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I don't see no cherry blossoms – Those must await the coming of spring.
Despite the snow that's arriving again this week, spring really is only a few weeks away. One of the first harbingers of spring for local runners is the PPTC Cherry Tree 10-Miler and Relay, which took place in Prospect Park on Sunday morning. Results aren't listed by club, but Facebook tells me that we had a strong Flyer turnout. You can check out the results put together by the Flyers who were there here.

Marching forth
The monthly long training run series continues in March with the Little Red Lighthouse Run on March 09. Just one day later, the NYC Half Marathon takes over the streets. If you're not running, come out to support your teammates, sling water, and lock in your +1 marathon qualifying volunteer event at the best hydration station in the nation, this year right in Times Square.

Aiming higher
There were no NYRR or NYCRUNS races this weekend, but the Flyers started the 2019 organized long run series off with the fourteen-plus mile Highbridge Run. Crossing through five different city parks, this supported long run provided scenic views and Gatorade to nearly a hundred runners and run-walkers. Thanks and appreciation to run organizer Betty Yung and her hardy crew of volunteers for making today's event a success.

Iron Flyers
Superbowl Sunday this year dawned with the traditional Gridiron 4-Miler. I was still having a meaningful relationship with a cup of coffee while many of you were running it, but young Elena Riecke captured first place overall for the Flyers and fifth in the 20-24 age group in 26:33 (6:39 pace). Denise Iannizzotto and Heather Tolford placed second and third for the Flyer women and third in the 55-59 age group and first in the 60-64 age group in 28:23 (7:06 pace) and 28:28 (7:07 pace). Mary Beth Ezra placed fourth for the Flyer women and fifth in the 45-49 age group in 29:32 (7:23 pace), and Amanda Schachter captured fifth for the team and ninth in the 45-49 age group in 30:14 (7:34 pace).

In the men's race, John LeBreton placed first for the Flyer men and twenty-second in the 40-44 age group in 27:04 (6:46 pace), followed by Dave Kleckner in 27:37 (6:55 pace and third in the 55-59 age group). Eugene Matejek crossed the finish line in third place for the team in 28:06 (7:02 pace). William Herbert placed fourth for the team and eighth in the 55-59 age group in 28:48 (7:12 pace), and Howard Choi finished fifth for the Flyer men in 29:21 (7:20 pace). Additional age group honors went to Yumi Morishige (eighth in the women's 50-54 age group); Gary Smeal (fifth in the men's 70-74 age group); Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 75-79 age group); Delton Mace (eighth in the men's 70-74 age group); and Barbara Fratta (fifth in the women's 70-74 age group).

Freezing
Sunday was downright balmy compared to Saturday, but that didn't keep a few Flyers from turning out for the NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K and 10K on Saturday. Peter Lewy completed the 5K in 27:58 (9:01 pace), placing third in the men's 60-69 age group. Guy Simoneau and Kristin Muzina ran the 10K in 1:00:50 (9:49 pace and fourth in the men's 60-69 age group) and 1:12:43 (11:44 pace and nineteenth in the women's 40-49 age group).

Inspirational
Post-Gala celebration fever continued this week at the annual NYRR Club Night awards. The Flyer women won the B division, in no small part to our four outstanding Master, Veteran, and Senior Veteran honorees. Pamela Hunt won Runner of the Year in the 45-49 age group, Denise Iannizzotto was nominated for Runner of the Year in the 55-59 age group, Heather Tolford won Runner of the Year in the 60-64 age group, and Fran Breslauer won Runner of the Year in the 75-79 age group. Congratulations to these four outstanding women on their achievements, and we look forward to seeing you honored again and again and again.

Dancing the night away
Grateful thanks to the Flyer Gala Committee for all their hard work and for hosting the Annual Awards Gala and Dance Party in a fresh new venue, and congratulations to Flyer of the Year Stephanie Tang! Basil Ashmore's stunning photos are already up in the Flyer Facebook group. It was great to see everyone dressed to kill and honoring a great 2018, while looking ahead to the remainder of 2019.

Still have some site issues
As you might have heard, we suffered an outage last week due to a not-so-seamless transition to a new server, initiated by our web service provider. We're still finding that things that worked perfectly on the old server aren't functioning the way they should be on the new server, and we're fixing them as we come across them. This caught us entirely by surprise, and we appreciate your patience as we get back to full functionality.

The winter that wasn't
We were supposed to get a really rude awakening of winter on Sunday, but it didn't really happen. It was wet and wild with rain instead of snow, though, and that made for a soggy Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon. Edvard Major crossed the finish line in first place for the team in 1:28:43 (6:46 pace). Jeffrey Tente placed second for the Flyer men, followed by Deniz Saat, in 1:34:10 (7:11 pace) and 1:39:56 (7:38 pace). Gary Kane captured fourth place for the Flyers in 1:40:17 (7:39 pace), and Howard Choi picked up the rest of the team points in 1:41:28 (7:45 pace).

In the women's race, Elena Riecke placed first for the Flyers, third Flyer overall, and fifth in the 20-24 age group in 1:37:03 (7:25 pace). Super Ironwoman Friederike Edelmann came in second for the team and fourth in the 45-49 age group in 1:41:45 (7:46 pace). Betty Yung and Denise Iannizzotto placed third and fourth for the team and fifteenth in the 35-39 age group and third in the 55-59 age group in 1:44:10 (7:58 pace) and 1:45:39 (8:04 pace). Stephanie Tang came across the line in fifth place for the team in 1:48:11 (8:16 pace). Other age group honors went to David Gaines (seventh in the men's 65-69 age group); Howard Tanz (eighth in the men's 65-69 age group); Deborah McDuffie-Saat (fourth in the women's 60-64 age group); Elaine Rosen (fifth in the women's 60-64 age group); Vincent Doogan (ninth in the men's 70-74 age group); and Karen Kenney (sixth in the woemn's 65-69 age group).

Cocoa loco
The results were busted for the January 06 NYCRUNS Cocoa Classic 5-Miler and 10-Miler last week, but all is copacetic now. Four Flyers came out: Papa Bear captured second place in the men's 70+ age group in the 5-Miler, logging 50:38 (10:08 pace). In the 10-Miler, William Nealon placed first for the team and second in the men's 60-69 age group in 1:29:40 (8:58 pace). Barbara and Andrew Paer finished the race in 1:59:13 (11:55 pace) and 2:09:18 (12:56 pace), also picking up first in the women's 60-69 age group and eight in the men's 60-69 age group.

Starting the year in style
The Flyer women started 2019 off with a bang by capturing second place in the Joe Kleinerman 10K on Saturday. Elena Riecke placed first for the Flyer women and third in the 20-24 age group in 43:30 (7:00 pace). Senior veteran phenomenon Heather Tolford placed second for the team and first in the 60-64 age group in 46:16 (7:27 pace). Member at Large Betty Yung placed third for the Flyer women and sixteenth in the women's 35-39 age group in 46:37 (7:30 pace), followed by Melissa Feinberg in 48:29 (7:49 and seventeenth in the 40-44 age group) and Amy Knepper in 48:29 (7:49 pace and eighteenth in the 40-44 age group).

In the men's race, Jeffrey Tente captured first place for the Flyer men in 42:19 (6:49 pace), followed by Tomohiro Inouse in 43:21 (6:59 pace). John LeBreton placed third for the team in 44:40 (7:12 pace), and Jon Riecke placed fourth for the team and twentieth in the men's 50-54 age group in 44:56 (7:14 pace). Howard Choi placed fifth for the Flyer men in 46:17 (7:27 pace).

Ending the year with the joy of giving
There were no NYRR or NYCRUNS races this weekend, but the Flyers still had it goin' on. On Saturday, Heather Marcellis and Dave Kleckner hosted another successful day of giving back, the winter Central Park Volunteer Day Cleanup. A temperate day facilitated plenty of raking and cleanup of autumnal debris, helping us do our part in getting the park in good shape for the spring and summer to come. We hear that Dave's cookies were beyond delicious, too!

Today also marks the close of the 2018 Flyer Food Drive Fundraiser. This year, we raised $3483 in direct donations, plus at least another $100 from corporate matching gifts. We beat our goal by 19%, and that's something to feel really good about. Thank you to everyone who participated, and a special thank you to the Executive Board for supporting this effort.

Another champion in the record books
In last week's Ted Corbitt 15K, we had another spectacular entry in the Flyer Hall of Fame. Recordkeeper Papa Bear shares the details below:

In Saturday's Ted Corbitt 15K, Heather Tolford, with a time of 1:09:38 (performance of 85.18%), was not only first in the 60-64 NYRR age group, but set a new Flyers Hall of Fame record in the 60+ group, besting the record of 1:15:09 set by Judith Tripp in the 2007 Colon Cancer Challenge. Heather has now set Hall of Fame records 12 times in 2018 (a record) and "owns" the 60+ group, holding all the records for races from 1 mile up to to 15K. Congratulations Heather, you've had a great year.

I'm tapped out today
I'm heading off for the holidays on Tuesday, leaving this space in the capable hands of the Flyer web dudes until then. Here's wishing everyone a healthy, happy, and eminently runderful year in 2019. See you on the flip side.

Flyer women are on fire
The Flyer women were lighting up the park all over the place during the NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K, the last points race of the season, on Saturday morning. The Flyer Open Women placed sixth in their division, led by Pamela Hunt, who was the first Flyer overall, eighteenth woman overall, second in the 50-54 age group, and triple scored with first place finishes in the Open, 40+, and 50+ age groups in 59:03 (6:21 pace). Elena Riecke placed second for the team and ninth in the 20-24 age group in 1:06:33 (7:09 pace). Marcy Withington double scored by capturing third for the Flyer Open Women and second for the second place Flyer 40+ Women. Denise Iannizzotto placed fourth in the 55-59 age group and triple scored with a fourth place finish for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 40+ Women, and second for the second place Flyer 50+ Women in 1:08:07 (7:19 pace). Heather Tolford won the 60-64 age group and knocked out a triple score, placing fifth for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 50+ Women, and first for the first place Flyer 60+ Women in 1:09:8 (7:29 pace). Andrea Kent placed sixth in the 60-64 age group and second for the 60+ Flyers, and Vice President Elaine Rosen placed third for the 60+ Flyers and ninth in the 60-64 age group.

The Flyer Open Men captured twenty-fourth in their division, led by Mr. President, who double scored with first place finishes for the Flyer Open and 40+ Men and eighteenth in the 40-44 age group in 59:35 (6:24 pace). Deniz Saat placed second for the Flyer Open Men in 1:05:11 (7:00 pace), followed by Gregory Hawryluk in 1:05:33 (7:02 pace). Secretary David Ezra double scored with a fourth place finish for the Flyer Open Men and second for the twentieth place 40+ Flyer Men in 1:06:46 (7:10 pace). Andreas Werder quadruple scored, capturing fifth place for the 60-64 age group and fifth for the Flyer Open Men, third for the Flyer 40+ Men, first for the tenth place 50+ Flyer Men, and first for the fourth place Flyer 60+ Men. John McCreesh placed second for the Flyer 50+ Men in 1:11:12 (7:39 pace), followed by Michael Knopf in 1:12:39 (7:48 pace). Bradford Goz placed second for the Flyer 60+ Men in 1:14:20 (7:59 pace), also coming in sixteenth in the 60-64 age group. Ricky Lam placed third for the Flyer 60+ Men and thirteenth in the 65-69 age group. Other age group honors went to Yumi Morishige (ninth in the women's 50-54 age group); Amy Thakkar (tenth in the women's 50-54 age group); and Anky Lam (third in the women's 65-69 age group).

 
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FLYERS NEWS FLASH
JOIN THE NEW YORK FLYERS
We welcome runners of ALL abilities. We have group runs, personalized speedwork (our SpeedPass program), social events, volunteering opportunities galore and an enhanced marathon training program. Check out these links:
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:
 
 
FLYER PHOTOS
 
This year's photo albums

Recent albums:

Volunteers and Meet the Candidates Social
NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K
Flyer Holiday Party
Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt
New York City Marathon
Pre-Marathon Pasta Party
6AM Group Annual Pre-Marathon Picture
Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS SUBMIT ANNOUNCEMENT
 
NYRR CLUB TEAM AWARDS
At the January 31st NYRR Club Night, no less than 4 of our Women were recognized as NYRR Runners of the Year. Pamela Hunt took 1st place in the 45-49 age group, Heather Tolford took 1st place in the 60-64 age group, Fran Breslauer took 1st place in the 75-79 age group, and Denise Iannizzotto was a nominee in the 55-59 age group. In the team awards the Flyers Women's team won 1st place in the Open B category. Congratulations to all! Click on the link for details.

NEW YORK FLYERS AWARDS
On Jan 26th at our terrific annual awards Gala (photos: here) the highlight of the evening was the awarding of the 2018 Flyer of the Year to Stephanie Tang. A complete listing of all the awardees is here: Awards for 2018. And here are some scenes from 2018 captured in this stunning video: 2018 Year in Pictures.

Long Training Run: Run to the Little Red Lighthouse
Saturday, March 9th
Join the NY Flyers on a supported long run to the Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park underneath the George Washington Bridge. This is a beautiful run, with fantastic views of the Hudson River and an up close view of the George Washington Bridge and, of course, the Little Red Lighthouse standing underneath the bridge. This run is great training for those running The Boston Marathon or another Spring marathon. Can't run? Consider volunteering: Volunteer Signup Page, Thanks.

NYC Half Flyers Volunteer Station:
Deadline: March 10th
NYC Half Marathon Flyer Nation Hydration Station Volunteers needed!!! The NYRR NYC 1/2 is Sunday, March 17th! For several years now, the Flyers, family and friends have been staffing the best hydration station in the nation. We need your help this year in Times Square (7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th St.). This is fluid station #9, at about mile 10.8 where we hydrate and cheer on our fellow Flyers and the other runners as they pass by! It's a 9 + 1 race, so you will get volunteer credit! Click on link for details.
 
GROUP RUNS
Group Runs: Running almost every day
Did you know that the Flyers have organized group runs almost every day of the week? And all NY Flyers group runs are open to all: members, prospective members or guests. Click the Group Runs link above or email the leader for details.
Day/Time Meet at Leader
Tuesday 6:00 CP: 72nd & CPW Francine Alfandary
Thursday 6:00 CP: 72nd & CPW Francine Alfandary
Thursday 7:00 CP: Columbus Circle Entrance Dave Kleckner
Saturday 9:00 CP: 72nd & East Drive Ed Altman
Sunday 8:00 PP: West Drive, Grand Army Plaza Entrance Stephanie Tang
 
THE LATEST FROM OUR BLOG
 
Jan. 1: Advice from Papa Bear: Tidbits of wisdom for January, February and March.
Dec. 12: Maybe When I Am Older: Profile of a Prolific Flyer.
Dec. 2: Running in the Dark: Keeping Safe Where the Sun Don't Shine.
 
CALENDAR FLYER EVENTS
  
Feb 19 Tue  Morning Group Run: Central Park
Feb 21 Thu  Thursday Night Group Run
Feb 21 Thu  Morning Group Run: Central Park
Feb 22 Fri  Washington Heights 5K-Team Bibs
Feb 23 Sat  Saturday Morning Central Park Run at 9
Feb 24 Sun  Sunday Morning Prospect Park Run at 8
Feb 24 Sun  Run to Peter Pan Donuts!
Mar 04 Mon  March New Members Run & Social!!
Mar 09 Sat  Long Training Run: Little Red Lighthouse!
Mar 09 Sat  Volunteers for Little Red Lighthouse Run!
Mar 10 Sun  Volunteers for the United Airlines NYRR NYC Half
Apr 19 Fri  UAE Healthy 10K-Team Bibs
May 04 Sat  Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon-Team Bibs
  
CALENDAR OTHER EVENTS
  
Feb 23 Sat NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M
Feb 24 Sun NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon
Mar 03 Sun NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K
Mar 10 Sun NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K
Mar 17 Sun United Airlines NYC Half
Mar 23 Sat NYCRUNS Ladies First 5K & 10K
Apr 07 Sun Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe (4M)
Apr 14 Sun SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon
Apr 20 Sat Run as One (4M)
Apr 28 Sun UAE Healthy Kidney 10K
May 04 Sat NYRR Newport Fiesta 5K
May 18 Sat Popular Brooklyn Half
Jun 15 Sat NYRR Queens 10K
Sep 29 Sun New Balance Bronx 10 Mile
Oct 13 Sun NYRR Staten Island Half
Nov 03 Sun TCS New York City Marathon
  
PRS/AWARDS SUBMIT PR/AWARD ALL PRS/AWARDS
 
Richard Garland PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 2nd 70+
Elaine Rosen PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 2nd 60-69
Guy Simoneau PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 8th 60-69
Hiromi Nobata PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 5th 50-59
Jeanhie Hahn PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 9th 50-59
Friederike (frieda) Edelmann PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 7th 40-49
Deborah Mcduffie-saat PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 1st 60-69 !!
Barbara Paer PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 9th 60-69
Anky Lam Mississippi River Marathon 1st 65-69
Ricky Lam Mississippi River Marathon 2nd 65-69
Baron Kho Hot Chocolate Dallas 15K 1:15:35
Marcy Withington Run for Refugees 3rd 40-49!
 
RESULTS SUBMIT NEW RESULT ALL RESULTS
 
Feb 17 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon
Feb 17 PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler
Feb 10 Corre por una Causa 10 K
Feb 09 Hot Chocolate Dallas 15K
Feb 09 Mesa-PHX Marathon
Feb 09 Mississippi River Marathon
Feb 03 Carrera Centenario del Metro 3.6 miles
Feb 03 NYRR Gridiron 4M
Feb 03 Run for Refugees
Feb 02 NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K
Feb 02 NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 10K
Jan 27 II Carrera Solidaria Fundacion Real Madrid
 
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WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:
 
 
FLYER PHOTOS
 
This year's photo albums
Recent albums:
NYRR Gridiron 4M
29th Annual Awards Gala
Volunteers and Meet the Candidates Social
 
CALENDAR FLYER EVENTS
  
Feb 19 Tue  Morning Group Run: Central Park
Feb 21 Thu  Thursday Night Group Run
Feb 21 Thu  Morning Group Run: Central Park
Feb 22 Fri  Washington Heights 5K-Team Bibs
Feb 23 Sat  Saturday Morning Central Park Run at 9
Feb 24 Sun  Sunday Morning Prospect Park Run at 8
Feb 24 Sun  Run to Peter Pan Donuts!
Mar 04 Mon  March New Members Run & Social!!
Mar 09 Sat  Long Training Run: Little Red Lighthouse!
Mar 09 Sat  Volunteers for Little Red Lighthouse Run!
Mar 10 Sun  Volunteers for the United Airlines NYRR NYC Half
Apr 19 Fri  UAE Healthy 10K-Team Bibs
May 04 Sat  Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon-Team Bibs
  
CALENDAR OTHER EVENTS
  
Feb 23 Sat NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M
Feb 24 Sun NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon
Mar 03 Sun NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K
Mar 10 Sun NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K
Mar 17 Sun United Airlines NYC Half
Mar 23 Sat NYCRUNS Ladies First 5K & 10K
Apr 07 Sun Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe (4M)
Apr 14 Sun SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon
Apr 20 Sat Run as One (4M)
Apr 28 Sun UAE Healthy Kidney 10K
May 04 Sat NYRR Newport Fiesta 5K
May 18 Sat Popular Brooklyn Half
Jun 15 Sat NYRR Queens 10K
Sep 29 Sun New Balance Bronx 10 Mile
Oct 13 Sun NYRR Staten Island Half
Nov 03 Sun TCS New York City Marathon
  
PRS/AWARDS SUBMIT PR/AWARD ALL PRS/AWARDS
 
Richard Garland PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 2nd 70+
Elaine Rosen PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 2nd 60-69
Guy Simoneau PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 8th 60-69
Hiromi Nobata PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 5th 50-59
Jeanhie Hahn PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 9th 50-59
Friederike (frieda) Edelmann PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 7th 40-49
Deborah Mcduffie-saat PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 1st 60-69 !!
Barbara Paer PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler 9th 60-69
Anky Lam Mississippi River Marathon 1st 65-69
Ricky Lam Mississippi River Marathon 2nd 65-69
Baron Kho Hot Chocolate Dallas 15K 1:15:35
Marcy Withington Run for Refugees 3rd 40-49!
 
RESULTS SUBMIT NEW RESULT ALL RESULTS
 
Feb 17 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon
Feb 17 PPTC Cherry Tree 10 Miler
Feb 10 Corre por una Causa 10 K
Feb 09 Hot Chocolate Dallas 15K
Feb 09 Mesa-PHX Marathon
Feb 09 Mississippi River Marathon
Feb 03 Carrera Centenario del Metro 3.6 miles
Feb 03 NYRR Gridiron 4M
Feb 03 Run for Refugees
Feb 02 NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K
Feb 02 NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 10K
Jan 27 II Carrera Solidaria Fundacion Real Madrid
 
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