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Next Stop in the Road Racing Grand Prix: GMAA Labor Day 15k

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?

Ribfest 5M (2014 GP Race #4)

Ribfest 5M – June 15, 2014 – 2014 GP Race #4


Plc  Name                  ClubName                GunTime  SAge DvPlPtsChipTime AG %    AGPl Bib   Town

1    Jeffrey Veiga         Team RUN                24:19.3  M23  1   10   24:20  87.67%  16   355   LOWELL MA
2    Brian Harvey          BAA                     24:26.5  M27  2   9    24:27  87.25%  18   1944  BOSTON MA
3    Nathaniel Jenkins     Central Mass Striders   24:36.5  M33  3   8    24:37  87.95%  14   195   NORTH ANDOVER MA
4    Eric Ashe             BAA                     24:53.4  M25  4   7    24:54  85.68%  30   1949  BOSTON MA
5    Sean Duncan           Western Mass Dist Proj  25:01.9  M24  5   6    25:02  85.22%  35   237   ARLINGTON MA
6    Justin Freeman        Team RUN                25:09.0  M37  6   5    25:09  88.14%  13   1960  NEW HAMPTON NH
7    Christopher Kibler    Greater Boston TC       25:19.5  M24  7   4    25:20  84.21%  47   245   TOWNSEND MA
8    Peter Omae            Team RUN                25:22.6  M36  8   3    25:23  86.51%  23   1962  LOWELL MA
9    Robert Gomez          Dirigo R.C.             25:24.9  M30  9   2    25:23  84.43%  44   179   PORTLAND ME
10   Daniel Barry          Western Mass Dist Proj  25:28.1  M27  10  1    25:28  83.77%  54   9948  SOUTHWICK MA
11   Brad Mish             BAA                     25:28.8  M27  11  0    25:29  83.72%  56   1943  BOSTON MA
12   Kevin Johnson         Western Mass Dist Proj  25:38.9  M25  12  0    25:37  83.28%  62   238   LEBANON NH
13   Paul Rupprecht        NB Boston               25:40.6  M30  13  0    25:41  83.41%  59   9934  CAMBRIDGE MA
14   Daniel Princic        Whirlaway Racing Team   25:41.8  M34  14  0    25:42  84.68%  42   9909  READING MA
15   Jesse Regnier         Western Mass Dist Proj  25:43.7  M26  15  0    25:44  82.90%  69   230   NORTHAMPTON MA
16   David Johnson         Western Mass Dist Proj  25:44.4  M25  16  0    25:42  83.01%  68   236   NORTHAMPTON MA
17   Adam Goode            Dirigo R.C.             25:45.0  M30  17  0    25:43  83.31%  60   174   BANGOR ME
18   David Metzger         Greater Boston TC       25:46.8  M28  18  0    25:46  82.81%  70   190   MEDFORD MA
19   Jason Ayr             Western Mass Dist Proj  25:50.3  M26  19  0    25:50  82.58%  72   231   NORTHAMPTON MA
20   Brandon Newbould      Whirlaway Racing Team   25:54.2  M32  20  0    25:55  83.19%  65   9906  NOTTINGHAM NH
21   Sean Hyland           BAA                     25:54.3  M29  21  0    25:53  82.59%  71   1954  CAMBRIDGE MA
22   Patrick Rich          Central Mass Striders   25:55.1  M37  22  0    25:54  85.74%  29   196   SOUTH HAMILTON MA
23   Scott Leslie          Central Mass Striders   25:58.4  M32  23  0    25:57  83.15%  66   199   RUTLAND MA
24   Mike Galoob           Westerly Track & AC     26:02.6  M40  1   10   26:02  86.94%  21   269   PEACE DALE RI
25   Nils Schallner        BAA                     26:04.6  M33  24  0    26:04  83.05%  67   1951  CAMBRIDGE MA
26   Christopher Magill    BAA                     26:07.4  M41  2   9    26:08  87.36%  17   1946  CUMBERLAND RI
27   Michael Carlone       Greater Boston TC       26:10.8  M22  25  0    26:11  81.48%  82   157   WALTHAM MA
28   Ian Nurse             BAA                     26:11.7  M36  26  0    26:12  83.97%  51   1957  BOSTON MA
29   Ethan Brown           Team RUN                26:13.0  M29  27  0    26:13  81.45%  83   1958  LOWELL MA
30   John Stanton-Geddes   Green Mountain AA       26:15.4  M32  28  0    26:13  82.19%  74   255   BURLINGTON VT
31   Dan Roarke            Team RUN                26:15.8  M24  29  0    26:13  81.37%  85   9968  DRACUT MA
32   Morgan Kennedy        Central Mass Striders   26:17.5  M26  30  0    26:16  81.22%  88   197   GRAFTON MA
33   Greg Putnam           Central Mass Striders   26:18.0  M44  3   8    26:17  88.95%  11   200   STONEHAM MA
34   Kent Lemme            Gr Springfield Harriers 26:25.7  M47  1   10   26:25  90.59%  4    295   WILLIAMSTOWN MA
35   Peter Gurney          Green Mountain AA       26:27.0  M25  31  0    26:25  80.76%  99   106   WINOOSKI VT
36   Philip Shaw           Millennium Running      26:32.3  M29  32  0    26:29  80.69%  102  2     MANCHESTER NH
37   Scott Vander Molen    Western Mass Dist Proj  26:35.9  M25  33  0    26:34  80.30%  104  241   MEDFORD MA
38   Andrew Downey         Greater Lowell RR       26:40.7  M30  34  0    26:40  80.21%  105  53    LOWELL MA
39   Louis Saviano         Millennium Running      26:43.1  M23  35  0    26:42  79.90%  110  8     SANDOWN NH
40   Michael Bunker        Dirigo R.C.             26:43.4  M32  36  0    26:44  80.43%  103  176   LIBERTY ME
41   Benjamin Coughlin     Team RUN                26:43.6  M24  37  0    26:44  79.80%  114  1959  WORCESTER MA
42   Josh Steffen          Millennium Running      26:49.1  M33  38  0    26:46  80.95%  96   7     NEW LONDON NH
43   Gregory Picklesimer   Somerville Road Runners 26:49.9  M47  2   9    26:48  89.52%  8    9059  NEWTON MA
44   Ryan Gough            Greater Lowell RR       26:52.0  M30  39  0    26:52  79.67%  118  61    LOWELL MA
45   Eric Ouellette        Greater Boston TC       26:53.5  M21  40  0    26:53  79.55%  121  246   ASHBURNHAM MA
46   Eric Williams         Whirlaway Racing Team   26:54.0  M49  3   8    26:51  90.54%  5    9914  CONCORD NH
47   Adrian Macdonald      Greater Boston TC       26:55.8  M25  41  0    26:55  79.26%  129  112   ALLSTON MA
48   Caleb Evanter         Greater Boston TC       26:56.7  M26  42  0    26:56  79.21%  132  258   DORCHESTER MA
49   Matthew Germain       SISU Project            26:57.0  M32  43  0    26:53  80.04%  106  45    ACTON MA
50   Eric Mendoza          Greater Boston TC       26:59.1  M29  44  0    26:58  79.31%  125  22    DORCHESTER MA
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New England Cross Country 2014: Closer than you think!

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

Summer’s heat has just started to creep over New England, but it’s not too early to start thinking about running during the crisp days of fall. The 2014 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series will again feature five races from September through November. The series, a mix of old favorites and a couple new races, is listed below and on the main cross country schedule page, where you can also find a rich array of other New England cross country races to choose from.

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An Ras Mor 5K (2014 GP Race #3)

An Ras Mor 5K – March 30, 2014 – Grand Prix Race #3

Plc  Name                  ClubName               BGunTime  SAge DvPlPtsNEMChipTime AG %    AGPl Bib   Town
1    Jeffrey Veiga         Team RUN                14:39    M23  1   10 Y  14:39    88.05%  13   3     LOWELL MA
2    Ruben Sanca           Whirlaway Racing Team   14:40    M27  2   9  Y  14:40    87.96%  14   12    LOWELL MA
3    Nick Karwoski         Whirlaway Racing Team   14:53    M25  3   8  Y  14:53    86.67%  18   943   DERRY NH
4    Andrea Sorgato        NB Boston               15:12    M32  4   7  Y  15:12    85.82%  24   936   DORCHESTER CENTER MA
5    Brad Mish             BAA                     15:13    M26  5   6  Y  15:12    84.87%  34   839   DORCHESTER MA
6    Jonathan Charlesworth Greater Boston TC       15:14    M29  6   5  Y  15:13    84.92%  33   937   DORCHESTER MA
7    Nathaniel Jenkins     Central Mass Striders   15:19    M33  7   4  Y  15:17    85.58%  26   971   NORTH ANDOVER MA
8    Ryan Irwin            Greater Boston TC       15:21    M29  8   3  Y  15:20    84.33%  38   512   NEWTON MA
9    Christopher Kibler    Greater Boston TC       15:23    M24  9   2  Y  15:23    83.86%  47   530   TOWNSEND MA
10   Ethan Brown           Team RUN                15:24    M28  10  1  Y  15:23    83.92%  46   854   LOWELL MA
11   Ryan Gough            Greater Lowell RR       15:25    M30  11     Y  15:24    84.01%  43   506   LOWELL MA
12   Jonathan Joyce        Western Mass Dist Proj  15:25    M23  12     Y  15:23    83.86%  47   906   NORTHAMPTON MA
13   Justin Freeman        Team RUN                15:28    M37  13     Y  15:28    86.53%  20   853   NEW HAMPTON NH
14   Scott McGrath         Whirlaway Racing Team   15:29    M27  14     Y  15:27    83.50%  51   701   ANDOVER MA
15   Mike Galoob           UNATTACHED              15:31    M40  1   10 Y  15:31    88.06%  12   598   PEACE DALE RI
16   David Wilson          UNATTACHED              15:37    M23  15     Y  15:36    82.69%  61   590   BROOKLINE MA
17   Daniel Lewis          Greater Boston TC       15:37    M22  16     Y  15:36    82.70%  59   487   CAMBRIDGE MA
18   David Metzger         Greater Boston TC       15:38    M27  17     Y  15:36    82.70%  60   642   MEDFORD MA
19   Michael Carlone       Greater Boston TC       15:42    M22  18     Y  15:41    82.27%  68   542   WALTHAM MA
20   Scott Vander Molen    Western Mass Dist Proj  15:42    M25  19     Y  15:41    82.25%  69   795   MEDFORD MA
21   Eric Mendoza          Greater Boston TC       15:43    M29  20     Y  15:41    82.43%  66   531   DORCHESTER MA
22   Morgan Kennedy        Central Mass Striders   15:46    M26  21     Y  15:43    82.08%  71   477   GRAFTON MA
23   Christopher Magill    BAA                     15:48    M41  2   9  Y  15:48    87.24%  16   4     CUMBERLAND RI
24   Brandon Newbould      Whirlaway Racing Team   15:49    M32  22     Y  15:47    82.54%  64   661   NOTTINGHAM NH
25   Teddy Farley          UNATTACHED              15:50    M22  23     Y  15:48    81.66%  75   252   ACTON MA
26   Louis Saviano         Millennium Running      15:52    M23  24     Y  15:51    81.39%  82   682   SANDOWN NH
27   Stephen Gendron       Greater Lowell RR       15:53    M26  25     Y  15:51    81.39%  82   623   LOWELL MA
28   Caleb Evanter         Greater Boston TC       15:54    M26  26     Y  15:52    81.30%  85   793   DORCHESTER CENTER MA
29   Jesse Regnier         Western Mass Dist Proj  15:55    M26  27     Y  15:54    81.13%  88   907   NORTHAMPTON MA
30   Jason Ayr             Western Mass Dist Proj  15:59    M26  28     Y  15:57    80.88%  92   903   NORTHAMPTON MA
31   Scott Leslie          Central Mass Striders   15:59    M32  29     Y  15:58    81.66%  76   479   RUTLAND MA
32   Andrew Downey         Greater Lowell RR       16:06    M29  30     Y  16:05    80.39%  98   455   LOWELL MA
33   Scott Burger          Greater Boston TC       16:07    M23  31     Y  16:05    80.21%  104  222   WORCESTER MA
34   Kent Lemme            Gr Springfield Harriers 16:08    M47  1   10 Y  16:06    89.73%  9    311   WILLIAMSTOWN MA
35   Sonny Gamble          Western Mass Dist Proj  16:09    M26  32     Y  16:07    80.04%  111  970   Carlisle MA
36   Robert Espinosa       Greater Boston TC       16:09    M29  33     Y  16:07    80.22%  103  514   BROOKLINE MA
37   Benjamin Coughlin     Team RUN                16:09    M24  34     Y  16:07    80.04%  111  892   WORCESTER MA
38   Eric Williams         Whirlaway Racing Team   16:11    M49  2   9  Y  16:09    90.87%  7    683   CONCORD NH
39   Greg Putnam           Central Mass Striders   16:12    M44  3   8  Y  16:11    87.21%  17   481   STONEHAM MA
40   Gregory Picklesimer   Somerville Road Runners 16:13    M47  3   8  Y  16:12    89.40%  10   8     NEWTON MA
41   Hombo Lucian          Team RUN                16:18    M34  35     Y  16:18    80.48%  97   891   LOWELL MA
42   Brian Keefe           Somerville Road Runners 16:19    M24  36     Y  16:16    79.30%  124  120   MEDFORD MA
43   Samuel Fazioli        Whirlaway Racing Team   16:20    M22  37     Y  16:19    79.09%  128  670   SALEM NH
44   Bryan Mahoney         Community Running Assoc 16:22    M31  38     Y  16:19    79.46%  121  28    SOMERVILLE MA
45   Kevin Alliette        Whirlaway Racing Team   16:24    M32  39     Y  16:23    79.60%  118  739   METHUEN MA
46   Colby Chrusciel       Central Mass Striders   16:25    M21  40     Y  16:21    79.01%  130  478   TEMPLETON MA
47   Peter Omae            Team RUN                16:27    M35  41     Y  16:27    80.60%  95   890   LOWELL MA
48   Jason Garrity         Greater Boston TC       16:28    M27  42     Y  16:26    78.50%  139  930   TOPSFIELD MA
49   Steve Dowsett         Whirlaway Racing Team   16:29    M26  43     Y  16:28    78.34%  143  663   NEWBURYPORT MA
50   Alan Bernier          Central Mass Striders   16:30    M39  44     Y  16:25    82.92%  58   578   BRAINTREE MA
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An Ras Mor 5k Photos

Today marked the third race in our Grand Prix series. Photos of the rainy but very competitive An Ras Mor 5k in Cambridge, organized by the Somerville Road Runners, can be found in albums by Scott Mason and Thomas Cole.

Come across any other photos from the race? Feel free to link to them in the comments section on Facebook. Thanks!

Photo Credit: Thomas Cole

A Grand Prix Update

With two of seven races behind us in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Racing series – the Jones 10 Miler and New Bedford Half Marathon – where do we stand?

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Exclusive Interview: New Bedford’s USATF-NE Champions

An update on our USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Racing series is coming soon. In the meantime, we caught up with the USATF-NE winners of our most recent Grand Prix race, the New Bedford Half Marathon: Ruben Sanca of the Whirlaway Racing Team and Andrea Walkonen, currently unattached.

Hear what they had to say about their latest wins, current training and what the future holds for each in the world of racing.

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New Bedford Half Marathon (2014 GP Race #2)

New Bedford Half Marathon – March 16, 2014 – Grand Prix Race #2


Plc  Name                 ClubName                GunTime  SAge DvPlNEMChipTime AG %    AGPl Bib  Town
1    Ruben Sanca          Whirlaway Racing Team   1:05:52  M27  1   Y  1:05:50  89.95%  5    3322
2    Nick Karwoski        Whirlaway Racing Team   1:06:10  M25  2   Y  1:06:09  89.52%  11   3313
3    Dan Vassallo         Central Mass Striders   1:07:10  M28  3   Y  1:07:08  88.21%  16   2920
4    Robert Gibson        Janji(non-renewed club) 1:07:14  M24  4   Y  1:07:13  88.10%  17   1767 Brookline, MA
5    Eric Ashe            BAA                     1:07:25  M25  5   Y  1:07:24  87.86%  19   2824
6    Nicolai Naranjo      Western Mass Dist Proj  1:08:00  M25  6   Y  1:07:59  87.10%  28   2989
7    Brad Mish            BAA                     1:08:08  M26  7   Y  1:08:07  86.93%  29   2855
8    Wisley Ochoro        Team RUN                1:08:26  M35  8   Y  1:08:25  87.50%  23   2656
9    Philip Shaw          Millennium Running      1:08:43  M29  9   Y  1:08:43  86.18%  35   2116
10   Eric Blake           Unattached              1:08:47  M35  10  Y  1:08:46  86.80%  31   2333
11   Chase Pizzonia                               1:09:13  M28         1:09:12  85.57%  39   758  Bronx, NY
12   Jesse Regnier        Western Mass Dist Proj  1:09:36  M26  11  Y  1:09:36  85.08%  46   2984
13   Sean Duncan          Western Mass Dist Proj  1:09:36  M24  12  Y  1:09:36  85.08%  46   2986
14   Jonathan Joyce       Western Mass Dist Proj  1:09:40  M23  13  Y  1:09:39  85.02%  48   3380
15   Eric Macknight       Non-New England Club    1:09:49  M25         1:09:47  84.86%  51   952  Ballston Lake, NY
16   Jason Ayr            Western Mass Dist Proj  1:09:59  M26  14  Y  1:09:59  84.62%  54   2988
17   Ryan Gough           GLRR                    1:10:21  M30  15  Y  1:10:20  84.19%  62   3020
18   Jeff Howley          RMH of Providence RC    1:10:22  M34  16  Y  1:10:22  84.53%  55   855
19   Michael Burnstein                            1:10:27  M24         1:10:26  84.07%  64   2296 Brookline, MA
20   Andrew Chalmers      Greater Boston TC       1:10:31  M24  17  Y  1:10:29  84.02%  67   2819
21   David Johnson        Western Mass Dist Proj  1:10:40  M25  18  Y  1:10:39  83.82%  69   3357
22   Francis Cusick       Unattached              1:10:44  M27  19  Y  1:10:42  83.76%  70   1288
23   Mike Galoob          02-0099                 1:10:45  M40  1   Y  1:10:44  87.29%  27   1996 Peace Dale, RI
24   Adam Goode           Dirigo R.C.             1:10:45  M30  20  Y  1:10:42  83.76%  70   1176
25   Scott Mcgrath        Whirlaway Racing Team   1:10:51  M27  21  Y  1:10:47  83.66%  74   3317
26   Andrew Messer        Western Mass Dist Proj  1:11:00  M28  22  Y  1:11:00  83.40%  75   2987
27   Jonathan CharlesworthGreater Boston TC       1:11:02  M29  23  Y  1:11:02  83.36%  77   1968
28   Kim Smith            TEAM NEW BALANCE        1:11:09  F32         1:11:08  92.77%  1    2651
29   Stephen Polito       NB Boston               1:11:17  M24  24  Y  1:11:16  83.09%  81   1818
30   Christopher Magill   BAA                     1:11:17  M41  2   Y  1:11:15  87.45%  25   2850
31   Louis Saviano        Millennium Running      1:11:22  M23  25  Y  1:11:17  83.07%  82   2115
32   Alexander Taylor     BAA                     1:11:24  M34  26  Y  1:11:23  83.35%  78   2871
33   Ryan Mccalmon        BAA                     1:11:24  M38  27  Y  1:11:24  85.25%  41   3388
34   Sean Hyland          BAA                     1:11:25  M29  28  Y  1:11:22  82.98%  85   2844
35   Adrian Macdonald     Greater Boston TC       1:11:26  M25  29  Y  1:11:24  82.94%  86   2816
36   Ethan Brown          Team RUN                1:11:28  M26         1:11:28  82.86%  87   3248
37   Chris Mahoney        Central Mass Striders   1:11:30  M36  30  Y  1:11:28  84.06%  65   2919
38   Jonathan Baker       BAA                     1:11:32  M30  31  Y  1:11:29  82.84%  88   2825
39   Brian Mcnamara       Greater Boston TC       1:11:37  M31  32  Y  1:11:36  82.71%  91   1520
40   Ian Nurse            BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 1:11:37  M36         1:11:36  83.73%  72   2858
41   Gregory Picklesimer  Somerville Road Runners 1:11:40  M47  1   Y  1:11:36  91.71%  2    1017
42   Jon Korhonen                                 1:11:42  M31         1:11:40  82.63%  92   791  Somerville, MA
43   Robert Espinosa      Greater Boston TC       1:11:44  M29  33  Y  1:11:41  82.61%  93   2820
44   Manuel Gonzalez      Greater Boston TC       1:11:47  M24  34  Y  1:11:45  82.53%  96   1762
45   Patrick Rich         CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   1:11:48  M37         1:11:46  84.03%  66   2923
46   Richie Spitsberg     Millennium Running      1:11:50  M28  35  Y  1:11:48  82.47%  98   2114
47   Eric Mendoza         Greater Boston TC       1:12:00  M29  36  Y  1:11:57  82.30%  102  2809
48   David Brooks         BAA                     1:12:15  M29  37  Y  1:12:12  82.02%  108  2830
49   Andreas Heilmann     BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 1:12:19  M29         1:12:19  81.89%  111  2880
50   Claton Conrad        Dirigo R.C.             1:12:31  M31  38  Y  1:12:27  81.75%  112  1230
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New Bedford Half Marathon in Photos

More than 2,800 runners came out this past Sunday for the 37th Annual New Bedford Half Marathon, which is also the second race in our Road Racing Grand Prix series.

A few photographers were on-site to capture the race for us — check out the race photos by Thomas ColeKrissy Kozlosky and Scott Mason.

If you come across any additional photo albums that we missed, feel free to link to them in the comments section on Facebook – thanks!

Ruben Sanca (left) and Nick Karwoski, both of Whirlaway Racing Team (Photo Credit: Krissy Kozlosky)

(L-R) Ruben Sanca and Nick Karwoski, both of Whirlaway Racing Team, placed first & second respectively in the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday   (Photo Credit: Krissy Kozlosky)

 

 

Your Grand Prix Leaders

As we approach the second race in our Road Racing Grand Prix series this weekend — the New Bedford Half Marathon — we have two individuals leading the overall series.

The first and only race so far, the Jones 10 Miler, took place late last month in Amherst, MA. The challenging, hilly course didn’t stop Eric Ashe and Erica Jesseman from taking the top spots for the open male and female USATF-NE competitors. As your current Grand Prix leaders, we wanted to hear a little bit from these two local athletes about what it took to take the titles, and where we can expect to see them throughout the year.

 

Eric Ashe, B.A.A. — Male Open USATF-NE Grand Prix Leader

Eric Ashe (left), following the Jones 10 Miler - Photo Credit: Tom Derderian

Eric Ashe (left), following the Jones 10 Miler – Photo Credit: Tom Derderian

Eric chose to compete in the Jones 10 Miler because it’s part of the Grand Prix series and he wanted to score points for his team, the B.A.A. He also knew there would be some solid competition, and it would serve as a good preparation for the upcoming Boston Marathon he’s currently training for.

“I used the race as a good workout for Boston,” Eric said, noting he did a  longer warm-up than usual (6 miles) and went right into a 4 mile cool down to get his mileage in. “It was definitely a good indicator of how training is going, as my legs weren’t too beat up after the race,” he said.

It’s the first time Eric is really focusing on the marathon and he reports that his training is going very well. He says he’s in the best aerobic shape he’s ever been, which clearly showed in his last race, where he completed the 10 mile course in 50:43 —  that’s 5:04 per mile pace, and overall 7 seconds faster than second place finisher Ruben Sanca of the Whirlaway Racing Team.

We can expect to see Eric on the starting line at the New Bedford Half Marathon, where he plans to approach the race in the same manner as the first Grand Prix race, which is to go for the win but also use it as a workout for Boston. Looking ahead to April, Eric says: “I’m excited for what is to come at Boston as long as I can teach my body to hold up for 26.2 miles, and if I can stay healthy and consistent.”

For more on Eric’s training and racing, check out his NPR blog and this recent feature article on him at the same media outlet. Considering his early Grand Prix lead, it appears Eric may be the one to beat in the 2014 series.

 

Erica Jesseman, Dirigo Running Club – Female Open USATF-NE Grand Prix Leader

Erica Jesseman, post-race in Amerhst, MA - Photo Credit: Tom Derderian

Erica Jesseman, post-race in Amerhst, MA – Photo Credit: Tom Derderian

Erica joined the Dirigo Running Club in the summer of 2011 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire, attracted to the club’s fun and laid back environment — and living in Maine, it was most convenient for her too. For the Jones 10 Miler race, Erica had a similar approach as Eric, envisioning it as a great workout. She was most excited to compete with her Dirigo teammates Sheri Piers and Kristin Barry, who are Erica’s main training partners and mentors. Also training for Boston, she knew this race would serve as a nice preparation.

Her approach was to go out comfortably and controlled. “I knew I needed to run my own race; I didn’t focus on anyone but myself and my paces,” she said.  Her approach obviously was the right one, as she came into the finish at 59:33, which is 5:58 per mile pace.

Leading up to the race, Erica had been training through a tough winter like many of us, after suffering from IT Band Syndrome in the fall. Despite the conditions and bouncing back from the injury, she’s managed to hit 80-90 miles per week, many of them on the treadmill and hilly long runs outside on the weekends. “I haven’t been hitting my highest mileage during this marathon training cycle,” Erica noted, “it’s been more quality over quantity.”

Where else can we expect to see Erica in race results? Next on the calendar is the New Bedford Half Marathon, and in April she’ll be lining up for the Boston Marathon.

 

Congratulations to both Eric and Erica on their early leads in the USATF-NE Grand Prix series. Stay tuned for Sunday’s race results in New Bedford, to see how they fare as they look to continue their winning streaks while training for the Boston Marathon.

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