Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 26, 2017
PRESIDENT’S CUP NIGHT RACE ALMOST A WASH OUT
And then there are those days. Days, or in this case, nights, when things don’t go exactly as planned. The President’s Cup Night Race 5K in Millburn didn’t plan for lightning, thunder, and downpours for most of the day leading up to the race at 8:00 pm this past Monday night.
Hmm, let’s see, “go out in the pouring rain and deal with likely rain-induced-travel-nightmares to go to run in the rain, or stay home nice and dry and unfrazzled”. About three to four hundred runners, who were either pre-registered for the race or who had planned to post enter decided to choose the later and stayed home.
The number of finishers was the lowest in recent memory. The highest number of finishers was just seven years ago in 2010 when Justin Scheid, then of Sparta and now of Succasunna won the race in 14:50, with 1,496 runners finishing behind him. There has been an almost steady decline in number of runners since then, with last year at 973 finishers the lowest until Monday night at 649 finishers.
It wasn’t a championship race and that may also have contributed to the lower numbers and the thinner New Jersey elite field. At less than a mile into the race only a small number of men were in the lead pack. Past the mile and that small pack had already broken apart with the original leaders now strung out, and strung out they stayed for the rest of the race.
Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA won the race in 15:16, with Rob Nihen of Glen Rock, second in 15:31 and Stephen Rathbun of Seattle, WA third in 15:59.
The women’s race was actually much closer with Corey Weiss of Short Hills finishing first in 18:12 with Aimee Chegwidden of Hamburg second in 18:26. Alyssa Vassallo of Florham Park was third with Lauren Jackson of Augusta just three seconds back in 18:38.
The Coed teams made for interesting reading after the race with some local clubs doing better with coed teams than in straight USATF competition.
The New Jersey Racing Project club with several Morris County residents won the open division and the Morris County Striders were fifth, and the Rose City Runners took sixth place.
The North Jersey Masters with Do Run Runner Nora Cary of Morristown scoring with the highest PLP of 84.1%, topped the masters coed division based on age grading. The Morris County Striders placed fourth.
The Garmin masters team won both the open division and also the masters division. Not all clubs participated in what was an exhibition event with no points going into the team and club grand Prix.
The New Jersey Racing Project won the women’s open division and the Rose City Runners were third with the Morris County Striders fourth. Several clubs had incomplete teams indicating that weather or traffic kept runners away who had planned to compete.
MORRIS COUNTY STRIDERS CROSS COUNTRY 5K
It was all about the young at the Morris County Striders cross country 5K on Tuesday night at Johanson Fields in Boonton. Sixteen-year-old Karos Sadeghi-Nejod of Essex Fells won the race in 17:41, with Tommy Carney, 16 of Denville second in 18:07 and Andrew Goldsmith 16 of Rockaway third in 18:12.
Young girls were the winners on the other side. Kayla Schramm, 12, of Goshen NY placed first in 19:35, with Allison Lounsbury not far back in 19:44. Christine Carney, 17 of Denville placed third in 22:05.
FITZGERALD’S LAGER RUN TONIGHT – SUNSET CLASSIC THURSDAY
The Fitzgerald Lager Run 5K is this evening in Glen Ridge as noted in last week’s column. It is the open mens championship and should draw some fast young men.
Everyone may feel “run-out” but there is good reason to go to Bloomfield this Thursday night for the Tom Fleming Sunset Classic 5 mile. Running legend Bill Rodgers, who was a very close friend of Fleming who died earlier this year, will be there signing autographs for fans. The race starts at 7:30 pm.
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