On Sunday, May 27, 2018
RIDGEWOOD RUNS TOMORROW
Tomorrow the masters runners come out to play. Well, not that you have to be masters age, which is of course, age 40 and more, but the Ridgewood Run 10K is a masters championship for both men and women.
The Ridgewood Run has been around for a long time, and the website makes for interesting reading when you find the Course Records page. Way back in 1993, local hero Joe LeMay set the course record of 29:11 when he was in the 25 to 29 age division. That would put LeMay now in the M50 division if he were to race tomorrow.
He would have to beat Hillsborough’s Brian Crowley’s time of 33:57 set just last year to take that title. Reno Stirrat of Rockaway set the M60 age division course record of 38:28 in 2016. Stirrat posted on Facebook Friday that he is dealing with a back issue. He is registered to run but the back may prevent that from happening.
Some of the age division records were set some time ago, like those of Austin Newman of Westfield, who ran a 46:32 in the M75 division, or Dudley Healy of Chatham whose record of 51:16 in the M80 has stood for quite some time. But 89 year old Nathaniel Finestone’s M85 record time of 1:10:26 was set in 2014 and Finestone of Mountainside is still competing and will be running tomorrow.
Misa Tamura of Ridgewood set the W50 record in 2016 of 38:43, and Lisa Swain of Fair Lawn set the W55 of 43:38 in 2014. Imme Dyson of Princeton set the W80 record of 1:05:20 in 2017. Both Dyson and Tamura are listed as registered for the race tomorrow.
The Ridgewood Run is actually an all morning event with a 5K following the 10K, which is then followed by elite road miles. In 2017 Ben Malone of River Vale finished in 4:23 to win the open men division, while Mark Williams of Columbia won the masters mile in 4:42. Rolanda Bell of Laurelton NY won the open women’s mile in 5:05. Elena Rozhko of Morristown won the masters women’s mile in 5:33.
GRAND PRIX UPDATES
The New Balance Grand Prix and the Mini Grand Prix have been posted and no surprise that Charlie Slaughter of Parsippany has the lead in the overall grand prix. He has all but one of the maximum nine races. Aya Leitz of Jersey City has the women’s lead.
What I find interesting is the contest in the Category 3 Mini Series. Ricardo Romero of Hillsborough with four of the five necessary races has the lead, but in second place with just three races is Aaron Lesko of Morristown with 1,898 points and in third is Michael Dixon of Highland Park with 1,893 points. Leskow beat Dixon in the two distance races that they both competed in, and both have the maximum 500 points in a non-championship race.
Ah, interesting that Stacey Slaughter, daughter of Charlie is leading Aya Leitz in the Category 3 Mini Series women’s division.
In the Category 1 Mini Series, Rob Albano of Mahwah has a so far perfect score of 3,700 with seven of the maximum eight races. Yes, he has won every race in that category that he entered.
Elena Rozhko has a similar record. She has won four out of five races and will easily move from second to first with just three more Category 1 races.
What is interesting about these mini division series is that the top three people in the Overall New Balance Grand Prix are removed at season’s end from the mini series results for awards. If Rozhko, for example places in the top three in the New Balance series she will disappear from the minis.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org