Sunday, May 19, 2013

Newport 10,000 had record numbers

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, May 19, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013


If increasing your numbers makes for success, then last Saturday’s Newport 10,000 in Jersey City was very successful.  In 2012 the race had 1,187 finishers; in 2013 the numbers hit 1,355.

As the race invites elite runners, many who are foreign nationals the names of the top finishers are seldom familiar and that is true for this editon of the race.  Alene Reta, living in Sand Francisco won the race in 29:00 and the female winner, Askale Merachi who lives in Queens won in 33:07.

The American elite runners did have a familiar name.  Amy Van Alstine, now living in Flagstaff topped that chart in 33:15.  The American elite man was Tyler McCandless of Boulder.  His time was 30:57.

Spectators had a treat in watching the top New Jersey men finish.  Rob Nihen of Glen Rock finished in 31:31 to beat Sean Swift of Hoboken in 31:34.  Even closer was the New Jersey women’s race.

Cheyenne Ogletree of Garfield took nearly two full minutes off her 2012 time to win that division in 36:47.13.   Right on her heels was Kathleen Jobes of Bethlehem PA, who often races in New Jersey.  She finished in 36:48.11 and recording the same time within fractions of a second was Elena Rozhko of Morristown in 36:48.49.  That had to have been quite a duel.

Ogletree was the top woman for the winning women’s team, the Garden State Track Club.  The club’s B team was second and the Garmin running club was third.  The men’s teams finished in the same order.  Seventeen women’s teams competed and sixteen men’s teams.


The run for Rachel 5K, the USATF masters women’s championship, is taking place this morning in Livingston.  Next Monday, May 27th is the masters men championship 10K, hosted by the Ridgewood Run. 

The Ridgewood Run includes the 10K, a 5K, and mile races.  Prize money is offered in all races and the swiftest can earn a bonus for breaking existing course records.   Fifty dollars for breaking an age division course record and five hundred for breaking the overall record in the 5K and 10K.  Even better is the one thousand dollars for breaking four minutes in the elite mile and five hundred for breaking division times; Open women, 4:40, Masters men, 4:19, Masters women, 5:00.  I have been unable to find the course records in the 5K and 10K age divisions.  Any runner that feels they might have a shot at a course record should contact the race organizers listed on the website,


The first of the local weeknight races will take place this Wednesday at the Giralda Farms corporate complex in Madison.  As might be expected, the Pfizer Run with Pride 5K attracts corporate team runners who make up a large segment of the over five hundred runners that run around and through the complex.

In 2012 Ben Clarke of Morristown won the race in 16:28, and Clarke’s friend Allison Dublinski of Atlanta Georgia was the women’s winner with her time of 18:26.

Timing is important for the runners.  The race starts at 6:30 p.m.  Traffic getting into the complex gets pretty jammed so extra time is needed just for getting to the race.

The unique masters age graded all star team contest at the Our House Five miler on May 5th had an interesting outcome.  On the men’s side the Do Run Runners took first, Morris County Striders second and the Central Jersey Road Runners third.  The North Jersey Masters won the women’s prize money, the Garmin runners were second and the Do Run Runners were third.

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