Sunday, April 17, 2016

Clarke of Morristown second at the Cherry Blossom 10K

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, April 17, 2016


Misa Tamura hasn’t let aging up into the W50 division keep her from outstanding performances.  The Ridgewood resident scored as the first masters woman overall at the Cherry Blossom 10K in Branch Brook Park in Newark this past Sunday, and third overall.

The 10K that is timed to take place during the Cherry Blossom Festival with the famous cherry trees in bloom hosted the USATF New Jersey masters women’s championship.

Tamura finished in 39:37, just a minute after the top woman, 35 year old Lauren Jackson of Augusta whose time was 38:38.  Allison Clarke, 32, of Morristown was second in 39:29.  Also in the top ten was Melissa Sacco of Denville who won her W25 age division in 42:02.   Tamura topped the Age Graded tables with her 86.48%.

Twenty W40 teams competed with the Clifton Road Runners taking first, with the Shore Athletic Club in Second and the Garmin team in third.

The Clifton club dominated with firsts in the W50 and the W60 divisions.  Garmin placed second in the W50 with the Raritan Valley Road Runners in third out of fifteen teams.

The Shore team placed second in the W60 with first place in her division, Susan Stirrat of Rockaway, bringing the team in with her 49:17.

The Morris County Striders W70 team featuring first and second place finishers in the W80 division, Shirley Pettijohn and Diane Stone both of Chatham helping out the team, took first.

Michael Belgiovine of Mahwah won the race in 32:12.  Several local men scored in the top three in their age division.  They include Ben Clarke of Morristown who won the M30 division in 35:32, Robert Skorupski of Rockaway second in the M40 division, Gary Rosenberg of Morristown first in the M45 in 36:33, Reno Stirrat of Rockaway first in the M60 division in 38:37, and Charlie Slaughter second in that division in 42:30, and Roger Price of Randolph first in the M65 division in 44:26.  Over a thousand runners finished the race


The Clifton club has established a strong lead in the club grand prix after two championship races.  The Garmin Runners are second with Raritan Valley in third.  The Do Run Runners are in seventh place and the Morris County Striders are in eighth.

The Clinton Country Run 15K on Saturday, April 30, will be a championship race for all divisions. 


I checked out the start list for the Boston Marathon for New Jersey runners.    I spotted quite a few names of people from this area but also saw a lot of names I do not recognize.  Some people only run marathons it seems.

The marathoners have been tracking the weather forecasts and as some have quipped, “It will be a great day for the spectators”.  When the elite women start at 9:32 a.m. it will be around 50 degrees.  By 10:00 a.m. when the elite men and the first group starts it will 57 and feel like 64.  It’s that “feels like” that is going to wreck pr’s as from there it will feel like 70 plus.

Coverage starts at 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Network.   Best wish to all for a good marathon.


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