. . . Because the faster we run, the sooner we can eat . . .

Kings and Queens of Queens
On Sunday, NYCRUNS presented the Queens Marathon and Tune-Up. Kate Comisso captures a first place finish in the women's 30 to 39 age group and came in 20th overall, blasting through the course in a speedy 3:20:49 (7:40 pace). William Nealon came in second for the team and second in the men's 60-69 age group in 2:15:02 (9:44 pace), followed by Lora Danley in 4:19:31 (9:54 pace and eighth in the women's 40-49 age group). Jo Rees crossed the finish line in fourth place for the Flyers and tenth in the women's 40-49 age group in 4:24:39 (10:06 pace), and Stalina Gibson captured fifth place for the team and tenth in the woemn's 30-39 age group in 5:10:52 (11:52 pace).

Spring fling
After an unseasonably warm February and a March that can really only be rightfully described as cold, messy, and unpleasant, it actually started to feel a little bit like spring during Saturday's NYRR Spring Fling 10K. Henry Wang set the pace for the Flyer men with a first place team finish and seventeenth in the 30-34 age group, crossing the finish line in 40:48 (6:34 pace). Jon Riecke showed the Veteran field how it's done with a second place team finish and sixth in the 50-54 age group in 43:04 (6:56 pace). Alex Hu picked up a third place team finish and twenty-fourth in the 45-49 age group in 45:27 (7:19 pace), followed by Mr. President, who took a break from his official duties long enough to knock out a fourth place team finish in 45:36 (7:21 pace). Adan Morenlender cruised in for fifth in 46:29 (7:29 pace).

In the women's race, Stefanie Cannizzaro placed first for the Flyer women in 51:02 (8:13 pace), followed by Sarah Dahl in 54:21 (8:45 pace). Beth Brennan (should we call her the Flyers' First Lady? placed third for the team in 55:11 (8:53 pace), followed by Jenna Zak in 55:14 (8:54 pace) and Colleen Ryan in 56:43 (9:08 pace). Congratulations to our other age group honorees, including David Gaines (sixth in the men's 60-64 age group); Peter Lewy (eighth in the men's 60-64 age group); Rob Allen (tenth in the men's 60-64 age group); Steve Kasarsky (fourth in the men's 65-69 age group); Gary Smeal (seventh in the men's 65-69 age group); Steven Estrine (third in the men's 75-79 age group); and Karen Kenney, tenth in the women's 65-69 age group.

So long is not the same as goodbye
I had the opportunity to play spectator for the race's finish for a few minutes, and I was fortunate enough to see Sarah Dahl's second place team finish. Sarah was running with Bob Cowin, longtime member, Flyer photographer, and all-around good guy, in what I presume is probably his last or close to last race before he pulls up stakes and departs for a new life in Tennessee. We'll miss you greatly, Bob, but we count on seeing you again. Thank you for your many contributions to the club over the years; it won't be the same without you.

Oh dang, is it that time again already?
Want to take a day off and do a little road trip in April? Once again, Ed Altman is coordinating the Flyer Boston Marathon Cheering Station at approximately mile 17.3. (Boston participants, please note that the station is usually on the left-hand side of the street.) If you're not running, it's a great way to get involved in the excitement and encourage your teammates. If you're running, it's a terrific place to see some friendly faces. Check the link for details.

Street heat
Sunday dawned in typical NYC Half Marathon style, cold and windy. The conditions were helpful for a plethora of PR's and fast times, though. Edvard Major cruised through the streets to finish in 1:21:55 (6:15 pace), followed by the ever-speedy Mr. President, who put the Flyer Master Men on the map for this one with a second place team finish in 1:25:33 (6:32 pace). Francesco Presutti brought similar glory to the Flyer Veteran Men with his third place team finish and twenty-fourth place finish in the 50-54 age group in 1:26:52 (6:38 pace). Henry Want captured fourth for the team in 1:29:29 (6:50 pace), and James Dunham took fifth in 1:29:44 (6:51 pace).

In the women's race, the talented Master Blaster Marcy Withington knocked out a first place finish for the team and eighteenth in the 45-49 age group in 1:36:51 (7:24 pace). Ainslie Chandler cruised in for second place in 1:37:09 (7:25 pace). Denise Iannizzotto represented for the Flyer Veteran Women with a third place team finish and sixteenth in the 50-54 age group in 1:39:02 (7:34 pace), and she also found a place to get her medal engraved for free. (Maybe everyone knows about this but me; I'm not sure. I was still asleep when the gun went off anyway.) Amy Knepper placed fourth for the Flyer women in 1:40:22 (7:40 pace), and Mary Beth Ezra captured the remaining team points with a 1:45:04 (8:01 pace) finish.

There was food?
Events like this need volunteers to succeed, and this one is no exception. Andrea Milhako ably coordinated this year's Flyer Nation Hydration Station down on Canal Street starting at a pretty uncivilized hour, and apparently she baked some phenomenal refreshments to go with it. A partial list of water slingers includes Beth Brennan, Bradford Goz, Debbie Panek, Ed Altman, Tim Decker, Luda Pogorelly, Beth Dorgan, Pei Muantawan Arsrairas, and Naomi Rodolitz. Please let us know of anyone we missed and we will gladly add them here. Thanks to everyone for sacrificing beauty sleep to help your fellow runners.

I remember when running in Times Square was done for purposes of personal safety
In any case, thanks and appreciation to Francine Alfandary for combing the results of the Times Square Youth Run and identifying some of our next generation Flyers. Flyer tykes who went the full 1500 meter distance include eleven year old Louis Nahon in 6:38, eleven year old Rafi Nahon in 7:17, eleven year old Orla O'Keefe in 7:54, eight year old Kormac O'Keeffe in 8:58, nine year old Sadie Berger in 10:01, and seven year old Ezra Berger in 10:08. Nice work kids. You'll be running circles around everyone before you know it.

Fitness and tourism, all in one
This weekend, the Flyers hosted another of our famous long training runs that gets us out of Central Park in fun groups. How often can you find an excuse to go out and see the famous and beautiful Little Red Lighthouse
Thank you to former President Doug Runte for organizing and volunteers Beth Brennan and Luiza Silva.
Next week is the NYC Half Marathon. Looking forward to seeing many Flyers there. Wear your colors and please smile as you are bieng photographed.

Double Race Weekend
The only thing nicer than Spring time-like weather in February is having two races to run.
On Saturday, in Brooklyn, several tens of Flyers were out running the NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4-Mile race that is a tribute to the great Al Gordon who started running marathons in his 80s and lived to 107 years old. We're all shooting for that record.
In the race named for him, Amy Knepper took a 4th place win finishing first in the Flyers in 28:23 followed closely by speedy Ainslie Chandler who took a 6th place win and finished in 28:35 just a few seconds later. Nice work ladies.
Edvard Major ran a super speedy 23:54 which explains why he won runner of the year for the Flyers in 2016. Our President Chris Brennan finished in 25:28 followed closely by the usual fast Tim Decker in 26:33. All Sub 7mm guys!

On Sunday, Central Park enjoyed the NYCRUNS Half Marathon. Make sure to post your race result if you ran this race.

Dancing the night away
On Saturday night, on a weekend in which there were conveniently no NYRR or NYCRuns races scheduled, about a hundred Flyers danced the night away at the 27th Annual Awards Gala and Dance Party. Sincere thanks and appreciation to our Gala planners and to all the volunteers who made sure the evening went off without a hitch, and also to both the outgoing Exec board and their bright-eyed and fresh new replacements. The mark of a successful Exec Board administration is leaving the club in a better place than it was when you started, and the outgoing board has many achievements that in total did exactly that.

More details to come as we get the Awards Page together, but in the meantime, please say thank you to Bob Cowin for tirelessly documenting the evening in the already-posted Awards Gala photo album. Please also congratulate all of our award winners, but especially our Flyer of the Year, Debbie Panek. Debbie and fellow nominees Michael Rabin and Andrea Milhako have all demonstrated exceptional leadership, enthusiasm, and volunteer spirit over the tenure of their individual club memberships, and they're all a large part of what makes the club such a great place to be. All three were deserving nominees, and all merit our thanks and gratitude for their contributions over the years.

I'd rather watch the Puppy Bowl
It's Superbowl Sunday, which means that a whole lot of Flyers started this morning with the NYRR Gridiron 4-Miler. Francesco Presutti knocked out a first place team finish and third in the 50-54 age group in 24:53 (6:14 pace). Deniz Saat represented for the twenty-somethings, plaacing second for the team and sixth in the 20-24 age group in 25:39 (6:25 pace). Tim Decker brought in a third place team finish and eighteenth in the 45-49 age group in 26:32 (6:38 pace), followed by David Ezra and Jeffrey Tente in 26:44 (6:41 pace and twenty-fifth in the 40-44 age group) and 27:32 (6:53 pace).

In the women's race, Veteran superstar Denise Iannizzotto placed first for the team and third in the 50-54 age group in 29:17 (7:20 pace). Amy Knepper and Melinda Feinberg came in second and third for the team and tenth and eleventh in the 40-44 age group in 29:26 (7:22 pace). Mary Beth Ezra placed fourth for the team and eighth in the 45-49 age group in 30:32 (7:38 pace), and Amanda Schachter made it an all over-40 top 5 for the women with a fifth place team finish and sixteenth in the 45-49 age group in 31:23 (7:51 pace). Other age group honors went to Senior Veteran all-stars Gary Smeal (ninth in the men's 65-69 age group); Steven Estrine (ninth in the men's 75-79 age group); Hindy Schachter (eighth in the women's 71-74 age group); and Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 70-74 age group).

I spy with my little eye
Did you know we have an Instagram account? I just found out recently. If you're on Instagram, be sure to follow. If not, do what I do: Stick it in your bookmarks and remember to go lurk on it every once in a while. Or, just join Instagram; that's probably easier and more rewarding.