Friday, February 10, 2012


Written by Madeline Bost
Originally Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, February 5, 2012
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2012

Sorry about that headline. I couldn’t resist using a football game term to let readers know that the Super Hero Four mile race being held today has, well, kicked back the start time to 12:30 p.m. today. Originally scheduled for 11:30 a.m., a conflict with another Morristown event dictated that a later starting time would work better.

“We’re close to a thousand,” said race director Heather Gardiner of the number of runners who have pre-registered as of Friday.

Asked if the runners were beer drinkers, or runners, Gardiner replied with a smile, “A little of both.”

Runners will be invited to check out the Super Hero, Super Bowl specials at Tashmoo and Sona 13, as well as other bars in the area of the race activity on DeHart Street once they’ve finished the race.

In keeping with the party atmosphere, winners in the ten year age divisions will win pint glasses to carry their after-race beer in. Some lucky folks could win gift certificates for an Italian dinner at Pazzo Pazzo or steak at Arthur’s Steakhouse.

With the weather being an un-Februarish balmy 40 degrees at noon, there may be several contenders in another division according to Gardiner.

“We’re having a polar bear prize too. That’s another kind of fun thing that we’re doing,” she said. “Whoever is wearing the least will win a prize for that too.”

Nudity is not advised, however.


New Jersey masters runners were recognized with Honorable Mentions in the annual masters rankings in Running Times magazine. Roger Price, M60 of Randolph and Jim Leitz, M70, of Jersey City on the men’s side and Imme Dyson, W70 of Princeton on the women’s.

Here in New Jersey, Price, who runs for the Raritan Valley Road Runners, had his best 5K in 2011 at the President’s Cup Night Race 5K in June in Millburn where he finished in 18:29 to score at 88.32%PLP. He placed third in three national championships; the 8K in 31:12, the 15K in 1:01:36 at 15K and 20:27 at the cross country 5K.

Leitz, who runs for the Clifton Road Runners, placed fourth in the 5K national championship in 23:11 and second at the 15K in 1:12:38. Leitz routinely finished in under 24 minutes at 5K.

Dyson, who will be 75 in 2012, does well at both long and short distances. She scored an 87.63% PLP at the Great Swamp Devil 15K in Basking Ridge with her time of 1:26.23. Her 5K times range from 27 and a half to under 29 minutes.


If you haven’t already done so, it is time to renew membership in USATF. In addition to getting a discount in grand prix races when you pre-enter, there are several other perks for members. One that often gets overlooked is a fifteen percent discount at national chain hotels.

Of course for road racers, being able to participate in the various USATF New Jersey grand prix could be reward enough. Membership is required to run for a club team. For more information go to to see how to sign up. Adult membership is only thirty dollars per year.

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