Sunday, November 29, 2015

Beautiful Turkey Day Racing

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, November 29, 2015


It was a great day for a race this past Thursday.  And did people race?  Oh yes, in record numbers.  Beautiful weather – sunny with no wind made for perfect running conditions.

At the Morris Township Interfaith Food Pantry  and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County  5K at Ginty field, 2,671 finished the race, with Michael Franklin of Washington DC and formerly of Mendham first in 15:58.   Mackensie Barry, of Mendham led in a trio of very fast young women.  Barry’s time was 17:53, followed by Lindsay Eysenback of Belmont MA in 17:56, then Mallory Anderson of Madison in 17:57.

The granddaddy of Thanksgiving races in New Jersey, the Flemington Turkey Trot had 4,009 finishers with two elite national women pushing two men out of the top ten overall file.  Heather Wilson and Ashley Higginson, teammates on the New Jersey*New York club finished together in 16:47.0 and 16:47.67, reportedly running together throughout the race. 

At the Krogh’s Turkey Trot in Sparta Justin Scheid of Sparta won the race in 15:26 with 2,116 finishers in the race.  At the Trinity Turkey Trot in Princeton pre-registration numbers exceeded the bib numbers with a quick SOS between timing company, BEST Racing and CompuScore that was able to help out with another 300 bibs.  The race eventually finished 1,700 runners, up over 450 from 2014.

The Horace Ashenfelter 8K drew many Morris area runners to compete in the state 8K championship for all divisions in Glen Ridge. 

The race was won by Alfredo Santana of Philadelphia in 23:47 with Michael Jordon of Lebanon just two seconds back in 23:49.   Youssef Rochdi of Rockaway finished in fifth place in 24:31. 

Roberta Groner of Randolph was the women’s winner in 28:07 and Elena Rozhko of Morristown was the first masters woman to finish.  Her time was 29:50. 

The top masters men based on Age Grading were Reno Stirrat, 61, of Rockaway whose 29:13 hit 89.98% and Beau Atwater, 57, of Bernardsville whose time of 28:26 was pegged at 89.25%.  On the women’s side, Erika Campbell, 66, of Ridgewood finished in 36:39 for an over the top 90:58%. 

The Adidas Garden State Athletic Club (AGSAC) put four teams in front of the Morris area Garmin team in the open men division, but the Garmin M40 team claimed first in that division with the Do Run Runners fourth.   
On the women’s side a new team, the Oiselle runners pushed the favored AGSAC team to second place with the Garmin women in third in the open division.  The Garmin team took first in both the W40 and W50 divisions.

As this column goes to press the results are still considered unofficial as some runners can be missing from the team scoring.  Once the results are made official the team grand prix will be updated for the 2015 season.

Although the club and team grand prix are a wrap, there is one more weekend to find a New Balance Grand prix race.  Three are close depending on where you live in Morris County.  One is in Caldwell, another in Franklin Lakes and another in Millburn.  All are 5K.


What do you do with 800 runners ready to race and the police say it’s a no go?  You turn it into a group run and reschedule for a later date.   That’s what happened in Ridgewood on Thursday.  The police would not allow the Ridgewood four miler to proceed as there had been no advance coordination with the police.  The race is now scheduled for today, Sunday, November 29th at 9:00 a.m.


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