Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, August 9, 2015
TEAM BLOKE 5K TOPPED FIVE HUNDRED
For a first time race, drawing over five hundred on an August morning says something. The Team Bloke 5K in Mendham this past Saturday drew 512 finishers and registered 618 runners. Hmm, over 100 no shows. Now that is unusual. Normally only10% of the preregistered runners are no-shows.
Then you remember what this race was all about. Doug Clark was hit with a truly horrific brain tumor last November. The race was organized to raise funds to be shared with Stomp the Monster, a charity that looks out for families of cancer patients, and with the Clark family to help defray not covered medical expenses. Many people registered for the race with no intention of actually running. They wanted to be part of the event and donate through their entry to the Clarks. In fact, 82 people registered from afar and ran in a virtual race, donating to the cause.
Doug and Hillary Clark were very much present for the event. Doug Clark gave a moving pre-race talk at the start and emceed the awards ceremony. Hillary also took the mike to express her appreciation to the runners and volunteers.
The race was won by Karl O’Reilly of Morristown in 16:41. In second was Brian Crowley of Hillsborough. The 52 year old phenom finished in 17:21. In third was Mike Anis of North Brunswick. He finished just five seconds behind Crowley in 17:26.
Caroline Willian of Short Hills won the women’s race in 19:03. Danielle Czohla of Lafayette was second in 19:44 and Erin McLaughlin of Califon was third in 19:53.
The race was a first for startup race organizers Garden State Races. John Williams of Millburn and proprietor of Modern Athlete in Florham Park, Darren D’Alconzo and Gary Rosenberg, both of Morristown are partners in the venture.
“This was our first race we put on, so we wanted to make sure everything went smoothly, for not only our sakes but for Doug’s as well,” said Rosenberg, team captain for the Garmin team.
“Although I know Doug’s reach on the triathlon and running scene goes deep and wide, it was nice to see so many people show up just to support him. Garden State Races couldn’t be happier to have our first race turn out to be so successful and raise so much money for Doug,” he said.
Garden State Races will be giving 100% of the profits to the Clarks and to Stomp the Monster.
LAST MORRIS COUNTY STRIDERS CROSS COUNTRY SERIES
Perfect weather greeted the runners in the Morris County Striders cross country 5K in Boonton this past Tuesday. Two former high school standouts impressed the spectators with outstanding runs. Ethan Gallagher of Morris Plains ran alone to win in 15:49. Had he been pushed he might have been able to break the course record of 15:34 set by Dan DeBlock in 2014.
Second place went to teenager Joey DeFeo of Randolph who finished in 16:07. DeFeo has the course record of 18:58 in the 11 and 12 year old division. He now owns the 14 to 15 record, taking nearly a minute and half off the 17:31 held by Earl Mulligan.
Former Villa Walsh athlete Megan Curham of Warren demolished the course record of 18:53 for women held by Diana D’Achille of Denville. Curham was the third finisher overall in 16:49.
Runners who competed in at least three of the four races qualified for titles in the series. Robert Skorupski of Rockaway, who won race #2, topped the series, with Reno Stirrat, also of Rockaway second and Michael Azares of Parsippany in third.
Twelve year old Amanda Houston of Randolph won the series after winning two of the races and placing second to Curham on Tuesday. She set the course record for 11 to 12 year olds in the first race with her 20:43. Katie Andrews, 16, of Parsippany was second. There was a tie for third between Christine Carney, 15, of Denville and Sarah Dalfol, 35, of Sparta.
Next up for cross country lovers is the USATF NJ 5km cross country championship on August 30th at Natirar Park in Peapack.
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 email@example.com.