Monday, June 5, 2017

Crowley and Dyson set age division records at Ridgewood

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 4, 2017


Two masters runner lowered the age division record at last Monday’s Ridgewood Run 10K.   Not a surprise at all that Brian Crowley took down the M50 record of 34:00.7 set by Peter McArdle years ago.   Crowley finished in 33:52.92 in fifth place overall and topped the age grading chart at 90.19%.  

Not to be outdone, Imme Dyson of Princeton who has aged up into the W80 division, finished the race in 1:05:20 to establish a record in that division.

Jonathan Frieder, 46 of Rye Brook NY finished in sixth place overall off the record of 33:15 for the M45 division.  His time of 33:59 put him in fifth place overall in the age grading at 85.49%.   The top masters in age grading was of course Crowley, followed by Beau Atwater, 59, of Bernardsville who finished in 36:42 and at 88.53%.  Reno Stirrat, 63, of Rockaway finished in 38:40 and at 87.20%.   Gary Leaman, 58, of Hardwick was fourth in age grading at 86.51% for his time of 37:13.  Morris County has a hefty helping of top masters men in the state.

Susanne LaBurt, 54, of Greenwood Lake NY topped the masters women’s age grading division with her 40:03 at 89.81%.

At age 39 and not quite a masters, Roberta Groner of Randolph placed second overall in 34:43.  The first local man was Karl O’Reilly of Morristown who placed third overall in 33:41.

There were plenty of masters teams, but the only local club that was able to put teams in the top three in their division was the Garmin club.  They took first in the M40 and M50, while the Garmin women were third in the W40 and first in W50.

Aaron Leskow, 25, of Morristown won the 5K in 14:45.  Elena Rozhko, 44, also of Morristown was the top masters woman in the 5K and fourth overall in 18:41.  Rozhko came back to run in the masters elite mile which she won in 5:33.


Yes, the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K is always on the first Monday in May, but sometimes always isn’t always.  The race, organized by the Morris County Striders and ably directed by Jim Schulz of Succasunna made a change this year.  A scheduling conflict with another local event caused the club to move to the second Monday of the month.

In 2012  the race course was changed from an out-and-back to a loop course and when that happens it opens up opportunity to set a course and age division record.  In 2016 four records were set.   In the M13/14 division Jeremy Hajil of Succasunna took his division down to 19:12.  The other three were masters athletes.  Bill Trengove of Wharton lowered the M60 to 20:53, while Bruce Langenkamp, also of Wharton set the M65 at 21:42.  Helen Ray of Randolph set a new record in the W75 of 43:10.

The overall records are pretty stiff.  Youseff Rochdi of Rockaway finished in 15:19 in 2014 to set the men’s record.  In 2015 Roberta Groner of Randolph finished the race in 17:11 for the women’s record.

All of the records are listed on the event home page at the course link.  Scroll down past the course map to see them.

Pre-Registration is strongly advised as registering on race day carries a big penalty jump.  The fee will rise from $20.00 for Roxbury residents and members of USATF New Jersey, and $23.00 for all others to $30.00 for all.  Families of four that pre-register will pay only $55.00 while on race day they will pay $70.00.

Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Eisenhower Middle School on Eyland Avenue.  Parking is at the Roxbury High School lot off Hillside Avenue, a short walk from the middle school.

The race is a 500 point New Balance grand prix event, but what really draws the runners is the emphasis on families and fun.  Family teams are encouraged and post race is like a party with pizza, ice cream, yogurt and nutrition bars.


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