Sunday, April 10, 2016

Take your pick of local races

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, April 10, 2016


Like Daffodils in the spring, a bevy of 5K’s have popped up for next weekend here in Morris County land.   Back for its 12th year, the Ryan Steidl Memorial MK5K will take place next Saturday, April 16 in Denville.  Organized to support the Morris Knolls high school baseball team, after the tragic death of Ryan Steidl in 2011, the race added his name to the race.

Steidl was struck by a car while training for the 2011 race and died from his injuries six months after the accident.  Part of the focus of the race is road safety in memory of Steidl.

The course is an out and back beginning on Pocono Road and traveling out Old Boonton Road.  It is considered a mostly flat, fast course.

On Sunday, April 17th, runners can enjoy running from a posse of cops in the Cops and Robbers 5K in Morris Township.  The event takes place on the familiar Ginty Field course. 

There is no way that a course record can be established with the course being used so many times, but it would be interesting to know how many runners have kept a log of their racing on the course and if they keep a record of their personal best on it.

For this race there is an unusual incentive.  All the “robbers” will start at 9:00 a.m. and at 9:03 a.m. members of law enforcement will take off after the fleeing “robbers”.   With a three minute head start how fast do you have to go to beat your cop?   Oh, that’s part of the fun too.  Team up with one person in the role of robber and one as a cop.  Can you beat the cop and get away – or can the cop catch you in the 3.1 miles.  The cop needs to run a mile one minute faster than the robber.

By the Way there are several Cops and Robbers races around the country and all loosely organized like the one in Morris Township.  In some the robbers carry a loot bag and in another costumes are encouraged.   I don’t see that for this one though, but I would think no one object if a runner is wearing a mask or some other “robber” clothing.

Registration has been set at $ 20.00 for the inaugural race and it is good up to April 16th. 

Other local races include the KEA Pot of Gold 5K on Sunday April 17 that starts at 9:00 a.m. from Kinnelon High School and the Cross and Crown 5K at the School of St. Elizabeth in Bernardsville also on Saturday, April 17  at  9:00 a.m.

Far from being a 5K, the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon will also be a draw for many local runners.  An expo will take place on Saturday, April 16 on the Rutgers Busch Campus with the half marathon on Sunday April 17, along with an 8K that starts shortly after the half marathon.
In 2015 there were over 2,500 finishers in the half with Michael Dixon of Fanwood first in 1:12:02 and Sarah Rebick of Boulder CO the first woman in 1:26:44.   Over 900 finished the 8K.

The start is at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus in Piscataway with the finish at Seminary Place and College Avenue, at the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick.


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