Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, January 18, 2015
Morris area runners compete at indoor track meet
A handful of Morris area road runners came in from the cold to run in the USATF New Jersey Indoor Track & Field Championship last Sunday. Cassandra Harasts of Pine Brook won her open division of the 3,000 meters in 11:20.12 and placed third in the 1,500 meters with her time of 5:09.9.
Charlie Castiglioni of Lake Hopatcong entered three events, beginning with the 200 meter dash in which he was clocked in 32.83 getting third in the M55 division, and ending with the 800 meters which he did in 2:40.
Peter Kashulines, Jr., of Mountain Lakes won the M50 division 800 with a time of 2:11.21.
Angelo Harasts of Pine Brook ran in two events, the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meters where he placed second and third respectively with a 5:13.9 in the 1,500 and 11:01.25 in the 3,000 meters.
Randy Miller of Montville who does the Steeplechase in the outdoor season placed third in the M50, 3,000 meters in 12:02.12.
The highlight of the meet was the world record set by Anselm LeBourne of Maplewood. LeBourne who is 55 ran with the M35 group in the 1,500 meters. He actually finished second in the race and was timed at 4:19.8, breaking the existing record time of 4:21.94.
LeBourne finished the Ridgewood Mile race in May of 2000 in 4:29 at age 41. The 1,500 is only 100 meters shy of a mile. Do the math. Fourteen years older, but certainly not slower.
Themed races coming your way next month
It’s all about Love in February. On Sunday, February 2nd, football lovers, and especially Super Bowl lovers can run four miles in Morristown before the big game. They can’t call it the Super Bowl four miler anymore, so they call it the Pre-Game four miler. Same race, different name. It’s a fun race and at a less often used distance.
On Valentines Day, Saturday, February 14 you can run in the Cupid Chase 5K, also in Morristown. Interesting about this race is USATF members can take a two dollar discount even though the race is not in the USATF grand prix.
The next day, on the 15th is a new race with a twist. Feel the Love 5K will feature a double loop in Morristown that is a couples relay – or sort of a relay. Both partners will start at the same time but will run in opposite directions. When they see each other, which they will do twice while running the 1.5 loop, they can cheer each other on when they pass. With an equal number of men and women now running in races this is sure to be a popular event and easy to fill. There are several categories of couples so any pair should be able to qualify.
Correction to Phidippides story last week
It appears that I did not give enough credit to Phidippides in my column last week. The Greek runner began his run in Marathon where a fierce battle with the invading Phoneticians was brewing. He ran to Sparta – a distance of 150 miles, to ask those folks to come lend a hand.
The Spartans were in the midst of a celebration of some kind and said they would come later. Phidippides then ran back to Marathon to tell his brethren that the Spartans were coming but would be a little late.
That’s when he pitched in to fight in the battle against the Phoneticians that they drove out of Marathon. He was then asked to run over to Athens and tell the Athenians that the battle had been won. All that running did him in and he died after completing the 26 mile run, first declaring “We are victorious!”
A calendar of USATF sanctioned events can be found at www.usatfnj.org or at www.raceforum.com for running and tri and biathlon events.
Contact Madeline Bost at firstname.lastname@example.org.