Because no one ever drowned in sweat . . .
The dog days of summer are here, my friends. It was a nasty shock to arrive back in the sauna after nine days of family, fun, and a coat almost every day in Denmark. For reasons that are entirely inscrutable to me, the hot weather seems to make some of our standout runners just go faster. The Flyer women captured third place in the Retro 4-Miler
and Marcy Withington
set the pace with a first place team finish and a fifth place finish in the 45-49 age group in 28:12 (7:03 pace). Denise Iannizzotto
placed second for the team and won the women's 55-59 age group, racking up an age-graded percent finish of 80.72%, which classifies her performance as national-level caliber.
She did all this in a mere 28:34 (7:09 pace). Michelle Yuen
placed third for the team and seventeenth in the 30-34 age group in 30:14 (7:34 pace), followed by Yumi Morishige
in 31:27 (7:52 pace
and fifth in the 50-54 age group) and Mary Beth Ezra
in 31:27 (7:52 pace and tenth in the 45-49 age group).
In the men's race, Mr. President
ran a standout race, with a first place team finish and third in the 40-44 age goup in 24:30 (6:08 pace). Secretary David Ezra
placed second for the team and
twentieth in the 40-44 age group in 27:00 (6:45 pace). Tomohiro Inoue
came in close behind, capturing thid for the team and twenty-second in the 40-44 age group in 27:05 (6:47 pace). Jose Perez Nessi
placed fourth for the team and twenty-third in the 40-44 age group (I'm seeing a lot of depth of club talent in this age group, folks) in 27:17 (6:50 pace), followed by Jon Riecke
in 28:26 (7:03 pace and fifth in the 55-59 age group).
I hear there's some screwy stuff with a few people assigned to the wrong gender in the race results again, but the gender-bending hasn't impacted our club scoring this time.
Stay safe out there, people
This heat is really no joke. RRCA has some helpful tips
for beating, or at least tolerating, the heat. I don't tolerate heat that well and got very dizzy during both my Saturday and Sunday runs. When that happens, I find that increasing my salt intake for the duration of the stinky weather is really helpful, but I also have to pare my time and distance goals way back. I know I'll be complaining about the cold in December, so am trying to appreciate the sunshine while it's here.
Independence Day Running
While there were no NYRR races this holiday weekend, but NYC Runs and other organizations had races and Flyers were out running:
AVL Independence Day 5k
Glen Rock Tribute 5-K
NYCRuns Firecracker 5-K
NYCRuns Firecracker 10-K
This past Saturday at the Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run
, the Flyer Senior Veteran Women Came in 1st Place. Awesome job ladies. You are always doing so well. Heather Tolford
, awesome 2nd place win being the fastest Flyer lady finishing in 35:29
. Marcy Withington
, awesome 5th place win finishing in 35:55
. Great mention to Elaine Rosen
, Suzanne Turner
and so many more. You bring pride to the Flyers
It was great to see James Dunham
out there running a very fast 32:35
followed by other
speedy Flyers Jeffrey Tente
and Tim Decker
and David Ezra
. Great job guys.
The official start of summer began this weekend with the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5-Miler
. On this sunny Sunday morning, Gregory Hawryluk
and Tomohiro Inoue
led the men's team around Central Park, placing first and second for the Flyers in
26:10 (6:33 pace) and 26:50 (6:43 pace). Sebastien Lieng
came in third for the team and twenty-fourth in the 45-49 age group in 27:32 (6:53 pace), followed by Vincenzo Pascale
, sixth in the 55-59 age group, in
27:58 (7:00 pace) and Michel Werthenschlag
in 28:50 (7:13 pace).
In the women's race, Amanda Schachter
placed first for the Flyers and first in the 45-49 age group in 29:12 (7:18 pace). Caroline Kuras
and Michelle Yuen
captured second and third for the team in
29:54 (7:29 pace and fourteenth in the 25-29 age group) and 30:31 (7:38 pace). Jeanhie Hahn
picked up a fourth place team finish and third in the 50-54 age group in 31:30 (7:53 pace), and
placed fifth in 33:37 (8:25 pace). Steve Kasarsky
also earned age group honors, placing third in the men's 65-69 age group.
Kings and Queens
It was a pretty spectacular Saturday for the Queens 10K
, and the Flyers rose to the occasion for this points race with fully loaded teams in all scoring divisions. The Flyer Open Women
captured eighteenth in their division. Amy Knepper
started the party off with a double score, placing first for the Flyer Open Women and first for the sixth place Flyer 40+ Women in 45:18 (7:18 pace).
followed up with a triple score, placing second for the Flyer Open and 40+ Women and first for the third place Flyer 50+ Women, also capturing fourth place in the 55-59 age group in
45:33 (7:20 pace). Jillian Hobson
zoomed through the course in 47:13 (7:36 pace), placing third for the Flyer Open Women. Kristel McKanna
double scored for the Open and Master Flyer teams, taking fourth for the Flyer Open Women and third for the Flyer Master Women
in 48:13 (7:46 pace and seventeenth in the 45-49 age group), and Mary Beth Ezra
took fifth place for the Flyer Open Women and twenty-first in the 45-49 age group in 28:37 (7:50 pace).
This is where things get weird. Guy Simoneau
is listed in the results as a woman when we know he's a dude, and this error is screwing up the remaining Flyer women's results. Guy
is listed as second in the women's 60-64 age group, and his time is counted as a double-scoring second place finish in for the Flyer 50+ Women and first for the Flyer 60+ Women. Since NYRR will correct these results at some point, I'm skipping over Guy
to report where the Flyer 50+ and 60+ team scores actually landed.
With all that said, once the results are fixed, we'll see that Nina Parks-Taylor
and Vice President Elaine Rosen
double scored, kicking it in for second and third for the Flyer 50+ Women and first for the currently first place Flyer 60+ Women in
50:46 (8:11 pace and seventh in the 60-64 age group) and 52:56 (8:31 pace and eleventh in the 60-64 age group). Deborah McDuffie-Saat
placed third for the Flyer 60+ Women and fifteenth in the 60-64 age group in
55:26 (8:26 pace).
In the men's race, Mr. President
led the 25th place Flyer Open Men and fifteenth place Flyer 40+ Men with a double score, also coming in eighteenth in the 40-44 age group, in 38:39 (6:14 pace).
placed second for the Flyer Open Men in 39:28 (6:22 pace), followed by the triple scoring thunder Tim Decker
, who placed third for the Flyer Open Men, second for the Flyer 40+ Men, and first for the
eighth place Flyer 50+ Men in 41:09 (6:38 pace and fifteenth in the 50-54 age group). Michael Alexander
double scored with a fourth place Flyer Open Men's finish and third for the Flyer 40+ Men
in 42:08 (6:47 pace), and Deniz Saat
placed fifth for the Flyer Open Men in 43:02 (6:56 pace). Vincenzo Pascale
cruised in with a second place finish for the Flyer 50+ Men and fourteenth in the 55-59 age group in 43:49 (7:03 pace), and Jon Riecke
took third in 45:21 (7:18 pace).
Here's where things get weird again. Remember how Guy Simoneau
picked up first place for the Flyer 60+ Women through a gender bending mistake in the results? He should have been listed in second place for the Flyer 60+ Men.
The Flyer 60+ Men are currently listed in fourth place in their division, and once the results are corrected, they'll show that Andreas Werder
placed first for the team and seventeenth in the
60-64 age group in 46:58 (7:34 pace), followed by Guy
in 47:29 (7:39 pace), which will probably also result in an age group award, but we don't know exactly what at this point. Third place went to
in 48:29 (7:49 pace and fourth in the 65-69 age group).
This was confusing, yo.
It started as the first all-women's race in the country, and it helped launch the women's running boom. This year, 76 Flyer women turned out to honor history and celebrate running in the NYRR New York Mini 10K
. Senior veteran superstar Heather Tolford
placed first for the Flyers and second in the 60-64 age group in
44:30 (7:10 pace), logging an astonishing 88.60% in age-graded results. Anything over 80% is considered national-level caliber, and Heather
is one of the best of the best. On the other end of the generational spectrum, 24-year-old Elena Riecke
placed second for the team in 45:33 (7:20 pace). Stephanie Tang
placed third in 45:55 (7:24 pace), and veteran Denise Iannizzotto
scored a fourth place team finish and second in the 55-59 age group in another national-caliber performance, scoring
80.15% on an age-graded basis. Betty Yung
scored the remaining team points with a fifth place finish in 46:10 (7:26 pace).
While the race was all about the women runners, grateful thanks and appreciation to the Flyer men and non-racing women who gave up a couple of extra hours of rest to come out and cheer for their teammates. That's what being part of a community is all about!
A four day work week is just five days of work in four days
On Sunday, we celebrated bella Italia with the 2019 Italy Run 5-Miler
, and I heard that you could eat Nutella by the pound somewhere around there, too. Michael Alexander
placed first for the Flyers and sixteenth in the 40-44 age group in
33:13 (6:39 pace), followed by Gregory Hawryluk
in 33:42 (6:45 pace). Dave Richter
and Vincenzo Pascale
represented for the Flyer Veteran men, placing third and fourth for the team in 34:48 (6:58 pace) and
35:01 (7:01 pace), also capturing ninth in the 50-54 age group and sixth in the 55-59 age group. Sebastian Lieng
placed fifth for the Flyer men in 35:04 (7:01 pace).
In the women's race, Jose Perez Nessi
placed first for the team and sixth in the 40-44 age group in 26:14 (7:15 pace). Veteran superstar Denise Iannizzotto
placed second for the Flyer women and first in the
55-59 age group in 37:36 (7:32 pace). Michelle Yuen
came in third for the team in 27:58 (7:36 pace), followed by Melissa Labozzetta
in 28:35 (7:43 pace and eighteenth in the 40-44 age group) and
in 38:39 (7:44 pace and ninth in the 45-49 age group). Other age group honors went to Kathleen McCormack
(ninth in the women's 45-49 age group); Yumi Morishige
(seventh in the women's 50-54 age group); Ricky Lam
(tenth in the men's 65-69 age group); Moira Zelin
(eighth in the women's 55-59 age group); Deborah McDuffie-Saat
(ninth in the women's 60-64 age group); and Barbara Fratta
(eighth in the women's 70-74 age group).