. . . Because running is cheaper than therapy . . .

The unofficial start of summer
First up, thanks and appreciation to Richard for covering this space while I was doing my thing with the family in Oregon over the last week and a half. It seems that there were no NYRR or NYCRUNS races with Flyer results thus far on the Memorial Day weekend holiday, but it's been a great few days of fun Flyer activities. On Friday, Secretary Yinglee Wong led the charge back to the Boat Basin for happy hour specials at the inaugural Flyer Friday, a past Flyer tradition whose time has come again. If you missed this one like I did, thanks to my own poor planning, you can drink away your work week with Jesus (seriously, that's the bartender's name) each and every Friday night starting at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday morning brought the Escape from Manhattan group run to Long Island City, mapped out and arranged by Brad Goz, who not only marked out the route in advance but came prepared with a wealth of historical knowledge about the area. If you're ready to head out of town again, come hit the trails up in Van Cortlandt Park at the Scenic Van Cortlandt Park Training Run. This is a supported run with fluid stations, so volunteers to help bag watch, sling Gatorade, and mark the course are greatly appreciated and will receive a generous allotment of good Flyer karma and a gift card for some stuff at JackRabbit for their assistance. Until next week, Webmistress out.

On Sunday, the Prospect Park Group Run pretty much consisted of Mr. President and first lady Beth Brennan and some pigeons, but we understand that for anyone looking for a race on Monday, NYCRUNS is putting on 5K and 10K races at Roosevelt Island.

In the meantime, we wish you an extra day of leisure (for most, anyway), as well as thanks and appreciation for our fallen soldiers and all veterans, because that's why this holiday exists.

This is why I love Brooklyn
On a near-perfect running Saturday, over 150 Flyers were among the over 27,000 runners who came out for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon. I was so happy to see so many new Flyers and long-time Veterans come out. They came for the race, but stayed for the Beer and carnival food. A couple dozen Flyers hung out after the race at Ruby's on the Boardwalk. Thank you to Beth Dorgan for getting there early and holding tables and holding off the other thousands of race weary people wanting a beer. The race was a fabulous event as well.

The Flyer Senior Veteran Women scored a second place win in this very competitve event. A special shout out to Frances Breslauer, who once again came in first in her age, something she does very often. She finished in 2:10:01 (9:55 pace).

The other fast Flyer Ladies were Madeline Steiner finishing in 1:37:09 (7:24 pace) followed closely by Amy Knepper in 1:38:03 (7:29 pace).

The Flyer Men were led by our fast coach Brian Rosetti finishing in 1:22:11 (6:16 pace) but not too far behind is our very speedy Francesco Presutti who scored a first place over 55 age award finishing in 1:24:27 (6:26 pace). You are truly amazing guys!

For just 1 day, I think I'm turning Japanese
On a beautiful spring day in Central Park, the Flyers were among the thousands of runners to run the 4-mile loop really, really fast at the Japan Day 4-Miler. The Flyer ladies finished with a 3rd Place Win in a very competitive field. Leading the Flyer ladies for this win was Silke Eiserbeck finishing in 28:08 (7:02 pace) followed by Amanda Schachter in 30:29 and Mary Beth Ezra in 30:31 (7:37 Pace).

The men were led by Andrew Flood finishing in 24:37 (6:09 pace) followed closely by Francesco Presutti with a first place win in 24:51 (6:12 pace) and Deniz Saat in 25:23 (6:20 pace)!

Rooty toot toot
There were no NYRR races this weekend, no Flyers turned up in the NYCRuns results, and our Facebook group suggests that it was pretty much a weekend for hanging out and doing runs with the club either at the Saturday Brooklyn Run, the Saturday Central Park Run, or during Sunday's Little Toot Long Training Run (toot toot!). Mr. President wrote a great post in our Facebook group acknowledging the organizing masterminds and willing volunteers, and without a shred of respect for intellectual property rights, we present a snippet of it here:

Please allow me to recognize 8 Flyer volunteers who were instrumental in planning and executing today's Little Toot Long-Training Run: Denise Iannizzotto, Jennifer Choi, John McCreesh, Michelle Dempsey, Gerlyn Perlas, and Elaine Rosen.

Special thanks to our Event Captain, Rachel Allen Duncan, and our Member-At-Large, Frank Annino, for their superior planning and organizational skills.

That's all I got this week
I'm off to drink a beer and foam roll so I can be the first contender to break 2:00 in the women's marathon, or maybe 5K or something. Happy Sunday evening, and over and out.

I'm in shape. Round is a shape
Sunday was all about the ladies in the Shape Women's Half Marathon in Central Park. The Flyers scored second place in the team division, and Kate Comisso led the charge with a first place team finish, second in the 35-39 age group, and twentieth overall in 1:30:48. The pace on the NYRR site is busted, but my calculator tells me that this is an impressive 6:55 per mile! Laura Tancredi busted out a second place team finish and twenty-third in the 40-44 age group in 1:44:15 (7:57 pace), followed by Melinda Feinbert in 1:44:54 (8:01 pace and twenty-fifth in the 40-44 age group). Vicky Tiase picked up a fourth place team finish in 1:44:55 and twenty-sixth in the women's 40-44 age group (8:01 pace), and Stefanie Cannizzaro placed fifth for the Flyers in 1:48:21 (8:16 pace).

We're just getting started now
Check the Announcements and the Flyer Facebook Group for the latest and greatest info about upcoming events, including the spring edition of SpeedPass, the next Long Training Run (toot toot!), and more. If you went to a Flyer event and enjoyed it, be sure to thank a volunteer . . . and then return the favor and volunteer for an upcoming event yourself.

Run as Many
While Flyers are rocking the house in spring marathons in Boston and all over the world, we still have plenty of turnout close to home. In Sunday's Run As One 4 Miler, veteran supreme beings Francesco Presutti and Pat Duffy took one-two finishes for the Flyer Men and three-four age group finishes in the men's 55-59 age group in 24:27 (6:12 pace) and 24:56 (6:14 pace). On the opposite end of the age group spectrum, Deniz Saat cruised in for third place for the team and twentieth in the men's 20-24 age group in 35:55 (6:29 pace). Tomohiro Inoue pulled a fast fourth place finish for the team and twenty-second in the men's 40-44 age group in 25:57 (6:30 pace), followed by Jon Riecke in fifth place for the team and eighteenth in the 50-54 age group in 27:04 (6:46 pace).

Meanwhile, Silke Eiserbeck blasted through the course for the Flyer women, placing first for the team and third in the 45-49 age group in 27:25 (6:52 pace). Amy Knepper captured a second place team finish and eighth in the 40-44 age group in 27:46 (6:57 pace). Amanda Schachter and Ami Thakkar placed third and fourth for the team and thirteenth and sixteenth in the 45-49 age group in 31:01 (7:46 pace) and 31:08 (7:47 pace), and Kristel McKanna swept in for fifth for the team in 31:17 (7:50 pace). Additional age group honors went to Andreas Werder (sixth in the men's 60-64 age group); Anne Mullin (eighth in the women's 55-59 age group); Joan Cassidy, seventh in the women's 70-74 age group; and Fran Breslauer, first in the women's 75-79 age group.

Brooklyn Benefits
On Saturday, NYCRUNS held 5K and 10K races to benefit CAMBA, a local organization offering support to people dealing with a variety of economic hardships (AIDS, housing instability, domestic violence, and more). In the 5K race, Papa Bear finished first in the men's 70+ age group, completing the race in 28:49 (9:18 pace). In the 10K, Stacy Gawronski finished fifteenth in the women's 30-39 age group in 49:21 (7:57 pace). Joanna Rees placed sixth in the women's 40-49 age group in 53:10 (8:35 pace), and Jennifer Choi completed the race in 1:21:23 (13:08 pace).

Good Luck to all the Flyers going to Boston
The Boston Marathon You worked very hard to get there. Whether this is your first Boston or your 20th. The New York Flyers will have a strong presense at the race cheering and racing. Good luck to all the Flyers and friends who will be there.

You and your healthy kidneys
A huge number of Flyers dashed among the cherry blossoms today in April's NYRR points race, the Healthy Kidney 10K The Flyer Open Men placed seventeenth in their division, led by Edvard Major in 38:04 (6:08 pace and twenty-eighth in the 35-39 age group). Mr. President double scored with a second place finish for the Flyer Open Men and first for the Flyer Master Men as well as sixteenth in the 40-44 age group in 38:47 (6:15 pace). Veteran speedster Francesco Presutti followed Mr. President in with a triple score, placing third for the Flyer Open Men, second for the Flyer Master Men, and first for the eighth place Flyer Veteran Men and third in the 55-59 age group (so adding to his extensive hardware collection as well) in 39:05 (6:18 pace). Damian Miller told a similar story, double scoring with a fourth place finish for the Flyer Open Men and third for the Flyer Master Men and twenty-first in the 45-49 age group in 39:23 (6:21 pace). James Dunham locked and loaded for a fifth place finish for the Flyer Open Men in 40:08 (6:28 pace), also finishing twenty-fifth in the 45-49 age group.

Jon Riecke and Andreas Werder brought home second and third place team finishes for the Flyer Veteran Men in 42:38 (6:52 pace) and 44:42 (7:12 pace), also cruising in for twentieth in the 50-54 age group and thirteenth in the 60-64 age group. Andreas also double scored for the seventh place Flyer Senior Veteran Men, taking a decisive first place for the team. Bradford Goz caputred second for the team and twenty-second in the 60-64 age group in 46:47 (7:32 pace), and Steve Kasarsky clocked in with a third place team finish and eleventh in the 65-69 age group.

In the women's races, Friederike Edelman, Amy Knepper, and Kristel McKanna laid down the smack by capturing the top three scoring spots for the twentieth place Flyer Open Women and sweeping the fifth place Flyer Master Women. Friederike led the hardy double scorers with a 44:34 finish (7:11 pace), which gave her sixth place in the 45-49 age group. Amy locked down a sixth place finish in the 40-44 age group and second for the triad in 22:22 (7:16 pace). Kristel crossed the finish line in 50:20 (8:06 pace) for third of the top three. Afaaf Fareed Hassan finished fourth for the Flyer Open Women in 51:06 (8:14 pace), and Jo Rees placed fifth for the Flyer Open Women in 51:15 (8:15 pace).

The Flyer Veteran Women placed fifth in their division, led by Anne Mullin, who placed first for the team and eleventh in the 55-59 age group in 51:48 (8:21 pace). Carrie Barratt captured second for the team and nineteenth in the 55-59 age group in 53:56 (8:41 pace), and Lori Padua placed third for the team and scored the remaining team points in 54:49 (8:50 pace). Additional age group honors went to Steven Estrine, tenth in the men's 75-79 age group; and Barbara Trazino, second in the women's 70-74 age group.

Here comes the next generation
Next generation Flyers Louis Nahon and Raphael Nahon represented in the 1.7 mile NYRR Spring Youth Run, finishing the course in 12:29 (7:21 pace) and 14:09 (8:20 pace). Nice work, gentlemen!

This is not the self defense you may have learned a long time ago
Tremendous thanks and appreciation to Laura Tancredi for organizing this weekend's self defense course. It was an amazing and empowering experience, and the class ended with people completely energized with knowledge of really important escape methods. It sounds like everyone wants to do it again, so be on the lookout for future opportunities.

The cool story behind the coolest gift ever
Papa Bear thought that the super cool mosaic presented to Bob Cowin by Naomi Rodolitz as a going away gift was so awesome that he wrote a story about it and shared it with us. Check out the story behind the most awesome photo story ever.

The time is at hand
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.

Ladies first
Saturday was windy and tough, but plenty of Flyer ladies were undeterred during the NYCRUNS Ladies First Half Marathon. Silke Eiserbeck finished first for the Flyers and cruised to a first place finish in the 40-49 age group and fifteenth overall in 1:40:44 (7:41 pace). Stacey Lastoe came in second for the team and seventh in the 30-39 age group in 1:49:54 (8:23 pace), followed by Stephanie Tang in 1:53:28 (8:40 pace and eleventh in the 30-39 age group). Manasi Agrawal finished in fourth place for the Flyers and fourteenth in the 30-39 age group in 1:54:19 (8:44 pace), and Lora Danley, Joanna Rees, and Llse Abusamra picked up fifth, sixth, and seventh for the team and seventh, ninth, and tenth in the 40-49 age group in 1:55:40 (8:50 pace), 1:56:29 (8:54 pace), and 1:58:02 (9:01 pace). Deb Meyer placed fourth in the 50-59 age group in 1:59:05 (9:05 pace), followed by Elizabeth Miller and Sungwon Hwang in 1:59:54 (9:09 pace) and 2:00:01 (9:10 pace), fourteenth and fifteenth in the 50-59 age group. Beth Brennan took sixteenth in the 40-49 age group in 2:01:41 (9:17 pace), followed by Elaine Rosen in 2:09:08 (9:51 pace and eighth in the 50-59 age group) and Secretary Yinglee Wong in 2:09:46 (9:54 pace). Naomi Rodolitz crossed the finish line in 2:16:58 (10:27 pace and twelfth in the 50-59 age group), and Janet Stafford came in with a 2:34:29 finish (11:48 pace and nineteenth in the 50-59 age group).

Meanwhile, across town
Some of the Flyer men and women in the mood for less than a half marathon came out for the Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe 4 Miler. Deniz Saat blasted through the course in 25:51 (6:28 pace), finishing first for the team and ninth in the 20-24 age group. Tim Decker placed second for the Flyer men and tenth in the 45-49 age group in 26:52 (6:43 pace), followed by John Rotchford in 27:33 (6:54 pace). Arnaud Clairay came in fourth for the Flyers in 28:00 (7:00 pace), and it was my very great pleasure to see Dev Baid, one of my MTP training partners and a runner who is just starting to see what he is capable of achieving, shatter his PR by over 4 minutes to place fifth for the team in 28:26 (7:07 pace).

In the women's race, Marcy Withington continued her powerful streak with a first place team finish and first in the 45-49 age group in 27:55 (6:59 pace). Another MTP training partner and good friend, Jennifer Coyne, knocked out a second place team finish and picked up a third place medal in the 50-54 age group in 30:13 (7:34 pace). Brooke Fricke placed third for the team in 33:12 (8:18 pace), followed by Senior Veteran superstar Anky Lam in 34:06 (8:32 pace), which also gave her first place in the 65-69 age group. Jeanhie Hahn placed fifth for the team and collected the remaining scoring points in 35:18 (8:50 pace). Other age group honors went to Dietrich Lingenthal, tenth in the men's 55-59 age group; Ricky Lam, eighth in the men's 65-69 age group; and Barbara Trazino, third in the women's 70-74 age group.

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.