Race like a beauty, train like a beast . . .

Vive la France
The Flyer women slammed into third place in Sunday's mercifully temperate France Run 8K. Pamela Hunt placed first for the team, second Flyer overall, eighth woman overall, and first in the 50-54 age group in 31:29 (a blistering 6:20 pace!). Heather Tolford came in second for the team and first in the 60-64 age group in 35:38 (7:11 pace). Maria Robles placed third for the Flyers and fourth in the 45-49 age group in 37:53 (7:38 pace), and Jeanhie Hahn and Hiromi Nobata captured fourth and fifth in 29:27 (7:57 pace and eighth in the 45-49 age group) and 41:37 (8:23 pace and eighteenth in the 50-54 age group).

In the men's race, Tim Decker placed first for the team and seventh in the 45-49 age group in 31:12 (6:17 pace). Deniz Saat came in second for the team and seventeenth in the 25-29 age group in 32:37 (6:34 pace), followed by Eugene Matejek, who placed third for the Flyers and fourteenth in the 40-44 age group in 33:22 (6:43 pace). Dave Kleckner picked up a fourth place team finish and third in the 55-59 age group in 34:03 (6:52 pace), and Tomohiro Inoue placed fifth for the team in 34:58 (7:02 pace). Deborah McDuffie-Saat also earned an eighth place finish in the women's 60-64 age group, and Delton Mace finished tenth in the men's 70-74 age group.

Women on fire
Papa Bear noted that our speediest women smashed Flyer Hall of Fame records again, and his observations follow:

Once again, in today's France Run 8K, our speedy women Pamela Hunt and Heather Tolford, blew away the old 8K records in the Flyer Hall of Fame and brought them much closer to their own 5 mile records. A 5 miler is just a bit over 51 yards longer than an 8K.

Pamela cleaned the slate of 50+, 40+, 30+ and open 8K records with a remarkable quadruple record of 31:29 (86.02% performance). The old 50+ was Andrea Kent's 34:51 set in the 2011 Southampton Firecracker 8K. The 40+ record was Carrie Barrat's 34:20 set in the 2003 NYRR 8000. Both the 30+ and open records of 32:43 were held by Marisa Titlow, set in the 2009 NYRR 8000.

Heather's 35:38 (85.88% performance) obliterated the 60+ 8K record of 40:25 set by Marjorie Kos in the 2005 Rothmann Institute 8K, Philadelphia, PA.

Congratulations to both of you.

I have been a member of the Flyers for 27 years and have seen many runners, both fast and slow come and go, but I have never seen anything remotely like this.

The fall season, now she's getting serious
Check the Announcements below for a whole series of exciting long training runs to get you in tip-top condition for the fall. There are volunteer opportunities for pacers, or you're on the down low or just not feeling the distance this time, plenty of non-running volunteer opportunities as well.

Wet and wild
The TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 15-Miler was kind of a sweatfest this morning, but Richard Brounstein caught plenty of smiles on camera as the Flyers passed. Eugene Matejek placed first for the Flyer men and tenth in the 40-44 age group in 1:49:29 (7:18 pace), followed by Tim Decker, second for the team and eighth in the 45-49 age group in 1:51:58 (7:28 pace). Dave Kleckner captured third for the team and third in the 55-59 age group in 1:56:08 (7:45 pace), and Tomohiro Inoue and Philip Giang placed fourth and fifth for the Flyers in 1:58:07 (7:53 pace) and 1:59:53 (8:00 pace and fifteenth in the 50-54 age group).

In the women's race, Denise Iannizzotto blasted through the course to finish first for the Flyer women and second in the 55-59 age group in 2:07:04 (8:29 pace). Melinda Feinberg placed second for the team and sixteenth in the 40-44 age group in 2:10:30 (8:42 pace), and Elena Riecke placed third for the team and eighteenth in the 30-34 age group in 2:11:01 (8:45 pace). Jamie Kelleher finished fourth for the team and nineteenth in the 40-44 age group, and Nilla Bernardi was fifth for the Flyers in 2:14:35 (8:59 pace).

She needs the speed
Congratulations to Emily Locher, who placed tenth in the women's 40-44 age group in the PPTC Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series 5K in 27:23 (8:50 pace).

This distance, she seems a little random
Longer than a 10K, not nearly enough for a 15K or a half, that's the 2018 NYRR Manhattan 7 Miler. James Dunham set the pace for the Flyer men, placing first for the team and third in the 45-49 age group in 45:44 (6:32 pace, and how did you do that when I'm sweating just sitting here under a fan?). Tim Decker came in second for the team and rolled a lucky seventh place for the 45-49 age group in 47:32 (6:48 pace). Eugene Matejek also picked up seventh in the 40-44 age group in 49:15 (7:03 pace). Tomohiro Inoue placed fourth for the team and tenth in the 40-44 age group 50:49 (7:16 pace), and Michael Werthenschlag was right behind for fifth place for the Flyers and eleventh in the 40-44 age group in 50:50 (7:16 pace).

In the women's race, Heather Tolford continued her streak of amazingness with a first place team finish and first in the 60-64 age group in 51:47 (7:24 pace). Caroline Kuras placed second for the team in 59:37 (8:31 pace), followed by rising star Jeanhie Hahn in 1:02:55 (9:00 pace). Sarah Dahl captured fourth for the team in 1:06:56 (9:34 pace), and Jo Rees wrapped up the women's points in 1:08:04 (9:44 pace). Other age group honors went to Dave Richter (seventh in the men's 50-54 age group); Lee Ruelle (tenth in the men's 65-69 age group); and Barbara Trazino (fourth in the women's 70-74 age group).

No sleep till Brooklyn
If seven seemed like about four miles too far today, NYCRUNS also hosted the Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson 5K Across The Brooklyn Bridge. We see that Richard Garland captured a second place finish in the men's 70+ age group in 31:18 (10:06 pace). Congratulations, and we hope they had really fabulous swag for this one.

Marathon madness begins
The New York City Marathon is still a few months away, but the wheels, they are in motion. If you wanted in but didn't get picked, you still have a chance! One of our ourstanding supported Long Training Runs is coming around just in time for Labor Day weekend, or it's time to think about volunteering if that's your jam this year. For the fastest Flyers among us, you have an opportunity to start with the local elites, but you have to make your voice heard in the next few weeks in order for that to happen.

Otherwise, stay cool, stay fit, and enjoy these summer days because winter will be here before you know it. I'd give anything to run right now, but my broken foot says we aren't doing this for a few more months.

Champs and chomps
Get a drink and sit yourself down for this one: The Club Team Championships 5-Miler Flyer results read more like a club roster than race results, but here we go. It was an early morning on Saturday for the women's race, with a gun time of 7:00 a.m. For this race, which counts for double points in the inter-club competition, the top ten runners in each team score for the Open division. The top five for each team score for the 40+ division, and for the 50+, 60+, and 70+ divisions, the top three runners from each team score. As you may imagine, given our considerable pool of talent in the 40 and older gang, there were many double and triple scores for the team, along with one phenomenal quadruple score. The Flyer Open Women finished twelfth in their division, and the Flyer 40+ Women finished fourth in their division. The Flyer 50+ Women finished third for the day, and the 60+ Women finished first in their division. We didn't field a full team for 70+, so we have no team placement in that division. The scoring times and placement shook out like this:

Pamela Hunt: Triple score (first for the team in the Open, 40+, and 50+ divisions); second in the 50-54 age group in 31:35 (6:19 pace).
Elena Riecke: Second for the Flyer Open Women; fifteenth in the 20-24 age group in 34:26 (6:54 pace).
Marcy Withington: Double score (third for the Flyer Open Women, second in the 40+ division); ninth in the 45-49 age group in 35:38 (7:08 pace).
Betty Yung: Third for the Flyer Open Women; nineteenth in the 35-39 age group in 35:45 (7:09 pace). Heather Tolford: Quadruple score (fourth for the Flyer Open Women; third for the Flyer 40+ Women; second for the Flyer 50+ Women; first for the Flyer 60+ Women); first in the 60-64 age group in 35:46 (7:10 pace).
Denise Iannizzotto: Triple score (fifth for the Flyer Open Women; fourth for the Flyer 40+ Women; third for the Flyer 50+ Women); fourth in the 55-50 age group in 35:59 (7:12 pace).
Jamie Kelleher: Double score (sixth for the Flyer Open Women; fifth for the Flyer 40+ Women); seventeenth in the 40-44 age group in 36:42 (7:23 pace).
Sheila Barrett: Seventh for the Flyer Open Women in 37:36 (7:30 pace).
Laura Tancredi: Eighth for the Flyer Open Women in 38:39 (7:44 pace).
Jeanhie Hahn: Ninth for the Flyer Open Women in 40:15 (8:03 pace).
Debbie Panek: Tenth for the Flyer Open Women in 41:42 (8:21 pace). Andrea Kent: Second for the Flyer 60+ Women; fifth in the 60-64 age group in 41:48 (8:22 pace).
Anky Lam: Third for the Flyer 60+ Women; second in the 65-69 age group in 45:59 (9:12 pace).

The Flyer men, who got to sleep a little longer (unless they were out cheering for the ladies, and we understand that a great many of our gentlemen did exactly that), also placed in four divisions. The Flyer Open Men came in twenty-first for the day; the Flyer 40+ Men finished tenth in their division; the Flyer 50+ Men finished thirteenth in their division; and the Flyer 60+ Men finished eighth in their division. The Flyers did not field a full team in the 70+ division. The scoring men's finish times and placement came out like this:

Tim Decker: Double score (first in the Flyer Open and 40+ divisions); eighteenth in the 45-49 age group in 31:28 (6:18 pace).
Jordy Winslow: Second in the Flyer Open division in 31:53 (6:23 pace).
James Dunham: Double score (third in the Flyer Open division, second in the Flyer 40+ division) in 31:57 (6:24 pace).
Mr. President: Double score (fourth in the Flyer Open division, third in the Flyer 40+ division) in 33:45 (6:45 pace).
Secretary David Ezra: Double score (fifth in the Flyer Open division, fourth in the Flyer 40+ division) in 34:02 (6:49 pace).
Dave Kleckner: Triple score (sixth in the Flyer Open division, fourth in the Flyer 40+ division, first in the Flyer 50+ division) in 34:18 (6:52 pace), and seventh in the 55-59 age group.
John LeBreton: Seventh in the Flyer Open division in 34:21 (6:53 pace).
Jeffrey Tente: Eighth in the Flyer Open Division in 34:57 (7:00 pace).
Leonardo Souza: Ninth in the Flyer Open Division in 35:01 (7:01 pace).
Jon Riecke: Double score (tenth in the Flyer Open division, second in the Flyer 50+ divsion) in 35:10 (7:02 pace).
John McCreesh: Third in the Flyer 50+ division in 36:25 (7:17 pace).
David Dempsey: First in the Flyer 60+ division in 40:20 (8:04 pace); fifth in the 65-69 age group.
Bradford Goz: Second in the Flyer 60+ division in 40:42 (8:09 pace).
Ricky Lam: Third in the Flyer 60+ division in 41:45 (8:21 pace); ninth in the 65-69 age group.

We also congratulate Barbara Trazino for placing seventh in the women's 70-74 age group, and Richard Garland for placing third in the men's 75-79 age group.

After all that running, it was time for the annual team photo and picnic. Richard Brounstein documented the whole thing, and you can find the photo album here.

Fame
Several more records in the Flyer Hall of Fame fell on Saturday, and Papa Bear gives us the lowdown:

It was an extremely humid July 28th (97 percent) in Central Park for the NYRR Team Championship and all the teams were celebrating on a day that, except for the humidity, was picture perfect - at least for the spectators. And two of our champion women did it again. Pamela Hunt's 31:35 (86.35 percent performance) broke both the women's 40+ and women's 50+ age group records (Anastasia Stekas' 1999 40+ record of 31:54 and Andrea Kent's 2011 50+ record of 34:14 set in 2011). Heather Tolford's 35:46 (86.19 percent performance) broke her own record for the women's 60+ age group set a month ago.

He added an aside that I think is also worth sharing: When you start breaking 5 Mile (a very common distance) records set in 1999, that's pretty awesome. And Anastasia Stekas, whom I knew well, was no slouch.

Bring on that buildup
Saturday brought with it the TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 12-Miler, and the Flyers turned out in force. The men's top 5 scoring slate showcased our speedy Master and Veteran and runners, starting with Tomohiro Inoue, who placed first for the team in 1:30:21 (7:32 pace). Philip Giang came in second for the Flyers and twelfth in the 50-54 age group in 1:32:20 (7:42 pace), followed by Dave Richter in 1:37:35 (8:08 pace). Stephen Jacobs came in fourth for the team in 1:38:29 (8:13 pace), followed by John McCreesh in 1:38:37 (8:13 pace).

In the women's race, Denise Iannizzotto finished first for the Flyers and second in the women's 55-59 age group in 1:37:42 (8:09 pace) followed by Jillian Hobson and Nilla Bernardi in 1:41:50 (8:30 pace) and 1:43:45 (8:39 pace). Daniela Dos Santos placed fourth for the team in 1:44:03 (8:41 pace), and Melinda Feinberg captured the fifth and final scoring position for the team in 1:44:22 (8:42 pace). Other age group honors went to David Gaines (third in the men's 60-64 age group); Howard Tanz (seventh in the men's 65-69 age group); Deborah Mcduffie-Saat (sixth in the women's 60-64 age group); and Barbara Trazino (first in the women's 70-74 age group).