Sunday, April 20, 2014

Clinton Country Run 15K next championship on the schedule

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, April 20 2014
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2014

Here it is only the middle of April and one group of runners will be running in their third championship of the season on April 26th.  Masters women, along with all the other divisions ran in the Miles for Music 20K in March.  Then earlier this month masters women had their own 10K championship at the Cherry Blossom 10K in Newark and now coming up is the Clinton Country Run 15K next Saturday, April 26th.  That race is also a championship for all the other team divisions.

Early results are showing the strength of the top teams.  The Garmin racing team has two wins in the W40 division, North Jersey Masters two second places, and the Do Run Runners have two thirds.  In the W50 the Do Run team has two firsts, while the North Jersey Masters have two seconds.  The Clifton Road Runners have one third and one fourth.  In the W60 Clifton has two seconds with the Rose City Runners taking first in both races.

The Clinton Country Run is truly a country run using about a mile and a half of the Hunterdon County Trail that is really an old road converted to non vehicular traffic.  After the “trail” comes the tougher part of the course – what race directors love to call rolling when they don’t want to admit rolling is a euphemism for challenging.

Slower runners will be able to start at 8:30 am and the full field will start at 9:30 a.m.  A one mile race is at 9:00 a.m. and a 5K will start at 9:40 a.m.   In 2013 the 15K was only a masters championship with the Indian Trails the open 15K championship.  With the open runners now competing there should be a real infusion of upfront talent.


The first 2014 New Balance Grand Prix standings were posted this past Thursday.  In the history of the grand prix think there has never been a husband wife duo in first place, but in 2014 let it be so noted that Karl and Aya Leitz of Jersey City share that distinction.  The couple, who run for the Sneaker Factory, each have seven races already in their score card, out of the maximum nine races.

Four area women are in the top ten.  Gretchen Atwater of Bernardsville is in fifth place with four races and Jane Parks of Morristown also with four races is in sixth place.  Allison Dublinski of Morristown is in eighth and Joanna Stevens of Basking Ridge rounds out tenth place.

Nearly all the men in the top ten are Morris County men; Charlie Slaughter of Parsippany is in third place with six races run, Mark Washbourne of Mendham has six and is in fourth place.  Youssef Rochdi of Rockaway is fifth with five races run, Beau Atwater, Gretchen’s husband, is seventh, Robert Skorupski of Rockaway is ninth and Ben Clarke of Morristown is tenth.


At the Ryan Steidl Memorial MK5K in Denville last weekend the race was won by Youssef Rochdi of Rockaway in 15:20.  Second went to Ben Clarke of Morristown in 16:01 and third to Tim Murphy also of Morristown in 17:29.  The first masters runner was fifty year old Terry Lusardi of Madison who finished fourth in 18:21.  Lusardi was outscored in the age grading by 65 year old Roger Price of Randolph who finished in ninth place at 19:57 for an 84.05% PLP.

Allison Dublinski or Morristown won the women’s side in 18:59, with Ali Locke of Boonton second in 20:48.  Gina Baker of Rockaway was third in 21:11.  Susan Plutchok of Rockaway was the first masters woman to finish. Her time was 24:09.


Many of us will be focused on the Boston Marathon tomorrow.  As always a very large contingent of runners from New Jersey and Morris County will be running.  Some were not able to finish the race last year and were turned back when the bombs went off.  To say it will be an emotional day for those runners is an understatement.  Those of us who will be here at home will be sending our best thoughts to Boston and our friends.  May they all have a great marathon.

 Here's a video you will find interesting about last year's spotlighted runner at Boston Marathon.

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