Because running more hurts less than running less . . .

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.

Marching forth
The monthly long training run series continues in March with the Little Red Lighthouse Run on March 09. Just one day later, the NYC Half Marathon takes over the streets. If you're not running, come out to support your teammates, sling water, and lock in your +1 marathon qualifying volunteer event at the best hydration station in the nation, this year right in Times Square.

Aiming higher
There were no NYRR or NYCRUNS races this weekend, but the Flyers started the 2019 organized long run series off with the fourteen-plus mile Highbridge Run. Crossing through five different city parks, this supported long run provided scenic views and Gatorade to nearly a hundred runners and run-walkers. Thanks and appreciation to run organizer Betty Yung and her hardy crew of volunteers for making today's event a success.

Iron Flyers
Superbowl Sunday this year dawned with the traditional Gridiron 4-Miler. I was still having a meaningful relationship with a cup of coffee while many of you were running it, but young Elena Riecke captured first place overall for the Flyers and fifth in the 20-24 age group in 26:33 (6:39 pace). Denise Iannizzotto and Heather Tolford placed second and third for the Flyer women and third in the 55-59 age group and first in the 60-64 age group in 28:23 (7:06 pace) and 28:28 (7:07 pace). Mary Beth Ezra placed fourth for the Flyer women and fifth in the 45-49 age group in 29:32 (7:23 pace), and Amanda Schachter captured fifth for the team and ninth in the 45-49 age group in 30:14 (7:34 pace).

In the men's race, John LeBreton placed first for the Flyer men and twenty-second in the 40-44 age group in 27:04 (6:46 pace), followed by Dave Kleckner in 27:37 (6:55 pace and third in the 55-59 age group). Eugene Matejek crossed the finish line in third place for the team in 28:06 (7:02 pace). William Herbert placed fourth for the team and eighth in the 55-59 age group in 28:48 (7:12 pace), and Howard Choi finished fifth for the Flyer men in 29:21 (7:20 pace). Additional age group honors went to Yumi Morishige (eighth in the women's 50-54 age group); Gary Smeal (fifth in the men's 70-74 age group); Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 75-79 age group); Delton Mace (eighth in the men's 70-74 age group); and Barbara Fratta (fifth in the women's 70-74 age group).

Freezing
Sunday was downright balmy compared to Saturday, but that didn't keep a few Flyers from turning out for the NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K and 10K on Saturday. Peter Lewy completed the 5K in 27:58 (9:01 pace), placing third in the men's 60-69 age group. Guy Simoneau and Kristin Muzina ran the 10K in 1:00:50 (9:49 pace and fourth in the men's 60-69 age group) and 1:12:43 (11:44 pace and nineteenth in the women's 40-49 age group).

Inspirational
Post-Gala celebration fever continued this week at the annual NYRR Club Night awards. The Flyer women won the B division, in no small part to our four outstanding Master, Veteran, and Senior Veteran honorees. Pamela Hunt won Runner of the Year in the 45-49 age group, Denise Iannizzotto was nominated for Runner of the Year in the 55-59 age group, Heather Tolford won Runner of the Year in the 60-64 age group, and Fran Breslauer won Runner of the Year in the 75-79 age group. Congratulations to these four outstanding women on their achievements, and we look forward to seeing you honored again and again and again.

Dancing the night away
Grateful thanks to the Flyer Gala Committee for all their hard work and for hosting the Annual Awards Gala and Dance Party in a fresh new venue, and congratulations to Flyer of the Year Stephanie Tang! Basil Ashmore's stunning photos are already up in the Flyer Facebook group. It was great to see everyone dressed to kill and honoring a great 2018, while looking ahead to the remainder of 2019.

Still have some site issues
As you might have heard, we suffered an outage last week due to a not-so-seamless transition to a new server, initiated by our web service provider. We're still finding that things that worked perfectly on the old server aren't functioning the way they should be on the new server, and we're fixing them as we come across them. This caught us entirely by surprise, and we appreciate your patience as we get back to full functionality.

The winter that wasn't
We were supposed to get a really rude awakening of winter on Sunday, but it didn't really happen. It was wet and wild with rain instead of snow, though, and that made for a soggy Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon. Edvard Major crossed the finish line in first place for the team in 1:28:43 (6:46 pace). Jeffrey Tente placed second for the Flyer men, followed by Deniz Saat, in 1:34:10 (7:11 pace) and 1:39:56 (7:38 pace). Gary Kane captured fourth place for the Flyers in 1:40:17 (7:39 pace), and Howard Choi picked up the rest of the team points in 1:41:28 (7:45 pace).

In the women's race, Elena Riecke placed first for the Flyers, third Flyer overall, and fifth in the 20-24 age group in 1:37:03 (7:25 pace). Super Ironwoman Friederike Edelmann came in second for the team and fourth in the 45-49 age group in 1:41:45 (7:46 pace). Betty Yung and Denise Iannizzotto placed third and fourth for the team and fifteenth in the 35-39 age group and third in the 55-59 age group in 1:44:10 (7:58 pace) and 1:45:39 (8:04 pace). Stephanie Tang came across the line in fifth place for the team in 1:48:11 (8:16 pace). Other age group honors went to David Gaines (seventh in the men's 65-69 age group); Howard Tanz (eighth in the men's 65-69 age group); Deborah McDuffie-Saat (fourth in the women's 60-64 age group); Elaine Rosen (fifth in the women's 60-64 age group); Vincent Doogan (ninth in the men's 70-74 age group); and Karen Kenney (sixth in the woemn's 65-69 age group).

Cocoa loco
The results were busted for the January 06 NYCRUNS Cocoa Classic 5-Miler and 10-Miler last week, but all is copacetic now. Four Flyers came out: Papa Bear captured second place in the men's 70+ age group in the 5-Miler, logging 50:38 (10:08 pace). In the 10-Miler, William Nealon placed first for the team and second in the men's 60-69 age group in 1:29:40 (8:58 pace). Barbara and Andrew Paer finished the race in 1:59:13 (11:55 pace) and 2:09:18 (12:56 pace), also picking up first in the women's 60-69 age group and eight in the men's 60-69 age group.

Starting the year in style
The Flyer women started 2019 off with a bang by capturing second place in the Joe Kleinerman 10K on Saturday. Elena Riecke placed first for the Flyer women and third in the 20-24 age group in 43:30 (7:00 pace). Senior veteran phenomenon Heather Tolford placed second for the team and first in the 60-64 age group in 46:16 (7:27 pace). Member at Large Betty Yung placed third for the Flyer women and sixteenth in the women's 35-39 age group in 46:37 (7:30 pace), followed by Melissa Feinberg in 48:29 (7:49 and seventeenth in the 40-44 age group) and Amy Knepper in 48:29 (7:49 pace and eighteenth in the 40-44 age group).

In the men's race, Jeffrey Tente captured first place for the Flyer men in 42:19 (6:49 pace), followed by Tomohiro Inouse in 43:21 (6:59 pace). John LeBreton placed third for the team in 44:40 (7:12 pace), and Jon Riecke placed fourth for the team and twentieth in the men's 50-54 age group in 44:56 (7:14 pace). Howard Choi placed fifth for the Flyer men in 46:17 (7:27 pace).

Ending the year with the joy of giving
There were no NYRR or NYCRUNS races this weekend, but the Flyers still had it goin' on. On Saturday, Heather Marcellis and Dave Kleckner hosted another successful day of giving back, the winter Central Park Volunteer Day Cleanup. A temperate day facilitated plenty of raking and cleanup of autumnal debris, helping us do our part in getting the park in good shape for the spring and summer to come. We hear that Dave's cookies were beyond delicious, too!

Today also marks the close of the 2018 Flyer Food Drive Fundraiser. This year, we raised $3483 in direct donations, plus at least another $100 from corporate matching gifts. We beat our goal by 19%, and that's something to feel really good about. Thank you to everyone who participated, and a special thank you to the Executive Board for supporting this effort.

Another champion in the record books
In last week's Ted Corbitt 15K, we had another spectacular entry in the Flyer Hall of Fame. Recordkeeper Papa Bear shares the details below:

In Saturday's Ted Corbitt 15K, Heather Tolford, with a time of 1:09:38 (performance of 85.18%), was not only first in the 60-64 NYRR age group, but set a new Flyers Hall of Fame record in the 60+ group, besting the record of 1:15:09 set by Judith Tripp in the 2007 Colon Cancer Challenge. Heather has now set Hall of Fame records 12 times in 2018 (a record) and "owns" the 60+ group, holding all the records for races from 1 mile up to to 15K. Congratulations Heather, you've had a great year.

I'm tapped out today
I'm heading off for the holidays on Tuesday, leaving this space in the capable hands of the Flyer web dudes until then. Here's wishing everyone a healthy, happy, and eminently runderful year in 2019. See you on the flip side.

Flyer women are on fire
The Flyer women were lighting up the park all over the place during the NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K, the last points race of the season, on Saturday morning. The Flyer Open Women placed sixth in their division, led by Pamela Hunt, who was the first Flyer overall, eighteenth woman overall, second in the 50-54 age group, and triple scored with first place finishes in the Open, 40+, and 50+ age groups in 59:03 (6:21 pace). Elena Riecke placed second for the team and ninth in the 20-24 age group in 1:06:33 (7:09 pace). Marcy Withington double scored by capturing third for the Flyer Open Women and second for the second place Flyer 40+ Women. Denise Iannizzotto placed fourth in the 55-59 age group and triple scored with a fourth place finish for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 40+ Women, and second for the second place Flyer 50+ Women in 1:08:07 (7:19 pace). Heather Tolford won the 60-64 age group and knocked out a triple score, placing fifth for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 50+ Women, and first for the first place Flyer 60+ Women in 1:09:8 (7:29 pace). Andrea Kent placed sixth in the 60-64 age group and second for the 60+ Flyers, and Vice President Elaine Rosen placed third for the 60+ Flyers and ninth in the 60-64 age group.

The Flyer Open Men captured twenty-fourth in their division, led by Mr. President, who double scored with first place finishes for the Flyer Open and 40+ Men and eighteenth in the 40-44 age group in 59:35 (6:24 pace). Deniz Saat placed second for the Flyer Open Men in 1:05:11 (7:00 pace), followed by Gregory Hawryluk in 1:05:33 (7:02 pace). Secretary David Ezra double scored with a fourth place finish for the Flyer Open Men and second for the twentieth place 40+ Flyer Men in 1:06:46 (7:10 pace). Andreas Werder quadruple scored, capturing fifth place for the 60-64 age group and fifth for the Flyer Open Men, third for the Flyer 40+ Men, first for the tenth place 50+ Flyer Men, and first for the fourth place Flyer 60+ Men. John McCreesh placed second for the Flyer 50+ Men in 1:11:12 (7:39 pace), followed by Michael Knopf in 1:12:39 (7:48 pace). Bradford Goz placed second for the Flyer 60+ Men in 1:14:20 (7:59 pace), also coming in sixteenth in the 60-64 age group. Ricky Lam placed third for the Flyer 60+ Men and thirteenth in the 65-69 age group. Other age group honors went to Yumi Morishige (ninth in the women's 50-54 age group); Amy Thakkar (tenth in the women's 50-54 age group); and Anky Lam (third in the women's 65-69 age group).