Mud, mountains, miles, and more . . .

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.