Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, May 28, 2017
RIDGEWOOD RUN TOMORROW - 10K IS THE MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
How can you tell if a race is being organized by a runner, or runners? Look to see if their website lists the course records.
The upcoming Roxbury Community Benefit 5K on Monday, June 12, has the course records listed on its website. The race is organized by the Morris County Striders.
The Ridgewood Run (s) is organized by the North Jersey Masters running club. The runs are a 10K, 5K and the road mile. This Monday, the Ridgewood Run 10K is the USATF masters championship. All the age division records are there to study and contemplate.
It is fascinating reading, and the records are not likely a goal for most runners, but might be for some. For instance, the W60 record of 44:47 was set by Toshiko d’Elia of Ridgewood many years ago. Will Morristown’s Nora Cary be able to take that age division record away? Don’t bet against her. Cary finished this year’s Cherry Blossom 10K in 43:44 and at the Giralda Farms’ 10K this past November in 43:27.
No one has taken the other d’Elia records; W70 is 48:53, and the W75 is 55:13. d’Elia died in 2014 at age 84 with a lot of records in her running log.
There are no soft records for the race that has been in existence for 41 years. Is there a 45 to 49 man who can beat Hugh Sweeney’s 33:15? Former Randolph runner Jonathan Frieder, now living in Rye Brook New York but still running in New Jersey, is having an outstanding season. Maybe he can do it. Frieder finished third at the Dedham MA 10K national masters championship the end of April in 33:35. The Dedham course has a killer hill midway in the race and is far tougher than Ridgewood’s.
How about Peter McArdle’s 34:00.7 in the M50, or his more astonishing 33:44.9 in the M55 division. Brian Crowley of Hillsborough or Mark Zamek of Lavallette might have a shot at the M50 record. The M55 record? That’s out of sight. McArdle has since returned to his native UK so unlikely to challenge any of the older age divisions.
Reno Stirrat of Rockaway did go after and take the M60 record in 2016, finishing in 38:28.01. Will he top that this year? Stirrat had some down time a few months ago but appears to be coming back into top form. His 38:39.83 at Newport is mighty close.
Will Misa Tamura of Ridgewood beat her own record of 38:43.95 that she set in 2016? Lisa Swain of Fair Lawn finished in 43:38.2 in the W55 division in 2014 and did a 43:43 in 2015. Now 59 Swain would have to improve a lot on her Newport 10K of 45:55 earlier this month to top that time in 2017.
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, with the 10K the first running event in the line-up starting at 8:20, five minutes after the wheelchair athletes go off.
LOCALS STARRED IN THE SUPER HERO HALF MARATHON
The Super Hero Half Marathon had a local touch with all the top runners of note being from Morris County. The exception is Karen Auteri who won the women’s race in 1:30:22. Auteri is from Belvidere in Warren County.
Second place woman was Alix Jennings, 46, of Madison, who was also the first masters woman. She finished in 1:32:18. Brenda Epstein of Morris Plains was third in 1:33:6.
Sebastian Nicewicz of Madison won the race in 1:19:58. Second place was also the first place masters man. Kevin Fitzgerald, 43, of Wharton finished in 1:21:57. Trevor Emmitt of Morristown was third in 1:23:48.
The masters age grading was topped by sixty-two year old Nora Cary of Morristown who finished in 1:39:40 – age graded at 86.77% PLP. Second in age grading was 68 year old Kay Rees, also of Morristown, whose time of 1:58:58 age graded at 79.33%.
On the masters men side, Carl Weaver, 68, of Morris Plains finished in 1:43:02 while Kevin Fitzgerald, 43, of Wharton finished in 1:21:57. Both tied at 74.88% PLP.
The men’s relay team division had 18 teams, the women’s teams had 52, and the coed division had 46 teams, indicating that the organizers really hit the jackpot by promoting the relay concept. That’s 116 teams participating out of the 1,135 finishers.
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.
Contact Madeline Bost at email@example.com.