Sunday, April 6, 2014

Denville race honors Steidl

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, April 6, 2014
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2014

It began as an event to raise funds for the Morris Knolls baseball team and two years ago it became a memorial for an athlete who was first a baseball player and only secondarily a runner.  His story is well known now and the story helps to illustrate running safety in the most profound way possible.

In 2011, on a sunlight Saturday in March Ryan Steidl set off for an afternoon training run.  In previous years he had helped out at the MK5K that is held in Denville in April, but that year he had decided to support the race by entering and running in it.  With his back to traffic, with the sun in the face of drivers, he was struck by a car and thrown into a telephone pole.  He suffered a devastating injury and after six months of countless surgeries; of hopes and prayers for his recovery, Steidl succumbed to his injuries.

The MK5K is now known as the Ryan Steidl Memorial MK5K and it is being held next Saturday April 13th in Denville.  A portion of the funds raised will go to the Ryan Steidl Memorial Scholarship fund. 

The race starts and finishes in front of St. Clare’s Hospital on Pocono Road.  It is an out and back on Old Boonton Road.  Mostly flat the course has one downhill at the turn onto Old Boonton Road with a corresponding uphill on the return.  Race day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with the start at 9:00 a.m.  Technical tops are being given to the first 250 entrants. 


After the Boston Marathon bombings last year, a trio of runners from England organized a cross country relay from Santa Monica to Boston to support the survivors of the bombings.  The One Run for Boston is back for a second year and the relay will be crossing New Jersey this week.

One of several runners who will be running in the relay is Joyce Morgan of Boonton who will be running the leg from Mendham to Green Village on Friday, April 11th.  Morgan was a finisher at Boston last year before the bombs went off.  She gives as her reason for participating in the event precisely because she was there that day. 

“I’m running because it is the one thing I can do for the people affected by last year’s bombings.  As a finisher last year, I had a helpless feeling that left me with wanting to do more.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect opportunity.  This gives me a chance to do something positive for the city and the people of Boston who were affected.”

Local runners still have time to sign up for leg in the relay.  The group that Morgan is running with has several runners who will be running the nine miles to Green Village on Friday.  They and those who would like to sponsor a runner and donate to One Run for Boston can do so on the website 

Mark Williams of Columbia and formerly Hopatcong had great races at the World Masters meet in Budapest, Hungary last week, mixing it up with the best in the world.  Williams finished the 800 meters in fifth place while bettering his time from the Boston national championship last month.  His time in the world meet was 1:58.05 – Boston was 1:59.24.

In the 1500 Williams placed third at the world meet with a time of 4:09.75 clearly a much faster pace than his mile at the Boston meet which he won in 4:42.50.  Williams runs for the Morristown based Garmin racing team.


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