Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 2, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013
ROXBURY COMMUNITY BENEFIT RACE TOMORROW NIGHT
The first of the June Monday evening 5K’s takes place tomorrow night, Monday, June 3rd in Roxbury. Although the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K has been around for several years, it is using a course that was first used in 2012.
Where the old course was an out and back, the new course takes the runners from Eyland Avenue over to Hillside Avenue to return to the Eisenhower Middle school via the access road between Roxbury High School and the middle school. The start is now on Eyland Avenue and the first mile and nearly to two miles is using the same suburban roads as the old course. The deviation comes just before the two mile marker and there is a significant brief climb as the runners work their way over to Hillside. That climb becomes a speed booster on the way down the high school roadway as the runners head back to the middle school.
It may not be quite as fast as the old course but it is fast enough to lure runners to go for the newly minted course records of 2012. James Lothian, who grew up in Roxbury, now of Morristown, won the race in 17:20 and has the record for the 20 to 34 age group. Diana D’Achille of Denville won the race in 18:46 for the women’s record in that division. All of the age division winners from 2012 are listed on the race website which is accessed from the Morris County Striders website.
The race offers team competition in club, corporate and family divisions. Most of the family entries are Roxbury families and other entries are local clubs like the boy scouts and the recreation track teams. The focus is on the Roxbury community but it also draws runners from outside the township who enjoy a fun night of racing that concludes with free pizza for all thanks to Papa John’s and other local pizzerias.
Sponsors of note include the Merry Heart Health Care systems, which was the founder of the race that donates all proceeds back into the community.
Other local races this week include the Chatham Fishawack four mile race on Saturday, June 8th and on Sunday, June 9th the Run for Marge in Pequannock.
MORRIS COUNTY RUNNERS AND TEAMS DID WELL AT RIDGEWOOD RUN 10K
The Ridgewood Run 10K on Memorial Day was the USATF New Jersey masters men championship race and local clubs all did well. Finishing at the top of the M40 division was the Morristown based Garmin Runners. The Sneaker Factory men placed third behind the Raritan Valley team. The Do Run Runners finished in fourth place in that division but moved up to second in the M50 division, with the Morris County Striders taking third. The Striders placed second in the M60 division.
Beau Atwater, 55, of Bernardsville was scored at 85.12 % PLP in the age grading placing him third in that listing. Other local performances of note include Jeanne Pare, 52, of Chester who finished in 40:02 to top the age grading charts with her 88.00 % PLP. Jane Parks, 60, of Morristown finished in 46:46 and is listed in fifth place in the age grading at 83.81%.
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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.