Long Distance Running
Long Distance Running, including Open and Masters LDR
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!
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Boston Athletic Association||175||200||375|
|Green Mountain Athletic Assoc||100||125||150||375|
|North Shore Striders||100||125||225|
|Cambridge Sports Union||100||100|
|Gr Springfield Harriers||100||100|
|New England 65+||50||50|
|Heartbreak Hill Striders||50||50|
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…)