Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, May 5, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013
RIKER DANZIG NEWPORT 10,000 THIS SATURDAY IN JERSEY CITY
Runners do not have to travel out of state to warm-up with and start with elite runners this Saturday, May 11th, at the Newport 10,000. Blending both an elite field and a New Jersey championship into the same race has been successful for the race that takes place from Newport Town Square Plaza in Jersey City.
New Jersey open category runners run for a separate purse than the American Elite and the International Elite. Runners in those two divisions must register in those divisions to be eligible. New Jersey runners who register as American Elite can claim prize money in both divisions. Last year Jeff Perrella of Westfield and Elena Rozhko of Morristown both placed third in the American Elite division. Both were able to claim $600.00 for first New Jersey athlete and $250.00 for third American Elite. Not a bad pay check for 31:13 and 37:03 respectively.
Not all races offer team prize money but the Newport will have New Jersey teams competing for cash also; $200.00 for first, $100.00 for second and $50.00 for third. In 2012 fourteen men’s teams and twelve women’s teams competed with the Garden State Track Club claiming both purses. Sneaker Factory was second on the men’s side, with Raritan Valley taking third. Raritan Valley’s women were second and the Garmin women were third.
The course is described as flat and fast. It has been changed slightly due to Hurricane Sandy damage but retains the flatness that is described. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. with the 10K going off at 8:30 a.m. The post race awards and party begins at 10:00 a.m.
CLINTON COUNTRY RUN 15K BLESSED WITH GREAT RUNNING WEATHER
Can it get any better than a sunny day in late April with temperatures in the mid fifties for a 15K race? That’s what greeted the runners at the Clinton Country Run this past Saturday. Two open runners finished in first and second, Tim Morgan of South Plainfield who is 29, and Ben Clarke of Morristown also 29. Their times were 52:10 and 52:37 respectively. But in third overall and leading in all of the masters runners in their championship race was Brian Crowley, 48, of Hillsborough in 53:16. Other masters men in the top tier include Doug Clark, 44, of Mendham, seventh in 54:31 and Gary Rosenberg, 42, of Morristown in tenth with 55:16.
Sixteen year old Eve Glasergreen of Clinton was the first female to finish. Her time was a scorching 55:35; fast enough to put her in eleventh place overall. Allison Dublinski, 29, of Morristown was second in 58:30. In third place, making a comeback after an injury during the 2012 season was Misa Tamura, 47, of Ridgewood in 1:00:52. The only Morris area woman in the top ten was Polly Harrison, 41, of Basking Ridge who was fourth with a time of 1:03:06.
Clark lead his Sneaker Factory M40 team to victory in their division, with Raritan Valley second and the Do Run Run club in third. The Do Run Run team also took third in the M50 division. Raritan Valley was first and the Shore AC was second. Finishing in fifth was the Morris County Striders. The Striders M60 team finished one place higher in their division while the Shore team and Raritan Valley traded places.
On the women’s side the Sneaker Factory W40 team took the top spot, Raritan Valley in second, Clifton Running Club in third. The Garmin women took fourth and the Do Run women were fifth. In the W50 division the Clifton team was first with the Rose City Runners second and the North Jersey Masters third. The Do Run team took fourth.
The Central Jersey Road Runners W60 team topped that age division with the Morris County Striders taking second. Thanks to being able to double dip the same three women were able to score first in the W70 division.
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 email@example.com.