Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Oktoberfest won the competition for runners

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, October 5,  2014

Oktoberfest won the competition for runners

Last weekend was flooded with local races.  All were 5K’s with one 10K that may have drawn the
 highest number of racers.  Yep.  The Oktoberfest 10K in Boonton Township drew 472 runners. 
 Let’s see, could some of those folks have come for the beer festival that followed the 10K.
The race was won by Chuck Schneekloth of New Brunswick in 35:51, with Gary Rosenberg of 
Morristown next and the first masters to finish in 36:44.   Adrianne Speranza of Morristown was the first woman to finish.  Her time was 43:51.
In Mendham the flavor was all local with most of the 296 finishers of the Harvest Hustle 5K residents
of Mendham or Mendham Township or the bordering towns.  A couple hundred children ran in the one mile
 fun run prior to the 5K thanks to the promotion by the local elementary school.
 Chester resident Ryan Savercool won the race in 16:50 and Mark Williams of Columbia was second in 17:22
 and first masters to finish.  Ironman triathlete Doug Clark of Mendham was one second behind Williams. 
 On the women’s side Jenifer Martin of Morristown was first in 20:51.
The interesting feature of the Spirit 5K in Sparta on Saturday was the tie win of the Scheid  brothers. 
 Jeremy, the younger of the two is credited with first place by a whisker.  He and Justin finished in 18:09 with
 Jeremy credited with 18:09.46 and Justin with 18:09.60.  Perrin Masi of Newton was the first woman to finish.  
 The forty-five year olds time was 23:09.  One hundred eighty four runners finished the race.
The numbers don’t get any higher than that.  At the Fit-to-Food 5K in Chatham 145 finished the race with
Andelaziz Rochdi of Rockaway the winner in 15:39.  Bobbie Mastronardi of Chatham  finished in 20:51 for
the first woman title.
In Long Hill Township at the Force Tiger Tracks 5K 78 runners came to play tiger.  Pete Rovtar of Basking
Ridge finished in 18:15 for first place.  Susan Kinsella of Millington was the first woman.  Her time was 20:43.
Wild West City in Stanhope hosted a 5K where the first finisher was Tina Santos who finished in 22:21.   
Close behind was Tom McDonald in 22:39.  No town names are available in the race that had 129 finishers.
A race benefiting a cancer charity drew only 68 finishers in Madison and one that benefitted the Crohn’s and 
Colitis charity drew only sixty.
One last note about the previous week’s races is the Newark Corporate 5K that is run at noon on a Wednesday.  Nick Reid of Kearney won it in 17:04.  What is of interest is the seventh runner to finish was Kathleen Castles of New Providence.  The 43 year old who is a physician at the VA medical facility in Lyons and who ran in the most recent Olympic Trials marathon finished the race in 18:33.  The Newark race is a “must-do” for Castles who is always the first person on her VA corporate coed team.  Over seven hundred corporate runners took to the street on Wednesday.

Running with the Dogs

Where I run on an off road path I see many people walking their dogs and several who run with their dogs.  Racing with your dog is not encouraged in road races, but eighteen years ago, a race was created to allow you to do just that.  Not just allowed, but encouraged.  In fact – no dog – no run.   That’s right.  It is a team race with each runner leashed to their dog.

The three mile Hounds and Harriers Run is being held in South Mountain Reservation in South Orange this coming Saturday October 11.   The heavily shaded course is surprisingly flat and runs on the ridge on the top of South Mountain with views of New York city.  The start time is 10:00 a.m.    A shorter event will be held for retired running dogs at 9:30 a.m.  More information is at 


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A calendar of USATF sanctioned events can be found at or at for running and tri and biathlon events.
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