On Sunday, January 7, 2018
FRIGID WEATHER DIDN'T STOP RUNNERS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY
Freezing cold weather did not deter 987 runners from showing up at the three north New Jersey races on New Year’s Day. That’s the total number of finishers in the three races. Add to that the runners who ran with their various clubs and we have a lot of either very hardy people, or a lot of really crazy runners. From the comfort of my tiny exercise room, running on my Zero impact trainer, I say they are all crazy.
Ben Giugliano of Sparta won the Hillsborough Resolution Run 5K in 17:37. If Giugliano had stayed home, the winner would have been a fifty-three-year-old. Not just any 53year old of course. Bryan Crowley of Hillsborough is still defying the nature by finishing in second place in 17:44. Amy Williams of Hillsborough was the first woman to finish. Her time of 20:26 was only 18 seconds ahead of the second place woman, Maria Metzger of Basking Ridge, who finished in 20:44. The race counted 387 finishers.
The Central Jersey Road Runners Hangover Run was won by John Capobianco of Basking Ridge in 16:33. Carolina Collius, whose town is unknown, finished the race in 20:16 for first place woman. Jeff Altman of Randolph was the first local runner to finish. The 47-year-old finished in 19:24 to top the masters men category. Kate Polles of Morristown was the first local woman to finish. Her time was 21:40, This race had the largest field with 524 finishers.
St Mark’s New Year’s Day 5K in Long Valley attracted 76 runners to their inaugural race. John Montgomery, 22, of Hackettstown won the race in 16:08 with who can be assumed to be his father, John Montgomery 52 second in 19:26. Maggie Scardapane, whose town is not shown was the first woman in 20:39.
Now that the year 2017 is wrapped up, it is time for USATF masters runners to fill out their applications for the national Phidippides Award. Points are award for the races that runners complete with one point, for instance, in a distance of 1 mile to 4 kilometers. A 5K and 5 miles earns two points. At the other end, five points are earned for 25 kilometers up to the marathon and six points for distances greater than the marathon.
To qualify for a Gold level award, you will need 30 points if you are 40 to 59 years old, 24 if you are 60 to 79, and 12 points if you are eighty or older. A very nice plaque is issued and your name is published on the national USATF site on the masters long distance running page.
Runners who have been awarded the Phidippides Award for five years are recognized for that achievement also. New Jersey runners make up a lot of names on those rosters.
It is easy to pick up the names of Morris area runners in the 2016 list of gold medal winners: Peter Auteri, Debra Bernstein, Charlie Castigioni, Wesley Cole, Stephanie Edwards, Carla and Stephen Holusha, Scott Isgett, John Klobus, Sue Lawler, Pete Lee, Lori and Robert McGill, Randy Miller, Dario Mirski, Melva Murray, Shirley Pettijohn, Greg and Susan Rentko, Kathy and John Robertson, Rene Rovtar, Arch Seamans, Joe Sikora, Diane Stone, Bill Trengove, Patricia Tummey, Diane and Mark Washburne,
WINTER SERIES IS BACK
A winter series is coming back to Wayne in the form of the Passaic County Technical Institute Winter Series. This 5K race features a car-less course with some small hills and a few twists. It is not a PR course but good preparation for when the weather breaks. Pre and post race activities are in a heated area. The first race is next Sunday, January 14th and then in two week intervals, January 28, February 4, and February 18th.
The organizers are offering discounts to those age 17 and younger and those 65 and over. Not bad and a discount for USATF NJ members.
For more information go to www.tristattiming.com/events/
AUTERI RACING AT DISNEY MARATHON
Blow good running wishes to the women’s winner of the 2017 New Balance grand prix. Karen Auteri of Belvidere is running today at the Walt Disney World Marathon.
Edit notes: Karen Auteri finished the marathon in 2:59
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.
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