From the website that continues chafing the dream . . .
Would you like some hills with your hills?
Today was an overcast, cool, and overall fantastic day for the annual Palisades Run
. This ongoing Flyer favorite took runners from the Manhattan side of the George Washington bridge into Fort Lee, and then up and down some hills, and up and down some more. A special round of thanks to event captain Bill Schleining
and hydration volunteers extraordinaire Vice President Elaine Rosen
, Lora Danley
, Melissa Labozzetta
, and Jo Rees
for sacrificing beauty sleep to get out and help their teammates succeed.
Congratulations to our three Flyers who took place in last week's Kurt Steiner 5K
up in the woods of Van Cortlandt Park. Tim Decker
placed fifth in the 50-54 age group in 26:08 (8:25 pace), followed by
, who placed fifth in the women's 35-39 age group in 31:42 (10:13 pace), and Hindy Schachter
, who came in fourth in the 70-74 age group in 52:48 (17:00 pace).
By the time I rolled out of bed this morning, Francesco Presutti
was already across the finish line in Berlin, logging his forty-first marathon in a spectacular 3:10:54, on a day in which the men's world record fell by over a minute. Other Flyers celebrating victory in Berlin today included Andrew Quan
, Alex Hu
, Betty Yung
, David Ezra
, Mary Beth Ezra
, Hiromi Nobata
, Jon Riecke
, and Baron Kho
. Meanwhile, Pei Muantawan Arsrairas
completed the Sydney Marathon
, her seventh continent and seventh marathon this year. Congratulations to the first wave of our superb fall marathoners!
Meanwhile, closer to home
You know it's marathon season when the New York City Marathon Training Series 18-Miler
rolls around. Dan Lam
showed his style with a first place finish for the Flyer men and twelfth in the 40-44 age group in 2:08:30 (7:09 pace). Gregory Hawryluk
placed second for the team and nineteenth in the 30-34 age group in 2:09:41 (7:13 pace), followed by Eugene Matejek
in 2:16:33 (7:36 pace). Robert McDermott
captured fourth for the team and ninth in the 55-59 age group in 2:21:28 (7:52 pace), and Michel Werthenschlag
placed fifth for the Flyers in 2:24:29 (8:02 pace).
In the women's race, Amy Knepper
crossed the finish line in first place for the team and ninth in the 40-44 age group in 2:26:52 (8:10 pace), followed by Elena Riecke
in 2:32:17 (8:28 pace and sixteenth in the 20-24 age group). Jamie Kelleher
placed third for the Flyers and twenty-third in the 40-44 age group in 2:33:14 (8:31 pace). Melinda Feinberg
gave it her all for a fourth place team finish and twenty-sixth in the 40-44 age group in 2:33:50 (8:33 pace), and Denise Iannizzotto
finished fifth for the team and earned a second place medal in 2:33:57 (8:34 pace). Other age group honors went to Howard Tanz
(fifth in the men's 65-69 age group); Lee Ruelle
(seventh in the men's 65-69 age group); and Deborah McDuffie-Saat
(ninth in the women's 60-64 age group);
I like donuts
himself scored a first place finish in the men's 70+ age group in the Saturday NYCRUNS Go Nuts for Donuts 5K
, crossing the finish line in 30:12 (9:45 pace). We hope the prize was as many donuts as he could eat, and then that many more.
also presents to us the latest entry in the Flyer Hall of Fame
. The entry reads as follows: In the rainy September 9th New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile, Pamela Hunt, who was first for the Flyers' women and third in the 50-54 age group, broke the 50+ New York Flyers Hall of Fame record with a stunning 5:25 (92.18% performance) which broke Nina Parks-Taylor's record of 5:49 set in the 2011 Fifth Avenue Mile.
In the same race, Heather Tolford
, who was fifth for the Flyers' women and first in the 60-64 age group, broke the 60+ New York Flyers Hall of Fame record with an equally stunning 6:16 (91.19% performance) which broke Judith Tripp's
record of 6:57, set in the 2007 Fifth Avenue Mile
Bye bye summer
Grateful thanks and appreciation to Papa Bear
for keeping the updates rolling over Labor Day weekend, while I was making an all too brief and sadly alligator-free visit to Florida.
It looks to have been a quiet weekend here overall, but with the advent of the cooler weather, races and marathon events are starting to heat right up.
Sunday was a damp and pleasantly temperate morning for the Fifth Avenue Mile
, and the Flyer Open Women captured 18th place in their division. Pamela Hunt
continued her explosive winning streak with a first place team finish and triple score,
capturing first for the Flyer Open Women, the fourth place Flyer 40+ Women, and the third place Flyer 50+ Women in an astonishing 5:25, which also gave her third place in the 50-54 age group. Elena Ricke
placed second for the Flyer Open Women in 6:00, and
double scored with a third place finish for the Flyer Open Women and a second place finish for the Flyer 40+ Women in 6:07 (twelfth in the 45-49 age group). Denise Iannizzotto
triple scored, capturing fourth for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 40+ Women, and second for the Flyer 50+ Women
in 6:11 (third in the 55-59 age group). Heather Tolford
added another triple score to her crown of glory, placing fifth for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 50+ Women, first for the third place Flyer 60+ Women, and first in the 60-64 age group. Elaine Rosen
, a fast rising Senior Veteran star in the making, placed second for the
Flyer 60+ Women in 7:01, which gave her tenth in the 60-64 age group. I believe this is the first time I've seen Elaine
hit over 80% on an age-graded percentage basis, which indicates that her time is competitive not by local or regional standards, but by national
standards. Barbara Trazino
locked down the remainder of the points for the 60+ Flyer women, finishing in third place for the team in 9:37 and capturing ninth in the 70-74 age group.
In the men's race, Edvard Major
achieved a major first place finish (see what I did there?) for the Flyer Open Men, also scoring twentieth in the 35-39 age group, in 4:53.
triple scored, placing second for the Flyer Open Men, first for the fourteenth place Flyer 40+ Men, first for the seventh place Flyer 50+ Men, and seventeenth in the 50-54 age group in 5:21.
himself double scored, capturing third for the Flyer Open Men and second for the Flyer 40+ Men in 5:24. Michael Yakubov
placed fourth for the Flyer Open Men and third for the Flyer 40+ Men
in 5:35. Michael Werthenschlag
finished up the remainder of the points for the Flyer Open Men, placing fifth in 5:40. Vincenzo Pascale
finished second for the Flyer 50+ Men in 5:39,
and William Herbert
placed third in 6:14. David Gaines
captured first for the seventh place Flyer 60+ Men in 6:40, followed by David Dempsey
in 6:55 and Francisco Rodriguez
in 6:57 (thirteenth and fourteenth in the 65-69 age group).
Arches and bridges and runners, oh my!
Grateful thanks to Brad Goz
for leading the annual Arches and Bridges Run
on Saturday. This run, a perennial Flyer favorite started by Papa Bear
nearly two decades ago, was split into three distances this year: 5.5 miles and 26 bridges, 9.5 miles and 29 bridges, and the whole enchilada, 10 miles and 30 bridges. Thanks to everyone who came out for an uncommon and uncommonly interesting view into the hidden places in our favorite stomping grounds.
A Midweek Blitz
Thursday night's Shoe4Africa 5K
did not seem promising. A rainy evening on an unfamilar course may have encouraged
some to stay home. But the Charity race put on to benefit the one time Flyers Head Coach Toby Tanser's
project to support
the medical needs of children in East Africa, drew a team of 10 Flyers, which, out of just 115 finishers, was amazing. And the Flyers
went home with the Team prize
for the top 3 runners (Tim Decker, Dave Kleckner and Nancy Rodriguez
), a 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th
place overall (Nancy Rodriguez, Tim Decker, Manasi Agrawal, and Luiza Silva)
and 7 age group podium awards (Tim, Richard Garland, Elain Rosen,
Manasi Agrawal, Luiza, Dave, and Melissa Labozzetta
. Truly a night to remember. And due to the great photography of
of Prospect Park Track Club, we've put together an album of over 200 images from his vast trove of 1000+ photos of this event. See the
Flyers Shoe4Africa 5K Album
And here's another news item about this race: it's the first race that Tim Decker has run as a 50 year old
. Happy birthday Tim!
A Quiet Labor Day Weekend
Well, it looks like everyone has left town or stopped running. No NYRR or NYCRUNS races and no popular
out of town races. Even Facebook is bereft of the usual Saturday morning group picture (I guess it didn't happen),
and Prospect Park's Sunday morning group seems also to have stayed home. The only action on Facebook is
Executive Board Member-at-Large,
selling hats. There's the standard issue black hat, $20 cash only; see this
Flyers Black Hats
, and Betty is already anticipating cold weather with a $20 "Pom Pom" hat; see
Flyers "Pom Pom" Hats
. And in case you forgot, way back at the Womens' Mini 10K, she was selling Flyers white visors, only $15, a bargain! (if there's any left); see
Flyers White Visors
. Let's hope tomorrow's Monday Holiday will see
a little more action out on the roads and bridal paths. And if you go out, wear your Flyers Hat or Visor or Pom Pom.
Saturday brought August's NYRR points race, the Percy Sutton 5K
, with its usual flurry of double, triple, and even quadruple scores from our club speedsters. Marcy Withington
led the Flyer Open Women to an eighteenth place finish and also brought
the Flyer 40+ Women in for sixth place in their division in 21:10 (6:49 pace), which also gave her second place in the 45-49 age group. Heather Tolford
quadruple scored, taking second place for the Flyer Open and 40+ Women and first for the fifth place Flyer 50+ Women, first for the second place Flyer 60+ Women, and first in the 60-64 age group in
21:37 (6:58 pace). Nina Parks-Taylor
triple scored, placing third for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 40+ Women, second for the Flyer 50+ Women, and ninth in the 55-59 age group in
24:25 (7:52 pace). Noreen Okarter
placed fourth for the Flyer Open Women and Kettia Ming
placed fifth, crossing the finish line in 26:27 (8:31 pace) and 26:45 (8:37 pace).
double scored with a third place finish for the Flyer 50+ Women and second for the Flyer 60+ Women and second in the 65-69 age group in 27:14 (8:46 pace), and Fran Breslauer
placed third for the Flyer 60+ Women and first in the 75-79 age group in
29:32 (9:31 pace).
Meanwhile, Tim Decker
started off the men's race with a double score, capturing first for the thirty-first place Flyer Open Men and first for the sixteenth place Flyer 40+ Men as well as nineteenth in the 45-49 age group in
19:26 (6:16 pace). Tomohiro Inoue
double scored with second place finishes in the same two age groups in 21:09 (6:49 pace). Andreas Werder
quadruple scored, capturing third for the Flyer Open Men, third for the Flyer 40+ Men, first for the eleventh place Flyer 50+ Men, first for the fifth place Flyer 60+ Men, and
twelfth in the 60-64 age group in 21:43 (7:00 pace). John Whitfield
, taking fourth for the Flyer Open Men and second for the Flyer 50+ Men and twenty-fourth in the 55-59 age group in 23:22 (7:32 pace).
triple scored, placing fifth for the Flyer Open Men, second for the Flyer 50+ Men, and second for the Flyer 60+ Men in 24:42 (7:57 pace). Ricky Lam
finished up the team points with a double score, finishing third for the Flyer 50+ Men, third for the Flyer 60+ Men, and tenth in the 65-69 age group in
24:46 (7:59 pace). Other age group honors went to Delton Mace
and Barbara Trazino
, ninth and sixth in the men's and women's 70-74 age groups.
All I can say is that I think I'll have what they're all having.
Another record-smashing achievement
The Flyer Hall of Fame
records continue to fall, thanks to our unstoppable Veteran and Senior Veteran women. Archivist Papa Bear
On August 25, Heather Tolford broke the Flyer Hall of Fame record for 60+ women with a time of 21:37 (85.76 percent performance) in today's Percy Sutton Harlem 5K. She was first in her age group and second Flyer woman. The previous mark was the 25 year old record of 25:04 set by Muriel Merl at the Advil 5K Tune-up on May 9, 1993.
When I see a 25 Year old record set by Muriel Merl
(nothing less than a legend), and a record broken by 3:27, I know this was something very special.
Brought to you by my good friend caffeine
Ten weeks in, my broken foot is still broken, so I got up at the really unsightly and disgraceful hour of 4:30 a.m. to volunteer for the Three Bridges #1 Long Training Run
. On Saturday, Betty Yung
and Ed Altman
bought a ton of aid station and post-race refreshment supplies at Costco, and then Betty
, Maribel Pena
, Swetal Patel
, and I helped sign people in. We had a total of 206 runners hit the streets, not including a big group of very hard-working and dedicated pacers, and a plethora of aid station volunteers all along the twenty-mile course. Several participants told me that they had never run twenty miles before and didn't really think they could do it, but with Flyer support and encouragement, they surprised themselves. Thank you to everyone who helped make today's long run a tremendous success.
You can call him Al
continued her power streak at last week's PPTC Al Goldstein Summer Series 5K
finishing in third place for the 45-49 women in 23:47 (7:40 pace).
Vive la France
The Flyer women slammed into third place in Sunday's mercifully temperate France Run 8K
. Pamela Hunt
placed first for the team, second Flyer overall, eighth woman overall, and first in the
50-54 age group in 31:29 (a blistering 6:20 pace!). Heather Tolford
came in second for the team and first in the 60-64 age group in 35:38 (7:11 pace). Maria Robles
placed third for the Flyers and fourth in the 45-49 age group
in 37:53 (7:38 pace), and Jeanhie Hahn
and Hiromi Nobata
captured fourth and fifth in 29:27 (7:57 pace and eighth in the 45-49 age group) and 41:37 (8:23 pace and eighteenth in the 50-54 age group).
In the men's race, Tim Decker
placed first for the team and seventh in the 45-49 age group in 31:12 (6:17 pace). Deniz Saat
came in second for the team and seventeenth in the 25-29 age group in
32:37 (6:34 pace), followed by Eugene Matejek
, who placed third for the Flyers and fourteenth in the 40-44 age group in 33:22 (6:43 pace). Dave Kleckner
picked up a fourth place team finish and third in the 55-59 age group
in 34:03 (6:52 pace), and Tomohiro Inoue
placed fifth for the team in 34:58 (7:02 pace). Deborah McDuffie-Saat
also earned an eighth place finish in the women's 60-64 age group, and Delton Mace
finished tenth in the men's 70-74 age group.