Sunday, September 29, 2013

Teams flood half marathon at the Liberty Waterfront

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, September 29, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013


Over one hundred USATF teams contributed to the massive field of 2,700 runners at the Direct Edge Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon at Newport Town Square in Jersey City this past Sunday.  The big story of the day was the first through fifth place sweep in the open men’s team division by the Garden State Track Club. 

Race winner Chris Croff of Summit won the race and lead in the club’s first place B team.  The D team was second and the A team was third.  The C team was fourth, lead in by former Randolph High School standout Ken Goglas who now lives in Port Reading.  Their E team was fifth.  Yes, the finishing order looks strange, but the club’s teams are basically competing against each other and so are quite evenly matched in ability. 

The Garden State Track Club dominated the women’s division as well, although not to quite the same depth. 

Cheyenne Ogletree of Garfield took over a minute off her winning 2012 time of 1:22:02 to win the 2013 edition in 1:20:45.  Her A team had a clear margin over the clubs C team that took second.  Their B team took third.

The Morris area based Garmin Runners placed sixth in the open men’s division and their open women were fourth in theirs.   Their W40 team was once again in first place with Susan Bessin of Madison second woman on the team in 1:35:57.  Polly Harrison of Basking Ridge finished in 1:33:15 to help her Sneaker Factory team place third.

It was all about Morris based teams in the M40 division.  The Sneaker Factory took first with a combined five man time of 7:04:08 to the Garmin team’s 7:04:22.   In a half marathon that is almost a tie.  Gary Rosenberg of Morristown, the Garmin team captain finished in 1:18:11.  John Sabatino of Morris Plains, captain of the Sneaker Factory team finished in 1:25:09

The Do Run Runners were third, lead in by Beau Atwater of Bernardsville who finished in 1:23:41 to win the individual M55 title.  Atwater lead the Do Run Runners M50 team in but they were pushed back to third by the Shore AC and Sneaker Factory teams.

Ed Smith of Mountain Lakes won the M70 division in 1:48:28 and helped his Shore Athletic Club win the M60 team division.  Bill Bosman, 63, of Rockaway won his division in 1:31:53

Nora Cary, 58, of Morristown lead her Do Run Runners team to third place in the W50 division with her 1:37:46 that put her at the top of the women’s age grading list at 84.58% PLP.

In the W60 team division Jane Parks of Morristown brought her Rose City Runners team to first place with her 1:42:34, which age graded at 82.88% for third in the age graded division.

USATF National Masters Championship cross country race and Garden State Classic open championship deadline looms with the turning of the calendar.  Tomorrow, Monday September 30th is the last day to register for the races at the discount price of $25.00.   A notice of the rate increase was emailed to all long distance runners on Friday along with a question and answer information packed message about the events that will take place on Sunday, October 20th at Deer Path Park in Hunterdon County.

Another loaming deadline is for the Shades of Death Half Marathon that is being held in Allamuchy on Sunday, October 13th.  In keeping with the sinister theme is the new Devil’s 6.6 mile run that will be part of the New Balance Grand Prix, as is the half marathon. On-line entries must be in by October 7th to avoid the bump in the race registration fee.

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