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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 – 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 (more…)
Team RUN’s Jeff Veiga was the winner of the third race in our Road Racing Grand Prix series, the An Ras Mor 5k on March 30 with a time of 14:39. The recent UMass Lowell graduate has been hitting some impressive times post-graduation, even after considering “hanging up the spikes” this past fall due to some nagging injuries. How has he managed to continue this success?
Learn about his strategy and international racing goals in our exclusive Q&A with Jeff.
Q: What was your strategy for the An Ras Mor 5k? Walk us through your race.
JV: Going into the race I didn’t really know much about the course. I hadn’t run it or even had a chance to look at a map. Strategy wise, I was just planning to go out with the lead group and hang on as long as I could because I hadn’t really tested myself beforehand and didn’t have the best idea where I was with my fitness. But once the race started, I felt good so I just tucked in behind the lead group and tried to stay as relaxed as possible.
From early on, the lead group of Nick, Ruben (both of the Whirlaway Racing Team) and myself separated from the rest of the field. I believe shortly after 1.5 miles, Ruben and I started to pull away from Nick. After that, the two of us just went back and forth a few times until right before the 3 mile mark, where I threw in a surge to pull slightly ahead and then kick it in towards the finish line.
Q: How did you feel about your race result? (We’re impressed). How did it match up to your expectations?
JV: I didn’t really expect much going into the race. I thought I would definitely come away with a top five finish and maybe crack the top three if I was lucky. So to come away with the win and a good time I was definitely happy and surprised.
Q: Why did you decide to compete in the An Ras Mor 5k and can we expect to see you at any of the other upcoming Grand Prix series races?
JV:I decided to run the An Ras Mor 5k because it was part of the USATF-NE Grand Prix series and I wanted to represent Team RUN, as we had a chance to place very well in the team standings – which we did with a third place finish.
I do plan to compete in more of the Grand Prix races as long as they fit into my racing schedule, which is mainly targeted at running a fast 5K and possibly a 10k on the track.
Q: What is your training like right now – and is there anything in particular you’re training for?
JV: My training is going very well right now. I was hurt throughout the entire fall season and strongly considered hanging up the spikes if I couldn’t get healthy by the end of January. But after a few visits with Dr. John Donovan of Advantage Chiropractic, I was healthy again and running pain-free. Since then, I have been steadily increasing my mileage, in hopes of continuing my career and competing at a high level. Right now I am running about 95 miles per week, with one long run, one long workout and a little bit of speed here and there.
Having recently received my Portuguese citizenship, I am currently training to hopefully compete in and place well at the Portuguese National Champions in Lisbon, Portugal on July 26 and 27.
Q: Lastly, we know you’re a member of Team RUN. Tell us what it’s like being on the team and what aspects of the team compelled you to join?
JV: I’ve been a member of Team RUN for almost a year now. It’s really fun and we have a great group of guys, some which I actually train with on a regular basis – and we are all well supported by our sponsor Marx Running & Fitness in Acton, MA. I had been working with the team’s coach Mark Coddaire, as he’s also the owner of the Marx Running & Fitness store, so I knew about the team and everything associated with it. It just seemed like the best fit for me at the time, and I feel like I definitely made a good choice.
*Thanks to Jeff for taking the time to share his story with us. We wish him continued success on all levels – from local to international!
Today, USA Track & Field New England has announced All Terrain Runner (ATR), a new official series comprising races of varying distances, seasons and surfaces. The series kicks off just next month on May 4 with a 10k trail race, before competitors race on the track, mountains and roads, closing with a cross country event in the fall.
USATF-NE President Tom Derderian described the idea behind the series, explaining that “Some runners race best on the track, some on the roads, some up mountains and over trails, and others on broad cross country courses. You know how you rank in the discipline you race in, but how do you rank if you combine all of these? This is the running version of the decathlon.”
The complete 2014 ATR series includes:
- May 4 – Trail: Sleepy Hollow 10k
- May 5-July 20 – Outdoor Track: 5000 meters *(USATF-NE members can submit their own result from any 5000 meter race run in a USATF sanctioned meet through our web form during this time frame. A competitor may complete several outdoor 5000 meter races; however only the fastest time will count in the final scoring.)
- July 6 – Mountain: Loon Mountain
- September 14 – Road: Lone Gull 10k
- November 9 – Cross Country: USATF-NE New England Championships
With the Sleepy Hollow 10k just a couple of weeks away, those interested in participating in the ATR series can register for the first race here. Competitors can register on race-day; however the entry fee increases from $15 to $25 after May 2, and registration will close when the maximum capacity of 250 racers is reached.
With no team scoring component, the series offers scoring and prizes for individuals only. There will be a total of $5,000 available in awards. The prize structure, awarding monetary rewards to the top five male and female finishers, is as follows:
- First – $1,000
- Second – $500
- Third – $250
- Fourth – $100
- Fifth – $50
Cash prizes will also be awarded to age group winners in the following age divisions: 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69. To be considered for a place in the final standings, competitors must complete four out of the five races, and participants who complete all five events will receive a special series t-shirt.
More details on the ATR series, including a formal landing page, are coming soon.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
The 37th Annual New Bedford Half Marathon on March 16th marks the second race in the USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series. But for Whirlaway‘s Sarah Prescott, the race signifies much more. In fact, once she crosses the finish line, she will have completed her 100th consecutive USATF-NE Grand Prix race.
A runner since 1978, Sarah started entering Grand Prix races in 2000 when the club team she was a member of participated in the team competition. Motivated by seeing her name in the standings, she never looked back. Throughout this time, not only has she been a consistent name in our race standings, but she’s even found her way to the top of the results page many times too. She placed sixth last year in the series for the women’s 45-49 year old age group, and finished fourth the year prior.
Showcasing her range, in 2013, Sarah ran 36:11 for the 5 miler, 1:36:14 for the half marathon and 3:53:49 for the marathon. Considering the variety of distances included in the Grand Prix, Sarah’s training must prepare her for all sorts of races. This is why she has tailored her training based on the Grand Prix race schedule each year.
In addition to the series typically offering some races in her neck of the woods in New Hampshire, Sarah also says the Grand Prix boasts a good combination of distances and locations, while fostering camaraderie and team competition, which she enjoys with the Whirlaway Racing team. While there are no official rankings for her streak, she says “Looking at available stats, next behind me is Christopher Chetsas (a fellow Goon Squad founder) with his streak of 6 consecutive Ironrunner years. My streak has been 14 consecutive Ironrunner years, plus one race in 2014.”
So what’s next for Sarah? “Just keep running!” she says. “I’ve done more than I ever imagined being able to do and feel incredibly fortunate for all the wonderful people I’ve become friends with… how could I ask for anything more?”
Reflecting on her favorite Grand Prix moments, Sarah adds: “There are so many wonderful memories, it would take a story itself! Cape Cod Marathon was always extra special, first time I qualified for Boston Marathon and some really fun post-race parties.”
We would like to extend our congratulations to Sarah for her dedication to and successes in the USATF-NE Grand Prix series, and wish her continued success, especially at the upcoming New Bedford Half Marathon!