Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pray for good weather next Saturday

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, March 6, 2016


Local runners will be itching to tie up their racing shoes for the first race of the month in this area, the St. Paddy’s Day 5K in Morris Township next Saturday.  The race is now a tradition along with the St. Patrick’s parade in downtown Morristown after the 10:00 a.m. race.  Runners get their morning run in, and then can enjoy the parade spectacle along with enjoying some post race refreshments at the local establishments.

In 2015 cool temperatures and rain put a damper on the events keeping participation down.  The ten day forecast for next Saturday looks a bit brighter with temperatures in the mid 50’s with only a chance of rain.

The race is held on the course from Ginty Field off Woodland Avenue.  Prizes are given to the top three in ten year age divisions, and to the top three overall.  Registration and packet pick-up can be done all week at the Running Company store in Morristown.


On Sunday runners can have fun running a road relay in New Brunswick.  This is the sixth year for the race that is organized by the Adidas Garden State Track Club.  The relay is a 10K divided into four laps on a course circumventing Buccleuch Park.  Each person runs one 2.5 kilometer lap and then hands off to his partner who runs a lap, and so on. 

Morris area runners did well in the relays last year.  Peter Lee and John Klobus, both of Randolph running as Team Geezers won the M50 division.  Team Broken Pipes – Roberta Groner of Randolph and Beau Atwater of Bernardsville placed sixth in the Co-ed Division.

Sarah Hersey of Mendham and Amy San of Morristown, looking forward to the post race activities ran in the Open women’s division as Team Where’s the Wine.  Archie Seaman, 82, of Rockaway along with Jane Simpson of Wayne running as Team Over 70/80 won the Co-ed 70 and Over division.

Yes, there seems to be a division for everyone.  The top three teams in each division will win not a medal, but custom made batons.  The actual batons used in the relay will be collected for re-use next year.

Pretty neat is the touch screen running gloves to the first 200 to register.  Online registration can be done at the CompuScore website.  The first relay will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Be aware that daylight savings time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.


Reno Stirrat of Rockaway placed fourth in the M60 division of the national masters 8K in Brea CA last Sunday, and Roger Price of Randolph placed sixth in the M65 division.


With over six thousand members, New Jersey is one of the largest organizations in the country.  Long Distance Running makes up roughly half of the numbers.  Yet only a handful of people are active on the administrative/volunteer side.  The New Jersey association has two paid staff members with a third on an as needed basis part-time.

All the other people that are involved are there as volunteers and their numbers are small.  Currently all of the sports committee chair and vice chair positions are filled but people who could help out in a non-official capacity are missing.  Members of the board discussed this recently in an email thread and one observation was that others do not volunteer because they are not aware of the need for more people to be involved.

The first place to start might be at a general membership meeting.  The next meeting is this coming Wednesday, March 9th to be held in Garwood, in Union County.   Items on the agenda include elections for four board member spots.  More information is on the USATF NJ website.

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