Sunday, September 23, 2018

Local masters had their day again at the half marathon

On Sunday, Sept 23, 2018


Kyle Price, 30, of North Brunswick won the Newport Liberty Waterfront half marathon this past Sunday in Jersey City.  Price’s time of 1:12:53 was well ahead of his 2017 time of 1:14:04 when he placed seventh.  The bigger story is that three masters age men place in the top eleven in a race generally dominated by younger runners.
Stuart Haynes, 42, of Chatham placed second in 1:13:25, and the 47-year old Frieder twins, Elliott of Montville and Jonathan of Rye Brook, NY, finished in 1:17:48 and 1:17:54 respectively.

On the women’s side, Brianna Feerst, 24, of Brick was first in 1:25:00 with Allison Goldstein, 32, second in 1:25:57.  Fifty-two-year-old Misa Tamura of Ridgewood was third in 1:28:11.  Surprisingly her time was good for only third in the masters age grading with an 86.13% PLP. 

The top spot in age grading was taken by Morristown’s Nora Cary whose 1:38:27 at age 63 scored at 89.15% PLP.  Suzanne LaBurt, 55, of Greenwood Lake NY hit 87.58% with her time of 1:30:02.
Feerst helped to put her Shore Athletic Club in Second place in the open women’s team scoring, which was won by the Garden State Athletic Club New Balance.  The Garmin Runners were third.

It was a see-saw for places in the men’s divisions with the Garden State teams taking the top two places and fourth and fifth, with the Garmin Runners sandwich in between in third.  In the M40 division Garden State was first with Garmin second and Shore AC third.  Those places were repeated in the M50 but with the Clifton Road Runners in third.  Clifton had their revenge in the M60 division with Garden State in Second and the Fleet Feet Essex runners in third.  Clifton also won the M70 division and the North Jersey Masters in second out of two teams competing.

The Clifton women’s teams fared better than their male counterparts.  They won the W40, W50 and placed second in the W60 divisions.  In a reverse of sorts, the North Jersey Masters placed second in the W40 and W50 and won the W60 division pushing the Clifton women to second.


Another half marathon was run this past weekend down in Philadelphia.  Randolph’s Roberta Groner finished the race with a time that would have put her in first place overall in the Jersey City race - in 1:12:20. It is not a fair comparison however, as the Jersey City race has numerous turns while the Philly race has very few.  Groner finished third overall with national caliber Desiree Linden the winner in 1:11:48. Lest we forget, Groner is now forty years old and I would venture to guess that her time puts her in an exclusive masters woman category. 

Runners looking for a race to run next weekend can check out the 5K in Mountain Lakes hosted by the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA Saturday.  In Mendham Borough on Saturday is the Harvest Hustle 5K

You don’t have to jump over any obstacles at the Steeplechase Runs on Sunday.  Both the 5K and 10K in Hillsborough are run on local roads.   Up in Franklin Lakes, run in the “Scenic” Half Marathon on Sunday.  Given the locale it’s a sure bet that the course route is very scenic and probably features some scenic hills.

With only a two-week rest after the half marathon, the USATF masters men will be running their 5K championship in the Little Silver Classic next Sunday, September 30th.  

New Jersey masters men and women are racing today at the national cross country meet in Buffalo New York.  We will be looking for the Garden State TC New Balance team to win the M40 division and the Shore Athletic Club to score in the top three in that tough division.


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Chatham man in top three, first master at 12K

On Sunday, Sept 16, 2018


Stuart Haynes of Chatham didn’t let the young runners from the Garden State Track Club New Balance intimidate him.  The forty-two-year-old, running on the open Garmin team placed third overall in the 12K at the first annual by Hook or by Crook at Sandy Hook this past Sunday.  The Garden State club with well balanced squads took first through fourth place with the Shore Athletic Club in fifth and Haynes’ Garmin team in sixth place.

Haynes finished in 40:30, behind Kyle Price of North Brunswick, who finished in 40:10, and Matt Gillette of Orefield PA who topped the field in 39:50.

Erika Meling of North Brunswick won the women’s race in 46:45, with Kiera Russo of Long Branch next in 46:57.  Karen Auteri of Belvidere was third in 47:06.

Meling was on the winning open women’s Garden State Track Club New Balance team, while Russo was on the third place Shore Athletic Club team, behind the second place Garden State B team.

The Garden State club had winning teams in the M40 and M50 and W40 divisions.  Clifton women won the W50 division and their M70 team won that division.  Raritan Valley Road Runners won the W60 division and the Shore AC won the M60 division.
These same clubs are competing this morning in Jersey City running in the Newport Liberty Half Marathon.

While the clubs and individuals were enjoying their taste of running the unfamiliar 12 kilometers, which translates into seven and four tenths of a mile, others were running faster and much shorter at the Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan.  Several New Jersey runners had excellent races.

 Suzanne LaBurt of Greenwood Lake won the W55 division in a time of 5:40. Peter Kashulines of Mountain Lakes was first in the M55 division in 4:51.  Erika Campbell of Ridgewood placed second in the W65 division in 6:51 and Harry Nolan of Navesink also placed second, in his M70 division in 6:12.
Diane DeOliveira of Brick placed third in the W45 division in 5:29 and John Killduff of Middletown also took third, in his M65 division in 6:00.

Going even further from home, Mark Williams of Columbia    took second in the 800 meter run at the World Masters Athletics championship in Malaga Spain last week.  Williams’ time was 2:01.26.  As of press time on Friday his 1,500 meter race had not been run.


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon opens fall road racing championship season

On Sunday, Sept 9, 2018


While the 5km New Jersey cross country championship opened the fall cross country season, the first fall road championship of the season is the Newark Liberty half marathon that will be held next Sunday in Jersey City.  Blessed with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, and flat, flat, flat, it can still be a challenging course due to the many turns and changes of surfaces to run on.

Nevertheless, the race draws a huge field of runners with 2017 topping out at 2,514 finishers.  Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA won the race in 1:11:46. The women’s race was won by Sairi Maeda, whose hometown was listed simply as Japan.  She finished third overall in 1:12:48, one second ahead of her countryman Takashi Kakimoto.

The half marathon will play a big role in the club and team grand prix.  The Garden State Track Club New Balance has a huge lead in the club grand prix thanks to their abundance of open men and women’s teams.  The Clifton Running Club is in second with the Garmin Runners third and the Shore Athletic Club in fourth place.  The open men’s division has three teams taking first through third followed by the Freedom Running Club with the Garmin Runners a close fifth.
On the open women’s side, the Garden State club’s A team has a 31 point lead over the Garmin women followed by the Garden State B team.  Clifton is in fourth place.

There is a tie between Garden State and the Garmin team in the M40 division with both teams holding 68 points.  There is a triple tie for the next three places at 39 points for the Garden State’s B team, the Shore club and Clifton.  
There are no ties in the Women’s 40 division with Clifton in first place over the Garmin runners with the Garden State team in third.

The Garmin M50 team has a 14 point lead over Garden State at 70 points to 56 with Clifton in third with 49 points in their division.  The Clifton women are also in first in the W50 division with the Garmin team in second and the North Jersey Masters third.

In the M60 division the Shore’s A team has a twelve point lead over Clifton with the Fleet Feet Essex men only three points back.  The Shore’s B team is in a tie at 21 points with the North Jersey Masters for fourth place.  The North Jersey Masters lead the W60 division with the Raritan Valley Road Runners next and Clifton in third.

 Clifton is in the lead in the M70 division with the North Jersey club in second and the Central Jersey Road Runners in third.  The Morris County Striders have the lead in the W70 division over the North Jersey Club.  The Striders W80 team is the sole contender in that division.


The standings will be posted on the new New Jersey USATF website.  It has been a bumpy ride as the website has undergone a makeover and not without mishap.  Some files were lost temporarily during the transition and some pages are still missing and some pages are incomplete.

However, information is now available that had never been before.  In a changing montage New Jersey athletes are pictured with their accomplishments lauded on the home page.  The results of recent events are now available on the home page, including long distance running championships.  The long distance running calendar is now a click away on the home page as are the two grand prix and the individual New Balance grand prix standings.


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Morris area men top finishers at cross country on Sunday

On Sunday, Sept 2, 2018


Colin Frost of Randolph outran all comers on Sunday to win the USATF New Jersey 5 kilometer cross country championship at Natirar Park in Somerset to finish in 15:34.  Justin Scheid of Succasunna was not far behind, finishing in 15:40. 

Erika Meling and Emily Rosario, both listed as living in North Brunswick placed first and second in 18:38 and 18:54 respectively.  Both women were on the Garden State Track Club, New Balance A team to win that division.  The Shore Athletic Club placed second and Raritan Valley Road Runners were third out of seven teams.

Frost led his Breakneck Track Club team to first in the open men’s division with the Garden State A team in second place and their B team in third.  Scheid led in the Shore A team to fourth place.  Twelve open teams competed in the division.

The Morris area Garmin Runners won the M40 division with Stuart Haynes of Chatham the first masters man in the race at 16:54. The Garden State team placed second and the Shore team was third out of six teams.

Eight teams competed in the M50 division with the Garmin men first, Garden State second and the Shore third.

The Shore Athletic Club was able to field four M60 teams with their A team taking first in the division and their B team in third, with the Clifton Running Club sandwiched in between in second place.  Twelve teams competed in the M60 division.

The Shore M70 A team also won in that division with Clifton second and the North Jersey Masters third.

In the masters women’s division, the Clifton runners placed first in the W40 division, with the Bella N Motion team in second and the Garmin runners third out of nine teams.

The Clifton W50 team finished on top in that division with the Garmin women next and the Shore team in third.  The Raritan Valley W60 team took first, Shore second and Clifton third.    The Morris County Striders W70 team was the only team competing in that division.

Next up for the clubs is the newly minted By Hook or By Crook 12K at Sandy Hook National Park on Sunday, September 9th.  The course is billed as being flat and fast and not many would disagree with that given the location.  A study of the course map is interesting.  The start and finish are in the same location at Parking Lot E and runs out and back into Fort Hancock at the northern end of the peninsula.

 If a runner wants to strategize he or she will be out of luck as the out-and-back becomes a loop course in the fort.   With a cone turn-around on an out-and-back course a runner can see who is ahead and who might be coming up from behind you.  With the loop turn-around there is no way to see who is directly ahead of or behind you in the race.  The pre- entry discounted fee ends on Wednesday, September 5th. 


New Jersey masters teams did well last week at the road mile championship in Flint MI.  The Garden State Track Club- New Balance is in first place in the national long distance running team grand prix with their win in the mile race.  The team’s 5 point score from the club 5km cross country race is dropped and their 100 points for first in the mile gives them 480 points.

The team was lead in by Chuck Schneekloth of Franklin who finished in third place in 4:49, followed by Sam Teigen of Hawthorne in fourth and credited with the same time.

The Shore Athletic Club placed second in the M60 division.  Laura DeLea of Sparta placed third in the W50 division in a time of 5:59.
Next up for individuals and teams competing at national championships is the 5km cross country in Buffalo NY on September 23rd.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Milers had fun in Montclair last Sunday

On Sunday, August 26, 2018


Two Morris County men finished one-two at the Midland Mile race this past Sunday in Montclair.  Steve Lewandowski of Mountain Lakes edge out Aaron Leskow of Morristown, 4:18.50 to 4:18.94 to win the state road mile championship.

On the women’s side, Emily Rosario of Brooklyn, running for the Garden State Track Club won her race in 5:06.87.  No Morris County women were in the top ten overall, but Nora Cary of Morristown was age graded second with an 92.55% PLP for her 6:26.30 mile at age 63.  Only Erica Campbell of Ridgewood scored higher at 92.75% for her 7:04.10 at age 69.

Top performing local men included Peter Kashulines of Mountain Lakes who won the won the M55 division with his 4:56.82 and topped the age graded division at 89.28%.  Joel Garrell of Morristown was first overall in the M60 division.  Mark Williams of Columbia demonstrated his track speed with his 4:41.90 win in the M45 division.  Stuart Haynes of Chatham placed third in the M40 division with a time of 4:45.41.

Long Distance Running chair Ed Neighbour of Sparta was pleased with the turnout for the mile race that has grown from 467 finishers in 2016 to a perfect one hundred more in 2018.

“The enthusiasm for the mile has grown,” said Neighbour.  “Plus it didn’t hurt that the temperature was in the 70’s and a perfect night for racing.”

Much of the field was made up with USATF teams with the top four open men’s teams from the Garden State club.  Fifth was taken by the Freedom Running Club with the Morris area Garmin Runners placing seventh.

Clubs with strong masters teams did better in the age divisions with a very tight race in the Men 40 group.  Garden State finished with a combined total time of 24:20 with the Garmin team finishing in 24:23.

There was no contest in the M50 with Kashulines leading in his Garmin team for first place and four minutes faster than the second place Clifton squad.

The Garmin M60 squad placed second to the Shore AC with the Randolph based Geezers taking fourth out of eleven teams in the division.

Like their open men, the Garden State club dominated on the open women’s side with the top two places taken by the club while the Garmin women took third.

The Clifton Running Club’s women took first in the W40 division with the Garmin women second.  Ditto for the W50 division but with the North Jersey Masters lead in by Cary in third place.  The Morris County Striders women placed second to the North Jersey team in the W60 division and with a full turnout the club put two W70 teams on the line and one W80.

All the clubs are racing this morning at the cross country 5 kilometer championship race at Natirar in Peapack Gladstone.  A good turnout is expected and should match 2017’s 268 finishers. 


The Shore Athletic Club’s M60 team medal at the National Masters 5K championship in Atlanta this past Sunday. Reno Stirrat of Rockaway lead in this team with a time of 19:25 to place third out of seven teams.  With out enough men for a 70’s team or enough for a B team in the 60’s the club put together an M50 team using one 50 plus, one 70 plus and one 65 plus.  That team actually placed sixth out of seven teams keeping the team in contention in the season long grand prix. 

Roberta Groner of Randolph will be among the elite women’s field at the 2018 New York City Marathon it was announced this week.  Groner comes to the race with a seed time of 2:30:37.


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Friday, August 24, 2018

I'm back. 

Look for a Running Column this Sunday in the Daily Record - Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

No new columns for the month of August.  I am taking a summer break. 
I'll be back on September 2nd.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Dover 5K coming up on the 11th

On Sunday, July 29, 2018


Summer racing is still going on.  The Dover Renaissance 5K will be held on Saturday, August 11th at 9:00 a.m.   An application can be downloaded from the CompuScore website and runners can register on-line up to August 9th. 

Over the years the Dover race has had to make adjustments to their course that starts and ends on Blackwell Street.  This year the course will be the original that was run in 1993 – the first year for the race. 

There were 225 finishers that year and a look back on the archives of the race and it is interesting to note that Keith Couglan won the race that first year, yet his name has not been seen in race results in a long time.  He won the inaugural race in 15:26.

 Jennifer Buccino was the women’s winner in 19:57.  Buccino traded in her racing flats for ridding boots several years back.

Who is still racing might be more interesting.  Still active names that jump out are Gary Rosenberg then a 22-year-old who finished in seventh place in 16:36, followed by Angelo Harasts, 20, in 16:52.  Bruce Langenkamp, who now competes in the M65 division finished that year in tenth place in 17:13.  So many names are familiar but no longer active in the sport.  Twenty-five years is a long time to be active in the sport.  Kudos to that trio for still running, still racing.


The last race of the four race series of cross country summer series races is this Tuesday at Johanson Field in Boonton.  The weather has not been kind to the series with each race questionable until just before the start at 7:00 p.m.  Oppressive heat and the possibility of lightning and summer downpours have kept the participation at under 100 runners.  Those who have attended each race are now in contention for places in the series that counts the best three out of four races.


Local runners hit the top three at the Westfield 5K on Wednesday night.  Kyle Brackman of Madison won the race in 15:34. Seamus Higgins of Randolph finished in second place in 16:37.  The women’s side was won by Caryn Gehrke of Maplewood in 19:42.  Julie Beatty of Chatham was third in 20:05, and also topped the women’s masters list.  Gary Rosenberg of Morristown was the second masters runner to finish.  His time was 17:51.

The numbers were down for the race.  With 1,661 finishers compared to the 2,258 in the 2017 race.  Extreme heat and humidity likely played a roll in keeping some runners home in their air conditioning.


Randolph’s Roberta Groner placed second in the Friday Night Lights Distance Festival open 10,000 meters race in Cambridge MA on July 20th and in the process lowered the W40 to 44 American record to 33:57.08.  The previous record was set by New Jersey runner Madelyn Noe-Schlentz in 2002 of 34:58.54


John Hogan, 53, of Washington Township has the lead in the New Balance Grand Prix with Charlie Slaughter, 63, of Parsippany in second.  Most of the top men are over age forty, but Aaron Leskow, 27, of Morristown, but still listed with his previous address in Toms River is now in seventh place.  He is missing two races and once his card is filled he will be in contention for first place in the series.  Trailing Leskow is previous grand prix winner Michael Dixon of Highland Park.

On the women’s side, Stacey Slaughter, 26, of Parsippany is in sixth place.  Aya Leitz of Jersey City leads that division, with Hortencia Aliaga, 46, of Garfield in second.  When Aliaga adds one more race she will move into first.


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Engaged pair win Verizon Corporate Challenge

On Sunday, July 22, 2018


The male and female winners of the Verizon Corporate Challenge 5K in Morristown on Thursday night had more in common than just being their gender winners.   Liam Boylan-Pett and Ashley Higginson of Mendham are engaged to be married in September.

Boylan-Pett finished the race in 16:46 and Higginson in 17:51, in seventh place overall.

Higginson, who has competed on the national and world level in the Steeplechase was in the large lead pack as they left the starting line at the Morristown High School.  A few minutes into the race she dropped back.

“I gave up on those guys when I realized it was not happening,” said Higginson, who was making her third start at the event.  She won the race in 2017 and in 2014.  Her time at the 2017 race, that was an out-and-back course down Route 202 was faster at 17:12.

Boylan-Pett was no stranger to the race, having placed third in 2017 with a time only two seconds different; 16:44.  In fact, that was his last race he said.  Working at Columbia University in New York City prevents him from doing more than minimal running said the former semi-professional runner, who is a sub four-minute miler. 

While Higginson dropped back from the lead pack, it remained a unit of six runners for most of the race.  On Washington Street, a half mile from the finish, Boylan-Pett tested the others and broke away for the lead.

“It was an interesting decision to make that move, but it worked out,” he said.  “It definitely hurt going up that hill.” 

The next two men, Ben Edwards and Patrick Mullins, both of Morristown, made a break of their own and finished in a dead heat at 16:49.

“I think they put on a last-minute sprint at the end,” said Boylan-Pett.  “Fortunately, I had gotten away from them.”

The 2015 winner, Diana D’Achilles of Denville placed second to Higginson in 19:51, with Katherine Nokia of Brooklyn NY third in 20:01.

Both D’Achilles and Higginson agreed that the course from Headquarters Plaza was tougher than the one that started and finished at the high school.

“The race from Headquarters Plaza was really hilly,” said Higginson.  “Definitely more challenging.”

“All the turns were challenging,” she said.  “You don’t know what’s around the bend.”

In all, the course featured eighteen bends and corners, some at sharp angles, proving a challenge to even the lead police vehicle.  Spectators and course marshals from the Morris County Striders running club, and the Lakeland League Youth track and field and cross-country volunteers lined the course.     

Only the top three runners win awards at the race, which is geared toward corporate teams.  Eighty-three complete women’s teams were recorded and eighty-five men’s teams among the 3,313 runners.  On the men’s side it was Deloitte, Verizon and Stryker in that order.  On the women’s side it was Verizon, Nokia and L’OrĂ©al.


Justin Scheid of Succasunna won the Morris County Striders summer series race #3 on Tuesday, July 17th in Boonton.  Scheid finished in 15:27 to lower the previous course record of 15:34 set in 2014 by Dan DeBlock.  On the women’s side, Emma Cary of Morristown, daughter of masters phenom Nora Cary, won the race in 19:51.  Mom placed fourth overall in 23:00.

The last race in the series will be on Tuesday, July 31st.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If it's July, then it must be Verizon Classic time

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, July 15, 2018


Is it the biggest race in the state wondered Robert Barwick when we talked on Friday.  Barwick works with Dan Brannen on the Verizon Corporate Classic 5K and other events in the state and outside the state as well.

Well, the Spring Lake Five miles must take the prize for the most participants, but for the northern New Jersey title I have to guess that the Verizon Corporate Classic 5K must attract the largest fields.  It routinely signs up over four thousand runners, although in 2017 the numbers were down, probably due to a last-minute course change.

Barwick said that they are expecting close to 5,000 runners to run an out-and-back loop from Morristown High School next Thursday, July 19th.  The final number won’t be known until this Wednesday when the individual registration closes.  On Friday all of the corporate teams had to be registered which is where the bulk of the field is found.

Barwick praised organizer Dan Brannen for his decision to allow non-team members to run as individuals.   That is not allowed in most corporate races like the Verizon race.

In 2014 Tradelle Ward, running for Stryker Orthopaedics won the race in 15:55 and elite steeplechase runner Ashley Higginson, running for Riker Danzig placed ninth overall in 17:10.  Higginson is becoming a regular now as she won the women’s race in seventh place overall in 2017 in 17:12.  Kyle Price running unattached won the race in 16:25.  Higginson will be back this year and is now the team captain for Riker Danzig.

The race in 2017 used a totally different course thanks to construction issues in Morristown that forced the organizers to route the race down Route 202 and back. 

Bad luck with the weather has created problems with the race.  As recently as 2013 the race was converted into a non-competitive run when the temperatures soared to near 100 degrees, forcing the organizers to shorten the course in the interest of safety for the runners.

In 2016 the race was cancelled late in the afternoon on race day when a terrific storm literally blew through the area, downing trees on the course.  A make-up fun run was held a few weeks later, but not as a race.

That 2016 course, from Morristown High School, would have been the first time for that location had it not been for the storm.  It is now being used for the first time on Thursday.

All activities will be taking place from the parking lot at the high school.  Runners will recognize many of the streets being used, although they may be running in a different direction then on the old course from the Headquarters Plaza on Speedwell Avenue.  A pleasant factor in the change is the elimination of a hill in the last half mile and an actual downhill to the finish.

Free parking is still being made available by the Headquarters Plaza up to a generous 10:30 p.m.  This will allow runners to hit local restaurants after they have finished their race and not have to worry about parking.

Because of the quarter mile distance from the Headquarters Plaza and the start at the high school, runners have the option of picking up their race swag after the race and will not need to return to their cars with it prior to the start.  This has always been true said Barwick but now this could be more important for late arriving runners.  The race starts at 7:30 p.m.

Due to the size of the field all runners will be timed from when they cross the start line, using computer technology.  Only the top three men and top three women will have their actual “gun” time recorded.  There are no age division awards but all the runners time and place will be recorded by the timing company, BESTracingsystems.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Groner does it again, Scheid and Leskow in top three

On Sunday, July 8, 2018


There I was in an Air Canada jet with my family two Sundays ago, while all the New Jersey runners were gathering in Glen Ridge for one of the state’s most loved races.  We were on our way to Calgary, Canada with our final destination Banff, for an unforgettable week-long vacation.

Back in New Jersey the Fitzgerald’s Lager Run 5K lived up to its reputation despite oppressive heat and humidity.  Thirty-four men’s teams and twenty-three women’s teams finished the race with three other incomplete teams finishing but not getting scored.

Three local runners earned headlines with their performances.  Roberta Groner of Randolph won the women’s race with her 16:11, finishing 15th overall and earning the top masters age grade of 93.64% PLP. 

The race was won by Nicholas Filippazzo of Valley Stream  in 14:51, with second taken by Justin Scheid of Succasunna in 15:22 and third by Aaron Leskow of Morristown in 15:27.

Not to be overlooked is Nora Cary of Morristown who is 63 and finished in 21:21 for 90.06% PLP, second only to Groner.

Of course, as a championship the teams become the focal point and what is interesting is the new teams this season.  The Garden State Track Club was well represented and their A team took first in both the men and women’s division.  But the Shore Athletic Club’s women’s team placed second, with the Garden State B team in third, with the fledgling New Jersey Racing Project taking fourth.

On the men’s side Garden State’s B team took second but the Leonia Track Club was third, the Freedom Running Club fourth and the Garmin Runner fifth.  In sixth place was another new team, the Race Faster team that placed seventh.  Also competing were the long time local clubs like the Rose City Runners and the Morris County Striders although both of those teams featured  mostly masters age runners.  

Maybe the weather finally did in the runners or maybe it was just too close to the Sunday Lager race, but the Tom Fleming Sunset Classic on the 28th had a light field and at a slower pace than the Sunday race.  Sean Prinz of Bloomfield was first in 27:26 with Hortencia Aliaga of Garfield the first woman in 31:45. The feature within the race was the USATF NJ coed teams.   Only two clubs fielded open teams with Fleet Feet Essex winning over the Raritan Valley Road Runners.

There was more enthusiasm for the masters division with the Fleet Feet Essex club winning that division, the Clifton Road Runners second and the North Jersey Masters taking third.  Also fielding teams were the New Jersey Racing Project, the Morris County Striders and the Central Jersey Road Runners.

This past Tuesday was the hottest day of the week and that was a tough break for the second race in the Morris County Striders cross country series at Johanson Park in Boonton .  Runners may have stayed away because of the heat, or they were saving their legs for a Fourth of July run the next day.  Only sixty-one loyalists showed up, and the irony was that a weather pattern had just come through and cleared the heat and to some extent the humidity.  Conditions for a summer race were not bad at all.  Steve Manole of Great Meadows won the race in 18:32 and Christine Carney of Denville won the women’s side in 22:36.

Two hundred and seventy-five runners turned out the next day for the Market Street Mission 5K cross country race in Central Park.  Colin Schweitzer of Lebanon finished first in 18:26 and Ariana Bauer of Morris Plains was first woman in 22:37.

Meanwhile, in Banff  the temperatures were cool but the altitude in the Canadian Rockies are not to be dismissed by us flatlanders.  Our hike from Lake Louise at 5,249 feet to Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes at 7,005 was interrupted by catch-your-breath stops.  Even the two runs in Banff had to be done at a slow pace.  Now looking forward to more summer racing.


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

There was no running column this week -  Sunday, July 1. 2018

I was on a wonderful family vacation stay in Banff, Canada -  cool and beautiful in the Canadian Rockies.  

Look for a column on Sunday, July 8th.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Randolph's Frost wins the rain flooded President's Cup Night Race

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 24, 2018


Collin Frost of Randolph didn’t let a little rain keep him from winning the President’s Cup Night Race 5K this past Monday night in Millburn.  Did I say a “little rain”?   OK.  It was a downpour of biblical proportions.

When the race started at 8:00 p.m. the clear skies had already darkened and there were hints of trouble to come from the far-off rumbles of thunder heading our way.  At the start, the pack surged ahead on dry pavement but with no promise it would remain that way.   A lead pack of about five fast young men quickly made their break but the relatively small pack became even smaller by the time Frost and his challengers hit the first mile.

That’s when the storm reached Millburn.  It began with a fine mist; then a shower, and then with flashes of lightening, and booms of thunder that quickly followed, the race was smack in the middle of the fast-moving storm.  For the runners the rain was a welcome wetting but there was the worry that this storm was much too close. 

Some runners have reported that they would not have been surprised if the high school at the turnaround had thrown open its doors and demanded the runners take shelter.  But it did not happen.  Spectators took shelter in doorways and under awnings, but the runners ran on in the ankle high water.

Frost was now running with just one other man.   Robert Stone of West Orange was at his side with Kyle Price of Milltown a lonely third.

Frost said that he threw in some surges in the last mile, but he couldn’t shake Stone who he did not know.  One last surge and Frost pulled away and headed for the finish on Essex Avenue.

He finished the race in 15:23 to Stone’s 15:27. Price finished in third in 15:47.  Nothing for the record books unless there is an asterisk designating “finish in flooded streets”.

Two out-of-town women placed first and second.   Laura Cummings of Bay Shore NY was first in 18:33, with Jennifer Sober of Jupiter FL second in 18:47.

The top age graded master woman was no surprise; Nora Cary, 63, of Morristown who finished in 23:09 and 83.06% PLP.  Mark Zamek, 55, of Allentown PA was the top age graded man with an 85.20% PLP for his 17:59.

As the runners finished the race they quickly sought shelter in doorways and under the pop-up tents in the Charlie Brown’s parking lot.  The Sam Adams beer truck was dispensing beer and the joke was that all the runners were drinking light beer, thinks to the infusion of rain water.

Then, as in a miracle, as fast as the storm had arrived, it left just as quickly.  Soon the sopping wet runners were out from under the pop-ups and enjoying their beer by the light of a crescent moon. 


If it’s summertime and you run in a night race you can expect to cool down with a cold beer.  Such is the case this evening after the Fitzgerald’s1928 Lager Run 5K in Glen Ridge.  Often a masters championship, this year the race is an open men and open women’s championship.  The setting is at Hurrell Field with the finish on the track.  All post race activities are on the field making for a pleasant setting for socializing while waiting for the awards ceremony to begin.  That in 2017 thirty-six teams came to compete is a testament to the popularity of this race.


The month ends with the Tom Fleming Sunset Classic five miler on Thursday in Bloomfield.  The race features a club coed division that is part of a three race coed club mini grand prix.  Like the corporate divisions in that the number of declared runners can be unlimited, but the top three men and top three women will be scored.  The open teams will be scored on time, but in the masters division the scoring will be based on age grading.  The Shades of Death Half Marathon in October and the Giralda Farms 5K in November will be the other two races in the coed series.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

A ring side view from the car at Roxbury

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 17, 2018


It’s not often that I find myself in the lead vehicle at a race.  Yes, each July I hop in the police car for the Verizon 5K through Morristown, but usually I am a spectator like the rest, or doing my best to finish a race.

This past Monday night was an exception.  The Morris Country Striders were hosting the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K and I was at my usual post, registering runners.  It was getting close to the start time when fellow Strider Steve Austin came over to ask me, “Madeline, would you like to ride in the lead vehicle?”

Ride in his wife Karen’s sporty convertible?  “Sure.”  Was my quick response.

And thus, I was given a ring side seat in watching a three man race with an unlikely twist at the end.

The 2017 and 2016 winner Justin Schedi of Succasunna had entered the race and then, unbeknownst to Scheid, Colin Frost of Randolph, who won the race in 2013 arrived with his application in hand.  Ah, maybe a race.  It gets better.  Randolph’s Seamus Higgins who had just finished his collegiate season arrived.  Higgins waved off a possible duel with Frost and Scheid, saying that he was already winding down with his season over.

Perhaps, but a competitive runner is a competitive runner.  From my view sitting in the lead vehicle as the field surged forward at the start, Higgins was with the other two as they broke away from the 500 other starters. 

Eventually Scheid and Frost separated from Higgins, as he had predicted, and now it was a two man duel.  It was an impressive duel as they reached the two mile mark in under five minute pace.  It was about there that Scheid began to fall back just a step or two.  Could it have been the 15K hilly trail race that Scheid had run on Saturday that took a little toll while Frost had run, and won, the Chatham Fishawack much shorter four mile that same day?

Whatever the edge, Frost was cruising as we entered the Roxbury high school campus and headed toward the finish line at the adjacent middle school.  A beautiful night for running and racing capped with a fast time for the winner.  Frost finished in 15:20 with Scheid just five seconds back in 15:25. Then it hit.  Frost missed Youseff Rochdi’s course record of 15:19 by the smallest of margins - one second.

Higgins held on for third in 16:30. Fellow Randolph resident Rebecca Crawford won the women’s race in 19:28.  Thirteen year old Gabriella Dasakova of Succasunna placed second in 20:48.

While it won’t be a championship and that will likely draw fewer runners, the President’s Cup Night Race 5K will still be competitive.  Featuring a fast course, the race tomorrow night has a long history of fast runners.  In particular on the men’s side as the race was often the open men’s championship.  It was not a championship in 2017 but that didn’t deter Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA who was on a roll to win the 2017 New Balance Grand Prix.

Izewski finished in 15:16, which in any other race would be a fast time.  Not this race.  Since 1999 twenty three racers have finished in under fifteen minutes.  Gene Mitchell has the fastest time of 14:34 which he did in 2003 when five men finished in under 15 minutes.  That was one heck of a race.


Johanson Field in Boonton is the site of the annual Morris County Striders summer series.  The race features a dead flat 5 kilometer cross country course that is so safe your grandmother could run it.  Over the years the township of Boonton has improved the course to the point you will be running not on grass for about half the race, but on a nicely paved path.  It is still competitive with course records kept over the years along with a best three out of four series for the loyal followers.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Beautiful Beast lived up to its name

On Sunday, June 10, 2018


It is unlikely that any of the 143 finishers in the Beautiful Beast of Hunterdon 15 kilometer trail race on Saturday would argue with the title.  Just climbing more than half a mile uphill to the finish was a slow-the-pace-to-a-walk beast.  This was the second year that the race was held and the first to be designated a New Jersey Trail championship.

After the race in 2017, Ed Neighbour of Sparta, the USATF Long Distance Running chair suggested to Managing Director Terry Mullane that he invite the race organizers to apply for championship status.  The suggestion was well received by the race director Eric Eisenhart.
Justin Scheid of Succasunna leapt to the lead at the start when the field completed a small loop on the ESC Hoffman’s Crossing Campus before plunging down the hill that would become the beast on the way back.  He was followed by Patrick Neighbour of Millford, Dominic Grillo of Whitehouse Station, and Lou Palma of Clinton.

The runners disappeared down the Columbia Trail heading east to a turnback onto the local roads paralleling the trail.  From there the course headed toward the Ken Lockwood Gorge with awesome views of the river and falls before taking a trip into the gorge with a beastly climb back out to the trail and heading back to the finish.

When Scheid reappeared, he had a nearly two and a half minute lead over Grillo, who was now in second place.  Palma had overtaken Neighbour and that is how they finished back at the campus.  The surprise finisher was Kristen Prendergast, 37, of Annandale who finished in fifth place in 1:01:51, ahead of the course designer Frank Batiste of Flemington who finished in 1:03.19.
Scheid’s time was 53:06, Grillo’s 55:59 and Palma’s 57:00.


The Roxbury Community Benefit 5K in Succasunna Monday night will seem virtually flat after the 15K beast race.  The race, that starts on Eyland Avenue in front of the Eisenhower Middle School has a small pop up hill in the first mile and another slight grade in the final mile.  That grade is rewarded with one of those wonderful downgrades that fools you into thinking you are flying when in fact you have the pull of gravity speeding your pace. 
Registration at the middle school begins at 5:00 pm, with the race starting at 7:00 pm.  This is a community focused race that attracts plenty of runners from around Morris county and beyond.  In 2017 over five hundred runners competed.
While the sweet course might be a draw, the post race goodies could also be a factor in the turnout.  Pizza, nutrition bars, yogurt and ice cream from the local favorite Cliff’s ice cream makes the price of admission a bargain.

Two New Jersey masters teams had a good day last weekend in Ann Arbor Michigan competing at the masters half marathon championship.

Finishing in first place was the Garden State Track Club New Balance, with Jonathan Frieder of Rye Brook NY in the lead.  Frieder finished fifth overall and first in his M45 age division.  He was followed by Sam Tiegan of Hawthorne who finished just behind Frieder in 1:14:58. Aaron Cooper of Englewood was next for the team with Gary Leaman of Hawthorne back-up man. Leaman finished in third place in the M55 age division.

Reno Stirrat of Rockaway was the top man on the M60 Shore Athletic Club team that placed second to the Atlanta Track Club.  Stirrat finished in 1:26:44 for seventh in the highly competitive M60 division. 

The Garden State team has a lock right now on first place in the season long team grand prix.  With just one more good race they will overcome a weak finish in last December’s club cross country 10kilometer race.  Only the highest scoring five races are counted in the grand prix and the poor races are dropped.  Next up for the teams is the 5K championship in Atlanta in August.


Roberta Groner of Randolph has done it again.  At Saturday’s New York Mini Marathon 10K Groner finished in 11th place and first master woman in 34:10. Not to be outdone, Morristown’s Nora Cary was the first W60 woman to finish with time of 44:28.   Both women age graded above 91% PLP.


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