Long Distance Running
Long Distance Running, including Open and Masters LDR
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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!
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.
Chairs, Lisa Doucett, John Barbour and Jan Holmquist
The USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series came to a close in New Hampshire at the City of Manchester Marathon on November
2. When the points were tallied at the culmination of the seven race series – which included a 10 miler, half marathon, 5 miler, 5k, 15k, 10k and marathon – it was Millennium Running’s Denise Sandahl and Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca who came out on the top as the overall open winners.
The first-time series winners both competed in five of the seven races – Sandahl coming in 16 points ahead of teammate Jennifer Mortimer and Sanca, beating out second place runner Dan Vassallo of CMS by 18 points. To learn more about their journeys to success and future racing plans, we chatted with the Grand Prix champions.
Today, we’ll hear from the women’s champion. Stay tuned for our interview with the men’s champion tomorrow.
Flashing back to the beginning of the year, Sandahl didn’t think she had a chance to be competitive in the Grand Prix series. It wasn’t until after winning the Ribfest 5 miler that she realized capturing the individual title might be a possibility. And she was right.
While illness and a scheduling conflict prevented her from competing in the entire series, Sandahl says of her five Grand Prix performances, the Ribfest 5 miler was her favorite – where her team took all three podium spots. With Millennial Running managing the event, it was a good feeling for Sandahl and her team to win at home.
Not only did she take the overall series title from an individual perspective, but her team accomplished its goal of winning the open team championship as well. Millennium managed to field teams for six of the seven races, despite being a small team, beating out Whirlaway by nine points. A major contributing factor to their team success, Sandahl says is that many of the women train together regularly and worked with each other during the races.
Sandahl added that it was her own teammates who tended to give her the most competition throughout the series – perhaps leading to their success this year. Looking ahead to 2015, Sandahl says she and her team plan to compete in the Grand Prix series again, looking for the same success.
She also plans to race the Boston Marathon next April. “In my wildest dream, I hope to qualify for the trials,” she said. “A marathon PR is a more realistic goal. As for team goals, In hope to contribute to our continued success.”
Lastly, Sandahl noted, “I’d like to add how grateful I am to my family (especially my husband, Adam, and sons, Caleb and Ian), team and friends for all the support they provide.”
* We’d like to thank Denise for taking the time to share her story with us, and we wish her and Millennium Running the best of luck in future races.
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 2013 Grand Prix series. It takes all the individual sections (M/F vs Open/40/50/60/70) and sums across them by Club. Looking at first line for Whirlaway, you will see 450 under the 225 column and 350 under the 175 column. That implies that WRT won two $225 awards and two $175 awards. See the GP web pages for the team prize breakdown in each age group.
It is offered as one way of looking at which club won the Overall team title. You could say that Money talks. This is something that is already being done vs calculating a 10-9-8… scoring system (which someone else is welcome to do).
SOON: 2014 Team Award numbers!
|WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM||375||275||450||350||1450|
|CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS||125||325||225||350||1025|
|GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUNNERS||225||100||250||175||750|
|BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION||150||375||525|
|CAMBRIDGE SPORTS UNION||150||300||450|
|NEW BALANCE BOSTON||325||325|
|GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB||300||300|
|WESTERN MASS DISTANCE PROJ||250||250|
|GREEN MOUNTAIN AA||75||125||200|
|GATE CITY STRIDERS||200||200|
|WINNERS CIRCLE RC||150||150|
|GR SPRINGFIELD HARRIERS||100||100|
|SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS||75||75|
|NORTH SHORE STRIDERS||75||75|
Anthem Manchester City Marathon – November 2, 2014 – 2014 GP Race #7
As of Monday, November 4, these are latest results processed from source results available at https://lottery.linmarksports.com/raceresults.aspx?guid=2d92b618-4700-483e-95cb-71dc7c2a16a8.
Included below are all USATF-NE members who are eligible to score points in the Road Racing Grand Prix series or become one of the 75 IronRunners for 2014.
Plc Name Club GunTime S Age DvPlDvPtsNE AG % AGPl Bib 1 Dan Vassallo Central Mass Striders 2:31:06 M 29 1 10 Y 82.67% 5 480 2 Jonathan Joyce Western Mass Dist Proj 2:35:18 M 24 2 9 Y 80.44% 10 242 3 Jesse Regnier Western Mass Dist Proj 2:36:46 M 27 3 8 Y 79.68% 15 388 4 Jim Johnson Central Mass Striders 2:36:51 M 37 4 7 Y 80.17% 12 235 5 Louis Saviano Millennium Running 2:38:24 M 23 5 6 Y 78.86% 17 415 6 Scott Leslie Central Mass Striders 2:38:59 M 33 6 5 Y 78.57% 18 287 7 Eric Mendoza Greater Boston TC 2:39:30 M 30 7 4 Y 78.32% 19 321 8 Rob Bond Greater Boston TC 2:39:40 M 25 8 3 Y 78.24% 20 47 9 Samuel Fazioli Whirlaway Racing Team 2:40:37 M 22 9 2 Y 77.79% 21 510 10 Alex Hall BAA 2:41:11 M 27 10 1 Y 77.50% 24 201 11 Matthew Germain SISU Project 2:43:31 M 32 11 Y 76.39% 27 171 12 Kevin Alliette Whirlaway Racing Team 2:43:44 M 33 12 Y 76.29% 28 512 14 Eric Flaman Western Mass Dist Proj 2:44:39 M 24 13 Y 75.87% 31 151 15 Daniel Princic Whirlaway Racing Team 2:45:12 M 35 14 Y 75.62% 34 514 16 Alan Bernier Central Mass Striders 2:47:50 M 40 1 10 Y 76.41% 26 38 17 David Gervais Gate City Striders 2:48:01 M 23 15 Y 74.35% 42 172 18 Joe Lauer Somerville Road Runners 2:49:00 M 33 16 Y 73.92% 46 279 19 Eric Williams Whirlaway Racing Team 2:49:55 M 49 1 10 Y 82.05% 7 515 20 Jon Chesto Greater Boston TC 2:50:01 M 43 2 9 Y 77.58% 23 73 21 Eric Narcisi Whirlaway Racing Team 2:50:11 M 34 17 Y 73.40% 49 513 22 Denise Sandahl Millennium Running 2:51:02 F 34 1 10 Y 80.05% 14 412 23 Martin Tighe Central Mass Striders 2:52:06 M 56 1 10 Y 86.07% 1 472 24 James Pawlicki Central Mass Striders 2:53:15 M 40 3 8 Y 73.92% 45 357 25 Nick Taormina Central Mass Striders 2:53:54 M 42 4 7 Y 74.93% 38 464 27 James Sullivan Greater Lowell RR 2:56:10 M 29 18 Y 70.91% 63 459 30 Charlie Bemis Gate City Striders 2:56:47 M 51 1 10 Y 80.26% 11 33 31 Arthur Besse Central Mass Striders 2:56:56 M 42 5 6 Y 73.66% 48 39 32 Anthony Crudale Greater Boston TC 2:57:18 M 37 19 Y 70.97% 61 100 33 E J Hrynowski Greater Lowell RR 2:57:34 M 52 2 9 Y 80.09% 13 225 35 Christopher Hamel Whirlaway Racing Team 2:59:10 M 30 20 Y 69.72% 73 511 37 Keith Eisenman Somerville Road Runners 3:00:25 M 35 21 Y 69.28% 75 137 38 Scot Dedeo Somerville Road Runners 3:00:45 M 34 22 Y 69.11% 76 110 39 Gregory Picklesimer Somerville Road Runners 3:00:46 M 48 2 9 Y 76.00% 30 535 41 Ethan Dionne Gate City Striders 3:01:09 M 23 23 Y 68.96% 78 118 42 Amanda Wright SISU Project 3:02:15 F 26 2 9 Y 74.30% 43 498 44 Timothy Morin Somerville Road Runners 3:04:56 M 31 24 Y 67.55% 90 329 45 Paul Davies BAA 3:06:41 M 47 3 8 Y 73.28% 50 106 46 Jim Garcia Greater Lowell RR 3:07:00 M 56 2 9 Y 79.06% 16 166 47 Colin Loghin Greater Lowell RR 3:08:51 M 39 25 Y 67.47% 92 293 50 Kris Francis SISU Project 3:10:23 M 46 4 7 Y 70.95% 62 155 51 Kelsey Allen Western Mass Dist Proj 3:11:08 F 31 3 8 Y 71.03% 59 13 52 Douglas Martyn Whirlaway Racing Team 3:11:56 M 54 3 8 Y 75.82% 32 516 55 Ian Wright SISU Project 3:12:36 M 28 26 Y 64.86% 113 499 59 Erin Morin Somerville Road Runners 3:14:42 F 33 4 7 Y 70.07% 71 328 61 John Singelais Gate City Striders 3:16:11 M 55 3 8 Y 74.65% 41 434 64 Brandyn Naro Gate City Striders 3:16:20 M 27 27 Y 63.62% 126 337 65 Michael Girouard Greater Lowell RR 3:16:54 M 44 6 5 Y 67.74% 87 176 66 Emmet Clifford Gate City Striders 3:17:29 M 45 5 6 Y 67.64% 89 80 67 Craig Fram Whirlaway Racing Team 3:17:35 M 56 4 7 Y 74.67% 39 518 70 Joshua Grzegorzewski Somerville Road Runners 3:18:57 M 39 28 Y 64.06% 121 199 (more…)
Lone Gull 10K – September 14, 2014 – 2014 GP Race #6
Plc Name Club GunTime S Age DPlNE ChipTime AG % AGPl Bib Town 349 Jan Holmquist LIBERTY ATHLETIC CLUB 45:47 F 70 1 Y 45:45 100.26% 1 232 Burlington MA 65 Mark Reeder GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 34:21 M 54 1 Y 34:19 93.15% 2 779 Brighton MA 32 Peter Hammer BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 32:39 M 48 1 Y 32:37 92.75% 3 1222 Needham MA 67 Robert Cipriano SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 34:27 M 54 2 Y 34:26 92.55% 4 1055 Brighton MA 675 Carrie Parsi LIBERTY ATHLETIC CLUB 54:48 F 75 2 Y 54:35 92.26% 5 414 Gloucester MA 81 Craig Fram WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 35:03 M 55 1 Y 35:00 92.15% 6 1217 Derry NH 122 John Barbour GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 36:40 M 60 1 Y 36:36 91.54% 7 787 West Roxbury MA 53 Francis Burdett GREATER SPRINGFIELD HAR 33:49 M 49 4 Y 33:49 90.49% 8 1281 Worcester MA 55 Eric Williams WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 33:54 M 49 5 Y 33:53 90.47% 9 1210 Concord NH 30 Greg Putnam CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 32:38 M 44 2 Y 32:37 90.38% 10 1022 Stoneham MA 178 Maria Servin WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 39:04 F 52 1 Y 39:01 90.36% 11 1195 Middleboro MA 50 Gregory Picklesimer SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 33:40 M 48 3 Y 33:39 89.91% 12 1370 Newton MA 92 Douglas Martyn WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 35:35 M 54 5 Y 35:31 89.70% 13 1213 North Andover MA 71 Rob Edson Unattached 34:38 M 50 3 Y 34:36 89.44% 14 1147 Hanover NH 7 Justin Freeman TEAM RUN 31:18 M 37 7 Y 31:18 89.29% 15 1244 New Hampton NH 4 Nate Jenkins CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 30:34 M 33 4 Y 30:34 89.24% 16 1010 North Andover MA 5 Joseph Amenya TEAM RUN 30:53 M 35 5 Y 30:53 89.23% 17 1246 Lowell MA 112 Martin Tighe CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 36:22 M 56 2 Y 36:19 89.12% 18 1027 Providence RI 298 Elizabeth Cooney SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 43:57 F 59 6 Y 43:55 88.98% 19 86 Somerville MA 263 Susan Hackney GREEN MOUNTAIN ATHLETIC 42:47 F 57 2 Y 42:39 88.94% 20 988 Essex Jt VT 88 Michael Cooney WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 35:23 M 52 4 Y 35:21 88.83% 21 1212 Chelmsford MA 1 Amos Sang TEAM RUN 30:14 M 25 1 Y 30:14 88.81% 22 1250 Chicopee MA 2 Ruben Sanca WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 30:17 M 27 2 Y 30:17 88.67% 23 1200 Lowell MA 274 Mary Lammi CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 43:09 F 58 3 Y 43:05 88.63% 24 1158 Spencer MA 3 Glarius Rop TEAM RUN 30:25 M 30 3 Y 30:25 88.59% 25 1249 West Springfield MA 168 Richard Larsen SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN ATHL 38:44 M 62 2 Y 38:40 88.57% 26 290 Shelburne MA 48 Binney Mitchell GREEN MOUNTAIN ATHLETIC 33:36 M 45 2 Y 33:34 88.48% 27 1000 Essex Jt VT 162 Mimi Fallon BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 38:32 F 49 1 Y 38:32 88.42% 28 1237 Walpole MA 24 Mike Galoob BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 32:24 M 40 1 Y 32:23 88.13% 29 1227 Peacedale RI 73 Heather Cappello BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 34:45 F 34 1 Y 34:45 88.02% 30 1226 Arlington MA 105 John Sullivan HFC STRIDERS 36:06 M 54 10 Y 36:04 87.99% 31 966 West Roxbury MA 288 Joan Miller LIBERTY ATHLETIC CLUB 43:37 F 58 5 Y 43:27 87.87% 32 359 Chestnut Hill MA 43 Joseph Navas WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 33:23 M 43 4 Y 33:22 87.69% 33 1208 North Eastham MA 76 Wayne Levy BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 34:53 M 49 8 Y 34:51 87.54% 34 1220 Waban MA 35 Christopher Magill BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 32:55 M 41 3 Y 32:54 87.50% 35 1221 Cumberland RI 97 Daniel Verrington CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 35:48 M 52 6 Y 35:44 87.46% 36 1025 Bradford MA 83 Scott Anderson WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 35:07 M 49 9 Y 35:05 87.34% 37 1209 Truro MA 19 Patrick Rich CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 32:10 M 38 18 Y 32:09 87.09% 38 1014 South Hamilton MA 11 Peter Omae TEAM RUN 31:52 M 36 10 Y 31:52 86.87% 39 1247 Lowell MA 6 Tyler Andrews STRIVE RACING 30:57 M 24 6 Y 30:57 86.75% 40 614 Concord MA 142 Wolfgang Ketterle SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 37:33 M 56 3 Y 37:28 86.75% 41 1045 Belmont MA 100 Charlie Bemis GATE CITY STRIDERS 35:56 M 51 8 Y 35:55 86.71% 42 834 Derry NH 253 Jacqueline Shakar CAMBRIDGE SPORTS UNION 42:28 F 55 1 Y 42:26 86.50% 43 912 Sutton MA 69 Joe Shairs CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 34:31 M 46 6 Y 34:30 86.44% 44 1017 Peabody MA 99 Christopher Lawrence BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 35:50 M 50 7 Y 35:48 86.36% 45 1223 Lincoln RI 233 Lisa Zappala WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 41:50 F 53 3 Y 41:45 86.28% 46 1196 Derry NH 91 Katie Misuraca BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 35:30 F 33 2 Y 35:27 86.09% 47 1236 Gloucester MA 114 Rory Fagan SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 36:26 M 52 11 Y 36:21 85.90% 48 876 Somerville MA 149 Jim Garcia GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 37:44 M 56 4 Y 37:41 85.75% 49 782 Westford MA 101 Dave Dunham CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 36:01 M 50 9 Y 35:57 85.71% 50 1023 Bradford MA 280 Nancy Corsaro WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 43:20 F 55 4 Y 43:16 85.58% 51 1197 Methuen MA 133 Regina Loiacano CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 37:02 F 41 1 Y 36:59 85.45% 52 807 Gloucester MA 147 Christin Doneski WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 37:39 F 43 2 Y 37:39 85.36% 53 1190 Hopkinton NH 8 Dan Vassallo CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 31:33 M 29 8 Y 31:33 85.23% 54 1011 Peabody MA 10 Jonathan Charlesworth GREATER BOSTON TRACK CL 31:35 M 29 9 Y 31:35 85.22% 55 1109 Boston MA 127 E J Hrynowski GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 36:44 M 52 12 Y 36:40 85.11% 56 775 Arlington MA (more…)
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on Sunday. In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of those elected to the USATF-NE Board of Governors, which includes a mix of incumbents and new individuals.
- President: Tom Derderian
- Secretary: Steve Viegas
- Treasurer: Stephen Peckiconis
- Vice Presidents: Jim Garcia, John Oleski, Chris Pasko
- Men’s Long Distance Running (LDR) Chair: John Barbour
- Women’s LDR Chair: Lisa Doucett
- Masters LDR Chair: Jan Holmquist
- Youth Chair: Alex Ivanov
- Track & Field Chair: Zach Emerson
- Masters Track & Field Chair: Mike Travers
- Cross Country Chair: Chris Canning
- Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) Chair: Paul Kirsch
- Race Walking Chair: Justin Kuo
- Athlete’s Representatives: Eric Ashe, Jim Burgoyne, Jennifer Mortimer
In the coming week, you’ll be able to find information on the new board members, the various reports that were presented and distributed at the meeting, as well as the full meeting minutes on the Board page.
Four races down and three to go in the USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series. Next up: the Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) Labor Day 15k on August 31 at 9 am in South Burlington, VT. And if you’re not on this list, it means you haven’t registered yet. Online registration closes on August 29 and race day registration will be held at South Burlington High School between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Need to know a little more about the race? First, it’s a USATF-NE Grand Prix championship, as mentioned. Teams and individuals looking to maintain or move up in the standings only have a few opportunities to do so, and this is one of them. For reference, the Grand Prix team leaders are currently:
- Men’s open team: Western Mass Distance Project
- Men’s 40+ team: Central Mass Striders
- Men’s 50+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
- Men’s 60+ team: Greater Lowell Road Runners
- Men’s 70+ team: Gate City Striders
- Women’s open team: Millennium Running
- Women’s 40+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
- Women’s 50+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
- Women’s 60+ team: Gate City Striders
Individual open leaders are Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca and GBTC’s Nicole Casey. However, the standings across the board are close, with leaders only ahead by a point or two.
For added incentive to trek up to the Green Mountain state, keep in mind the $3,400 available in cash prizes. Here is the break-down of team, individual and age group awards.
Lastly, if you’d like a course description before departing for the race this weekend, Level Renner published a detailed preview of the 15k course that offers views of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks and Lake Champlain.
Will we see you there?
it was started by Nich Haber in 2012. Nich is the club’s President of the Board (on a Board that includes American Record Holder Molly Huddle!), but also serves as an acting Executive Director, managing business issues, fundraising, grant writing and maintaining relationships with partners. On top of this, Nich manages travel and race entries for the athletes, helps them obtain part-time work with their after-school partners in Woonsocket and coordinates their youth program with the Woonsocket public school system.
As you can tell, Nich wears several hats and has been working hard since 2012 to get NE Distance off the ground and growing to compete at a highly competitive level. It appears that his work has paid off by looking at the club’s current roster, which includes:
- David Goodman— The 2012 NCAA DII National Champion in the Steeplechase and a three-time USATF-NE Champion
- Henry Sterling — NE Distance’s newest athlete, he’s a Dartmouth grad who sees his potential best in the Steeplechase, but is interested in staying a well-rounded runner by competing in the mile and 5k as well
- Katrina Spratford — The 8-time All American from Shippensburg, is a 10k runner that is focusing on Cross Country in the fall and may do some road races
- Lara Crofford — A Nebraska Cornhusker, has been a strong 10k runner but is looking to move up in distance and take to the roads
We caught up with Nich on how the club has grown, what they’ve been up to. To sum it up, Nich told us that “Every year has been better than the one before it, and I know that next year will be better than this one!” His optimism and excitement is great to hear. Check out our interview with Nich below to get up to speed on the community-based distance running project.
USATF-NE: How has NE Distance grown since its founding in 2012?
NH: We started with one athlete in 2012, added another at the beginning of 2013, two more in September of 2013 and we’re looking to have eight this fall. We’ve doubled every year! At this rate, in a few years everyone on earth will be an NE Distance athlete!
Seriously, it’s been a challenge to start a group like this from the ground up and the athletes that have joined us truly believe in our mission of blending athlete development with community building. We expanded this year to include athletes that are not full athlete-in-resident fellows. They are committed to train at a high level, but do not need housing from us. We are excited as the more athletes we have in our group, the more of a critical mass we hit and the better the program is for everyone involved – the other athletes, the community and our fans who are looking for more athletes to root for.
USATF-NE: Are you actively recruiting?
NH: We have three slots open for our non-resident members. We are looking for folks who want to live in the Woonsocket/Providence area who want to compete at a high level.
USATF-NE: We saw that your team recently signed up 145 kids for a new middle school program. This is great! Any specific plans for this new program or anything in particular you’d like to share about it?
NH: This is probably our proudest achievement and is truly a culmination of what we are trying to do with the NE Distance program. Woonsocket middle school sports were all but eliminated in 2009 due to budget cuts. Our athletes moved into town and started to get everyone’s notice. We were lucky to find Performance Physical Therapy of RI who was interested in sponsoring us to restart the middle school cross country team. As soon as we announced it, a reporter from the local paper called me up and we were literally front page news.
For the public school system, they were absolutely thrilled. They were getting high level athletes who had already spent at least a year working with Woonsocket youth to come in and coach the kids at the middle school. The NEDi athletes went into the schools to sign up kids and were overwhelmed; 145 kids signed up. Lara has already started weekly runs with the kids in town and everyone will be back in Woonsocket in August gearing up to kick off the team at the end of the summer.
We are seeking a sponsor to help us continue this program for the kids into the indoor and outdoor seasons, so if anyone is interested in helping our team help these young people, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
USATF-NE: Are any USATF-NE hosted races a part of NE Distance’s upcoming race schedule – and if so, which ones, and why?
NH: Our goal is to have our athletes compete on Team USA, so the USATF-NE races are great vehicles to get us to that level. We will definitely be at the Cross Country races this fall, especially the Boston Mayor Cup and the USATF-NE Championship. The CVS Downtown 5k is in our backyard, so we’ll be there. USATF-NE hosts some of the best indoor meets in the country, so look for us at the BU Terrier & Valentine meets as well as the USATF-NE Championships. Outdoors, we’re big fans of the NBB Twilight Meets.
And be sure to look for our middle school kids to open up their season at the Ocean State XC meet in Goddard Park in Rhode Island on Friday Sept 26.