Sunday, March 26, 2017

Indian Trails kicks off the real championship series next week

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, March 26, 2017


Although three pseudo championships are taking place this weekend, two ten milers and one half marathon that you read about here last week, the first true championship is taking place this coming weekend, on Sunday April 2nd in Middletown/Leonardo.

The Indian Trails race has been around for many years. But this time around the 15K has morphed into a 20K and the 5K into 10K. The newly measured and certified course maps show that the 10K follows the opening miles of the 20K and returns to the finish on the same roads as the 20K. The 20K runners will do an out and back that begins at about 3 and ¾ miles into the race. Both races start together at 9:00 a.m. with the 10K runners heading back at the 3.75 mile point.
Although the name, Indian Trails, seems to imply an off road trail race, that is not the case. One section is on a dirt road, but that will be the least of the runners’ worries. The race is run in the Navesink hills, as in HILLS. It features long, long climbs with exhilarating downhills if a runner is willing to let gravity take over.

This is the first of the true championships and team contests are on the line. As happens every year there has been a shuffle of athletes on the teams this winter. Most runners remain on their current teams during the season and wait for the off season to switch allegiance. The changes this year seem to be minor. Still losing one good scoring member of a club who then joins a rival club can have an impact – for both teams.


Two races of the 700 point trio are being held this morning, but one, the Baker’s Dozen Half Marathon in Montclair was run early Saturday morning. Rob Albano of Mahwah won the race in 1:11:50 while Alexandra Niles of Montclair won the women’s race in 1:20:28.

Morris area runners were well represented in the top ten men. Karl O’Reilly of Morristown, who won the Pre-Game Four Miler on February 5th, was second in 1:14:53. Terry Davidson, 45, of Randolph was the first masters runner to finish. His time of 1:16:31 put him in fourth place overall. 

Stuart Haynes, 41, of Chatham finished in 1:19:56 and Gary Rosenberg, 46, of Morristown was eighth in 1:21:18. Finishers numbered 1,210. A remarkable number for a 7:00 a.m. race.


New Jersey individual runners and teams made their way to Virginia Beach last weekend for the March 18, Shamrock 8K, the national masters championship. Weather predictions were not good, with rain forecast for most of the weekend. But the 8K runners dodged the bullet and while the sky was overcast the rain held off until after most runners had finished.

The post race festivities were dampened by the rain however, but a surprising number of parents and kids ran their mile heats in the rain. The half marathon and marathon on Sunday started and ended with a cold rain. It brought back memories of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine Marathon in February in Arizona in cold rain.
The turnout was light for the masters race but some of the teams came home with medals. The Shore Athletic Club W40 team with Susan Stirrat of Rockaway on the team placed first in their division. 

 The Shore M60 team and M70 team both placed third in their division. Susan’s husband Reno, who is coming back after a short lay-off, ran for the Shore M60 team. Roger Price of Randolph, who is still recovering from Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, another tick borne disease also ran in the M65 division.

The Clifton Road Runners M70 team placed fourth in their division. Next up for the masters runners is a 10K in Dedham, Massachusetts on April 30th.


Roberta Groner of Randolph, who was featured here two weeks ago took two minutes off her half marathon time at the United Airlines half marathon in NYC on March 19th. Groner finished in 1:14:26, actually two minutes and ten seconds off her Newport Liberty race last September.

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