Sunday, December 15, 2013

Super Santa 5K next Saturday in Morris Township

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, December 15, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  We have the snow to go with the season and now Morristown will have Santa to go with the snow.  Make that Santas, as in plural.

The folks who have given you Super Hero races, now are bringing you the Super Santa 5K next Saturday in Morris Township.  Yes, of course, costumes are invited and welcomed. 

“We want people to dress up like Santa, anything Christmassy, elves, reindeer, you name it, “   said Chris Russo, co event director along with Heather Gardiner of Morristown.  “We’re going to give out prizes to the fastest runners, naturally, and for the best costumes.”

“Depending on the weather we are expecting anywhere from eight hundred to a thousand runners,” said Russo.  

When we talked on Friday the race had already registered over five hundred and fifty and he could be right.  People tend to wait to sign up and in the case of a December race it might be prudent to wait and see what the weather will be like on race day.

Although just about any runner in Morris County has run the Morris Township course that starts and ends at Ginty Field just off Woodland Avenue, but it is the first for a Super Hero organized race.  Because

It’s the first time that a Super race has used the course though, said Russo, although the Super Hero half marathon is run from the same staging area.

Age group winners will receive medals, but the overall winners will have shiny new Pearl Izumis to run in.  Other prizes will be gift certificates to local restaurants.  The Best Costume division will have three selected from each gender and will receive similar prizes.

In a nod to the season the Morris Township Firehouse will be opened for the runners to shelter from the cold.   The race starts at 10:00 a.m.


After a delay in posting the USATF New Jersey individual New Balance Grand Prix due to a tardy race report the final results have been posted.   As has been reported here Ken Goglas, the former Randolph High School standout has won.  His fellow Garden State Track Club teammate Stephen Mennitt of Edison choose to run in the Big Chill at Rutgers last weekend thus bypassing a chance to add two points to his score and tie with Goglas.  Mennitt could have easily won one of the 5K’s that was held last weekend that were in the grand prix.   The Rutgers Big Chill does not participate so despite his win there in 15:52 he stays in second.

On the women’s side there was no such drama.  Elena Rozhko of Morristown had twenty points on her nearest rival, Misa Tamura of Ridgewood.   Polly Harrison of Basking Ridge finished in seventh place and Susan Bessin of Madison took ninth.

Morris area men were also well represented in the top ten.  Gary Rosenberg of Morristown placed fourth, outscored by his fellow Garmin Running club teammate Brian Crowley of Hillsborough.  In a race tighter than Goglas and Mennitt, Scott Isgett of Rockaway took ninth with 5522 points while Antonia Massa of Budd Lake was just one point back with 5521.

The first grand prix races of 2014 start on January 1st.

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