Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, September 11, 2016
ALL THE GRAND PRIX HAVE BEEN UPDATED
Both the New Balance individual grand prix and the Investors Bank Foundation club and team grand prix have been updated. It is always interesting to see who is in the lead overall and in the age divisions at the beginning of the fall racing season. Almost invariably the person in the lead at the beginning of September is not the person who will claim the title in December.
Currently John Hogan, 51, of Washington Township has the lead but Atilla Sabahoglu, 38, of Somerset is just one race away from jumping past Hogan.
Last year’s female winner Roberta Groner of Randolph needs a championship in category II and a non championship race in category III and she will move up from fourth place to first with a possibility of a perfect score of 5700. All the other women are running for second as there is no other woman running consistently in New Jersey who can beat her.
The Clifton Running Club has the lead in the Investors Bank Foundation Club grand prix and by a considerable margin over second place Shore Athletic Club. Clifton has 437 points to Shore’s 320.
Despite sitting out several championship races this year the adidas Garden State Track Club is in third with 290 points but that is only a ten point lead over the Garmin team with 280. Even the Raritan Valley Road Runners are close with 269 points. Other Morris area clubs are in the mix with the Morris County Striders in 8th, the Do Run Running Club in ninth and the Randolph based Geezers in 11th.
The Garmin open men and M40 teams are in the lead in those respective team divisions. Their open women are in third behind the Garden state runners and the Clifton team and second in both W40 and W50, again trailing the Clifton teams.
The Do Run runners are in third place in the M60 division and their W50 team is in fifth place. It helps to be the only team in a division and the Morris County Striders W80 team holds first place and even with some competition in the W70 division they have first place there as well. Their W60 team is in fourth place
LIBERTY HALF MARATHON NEXT SUNDAY
Those clubs will be sending their teams to Newport in Jersey City for the Liberty Half Marathon on Sunday. Billing your race as the most beautiful course in the state is asking for an argument, but the views from many points along the course really are spectacular. The Manhattan skyline from the water’s edge and in Liberty State Park can’t be beat.
Running along the course may keep most runners from enjoying the view. Ask a runner how they enjoyed the view in any race and they are likely to say they never saw it. All they saw was the backsides of the runners in front of them.
Last year the race had just 2,087 finishers. That was down from 2014 when 2,782 finished the race. This year the number of registrants has climbed. As of September 6th 2,734 had registered. In 2015 at this same time there were 1,828, and in 2014 the number was 2,604. The race organizers are predicting a field of over 3,000 and they may be right. Online registration doesn’t end until this Tuesday, September 13th at just before midnight eastern time. Race day registration is allowed and that opens at 6:30 a.m. along with packet pick-up. The half marathon starts at 8:30 a.m.
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.
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