Found on another T-shirt: "I found the Doubt that you didn't know you left on a park bench. I left it alone. You don't need it and neither do I." . . .

There is no Better Borough than Queens
OK, let us not play favorites with our boroughs. Queens is lovely and the Flyers did well this weekend. It is hot and muggy in New York City and we're suddenly thinking: "I'm OK with those very cold days we had in April and May".
Of those Flyers who may or may not have been thinking that, 90+ of them traveled to the borough of Queens to participate in the Queens 10K and race through another fully scored NYRR course on your way to your beloved 9 races and guaranteed-NYC Marathon-Entry-ville.
Fast Frieda Edelmann fresh from a recent Ironman Triathlon came in first for the Flyer ladies finishing in 43:15 (6:58 Pace). She scored a 6th place age win and helped the Flyer women with their 7th place standing for the Masters and overall. Elena Riecke, daughter of Flyer Jon Riecke came in 2nd for the Flyer ladies in 46:05 (7:25 pace) and Denise Iannizzotto won a 2nd place age group award while coming in 3rd for the Flyers in 47:06 (7:35 pace). And, our wonderful Frances Breslauer won another 1st place age group award for young ladies over age 75 finishing in 1:01:52 (9:58 pace).
For the men, Michael Alexander came in first coming in 41:41 (6:43 pace) followed by David Ezra in 42:42 (6:53 pace), tomohiro Inoue in 43:26 (6:55 pace) and Dave Kleckner winning a 2nd place age group award coming in 43:04 (6:56 pace).

Maximum Mini
Forty-six years after its inaugural running, the NYRR New York Mini took place on Saturday. Sixty-three Flyers went the distance, and the Flyer men and spectating women filled the cheer zones to scream our runners through the course. Heather Tolford placed first for the team and second in the 60-64 age group in 45:22 (7:19 pace), also knocking out an astonishing 85.72% age graded score, which classifies her as nationally ranked in her age group. Amy Knepper and Betty Yung both got it done in 45:35 (7:21 pace), placing second and third for the team and fourteenth in the 40-44 age group and sixteenth in the 35-39 age group. Stephanie Tang Placed fourth for the team and seventeenth in the 35-39 age group in 45:41 (7:22 pace), and Elena Riecke placed fifth for the team and twenty-seventh in the 20-24 age group in 45:53 (7:24 pace).

Other age group honors went to Denise Iannizzotto, fourth in the 55-59 age group; Barbara Trazino, fourth in the 70-74 age group; and Marjorie Kos, eighth in the 70-74 age group.

Crazy for you (and you and you and you)
As many of you know, the Mini was one of the first, if not the actual first, women's-only road races in 1972. It was known as the six mile Crazylegs Mini Marathon, and it was the first event of its kind to celebrate women's running on a large scale. 72 women finished that first Mini. Since then, NYRR reports that 199,744 women have completed the Mini. Papa Bear noted that a number of Flyers have completed 15 or more Minis. The list as we know it is as follows:

Marjorie Kos: 33
Francine Alfandary: 22
Anne Halpern : 21
Kathy Kass: 19
Sarah Dahl: 17

Papa Bear also added, Marjorie is especially noteworthy, now in her 70s, who started her streak in 1986 (3 years before the NY Flyers team was founded, and probably before some of our millennials were born). Congratulations to the many women who helped launch the women's running boom and embraced it for a lifetime.

Running of the what, now?
NYCRUNS sponsored the PIX11/SKTCF Running Of The Balls 5K and 10K on Sunday, and Lora Danley showed the crowd what a 5K is all about with a first place team finish and second in the women's 50-59 age group in 26:04 (8:25 pace). Richard Garland (none other than our aforementioned Papa Bear) placed second for the team in the 5K and first in the men's 70+ age group in 28:49 (9:18 pace). Ellen Darby was third for the team in the 5K, also capturing fourteenth in the women's 40-49 age group in 32:44 (10:34 pace). Peter Connors went in for the 10K, finishing ninth in the men's 60-69 age group in 1:08:04 (10:59 pace).

Thank you, sir
As you may have heard, NYRR's Peter Ciaccia, President, Events and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director, announced his retirement following this year's marathon. Peter stepped up with current President and CEO Michael Capiraso to lead NYRR in 2015, following Mary Wittenberg's departure. Peter, a former Flyer, has had a long and distinguished career at NYRR, and we thank him for his welcoming and inclusive approach to all runners, as well as for his steady hand at the helm of an organization that means so much to so many. We wish him the very best in the next stage of his life.

And thank YOU, sir
Advance thanks to Richard B, who will be writing the updates in this space for the next four weeks while I'm on the road. Maybe it'll be summer for real by the time I get back. Be well, run well, and see you on the flip side.

A candy company sponsors a race? I can get behind this
The Flyer women placed third in Sunday's first-ever Italy Run by Ferrero 5-Miler. Silke Eiserbeck placed first for the team, nineteenth woman overall, and third in the 45-49 age group in 33:48 (a blistering 6:46 pace). Rosalind Adams placed second for the team and twenty-first in the 30-34 age group in 36:33 (7:19 pace), followed by Amy Knepper in third place for the Flyers and fourth in the 40-44 age group in 36:36 (7:20 pace). Melissa Feinberg and Sheila Barrett gave us fourth and fifth for the team and eleventh and thirteenth in the 40-44 age group in 37:29 (7:30 pace) and 37:38 (7:32 pace).

In the men's race, James Dunham whipped out a speedy first place for the Flyer men and eighth in the 45-49 age group in 31:38 (6:20 pace). David Ezra placed second for the team and twenty-second in the 40-44 age group in 33:27 (6:42 pace), followed by James Carroll in 33:40 (6:44 pace and twelfth in the 50-54 age group). Michael Alexander captured fourth for the Flyer men in 33:41 (6:45 pace), and Dave Kleckner took seventh in the 55-59 age group in 34:10 (6:50 pace). Basically, what I'm getting from this is that changing my name to James or some derivation of David might make me run faster.

In addition to the age group placings noted above, additional age group honors went to Moira Zelin (ninth in the women's 55-59 age group); Deborah McDuffie-Saat (eighth in the women's 60-65 age group); Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 75-79 age group); Delton Mace (eighth in the men's 70-74 age group); Barbara Trazino (fourth in the women's 70-74 age group); and Joan Cassidy (seventh in the women's 70-74 age group).

Why We Love Brooklyn
This weekend was the annual Brooklyn Half Marathon, which is now called the "Popular Brooklyn Half". With over 25,000 runners, I would say that it is a very popular race. The Flyers had over 130 runners (about 20% of our club membership) in attendance. This race is popular for New York and popular for the Flyers. Andrea Kent took a 3rd place age group win finishing in 1:50:20 (8:24 pace). Betty Yung was the fastest lady Flyer finishing in 1:35:26 (7:17 pace) followed closely by Friederike Edelmann finishing in 1:36:13 (7:20 pace).
For the men, congratulations to Francesco Persutti for a 4th place age group win finishing in 1:25:42 (6:32 pace). And the ever ageless Andreas Werder who took a 5th place age group win in 1:34:07 (7:11 pace). They were surrounded by the younger very fast Flyers Edvard Major in 1:22:28 (6:17 pace) and Chris Brennan in 1:26:24 (6:35 pace) and Jeffrey Tente in 1:26:33 (6:36 pace). Great going guys!

Today was a good day to sleep in
There were no NYRR races today, but apparently I caught the last of the stragglers for the Five Boro Bike Tour on my lazy-late morning run. One look at the Flyers' Facebook group suggests that it was a great weekend for out of town races, including some rather long trail endeavors. Check the Facebook group for lots of great action shots, and of course we hope to see all the results posted online.

It was also a good day for a long run
Thanks and appreciation to David Ezra and Rachel Duncan for coordinating this month's supported long training run, another Little Toot extravaganza. Flyers Ainslie Chandler Diane Klein, Jeanne Gribbin,Luiza Silva, and Ainslie Chandler were on hand to keep the team hydrated and happy. No event is successful without volunteer support, so next time you're injured or coming off of your target race, please consider coming out to support your teammates.

Running for a cause
On Saturday, Edvard Major captured eleventh overall and second in the 30-39 age group in the NYCRUNS Dime McCarren 5K Benefiting St. Nick's Alliance. Edvard blasted through the course in 17:59 (5:48 pace), which probably took less time to run than it did to locate the results and type up some stuff about them. Congratulations, Edvard!

And There is also the 100 Year Birthday of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
In near perfect temperatures on a lovely Sunday, dozens of Flyers came out for the years annual Healthy Kidney 10K. Jeffrey Tente ran a most impressive race finishing in 41:11 (6:38 pace) followed closely by John Rotchford in 42:14 and Michel Werthenschlag in 42:44. For the women, Laura Tancredi won a 10th place age group award finishing in 46:10 (7:26 pace) followed closely by Kathleen McCormack winning her own 10th place age group finishing in 46:46.


In addition to the Healthy Kidney 10k, we had Flyers are the following races: Big Sur International Marathon, New Jersey Marathon, New Jersey Half Marathon. Congratulations to all the Flyer Finishers. What a great weekend.

Run as Many
On a weekend that finally didn't feel like the 102nd of January, nearly a hundred Flyers turned out for the Run as One 4-Miler. Edvard Major captured a first place team finish for the Flyer Men and ninth man overall in the 35-39 age group in 24:03 (6:01 pace). Deniz Saat cruised in for a second place team finish in 25:40 (6:40 pace), followed by David Ezra in 26:09 (6:33 pace). John Rotchford and John LeBreton placed fourth and fifth for the team in 26:26 (6:37 pace) and 27:21 (6:51 pace).

In the women's race, Betty Yung, just back from the Boston Marathon, placed first for the team and twenty-third in the women's 30-34 age group in 28:43 (7:11 pace). Amy Knepper came in second for the Flyers and eleventh in the 40-44 age group in 29:28 (7:22 pace). Kathleen McCormack placed third for the team and sixth in the 45-49 age group in 29:36 (7:24 pace), and Jamie Kelleher and Jennifer Coyne finished fourth and fifth for the Flyer women and fourteenth in the 40-44 age group in 29:52 (7:28 pace) and fifth in the 50-54 age group in 29:58 (7:30 pace). Additional age group honors went to Andreas Werder (second in the men's 60-64 age group), Peter Spagnuolo (tenth in the men's 60-64 age group), Mary Beth Ezra (eighth in the women's 45-49 age group), David Dempsey (ninth in the men's 65-69 age group), Anky Lam (fourth in the women's 65-69 age group), Deborah McDuffie-Saat (seventh in the women's 60-64 age group), Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 75-79 age group), Barbara Trazino (fifth in the women's 70-74 age group), and Richard Garland (first in the men's 75-79 age group, his second first place age group finish of the weekend!) Congratulations to all our participants, and we hope you took some time to soak in the much-needed Vitamin D in the meantime.

About that double first place
Richard Garland headed out to Brooklyn on Saturday to be the sole Flyer race representative in the Prospect Park 5K, and he came home with a first place finish in the men's 70+ division, completing the course in 27:58 (9:01 pace). Well done, Richard!

Beantown's heroes
The Boston Marathon turned out to be an epic swim, but the Flyers perservered. The results are posted here. 2018 Boston swim survivors, wear your jackets with pride: You truly earned them last week.

Shaping up
Saturday notwithstanding, this weather is just gross. That didn't keep the Flyers from representing at the Shape Women's Half Marathon, though. Elena Riecke placed first for the team in 1:42:31 (7:50 pace), followed by Sarah Frese in 1:46:25 (8:08 pace and seventeenth in the 40-44 age group). Manasi Agrawal placed third for the team in 1:48:22 (8:16 pace), followed by Kathleen McCormack in 1:49:01 (8:19 pace) and Elizabeth Caldwell in 1:51:06 (8:29 pace).

Breathe
The Flyer women placed third in Sunday's Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe 4-Miler, and Senior Veteran superstar Heather Tolford set the pace with a first place team finish and first in the 60-64 age group in 39:13 (7:19 pace). Heather's amazing finish gave her an age-graded percentage of 82.92, which qualifies her as an elite runner for her age group at the national level. Jennifer Coyne placed second for the team and fourth in the 50-54 age group in 30:14 (7:34 pace), followed by Denise Iannizzotto, who placed third for the Flyers and first in the 55-59 age group in 30:44 (7:41 pace). Amanda Schachter came in fourth for the team and eleventh in the 45-49 age group in 30:51 (7:43 pace), and Melinda Feinberg placed fifth for the team and thirteenth in the 40-44 age group in 31:25 (7:52 pace).

In the men's race, Vincent Foley cruised in for a first place team finish and twenty-third in the 45-49 age group in 28:01 (7:01 pace). Robert LaSalle picked up a second place team finish in 29:34 (7:34 pace), followed by Oscar Gomez in 31:10 (7:48 pace). Alexander Levi captured fourth for the team in 31:29 (7:53 pace), and Peter Spagnuolo finished in fifth place for the team and thirteenth in the 60-64 age group in 32:15 (8:04 pace). Other age group honors went to Moira Zelin, third in the women's 55-59 age group; and Hindy Schachter fourth in the women's 70-74 age group.

Monumental
Thanks and appreciation to Bradford Goz for coordinating a very special weekend run: The Monumental Women Run, a tour of the five monuments in New York City dedicated to extraordinary women. Here's hoping we do it again in more temparate weather, which we're told is coming even though we're still stuck in the vortex of the Winter That Never Ends.

Best wishes in Beantown
It's Boston time once again, and we wish fleet feet and cool but not freezing weather to all of our Flyers who are running. Whether you're running or spectating, there are plenty of marathon weekend activities afoot: Check this link for details.

First and foremost
Spring that seems more like winter notwithstanding, four Flyers came out for today's Ladies First Half Marathon. I guess there was just one age group for the dudes, 99 and under, and Vincent Eng won it with a 1:42:12 (7:48 pace) finish that brought him in as twenty-first overall. Elaine Rosen placed second for the team, third in the women's 50-59 age group, and notched a PR in 1:54:12 (8:43 pace). Diane Klein was third for the team and fourth in the women's 50-59 age group in 1:57:21 (8:57 pace), and Jo Rees captured tenth in the women's 40-49 age group in 2:00:23 (9:11 pace).

If I just sat around and thought about running, does that count?
NYRR offered an Virtual 10K as an alternative to the New York City Half Marathon, and six Flyers busted out the Strava to participate: Jeffrey Tente came in first for the team, fifth in the men's 30-34 age group, and twenty-first man overall in 41:07 (6:38 pace). Scott Stelk placed second for the team and sixteenth in the 40-44 age group in 45:38 (7:21 pace), and Vincent Foley came in third for the team and fourteenth in the 45-49 age group in 47:14 (7:37 pace). Rich Levy placed fourth for the Flyers and tenth in the 60-64 age group in 1:02:33 (10:04 pace), followed by Rachel Berger in 1:26:56 (14:00 pace) and Kathy Kass in 1:29:31 (14:25 pace and fourteenth in the women's 60-64 age group).

Who runs this city?
On a brutally cold still-winter morning, a hundred and ten Flyers did! Edvard Majorled the parade of Flyer men across the finish line in 1:23:43 (6:24 pace), followed by Tim Decker in 1:25:12 (6:30 pace). Jeffrey Tente placed third for the Flyer men in 1:30:44 (6:56 pace). Marc Bochner placed fourth for the team in 1:33:21 (7:08 pace), and Michel Werthenschlag came in fifth in 1:34:30 (7:13 pace).

In the women's race, Silke Eiserbeck placed first for the Flyer women and twentieth in the 45-49 age group in 1:38:59 (7:34 pace). Denise Iannizzotto was second for the team and eighth in the 55-59 age group in 1:39:54 (7:38 pace). Caroline Kuras was the third Flyer woman in with a chip time of 1:41:18 (7:44 pace), and Kate Comisso finished fourth for the team in 1:43:27 (7:54 pace). Sungwon Hwang placed fifth for the Flyer women in 1:43:52 (7:56 pace).

Drankin'
Thanks and appreciation to Andrea Milhako for coordinating the ever-popular Flyer Hydration Station at its prime location in Times Square, staffed by over 20 eager and under-rested volunteers. I hope that when this outstanding volunteer event rolls around next year, it'll feel a little less like the Arctic and more like Maui.

Spring flinging
Three Flyers celebrated spring (such as it is) on Saturday in the NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K and 10K. Richard Garland placed first for the team and first in the men's 70+ age group in the 5K, finishing in 29:16 (9:26 pace). In the 10K, Susan Snyder was first Flyer and 2nd 60-69 woman with a 59:57 finish (9:40 pace) while Peter Connors placed fourth in the men's 60-69 age group crossing the finish line in 1:13:20 (11:50 pace)

Fun fact: Penguins are stinky
On a brisk, yes-it's-still-winter-and-I'm-not-happy Saturday morning, five Flyers raced the NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin Half Marathon in Brooklyn. Betty Yung finished first for the team and second in the women's 30-39 age group in 1:38:11 (7:30 pace), followed by Andrew Quan in 1:45:43 (8:04 pace). Jessica Vega placed tenth in the women's 40-49 age group in 2:01:41 (9:17 pace). William Nealon was the fourth Flyer in and placed sixth in the men's 60-69 age group in 2:04:48 (9:32 pace), and Betsy Fader placed fifth among the 50-59 women in 2:06:41 (9:40 pace).

Let there be light
While a great many of you are probably doing the Little Red Lighthouse Long Training Run as I'm typing (unless you missed the clock change, in which case I'm sad for you), I'm heading off to Atlanta for work. Enjoy the long run (or whatever workout you do), and see you on the flip side.

In the Heights
Before we start the recap, special thanks and appreciation to Richard B for covering the last couple of weeks while I was away. I went off to Oregon for my mom's birthday and a week of vacation. It turned into a week of solitary confinement with a really bad dose of the flu (sorry, fellow passengers; I probably infected you), and I was up to take conference calls at 4:00 a.m. most of the week because I had to work the whole time anyway. I'm still dealing with terrible lingering fatigue 17 days after the fever first set in, but knowing the weekly update was in good hands while I was away was a load off my butt. Thank you, my friend!

After what we hope was one last impertinent gesture from Mother Nature, Sunday was a windy, cold, but snow-free day for the 2018 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K, also fondly remebered as Coogan's. The Flyer Open Women placed nineteenth in their division, led by triple scoring phenomenon Silke Eisterbeck, who placed first for the Flyer Open Women, first for the seventh place Flyer 40+ Women, and first for the third place Flyer 50+ Women, as well as fifth in the women's 50-54 age group, in 20:47 (6:42 pace). Stephanie Tang took a trip to PR Town, placing second for the team and twenty-fourth in the 35-39 age group in 22:29 (7:15 pace). Out of town Flyer Vinni Scheck laid down the smack in what I think may be our first-ever quadruple score, placing third for the Flyer Open Women, second for the Flyer 40+ Women, second for the Flyer 50+ Women, first for the first place Flyer 60+ Women, AND third in the women's 60-64 age group in 24:33 (7:55 pace). Congratulations, Vinni! Nina Parks-Taylor brought home another triple score, taking fourth for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 40+ Women, third for the Flyer 50+ Women, and tenth in the women's 55-59 age group. Lori Lancaster closed the deal for the Flyer Open Women with a 24:55 chip time (8:01 pace), placing twenty-second in the women's 45-49 age group.

Andrea Kent placed second for the Flyer 60+ Women and fifth in the 60-64 age group in 25:00 (8:03 pace), and Fran Breslauer double scored with a third place finish for the Flyer 60+ Women and a first place finish for the Flyer 70+ Women, also finishing first in the women's 75-79 age group in 29:03 (9:01 pace). Joan Cassidy brought home second place for the Flyer 70+ Women and eighth in the 70-74 age group in 39:32 (12:44 pace), and Hindy Schachter placed third for the team and thirteenth in the Women's 70-72 age group in 45:11 (14:33 pace).

The Flyer Open Men placed thirtieth in their division. Casey Noel placed first for the team in 20:31 (6:36 pace), followed by triple scorer Dave Kleckner, who crossed the finish line in second place for the Flyer Open Men, first for the seventeenth place Flyer 40+ Men, and first for the eighth place Flyer 50+ Men in 20:56 (6:45 pace), which also gave him twenty-third place in the men's 50-54 age group. Michael Werthenschlag double scored with a third place finish for the Flyer Open Men and a second place finish for the Flyer Master Men in 21:00 (6:46 pace). Jon Riecke triple scored in an identicial finish time as Michael, capturing fourth for the Flyer Open Men, third for the Flyer 40+ Men, and second for the Flyer 50+ Men in 21:01 (6:46 pace). Mike Folger placed fifth for the Flyer Open Men in 21:49 (7:02 pace).

William Herbert captured third place for the Flyer 50+ Men and fifteenth in the 55-59 age group in 21:57 (7:04 pace). Andreas Werder led the Flyer Men's 60+ team to a sixth place finish in 22:10 (7:08 pace), followed by Howard Tanz, who placed second for the team and seventh in the men's 65-69 age group in 23:58 (7:43 pace), and David Dempsey, who scored third for the team and captured eleventh in the men's 65-69 age group in 34:33 (7:54 pace).

Typing that whole thing made me tired.