Sunday, August 13, 2017
Midland Avenue Mile next Sunday
MIDLAND AVENUE MILE NEXT SUNDAY
The introduction of the Midland Avenue Mile race in 2016 was not exactly
auspicious. In fact, it was pretty dreary, as in misty, moisty rain dreary. Not that
running a mile in the rain on a Sunday evening in summer is all bad. Consider the
cooling off factor. On the other hand, run in the rain, but celebrate in the sun can't
always be achieved.
In 2016 the Midland Avenue Mile in Montclair was the first year being the USATF
New Jersey state mile championship. This year, the race was again selected for
hosting the mile championship for all divisions. It will take place next Sunday,
Of course you can't put an entire field of runners on the line for a mile race. it will
be much too crowded. The schedule calls for several heats, starting with a family
division at 5:00 p.m. before the first masters heat at 5:30 p.m. Men 60 and up will
be first, followed by Women 60 and up. Then Men 50 to 59, on down to the open
categories. Looking at the Practice Hard website, it looks like the open division will
be combined men and women and using seed times to create three different heats.
In 2016 Atilla Sabahoglu of Manville was the fastest man with a time of 4:39.32.
the fastest woman was Roberta Groner of Randolph in 5:05.04. Despite road
runners apprehension at racing a mile, the race had a good masters turnout in 2016.
Team captains are hoping to coax even more of their team members to turn out.
Those who raced in 2016 found out that running a mile fast did not hurt them and
was actually fun. They should be back.
The rain in 2016 put a damper on the really fun part of a mile race; the post race
beer and food. It will be back this year and hopefully not the rain.
Race registration and packet pick-up can be done on Friday and Saturday at Fleet
Feet Sports in Montclair, and on Sunday prior to the race.
TEAM BLOKE 5K DREW NEAR TWO-HUNDRED
The Team Bloke 5K in Mendham last week drew nearly two hundred runners who
likely knew or knew of Doug Clark, the international level triathlete who lost his
battle with a brain tumor last year. The race raises funds that are used to support
familes that are dealing with cancer.
The race was won by Lucas Peterson of Waterford MI in 16:34, followed closely
by Morristown's Karl O'Reilly in 16:36. Karen Auteri of Belvidere was the women's
winner in 18:55.