09:47  83.97%  36   2350   3 
76   Joe Shairs            Central Mass Striders    1:15:40  M 46  3    1:15:40  83.81%  37   2689   8 
210  Ephraim Ezekiel       Whirlaway Racing Team    1:23:26  M 57  3    1:23:20  83.73%  38   2878   8 
235  David Oliver          Greater Lowell RR        1:24:28  M 58  5    1:24:15  83.69%  39   2085   6 
223  Patrick Stumbras      BAA                      1:23:57  M 57  4    1:23:47  83.55%  40   2345   7 
352  Trish Bourne          Greater Lowell RR        1:30:01  F 51  1    1:29:57  83.47%  41   2069   10
122  Alejandro Heuck       Gr Springfield Harriers  1:18:35  M 50  4    1:18:29  83.18%  42   2660   7 
137  Katie Misuraca        BAA                      1:19:11  F 34  5    1:19:02  83.15%  43   2364   6 
46   Harry Stants          BAA                      1:13:26  M 42  3    1:13:25  83.03%  44   2346   8 
149  Joe Mcnamara          Green Mountain AA        1:20:02  M 52  6    1:19:55  82.98%  45   2486   5 
15   Scott Leslie          Central Mass Striders    1:10:33  M 33  10   1:10:32  82.96%  46   2686   1 
159  Dan Verrington        Central Mass Striders    1:20:34  M 52  8    1:20:30  82.89%  47   2695   3 
14   Yuji Wakimoto         Greater Boston TC        1:10:31  M 22  9    1:10:27  82.87%  48   2559   2 
189  Paul Hammond          Whirlaway Racing Team    1:22:33  M 55  2    1:22:26  82.72%  50   2883   9 
24   Chris Mahoney         Central Mass Striders    1:11:38  M 37  14   1:11:35  82.67%  51   2685   - 
136  Scott Anderson        Whirlaway Racing Team    1:19:09  M 50  5    1:19:07  82.55%  52   2873   6 
133  Christine Shaw        Millennium Running       1:19:03  F 29  4    1:19:01  82.53%  53   2651   7 
165  Ej Hrynowski          Greater Lowell RR        1:20:55  M 52  9    1:20:46  82.48%  54   2844   2 
948  Harry Carter          BAA                      1:49:15  M 78  5    1:48:59  82.40%  55   2335   6 
18   Spencer Mcelwain      Dirigo R.C.              1:10:57  M 25  11   1:10:54  82.35%  56   1426   - 
160  Kaela O'neil          Unattached               1:20:36  F 36  8    1:20:36  82.25%  57   2361   3 
74   Joseph Navas          Whirlaway Racing Team    1:15:38  M 44  5    1:15:36  82.18%  58   2884   6 
19   Andrew Chalmers       Greater Boston TC        1:11:07  M 25  12   1:11:04  82.15%  59   2553   - 
528  Jackie Shakar         Cambridge Sports Union   1:36:56  F 55  2    1:36:51  82.13%  61   2722   9 
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Photos: Five College Realtors 10-Miler

Thanks for the photographers on-site in Amherst, MA at the first Road Racing Grand Prix event of 2015.  Here are a couple of the photo albums we’ve uncovered. If you are aware of any others, please leave the links in the comments section on our Facebook page. Thanks!

Photo Credit: Scott Mason  Featured in LevelRenner: http://levelrenner.com/2015/02/23/ashe-leans-past-sanca/

Photo Credit: Scott Mason
Featured in LevelRenner: http://levelrenner.com/2015/02/23/ashe-leans-past-sanca/

Five College Realtors 10M (2015 GP Race #1) Members ranked by AG%

Five College Realtors 10M – February 22, 2015 – 2015 GP Race #1
These age-graded results of USATF-NE members utilize the new 2015 tables published by the WMA in late January 2015. There are considerable changes on the women’s side, especially over age 55 and for the 5K and marathon, which will bring down some values by up to 5%. Changes on the men’s side are in the 1% range. Corollary is that open runners will now appear higher in the rankings than the past five years.
Over 350 USATF members competed in this race and a good number of pre-entries did not get to the start due to the weather (and injuries).

At bottom of these results are those non-members scoring over 70%.  If you see someone in that section who you believe is a member, let them know they probably haven’t renewed for 2015.

Plc  Name                  Club                     GunTime   S Age DvPl ChipTime  AG %    AGPl Bib
354  Jan Holmquist         Whirlaway Racing Team     1:21:41  F 70  1     1:21:36  91.45%  1    551
157  William Dixon         Greater Lowell RR         1:05:16  M 67  1     1:05:11  89.14%  2    438
59   Robert Cipriano       Somerville Road Runners     58:48  M 55  1       58:47  87.54%  3    592
225  Susan Hackney         Green Mountain AA         1:11:25  F 58  1     1:11:17  87.13%  4    218
1    Eric Ashe             BAA                         50:34  M 26  1       50:34  87.00%  5    664
2    Ruben Sanca           Whirlaway Racing Team       50:35  M 28  2       50:35  86.99%  6    557
4    Matt Pelletier        UNATTACHED                  51:24  M 35  3       51:24  86.35%  8    729
42   Christopher Lawrence  BAA                         57:43  M 51  1       57:43  86.30%  9    670
11   Christopher Magill    BAA                         54:10  M 42  1       54:10  85.20%  10   673
278  Elizabeth Cooney      Somerville Road Runners   1:15:50  F 60  1     1:15:45  84.38%  11   583
5    Dan Vassallo          Central Mass Striders       52:16  M 29  4       52:16  84.19%  12   321
112  Craig Fram            Whirlaway Racing Team     1:02:01  M 56  2     1:01:58  84.10%  13   568
52   Wayne Levy            BAA                         58:30  M 49  5       58:27  84.00%  14   671
106  Douglas Martyn        Whirlaway Racing Team     1:01:44  M 54  7     1:01:43  83.35%  16   566
40   Joe Shairs            Central Mass Striders       57:36  M 46  2       57:35  83.21%  17   325
79   Charlie Bemis         Whirlaway Racing Team     1:00:22  M 52  3     1:00:20  83.20%  18   564
221  Lisa Zappala          Whirlaway Racing Team     1:11:11  F 54  2     1:11:06  83.09%  19   549
96   Michael Cooney        Whirlaway Racing Team     1:01:05  M 53  5     1:01:02  83.00%  20   718
149  Norm Larson           Green Mountain AA         1:04:31  M 59  6     1:04:29  82.87%  21   257
69   Laura Paulsen         Greater Boston TC           59:35  F 25  1       59:35  82.82%  22   520
92   Daniel Verrington     Central Mass Striders     1:00:54  M 52  4     1:00:52  82.80%  23   329
70   Kerri Leonhardt       Greater Boston TC           59:45  F 25  2       59:42  82.67%  24   172
135  Patrick Stumbras      BAA                       1:04:11  M 57  5     1:04:02  82.51%  25   696
37   Greg Putnam           Central Mass Striders       57:24  M 45  1       57:24  82.48%  26   326
7    Jeffrey Veiga         Team RUN                    53:27  M 24  5       53:27  82.32%  27   734
17   Patrick Rich          Central Mass Striders       54:44  M 38  12      54:44  82.15%  28   366
75   Alexandra Varanka     NB Boston                 1:00:08  F 29  3     1:00:08  82.09%  29   730
8    Aliaksandr Leuchanka  Millennium Running          53:37  M 23  6       53:37  82.07%  30   607
119  Paul Hammond          Whirlaway Racing Team     1:02:50  M 55  3     1:02:46  82.01%  31   567
256  Jacqueline Shakar     Cambridge Sports Union    1:13:28  F 55  2     1:13:24  81.96%  32   310
49   Binney Mitchell       Green Mountain AA           58:19  M 46  4       58:17  81.87%  33   300
138  Christin Doneski      Whirlaway Racing Team     1:04:17  F 43  1     1:04:16  81.87%  34   546
80   Laura Hagley          Millennium Running        1:00:25  F 30  4     1:00:25  81.75%  35   384
77   Alejandro Heuck       Gr Springfield Harriers   1:00:21  M 50  2     1:00:21  81.73%  36   530
9    Jose Ortiz            Whirlaway Racing Team       53:52  M 26  7       53:52  81.68%  37   554
124  Tony Bates            Green Mountain AA         1:03:29  M 55  4     1:03:27  81.64%  38   641
10   Brad Mish             BAA                         53:58  M 27  8       53:58  81.54%  39   697
48   Todd Callaghan        Central Mass Striders       58:12  M 45  3       58:10  81.50%  40   328
44   Joseph Navas          Whirlaway Racing Team       57:50  M 44  3       57:50  81.19%  42   562
93   Elizabeth Ryan        Greater Boston TC         1:00:54  F 24  5     1:00:51  81.10%  43   108
13   Mathew Weissinger     Western Mass Dist Proj      54:16  M 28  9       54:16  81.09%  44   294
94   Nicole Casey          Greater Boston TC         1:00:55  F 29  6     1:00:53  81.06%  45   255
107  Joseph Mcnamara       Green Mountain AA         1:01:49  M 51  8     1:01:47  81.06%  46   371
14   Scott Leslie          Central Mass Striders       54:28  M 33  10      54:28  81.04%  47   322
104  Katie Misuraca        BAA                       1:01:32  F 34  8     1:01:27  80.93%  49   676
58   Jason Porter          BAA                         58:44  M 45  6       58:39  80.72%  51   678
326  Sidney Letendre       Central Mass Striders     1:19:28  F 60  2     1:19:23  80.71%  52   467
16   Drew Best             acidotic RACING             54:39  M 32  11      54:39  80.65%  54   353
97   Scott Anderson        Whirlaway Racing Team     1:01:14  M 50  6     1:01:14  80.58%  55   563
100  Christine Shaw        Millennium Running        1:01:20  F 29  7     1:01:19  80.48%  56   386
193  James Wilson          BAA                       1:08:44  M 62  1     1:08:36  80.45%  57   684
71   Joseph O'leary        Somerville Road Runners     59:53  M 47  7       59:51  80.39%  58   582
105  Meagan Nedlo          Craft Concept Racing      1:01:41  F 32  9     1:01:41  80.26%  59   749
220  Trish Bourne          Greater Lowell RR         1:11:07  F 50  1     1:11:02  79.94%  60   403
122  E J Hrynowski         Greater Lowell RR         1:03:02  M 52  9     1:02:58  79.90%  61   427
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USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series – Public Safety / Weather Emergency Guidelines

Cancellations: A minimum of 24 hours’ notice must be given to the USATF-NE Office and LDR Chairs:

  • If the race director of a scheduled Grand Prix Road Race cancels the race, it will be removed from the series. If the race is postponed and held at another time, it will not be included in the series or scored.
  • If any state governor, public safety officer or other designated emergency personnel of a USATF-NE member state closes the roads, bans travel or otherwise prevents people from a wider geographic area to attend a scheduled Grand Prix Road Race, it will be deemed not a Grand Prix event and not scored even if the race location has no emergency status itself and the race is held.

 

Adjusting start time(s) to accommodate weather/safety situations: A minimum of 36 hours’ notice must be given to the USATF-NE Office and LDR Chairs if time is to be adjusted earlier than originally posted. Delays may be announced on the day of the event.

  • A race director may adjust Grand Prix Road Race start time(s) for the race while keeping it on its scheduled date in the interest of safety and/or weather related situations. The race will be scored as a Grand Prix event.

Recap of the Fourth Annual USATF-NE Awards Banquet

The fourth annual USATF-New England Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham MA. The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour and passed appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speakers and awards. USATF-NE President Tom Derderian called up a few of Olympic Trials qualifiers from the association for a fun Q&A. And of course the program featured the much-anticipated awards presentation recognizing the Runners, Road Race, Off Road Race, Club and Race Director of the Year for 2014. Special awards also included acknowledgment to some of the top participants and contributors to the association and sport.

The following 2014 Award Winners were announced:

  • Dan Vassallo, Central Mass Striders – Male Runner of the Year
  • Denise Sandahl, Millennium Running – Female Runner of the Year
  • Central Mass Striders – Club of the Year
  • Boston Marathon – Road Race of the Year
  • Loon Mountain Race – Off-Road Race of the Year
  • 24 Hour Ultra Around the Lake – Ultra Race of the Year
  • Glenn Stewart, Baystate Marathon – Race Director of the Year

Congrats to all and thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for candidates! Check out the photos below, courtesy of USATF-NE Treasurer Stephen Peckiconis.

Three of NE's Marathon OT qualifiers had a fun Q&A with President Tom Derderian about what it takes to train and compete at a high level.

Three of NE’s Marathon OT qualifiers had a fun Q&A with President Tom Derderian about what it takes to train and compete at a high level

Female Runner of the Year: Denise Sandahl

Female Runner of the Year: Denise Sandahl

Male Runner of the Year: Dan Vassallo

Male Runner of the Year: Dan Vassallo

2014 Grand Prix Team Award Money

This table is copied from an Excel pivot table created by the Treasurer to generate check amounts to be paid to each club scoring in the 2014 Grand Prix series. (Excel generates the top row numbers in a random order)  It takes all the individual team sections (M/F by Open/40/50/60/70) and sums across them by Club. Looking at the first line for Whirlaway, you will see 600 under the 200 column and 350 under the 350 column. That implies that WRT won three $200 awards and one $350 award. See the GP web pages for the team prize breakdown in each age group.  Total Prize money purse in 2014 is targeted at $8,000.  Ties inflate the total as both teams get the higher amount.

It is offered as just one way of thinking about which club won the Overall team title across all age groups.  You could say that money talks.

 

CLUB 75 100 125 150 175 400 250 200 350 300 50 Total
Whirlaway Racing Team 250 600 350 300 1,500
Central Mass Striders 300 400 250 200 1,150
Somerville Road Runners 125 300 200 300 925
Greater Lowell Road Runners 200 375 300 875
Western Mass Distance Project 175 200 350 725
Gate City Striders 75 300 150 50 575
Greater Boston Track Club 500 500
Millennium Running 400 400
Boston Athletic Association 175 200 375
Green Mountain Athletic Assoc 100 125 150 375
North Shore Striders 100 125 225
SISU Project 125 125
Cambridge Sports Union 100 100
Gr Springfield Harriers 100 100
New England 65+ 50 50
Heartbreak Hill Striders 50 50

 

 

Jenkins & Doneski Excel on All Terrain, Coming Out on Top in First Annual ATR Series

In 2014, USATF-NE launched a new sort of series, the All Terrain Runner (ATR) series. And it’s pretty much what it sounds like; it challenges runners to compete on a variety of terrain – the roads, mountains, trails, cross country courses and the outdoor track.

The series was the brainchild of Eric Narcisi, the 2014 USATF-NE secretary, Whirlaway Racing Team member and web producer over at Level Renner. Following the culmination of this new series, Narcisi feels it was a “huge success,” stating that “I had so many people tell me that they were experiencing different disciplines for the first time.” For instance, the series winner on the women’s side, Christin Doneski, told him that she had never run a track or cross country race before. “Yet because of this series, there she was, in unfamiliar territory but in a familiar position (in front of the pack),” he added. The men’s series champion, Nate Jenkins, is known for his road dominance, said Narcisi, “but there he was back in May trudging the Vermont mud at Sleepy Hollow.” And at the Loon Mountain Race in July, Jenkins went head to head with some of the finest mountain runners not just in the region, but in the nation.

Ultimately, Narcisi said that the series is all about getting people out of their comfort zones and experiencing more of what the association has to offer. “We anticipate many more people stepping out of their comfort zones and putting themselves to the ultimate test in 2015,” he added. “I, for one, can’t wait to line up with the rest of the All Terrain hopefuls this winter on the indoor track to kick off the new series.”

As many runners prepare for the second edition of the ATR series, which will include an indoor track and a snowshoe race, we caught up with the 2014 series champions.

Photo Credit: LevelRenner.com

Photo Credit: LevelRenner.com

 

Jenkins of Central Mass Striders, who made it a goal to win the first annual series and plans to compete again in 2015, said the series was fun and unique, adding that “it is a great way to try and draw together the very varied and often very separate areas of USATF-NE.” While he’s not all that excited about the snowshoe race in the second series, Jenkins admits “that is kind of the point of the series, isn’t it?” Who knows? Maybe he will excel at snowshoeing just like he did at mountain running in 2014, something he doesn’t consider himself the biggest fan of.

Doneski of Whirlaway Racing Team reported that the series pushed her to try new things all while enjoying the company of the series participants, which she described as “a really supportive, genuine group of runners who wanted to race hard but also laugh and have some fun.”  While she wasn’t expecting to win this year and doesn’t expect to win next year either, Doneski shared that she’s in an interesting point in her running career. “My road race PRs are most likely behind me, but I feel I can still get better, stronger and faster in the endurance and adversity-based races: mountains, trails and ultras.” Her ultimate goal is to grow old still running races and pushing herself to try new things and to keep setting new goals.

Both runners had a tough time picking their favorite series race; though the men’s winner enjoyed the mountain and track racing the most. The women’s winner said her initial favorite that comes to mind was Sleepy Hollow. “It’s so hard in so many ways; the course is super challenging (which I love) and the conditions are so unpredictable (2013 was dry and fast and 2014 was very wet and muddy and really tough), and it’s right after Boston,” she said.  “However, I also loved Loon.  Again, it’s a challenging course, but I spent a full year from 2013 to 2014 regretting that I did not run all the way up Upper Walking Boss.  I was looking forward to racing this year and redeeming myself.” Doneski happily reported that she did not walk a single step this year.

Photo Credit: SNAPacidotic

So, where can we expect to see these two competing in 2015? Jenkins shared with us that he has fortunately made some progress in fixing his long-standing coordination issues in his right leg, so his top goal for next year is to continue that progress all the way to a return to the marathon – something he hasn’t done since the World Championships in 2009. His second goal is to run an Olympic Trials Qualifier, with a third goal of achieving a personal record at any distance.  “I haven’t set one since back surgery in early 2011,” he added.  Jenkins’ final two main goals will be to win the ATR series and the USATF- NE Grand Prix.

Doneski currently has her 2015 calendar clear, but knows she’ll be looking to run the USATF-NE Grand Prix as well for Whirlaway, noting those dates will go on the calendar first.  Then she will look to the Mountain Series and the ATR and see how those dates match up with her other races and her family plans.  “And of course there is still that desire to run an ultra, but that might need to wait for my children to need me less and I am in no hurry for that,” she said.

Lastly, Jenkins shared that the ATR series represents something he’d like to see more of from USATF-NE – trying new things. “Will everything be a hit or a win?” he asked. “Heck no, but anything is better than nothing.”

 

Ruben Sanca’s Take on the 2014 Grand Prix

Yesterday, we heard from the USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series female open winner Denise Sandahl of Millennium Running. Today, Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca shares with us his thoughts on the 2014 series and the role it serves in his overall racing goals.

After joining the Whirlaway Racing Team, Sanca says he developed a new approach on how to meticulously plan his racing schedule so that both his team and individual goals were maximized. “Thankfully, the Grand Prix bid selection committee did a great job in creating opportunities for mutual success,” he said.

While he sat out the 5 miler to recover from a shin injury and decided to opt out of the marathon as he was training for the Twin Cities Marathon instead, looking back at the Grand Prix races he competed in, Sanca reports that “By far, the New Bedford Half Marathon has been my favorite race on the circuit. Dan McCarthy and his staff have done an outstanding job of embedding the race into the culture of the city of New Bedford. From organizational and logistical standpoints, there are very few or almost no noticeable hiccups. Crowd support is amazing and even the city mayor is involved. The welcoming atmosphere in New Bedford is like no other I have seen in local New England races. From year to year, the race is consistently well organized and I personally make a note to run it every year.”

Photo Credit: Jimmy Shelton of Greater Lowell RR

Photo Credit: Jimmy Shelton of Greater Lowell RR

Throughout the series, Sanca says that he was challenged by various teams and individuals. However, the orange singlets from Team RUN kept him on his toes, as he learned to stay mentally composed to confront the unpredictability of that team’s athletes.  And while he hasn’t formalized his 2015 racing plans just yet, the Whirlaway athlete looks forward to seeing the 2015 Grand Prix series, hoping to populate his racing calendar with most of its events, as he states “the blend in race distances creates an intriguing year of racing for any athlete.”

Not too far from taking the open male team title in this year’s series (finishing a close third), Sanca says that Whirlaway is certainly looking to be an improved team and in contention again for the overall title in 2015. Sanca personally looks to maximize his performance in each Grand Prix race next year, even if it means getting an extra point for the team. While he will be racing all distances, his eye is on attaining the Olympic “B” standard in the marathon.

 

* Thank you, Ruben, for participating in the Grand Prix series and sharing your feedback. Best of luck as you work toward your 2015 racing goals!

 

 

Grand Prix 2014 conclusion

Earlier this month, at the Anthem Manchester City Marathon, a USATF-New England Championship, the top two runners apparently missed a turn late in the race and did not finish. Likely because of weather, the sign that had been placed at the turn before the race was not visible at the time the lead runners passed. We applaud the strong performances of the two runners affected–Jason Ayr, from Western Mass Distance Project, and Birhanu Mekonnen, a runner from outside of our Association–as well as that of eventual winner, Dan Vassallo of Central Mass. Striders. Manchester City Marathon has awarded Ayer and Mekonnen each $1,250, an even split of the first and second place prize money. This is in addition to the prize money already awarded to those who finished the race in prize money positions.

A complete list of series standings for teams and individuals is available on the Grand Prix section of our website. In addition, USATF-NE Long Distance Chair persons are looking into establishing additional guidelines for championship races to try to prevent any future mishaps at Championship events. We want to recognize and commend USATF members Jason and Dan for their outstanding sportsmanship throughout Manchester City Marathon’s deliberations.

With the conclusion of the 2014 Grand Prix series, a total of $8,000 in prize money will be distributed soon to teams accruing the highest point totals in their age categories for men and women. Voting will be available soon for the 2015 USATFNE Grand Prix Road Race series and we encourage all members to participate in selecting a great line up of races.

Sincerely,
USATF-NE LDR
Chairs, Lisa Doucett, John Barbour and Jan Holmquist

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