Refusing to run: It doesn't qualify as resistance training . . .

Swimming to the finish
Saturday was a singularly unpleasant weather day for the Run As One 4-Miler, but that didn't keep many Flyers off the course. The top five finishers for the Flyer men all represented for the Master division: These speedy forty-somethings included Tomohiro Inoue, who placed first for the Flyer men in 26:55 (6:44 pace), followed by Adolfo Ferrando in 28:10 (7:03 pace). Tony Yung and Babak Ghatan captured third and fourth for the team in 28:51 (7:13 pace) and 29:16 (7:19 pace), and Oscar Gomez placed fifth for the Flyers in 29:27 (7:22 pace).

Veteran Flyer women Amy Thakkar and Laura Torrado-Malley placed first and second for the team and fifth and sixth in the 50-54 age group in 31:27 (7:42 pace) and 31:30 (7:53 pace). Julie Connolly placed third for the Flyer women in 31:34 (7:54 pace and eighteenth in the 40-44 age group). Eileen O'Farrell crossed the finish line in fifth place for the team in 32:39 (8:10 pace), and Laura Guerra placed fifth for the team and eighth in the 55-59 age group in 33:29 (8:23 pace). Other age group honors went to Howard Tanz (third in the men's 65-69 age group); Ricky Lam (seventh in the men's 65-69 age group); Delton Mace (fifth in the men's 70-74 age group); Felix Alicea (ninth in the men's 70-74 age group); Barbara Fratta (third in the women's 70-74 age gorup); and Karen Kenney (eighth in the women's 70-74 age group).

Rooty toot toot
The monthly long run series continues in May with the Little Toot Battery Park Hudson River Long Run on Sunday, May 05. Free to members and fifteen bucks for our non-Flyer friends, this run will give you up to twenty solid miles, plus all the fluid support and camaraderie you could want. Registration closes on May 03, so get your calendar organized soon.

Welcome to everyone's least productive day of the year
Get ready to keep hitting the refresh button on the BAA website as we wish our powerful Boston Marathoners speedy legs, strong heart, and reliable colons on Monday. No matter what the time on the clock says at the finish, taking your place at the starting line is already a victory like no other.

Shaping up
Sunday's race was all about the ladies: Elena Riecke captured a smooth first place team finish in the Shape Women's Half Marathon, crossing the finish line in eleventh place in the 20-24 age group in 1:38:47 (7:33 pace). Amy Knepper and Susan Riskin placed second and third for the Flyers in 1:54:18 (8:44 pace) and 1:46:56 (8:56 pace). Brooke Fricke captured fourth for the team in 1:57:03 (8:56 pace), and Kathleen McCormack picked up a fifth place Flyer finish in 1:58:53 (9:05 pace).

Meanwhile, just one day earlier
Three Flyers took it to the streets in Queens for the NYCRUNS Queens Half Marathon. Adolfo Ferrando placed first for the team and twenty-fourth in the men's 40-49 age group in 1:42:21 (7:49 pace), followed by Mark Feldman, who placed eighth in the men's 50-59 age group in 1:44:16 (7:58 pace); and Kristel McKanna, who placed fifth in the women's 40-49 age group in 1:48:12 (8:15 pace).

Breathing easier
The Flyer women captured second place in Sunday's Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe 4-Miler, once again led by our fabulous Veteran runners. Jane Baker placed first for the team, first in the 50-54 age group, and nineteenth overall in 27:39 (6:55 pace). Denise Iannizzotto placed second for the team and first in the women's 55-59 age group in 29:06 (7:17 pace). Michelle Yuen represented for the Flyer Open women, placing third for the team and seventeenth in the 30-34 age group in 29:55 (7:29 pace). Amy Knepper captured fourth for the team and tenth in the 40-44 age group in 30:22 (7:36 pace), and Yumi Morishige placed fifth for teh Flyer women and sixth in the 50-54 age group in 30:24 (7:36 pace).

In the men's race, Stephen Orr placed first for the team, first in the 50-54 age group, and twentieth overall in 23:48 (5:57 pace). Matthew Sullivan and Tomohiro Inoue cruised in for second and third for the team in 26:59 (6:45 pace) and 27:22 (6:51 pace). James Tarleton and Howard Choi finished up the rest of the Flyer men's points in 28:49 (7:13 pace) and 29:00 (7:15 pace). Other age group honors went to Delton Mace (third in the men's 70-74 age group); Barbara Fratta (fourth in the women's 70-74 age group); Karen Kenney (seventh in the women's 70-74 age group); and Hindy Schachter (tenth in the women's 70-74 age group).

Palisades power
Meanwhile, a bunch of people double dipped this weekend by participating in the Saturday morning Palisades Run. This Flyer classic brings runners across the GW Bridge and up and down some scenic rolling hills for a course up to fifteen miles (which you can push to twenty if you're really feeling good about hills or need a bathroom in Alpine). Thanks and appreciation to event captain and Vice President Elaine Rosen, ably assisted by Deena Novick, Fern Romero, Hiromi Nobata, Melissa Labozzetta, and Stephanie Pianka for making the whole thing happen.

Where my race results at?
No local race results today other than the New York Triathlon March Madness Classic, and those haven't dropped yet. It's run long runtime, long run funtime season, though, so be sure to check the Announcements to see the April and May runs up in the Palisades and along the Hudson. Also, please come out on Monday night to welcome our newest joiners at the New Member Run and Social. In the meantime, the countdown to Boston is on!

Springing forward
I just got back from vacation in sunny Belize, and I was expecting spring to be a little more advanced by now. Nevertheless, we march on (see what I did there?). There were no local race results this weekend, so we'll just congratulate Mr. President on his 3:03:33 marathon finish today in LA and wish our Boston-bound marathoners speed and strength a couple of weeks from now.

West side story
A promise of spring was in the air for the March long training run on Saturday, a jaunt across Central Park and along the Hudson River running path up to the Little Red Lighthouse. With gels, Gatorade, and water available during the out and back course, it was a pleasant Sunday stroll through the parks. Thanks and appreciation to event captain and Member at Large Betty Yung and her team of volunteers at check-in, check-out, and at the aid station, and a big personal thank-you to Dave Kleckner for great company and keeping me going the entire way.

In the heights
In an annual highlight of the late winter running season, ninety Flyers descended on Washington Heights for the NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K. This one was the March NYRR points race, so settle in and see how our age group teams did.

The Flyer Open Women placed thirteenth in their division, led by the superstar quadruple qualifier Heather Tolford. Heather placed first for the Flyer Open Women, the sixth place 40+ Women, the fourth place 50+ Women, and the first place 60+ Women and won the 60-64 age group in 21:40 (6:59 pace). She also scored in the 85.60 percentile, which places her firmly in the league of national-level competitors. Congratulations, Heather! Stephanie Tang placed second for the Flyer Open Women and twenty-first in the 35-39 age group in 22:25 (7:13 pace), followed by another Flyer blazing star, Denise Iannizzotto, who triple scored with a third place finish for the Flyer Open Women and second in both the 40+ and 50+ Women's divisions. Jillian Hobson placed fourth for the Flyer Open Women in 23:10 (7:28 pace), followed by Mary Beth Ezra in 23:11 (7:28 pace and ninth in the 45-49 age group). Mary Beth also double scored with a third place finish for the Flyer 40+ Women.

Nina Parks-Taylor notched another double score by capturing third place for the Flyer 50+ Women, second place for the Flyer 60+ Women, and fourth in the 60-64 age group. Elaine Rosen placed third for the Flyer 60+ Women and eighth in the 60-64 age group in 25:28 (8:22 pace).

In the men's races, Dan Lam started off with a double score by placing first for the nineteenth place Flyer Open Men and first for the ninth place Flyer 40+ Men, as well as twenty-first place in the 40-44 age group in 18:44 (6:02 pace). Mr. President captured second for the Flyer Open and 40+ Men and twenty-sixth in the 40-44 age group in 18:57 (6:06 pace). Pat Duffy triple scored, placing third for the Flyer Open and 40+ Men, first for the fourth place Flyer 50+ Men, and fourth in the 55-59 age group in 19:44 (6:21 pace). Marc Bochner also triple scored, crossing the finish line in fourth place for the Flyer Open and 40+ Men and second for the Flyer 50+ Men, as well as fourteenth in the 50-54 age group in 19:50 (6:23 pace). Deniz Saat represented for the Millennials, capturing fifth place for the Flyer Open Men in 20:14 (6:31 pace).

Dave Kleckner took the third and final scoring position for the Flyer 50+ Men in 20:31 (6:26 pace). The Flyer 60+ Men placed fifth in their division, thanks to Andreas Werder, first in 22:32 (7:15 pace and thirteenth in the 60-64 age group); Brad Goz, second in 23:43 (7:38 pace and seventeenth in the 60-64 age group); and Howard Tanz, third in 24:11 (7:47 pace and seventh in the 65-69 age group). The Flyer 70+ Men placed fourth in their age group, led by Gary Smeal in 27:46 (8:57 pace and eleventh in the 70-74 age group). Delton Mace placed second for the team in 29:04 (9:22 pace and seventeenth in the 70-74 age group), and Papa Bear himself, Richard Garland placed third for the team and third in the 75-79 age group in 30:28 (9:49 pace). Other age group honors went to Andrea Kent (ninth in the women's 60-64 age group); Deborah McDuffie-Saat (tenth in the women's 60-64 age group); Anky Lam (third in the women's 65-69 age group); Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 75-79 age group); and Steven Estrine (tenth in the men's 75-79 age group).

Rain beats snow
On a warmish and damp Sunday, three Flyers completed the NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon: Adolfo Ferrando finished first for the team in 1:40:51 (7:42 pace), followed by Francine Alfandary in 2:21:49 (10:50 pace) and Andrew Paer in 2:44:09 (12:32 pace and thirteenth in the men's 60-69 age group).

Al for one and one for Al
Overall Place Gender Place Age-Group Place Bib Name Gender/Age IAAF Overall Time Pace Gun Time Age-Graded Time Age-Graded Place Age- Graded Percent I'm afraid of jinxing everything by saying that winter seems like it's in its last gasp, but it was a decidedly not horrible February day for the Al Gordon 4-Miler on Saturday. Gregory Hawryluk set the pace for the Flyer men, placing first for the team in 25:55 (6:29 pace). Deniz Saaat placed second for the Flyer men in 25:59 (6:29 pace), and Howard Choi captured third in 28:18 (7:05 pace). Christina Rodriguez clocked in for fourth place for the team in 29:47 (7:27 pace), and Ilse Abusamra finished fifth for the team and nineteenth in the 40-44 age group in 30:44 (7:41 pace).

Meanwhile, Stephanie Tang led the Flyer women through the course, breaking a PR from 2012 with her first place team finish in 28:32 (7:08 pace and fifteenth for the 35-39 age group). Jillian Hobson and Peri Saat placed second and third for the Flyer women in 30:29 (7:38 pace) and 32:17 (8:05 pace). Jeanhie Hahn picked up a fourth place team finish and sixth in the 50-54 age group in 32:46 (8:12 pace), and Diane Klein placed fifth for the Flyer women and seventh in the 55-59 age group in 33:21 (8:21 pace). Other age group honors went to Howard Tanz (fourth in the men's 65-69 age group); David Gaines (sixth in the men's 65-69 age group); Deborah McDuffie-Saat (fourth in the women's 60-64 age group); Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 75-79 age group); and Gary Heard (seventh in the men's 70-74 age group).

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.