Sunday, February 11, 2018

Unexpected outcome

On Sunday, February 11, 2018


UNEXPECTED FINISH IN MORE  WAYS THAN ONE

The Garmin Men’s 40 team began with six men on the squad but by the time the Millrose Games Masters 4 X 400 went off last week, the six were now four and the anchor leg was by his own admission the most unlikely guy on the team.  Mark Williams of Columbia put the squad together and got them registered for the prestige event. 

Bobbie Brown of South Orange who was a standout on the Notre Dame football team back in his collegiate years, and then spent some time in the NFL was supposed to be on the squad.  He might have been the fastest if he had been able to run.  But a strain in the week before the event took Brown out of the line-up.  The same goes for Rob DeCarlo of Saddle River.

So, the six were now four.  Williams, who had national and international wins under his belt in the mile and the 800 meters, including the Harstshorne Masters Mile in 4:31.81 in January, was expected to be the fastest man on the team.  Peter Kashulines of Mountain Lakes at 54 was the most senior member of the squad.  His specialties were the 800 and the mile with a 2:08 in his race log in 2017.

A standout at Morristown High School in the field events, Jason Lattimore of Morris Plains had added sprints to his resume in his senior year at Morristown.  He had only recently joined the club and probably the only one who actually runs the 400 meters in regular competition.

And then there was Morristown’s Gary Rosenberg whose sub five-minute mile streak you read about here last year.  Williams had decided to start with the fastest man and work down to the slowest.  That put Rosenberg in the anchor leg spot, he told me when we talked this week.

The club had run a team in the 2017 Millrose and had finished sixth out of seven teams, so their expectations were more along the lines of “don’t finish last”.

“Mark told us that the two fastest teams are not coming, so we’re “’oh good, that means we won’t get crushed,’” said Rosenberg.

“I didn’t really want to anchor but what are you going to do?  We are going to be so far out of this that it doesn’t matter,” he said he was thinking.

It actually didn’t play out that way though.  Williams lead off with a 55 second quarter and he handed off to Kashulines in third place out of the nine teams on the track.

“We figured we’d hand off somewhere near the front and then just keep going backwards,” said Rosenberg.

But Kashulines put them in second place at the hand off.

“Well, that was unexpected,” Rosenberg said he was thinking.  The team that was hoping to not finish last was actually gaining ground.  Lattimore moved them up one spot and now he was handing off to Rosenberg and no one was in front of them.
 
Going through Rosenberg’s mind is that he hadn’t raced a quarter in some time, has no speed and has no confidence that he could run fast. Brown or DeCarlo were supposed to be in this race. But there he was on the track at the Millrose Games Masters Relay and he is leading a race that his team had hoped to just not finish last.

Running scared Rosenberg went through the first lap in first place, waiting for the inevitable to happen.  Waiting for everyone to come by him.

As he came off the first turn on the second lap, the second-place man began to come around and with an elbow flying, he bumped Rosenberg.

 “It threw me off balance.  I was running hard and if someone touches me I can’t hold my balance,” he said.  “I’m already giving it everything I have.”

“I started falling and I thought I could catch myself.  The next thing I know I am on the track.”

Back up on his feet Rosenberg is now in fifth place and trying to get moving again, hoping he can catch up to the guys in front of him.  But his momentum is gone and although he passed one man, three others finished ahead of him.

“It was disappointing and I’m not saying that if I didn’t fall we would have won,” he said.  “But I think it is safe to say that we would have come in second.”

The man that Rosenberg passed was in the same team age division, so despite the bad luck of going from first to fourth in the final lap, they came home with a medal.

“I never expected to leave with a Millrose medal so it was kind of cool,” said Rosenberg shrugging off their rags-to-riches-to-rags tale. 

 “Better luck next year,” surely applies.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Jersey runners run with the stars

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, February 4, 2018




New Jersey runners run with the stars

It has often been said that running is a unique sport where the very non-professional runner competes in the same race as the elite.  While this is certainly true in road races like marathons and championships, it is closer to real in a national cross country meet.

The elites in cross country warm up on the same grounds, they use the same bank of porta-potties as the rest.  They are truly viewed as a part of the same bunch of runners, even though they bear the name of Galen Rupp or Leonard  Koirer, Stanely Kebenei or Evan Jaeger.

On Saturday those same men competed at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee FL with the Garden State Track Club and the Shore Athletic Club.  The excitement for the masters men's 8km race was as high as for the open men's 10K where Rupp, Koirer, Kebenei and Jaeger competed.

The park's hard pack dirt course features multiple loops of a single hill course with variations for the different distances. The downhill portion featured closely trimmed grass before disappearing from spectator view into the trails.  Spectators could watch live as the runners passed the bleachers, or follow on the plexitron that alternated between showing the places of the runners during the race, or shots of them at key places on the course.

In other words, the venue is worthy of any world competition.  When  the masters men's field went by the viewing area for the first time, Montville's Elliott Frieder was part of the lead pack that included Sam Tiegan of Hawthorn and Jonathan Frieder of Rye Brooke NY.  The pack had thinned when the men came by on the next lap but those three maintained their position in the top ten.

The rest of the team, Chuck Schneekloth of Franklin, Thomas Knowles of Oakland and Aaron Cooper of Englewood finished in that order.

Further back Reno Stirrat of Rockaway was the lead man on his Shore Athletic Club's Men 60 team. Next was Kevin Dollard of NY and Scott Linell of Colts Neck and Roger Price of Randolph, finishing in that position.

In the first race of the meet, Susan Stirrat of Rockaway finished 7th in the W60 division and Madeline Bost of Randolph won the W75 division by virtue of being the only entrant in that division.  

Oh, back to those elite runners. Korir out kicked Rupp after running side by side down the home stretch, and Kebenei out kicked Jager in their finish line duel.

This meet is a selection meet for the world's cross country meet in odd years.  That means that the meet yesterday did not have the entries that it will have in 2019.  The 2019 meet will again be at the Apalachee Park on the same course.  

While Tallahassee is not easy to reach the park's cross country courses are considered excellent and the park a great venue.  The same New Jersey teams are expected back in 2019.
  

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

5,000 meters is a perfect 5K



On Sunday, January 28, 2018


5,000 METERS IS A PERFECT 5K

What’s your idea of a perfect 5K course?  You want it to be fast, so it needs to be flat.  No sharp corners, and of course you want it to be weather perfect.   You can have all that on Sunday, February 11 and you don’t have to travel too far to find it.

That 5K course is just across the bridge on Staten Island and here’s the best part.  It could be cold outside, raining cats and dogs, or snowing up a storm.  You’ll be warm and dry because you will be running your 5K indoors at the Ocean Breeze facility in the dual New Jersey / New York Championship meet.

It is not often that 5,000 meters is offered at an indoor meet, but this meet has it, along with the shorter and more common 3,000 meter distance.  The facility opened its doors for competition in November of 2015 and has been a magnet for high school, youth and open and masters competitors ever since.

This is the first time that New Jersey is holding a meet at Ocean Breeze.  In recent years athletes have had to travel to Toms River to compete in the John Bennet Indoor Sports Complex.  The bubble, as it is known, might be fine for a practice facility but it misses a lot as a competition venue, including indoor toilets.  That’s right, athletes and spectators have to make their way to the parking lot where the porta-potties are lined up for use.  It is guaranteed that the Ocean Breeze facility will not have you outside in porta-potties.   

The 5,000 meter race is scheduled for 12:20 p.m.  New Jersey runners will have plenty of time to make that race.  Those who want to try the mile indoors need to be there a little earlier.  The women’s mile begins at 11:10 a.m. and the men at 11:25 a.m.  Half milers (800 meters) will start right after the 5,000 meter race and for those who want to run 3,000 meters, that start is at 1:30 p.m.

This is the first year that the two associations are teaming up to hold a dual meet with their championships.  Points will be assigned for each event and within each age division and added together to determine the winning association. 

Pre-entry closes on Thursday, February 8, at 11:59 p.m.  That is a very generous close-to-day-of- meet deadline.  Be forewarned that there is no day of meet registration. Go to the New Jersey USATF website to enter.

New Jersey track fans will have a chance to preview the Ocean Breeze facility on Monday February 5th when the Morris County Invitational high school meet is held there.  The meet starts at 4:00 p.m.

While we’re on the topic of track and field, several national meets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network in the next few weeks.  The grand daddy of indoor track is the Milrose Games on Saturday, February 3rd at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet in Boston will be shown on Saturday, February 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Last is the USATF indoor championship in Albuquerque on February 17th and 18th.

CROSS COUNTRY IN FLORIDA

Ok, so who would rather run a cross country meet in February?  How about if it was in Tallahassee FL?  Sound better?

That’s where some New Jersey runners will be on February 3rd to compete in the national winter cross country meet.  The meet will have several races ranging from junior women who will run 6 km and junior men who run 8 km, open men and women who will run 10 km and masters men running 8 km and masters women running 6 km.

A look at the pre-registration list shows that the Garden State Track club will have a fast team in the M40 division, giving them a good start to the season.  Likewise, the Shore Athletic Club that placed second in the M60, 2017 national team grand prix has entered a fast squad in that division.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Long Distance Running Committee will meet February 6

On Sunday, January 21 2018

  

LONG DISTANCE RUNNING COMMITTEE WILL MEET FEBRUARY 6

When the USATF long distance running committee meets each fall, usually in September, individuals are welcome to submit proposals for changes as to how the various events are conducted.  Most often these deal with components of the grands prix.  After many years of the New Balance sponsored individual grand prix, things are pretty much set there.

 The biggest change for that program was to make all participants their age at the beginning of the year what will be their age at the end of year.  If you turn 50 on December 31st, you are 50 the whole year.  You are still 49 in the individual races that you run for age division awards.

That was settled years ago and eliminated a confusing and complicated system of handling those aging up into a new age division within the year.  It does give those who age up later in the year an advantage as they are the youngest of the youngest in their new age division, but it was accepted as the fairest way to handle the problem.

No, there are not too many issues in the individual grand prix, but oh my, every year a few people try to tweak the team grand prix to make it fairer or simpler, or – well - here’s some ideas; too many people required on a team, not enough people required on a team, team declarations are a nuisance, ten year age divisions are too broad, should a mile be in the grand prix? Should we have a coed grand prix.  In fact, this year those very items were addressed by participants at the September 2017 meeting.
A proposal that would eliminate the team declaration by just allowing the computer to assign all team members into a team as they registered.  This would work if there were only A teams, but USATF rules do allow for B, and C, etc. teams.  That proposal was essentially tabled until the kinks could be worked out, if at all.

 The merit for such a rule is that it would eliminate the team captains from having to wait to see if all of their team members were “on the ground” before turning in their team declarations.  This is a headache for team captains who are also running in the race.  Often their warm-up is delayed or non-existent.

What’s the old saying, “One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure”?  Not exactly apropos of the next proposal but similar.  Some long distance runners cross over into track distances and they love to run the mile.  On the other end of the spectrum are the long, long distance runners, who would rather not run even a 5 kilometer race (3.1 mile), let alone run a mile.

We now have a road mile championship, and all of our championships fall into the team grand prix.  This does not make everyone happy. A proposal has been submitted to recognize that the mile has championship status and teams will compete, but the race will not be in the team grand prix.

Where did all those age 40 to 49 women come from?  Are there too many of them?  Only three women are currently required for a W40 team to score.  Let’s change that to four women.

Ah, but let’s solve that in a new and innovative way.  Let’s create five year teams like we do when scoring individuals.  We do that in the individual divisions because it is recognized that as our runners grow older, there is far wider disparity between the younger members of a team and the older ones.  In the 40 to 49 division there is not that great a disparity but in the 50 to 59 span, the 60 to 69 span there is.  Forget about it once the runners are in their 70’s and beyond.

So, let’s create five year age division teams.  Let’s reduce the number of members on a team that score to account for the smaller pool of runners in a club for each team.  Let’s have the teams declare up to six runners and then score the three fastest.  Or maybe declare seven and score the four fastest in the younger age divisions of 40 through 54.  

In 2017 the President’s Cup Night Race 5K in Millburn in June had a coed division.  Wouldn’t that be interesting if all of the championship races featured a coed division.  Not a corporate coed division, but a USATF division, and let’s keep it in a separate grand prix.

All of these suggestions will be viewed, debated, argued and settled or tabled at the long distance running meeting at the Madison Y on February 6th.  

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Auteri makes it two - Grand Prix and sub three marathon

On Sunday, January 14 2018



AUTERI MAKES IT TWO – GRAND PRIX AND SUB THREE MARATHON

Let’s see.  Win the New Jersey New Balance Grand Prix.  Check.  Break three hours for the marathon.  Check.

Karen Auteri of Liberty Township with a mailing address of Belvidere has bragging rights to both accomplishments.  And it all started with an invite from her father, Peter, of Pompton Lakes.

When Peter Auteri asked her in 2004 if she wanted to run the Walt Disney marathon with him the answer was quick and emphatic.

“Absolutely not! I never want to run a marathon.  Ever in my life!”

Back then, fresh out of college and used to running short distance, with only one 10K under her belt the marathon seemed like an impossible and distasteful distance.

The aversion didn’t last long.  Auteri found herself running a half marathon that fall. 

“It was so hard.  I couldn’t imagine running it twice,” she said.   But the following January she did join her father to run in the Disney marathon and finished in 3:48.18.   She ran it again the next year and the next year, and this year, in her 23rd marathon she placed fourth overall at Disney on January 7th and broke the three-hour barrier with her 2:59:15

Although the Disney course is basically flat, Auteri relied on her training with Gary Leaman of Hardwick to power up each incline on the overpasses.

“On every tiny incline I did power up them because I have been training,” said Auteri.  “Gary taught me to run up the hills and then maintain a seven-minute pace.  With Gary you run hard all the time.”

Winning the New Balance Grand Prix might have seemed destined in 2017.  With Randolph’s Roberta Groner now affiliated with the New York Athletic Club and not eligible in New Jersey, the game was wide open, and especially for someone who loves to race.  Getting to enough races would not be all that difficult for Auteri.

Races are chosen based on what her training dictates as well as what races she needs in the grand prix.  She was in the lead from early in the fall but kept racing and improved her Category One score to 500 points at one of the last races of the season, the hugely popular Doughnut Run on December 10th.  She was first runner overall to finish in the East Brunswick 10K in October. 

Auteri is making a big move in 2018.  After seeing the improvements that Groner, and Sam Tiegen of Hawthorne had in running the California International Marathon in December after hiring Hector Matos as their coach, she wondered if he could help her to reach another milestone, the B standard for the Olympic Trials Marathon.

 “I just see such results – someone like Roberta who you can’t imagine her getting any faster than she is and taking six minutes off her already unbelievable times,” said Auteri.

Auteri referenced the double amputee, Brian Reynolds of Clifton, who now holds the world record for below the knee amputees.

“He started training with Hector and he went from a 1:28 half to a 1:21,” she said.  “He also took an extreme amount of time off his marathon.” 

It was Tiegen that planted the seed to reach out to Matos.  He told her that he thought she had the potential to qualify for the Olympic Trials B standard of 2:45.

She knows that she will have to make big changes to her training.  Even training for the marathon, her highest mileage may have been only 48 miles.  Under Matos she expects that to nearly double and could include doubles on some days.  She runs only five days a week and does no workouts on the track.

“My races take the place of workout’s,” she said. 

 “I just run on “feels”.  If I feel good I’ll run a little faster,” she said.  Sometimes I’ll hit a marathon pace just because I’m feeling good.” 

Although she had broken the 3:05 marathon barrier with a 3:01 at the Pocono Marathon in May of 2016 Auteri said she was lacking confidence ahead of the Disney marathon.  Her talisman showed up in the form of a running shoe.  Nike athletes Geoffry Kirui, and Galen Rupp among other elite athletes have been running in the Nike Zoom Vaporfly.  With the same shoes on her feet, Auteri was ready to go, confidence restored and 2:59:15 her prize. 

With her new magical shoes and a bone fide coach, 2018 is looking good for this talented runner.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Frigid weather didn't stop runners on New Year's Day

On Sunday, January 7, 2018


FRIGID WEATHER DIDN'T STOP RUNNERS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

Freezing cold weather did not deter 987 runners from showing up at the three north New Jersey races on New Year’s Day.  That’s the total number of finishers in the three races.  Add to that the runners who ran with their various clubs and we have a lot of either very hardy people, or a lot of really crazy runners.  From the comfort of my tiny exercise room, running on my Zero impact trainer, I say they are all crazy.

Ben Giugliano of Sparta won the Hillsborough Resolution Run 5K in 17:37. If Giugliano had stayed home, the winner would have been a fifty-three-year-old.  Not just any 53year old of course.  Bryan Crowley of Hillsborough is still defying the nature by finishing in second place in 17:44. Amy Williams of Hillsborough was the first woman to finish.  Her time of 20:26 was only 18 seconds ahead of the second place woman, Maria Metzger of Basking Ridge, who finished in 20:44.   The race counted 387 finishers.

The Central Jersey Road Runners Hangover Run was won by John Capobianco of Basking Ridge in 16:33. Carolina Collius, whose town is unknown, finished the race in 20:16 for first place woman.  Jeff Altman of Randolph was the first local runner to finish.  The 47-year-old finished in 19:24 to top the masters men category.  Kate Polles of Morristown was the first local woman to finish.  Her time was 21:40, This race had the largest field with 524 finishers.

St Mark’s New Year’s Day 5K in Long Valley attracted 76 runners to their inaugural race.  John Montgomery, 22, of Hackettstown won the race in 16:08 with who can be assumed to be his father, John Montgomery 52 second in 19:26.  Maggie Scardapane, whose town is not shown was the first woman in 20:39.

PHIDIPPIDES          
Now that the year 2017 is wrapped up, it is time for USATF masters runners to fill out their applications for the national Phidippides Award.  Points are award for the races that runners complete with one point, for instance, in a distance of 1 mile to 4 kilometers.  A 5K and 5 miles earns two points.  At the other end, five points are earned for 25 kilometers up to the marathon and six points for distances greater than the marathon.

To qualify for a Gold level award, you will need 30 points if you are 40 to 59 years old, 24 if you are 60 to 79, and 12 points if you are eighty or older.  A very nice plaque is issued and your name is published on the national USATF site on the masters long distance running page.

Runners who have been awarded the Phidippides Award for five years are recognized for that achievement also.  New Jersey runners make up a lot of names on those rosters. 
It is easy to pick up the names of Morris area runners in the 2016 list of gold medal winners: Peter Auteri, Debra Bernstein, Charlie Castigioni, Wesley Cole, Stephanie Edwards, Carla and Stephen Holusha, Scott Isgett, John Klobus, Sue Lawler, Pete Lee, Lori and Robert McGill, Randy Miller, Dario Mirski, Melva Murray, Shirley Pettijohn, Greg and Susan Rentko, Kathy and John Robertson, Rene Rovtar, Arch Seamans, Joe Sikora, Diane Stone, Bill Trengove, Patricia Tummey, Diane and Mark Washburne,

WINTER SERIES IS BACK
A winter series is coming back to Wayne in the form of the Passaic County Technical Institute Winter Series.  This 5K race features a car-less course with some small hills and a few twists.  It is not a PR course but good preparation for when the weather breaks.  Pre and post race activities are in a heated area. The first race is next Sunday, January 14th and then in two week intervals, January 28, February 4, and February 18th.

The organizers are offering discounts to those age 17 and younger and those 65 and over.  Not bad and a discount for USATF NJ members. 

For more information go to www.tristattiming.com/events/

AUTERI RACING AT DISNEY MARATHON

Blow good running wishes to the women’s winner of the 2017 New Balance grand prix.  Karen Auteri of Belvidere is running today at the Walt Disney World Marathon.

Edit notes:  Karen Auteri finished the marathon in 2:59 


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Sunday, December 31, 2017

New New Year's Day race in Morris County



Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, December 31, 2017



NEW NEW YEAR’S DAY RACE

Morris area runners have had to drive out of the Hillsborough, or Fair lawn or Westfield in other years to celebrate the first day of the new year with an invigorating run.

Not anymore.  Now, right here in Morris County a new race has sprung up.   St. Mark the Evangelist church in Long Valley is putting on a 5K tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. 
Although the address of the church is 59 Spring Lane in Long Valley, in fact the location is not actually in the valley but more up and out of the valley and features some climbs. 

Race director Patrick Regan said in an email that the course uses five different roads and winds and rolls through the quiet Nestlingwoods neighborhood.

Regan said that the church got a late start with organizing the race and did not have enough time to get the race in the New Balance grand prix, nor have the course certified this year.  That is in the plans for next year’s race.

Hot chocolate and bagels will be distributed inside where the awards program will be held; sure to be welcome after a cold run.  In addition to awards there will be a drawing for donated prizes.
For more information go to the church website stmarksnj.org. 



Some of course will want to go to their old favorites like the Hangover Run 5K in Westfield in and around Tamaques Park.  The race starts at an easy to make 12 noon.

Or travel due south to run in the Hillsborough 5K; not a hangover run, but in keeping with the spirit of the new year, the Resolution Run. 


The 5K in Fair Lawn is also aptly named; the First Day 5K, and it starts at 11:00 a.m. All three of those races are 500 point grand prix races.

 Of course, to be able to capitalize on that fact, runners must have renewed their membership in USATF.  This is when having multiple year membership can become a liability.  Runners can become complacent and forget that their three year membership ended on December 31.  Ooops.  Of course it can be renewed online today.  Make a resolution to dial up usatf.org before the ball drops tonight.

New Jersey runners have plenty of incentives to be members of USATF New Jersey.  There is always a discount when pre-registering for New Balance grand prix races.  Just racing in ten or more races and the thirty-dollar ( the Daily Record sports editor changed the copy to ten dollars in the print edition - they don't understand the race discounts)  membership pays for itself.  In addition is discounts on two national car rental companies and 15% discounts at all of the Choice hotels and a minimum of 10% at Best Western.
 If you do any traveling these discounts can be a big savings.  Savvy travelers who care not a whit about running and racing could make up the thirty-dollar membership in no time.


Race Results can often be found at www.compuscore.com or at www.bestrace.com
A calendar of USATF sanctioned events can be found at www.usatfnj.org or at www.raceforum.com for running and tri and biathlon events.

Contact Madeline Bost at madelinebost@verizon.net