Sunday, June 28, 2015

Last Championship of the Spring Season this evening

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 28, 2015


The Fitzgerald’s 1928 5K Lager Run in Glen Ridge has been mightily popular since its inception in 2006.  In 2010 the masters men’s 5K championship was down the Shore early in the morning.  Rumor had it that the Lager Run was going to bid on the championship for 2011.  Several runners made the long trip to Glen Ridge from Pine Beach to “preview” the race.  Not just watch but enter, running a double header on a very hot day.

The next year it did indeed bid and was selected as the masters men championship and has been hosting that group ever since.  This year the masters men have another race down the Shore and the Lager Run is now the masters women’s race.  Will there be a change in participants or will the same crowd come back?  We’ll know later this evening.

In 2014 1,034 runners finished the race with 36 year old Atilla Sabahoglu of Piscataway winning in 15:49.  Second went to a 19 year old and after that it was all masters men in the top ten.   Clearly it was a masters men’s race.

Jen Found of Hopewell was the first masters woman in 2014 and Misa Tamura of Ridgewood was second in 18:54.  Neither woman is listed in the pre-registered list that was posted on Friday.  I was told that Tamura is not running.

Masters women’s teams include the Morris County Strider’s W80 team.  The team actually consists of five women but only three will be running today.

The Garmin racers W50 team has won both of the previous championship races – the Miles for Music and the Clinton Country Run.  Garmin won the W40 at Miles for Music but took second at the Clinton Race.  With only those two races that included masters women, it is too early to see a pattern although the Garmin racers are clearly favorites to take their two divisions. 

Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. at Hurrell Field at 865 Bloomfield Avenue and the race will start at 6:15 p.m.   Here is a very obvious hint.  Arrive early.  All parking is on the neighboring streets. 


The Sunset Classic five miler moved from Thursday to this past Monday and it looks like not everybody got the news.  The race was down from 611finishers in 2014 to 408 this year.  If Ronny Robinson of Hackensack had not shown up to finish in 29:31, we would have had another race with a woman winning overall.  Roberta Groner of Randolph finished next just six seconds back in 29:37.

 The Morris County Striders first race of the series saw Robert Skorupski of Rockaway winning the race in 18:47.  Twelve year old Amanda Houston of Randolph was the first female finishers in 20:43.  The next race in the series will be on July 7th.


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