A year from now, you'll be glad you started today. . .

One week left
The greatness just keeps coming: Four weeks into the Flyer Food Drive Fundraiser, we're at $3766, which is 126% of our goal of raising $3000 during the holiday season to support City Harvest's mission of feeding the hungry. and then we went skidding past it. We're one week away from closing the doors on this year's fundraiser, so the time is at hand. Thank you so very much for your generosity of pocket and spirit in helping our less fortunate neighbors put food on the table. We're leaving the drive open until December 15 because the more we raise, the more people we can help.

Biting the big apple
Sunday was a chilly morning for a run, but that didn't stop a handful of hardy Flyers who came out for the NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon. Stephen Orr followed a spectacular Saturday race performance with a first place team finish on Sunday, placing second for the 55-59 men's age group in 1:30:59 (6:57 pace). Marcy Withington won the women's 50-54 age group in 1:39:39 (7:36 pace). Joseph Hill, Yinglee Wong, and Francine Alfandary crossed the finish line in 1:53:43 (9:36 pace), 2:16:32 (10:35 pace), and 2:24:23 (11:01 pace). Barbara Paer placed fifth for the 65-69 women in 2:26:07 (11:09 pace), followed by Alice Burno in 2:48:40 (12:53 pace) and Andrew Paer in 2:54:27 (13:19 pace and sixth in the 65-69 age group).

Running for Ted
The Ted Corbitt 15K was December's NYRR points race, and the Flyer Open Women came away with a twelfth place finish in their division. Heather Tolford continued her incredible winning streak with a quadruple score, capturing first place in all four scoring Flyer women's divisions (Open, 40+, 50+, and 60+), along with a first place finish in the 60-64 age group in 1:07:38 (7:16 pace). Stephanie Tang placed second for the Flyer Open Women and seventeenth in the 35-39 age group in 1:08:45 (7:23 pace). Denise Iannizzotto triple scored, placing third for the Flyer Open Women, second for the seventh place Flyer 40+ Women, third for the third place Flyer 50+ Women, and fourth in the 55-59 age group in 1:08:50 (7:34 pace). Laura Sackler double scored, capturing fourth for the Flyer Open Women and third for the Flyer 40+ Women and ninth in the 45-49 age group in 1:11:14 (7:39 pace). Ami Thakkar also double scored, placing fifth for the Flyer Open Women, third for the Flyer 50+ Women, and fourteenth in the 50-54 age group in 1:14:11 (7:58 pace).

Vice President Elaine Rosen and Andrea Kent joined Heather in scoring points for the first place Flyer 60+ Women, placing second and third for the team in 1:20:44 (8:40 pace and seventh in the 60-64 age group) and 1:22:49 (8:54 pace and thirteenth in the 60-64 age group).

In the men's competition, the Flyer Open Men placed twenty-fourth in their division, and our Master and Veteran runners carried the day. Mr. President double scored, placing first for the Flyer Open and tenth place 40+ Men in 1:00:25 (6:29 pace). Jeffrey Tente placed second for the team in 1:01:17 (6:35 pace), followed by a triple score from Stephen Orr (hey, that rhymes!), who placed third for the Flyer Open Men, second for the Flyer 40+ Men, and first for the ninth place Flyer 50+ Men and fifth in the 55-59 age group in 1:02:28 (6:43 pace). Michael Alexander double scored, placing fourth for the Flyer Open Men and third for the Flyer 40+ Men in 1:02:53 (6:45 pace), and Eduardo Fajardo placed fifth for the Flyer Open Men and second for the Flyer 50+ Men, as well as nineteenth in the 55-59 age group, in 1:10:27 (7:34 pace).

Jorge Giraldo joined Stephen and Eduardo in scoring for the Flyer 50+ Men, placing third for the team in 1:12:28 (7:47 pace). The Flyer 60+ Men placed fifth in their division, led by Guy Simoneau, who placed first for the team and fourteenth in the 60-64 age group in 1:13:44 (7:55 pace). Ken Auslander captured second place for the team and seventeenth in the 60-64 age group in 1:16:45 (8:14 pace), followed by Neil Tipograph in 1:19:31 (8:32 pace).

A couple of Flyer Hall of Fame records fell this weekend, and Papa Bear gives us the 411 as follows:

In today's Ted Corbitt 15K, Heather Tolford was not only first women for the team and quadruple scored, but her 1:07:38 (7:16 pace) broke her own Hall of Fame record of 1:09:38 set in last year's Ted Corbitt.

Congratulations Heather for another outstanding performance. Your performance percentage was an astounding 88.91% and your age graded finish was third overall.

David Dempsey was not only fourth overall of the 70-74 finishers, but his 1:25:16 (9:10 pace) broke Gary Smeal's Flyers Hall of Fame record of 1:39:24 set in last year's Ted Corbitt by over 14 minutes. I can see that David will likely dominate the 70+ Flyers Hall of Fame and many of those records will fall. Interestingly, Gary's was the last Hall of Fame record set last year as is David's for this year.

Congratulations David for an outstanding performance.

Festive Flyers
It's time to get your jingle bells on at the Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 11. Twenty bucks will get you in and fed, and you can get your drink on at the cash bar.

Snowcocoa
The first snow of winter held off long enough for the Flyers to represent at the NYCRUNS Cocoa Classic 5K on Sunday. Pat Duffy led the team with a first place finish for the Flyer men, first in the 50-59 age group, and thirteenth overall in 20:17 (6:33 pace). Marcy Withington was the first Flyer woman in, second Flyer overall, twenty-sixth overall, and first in the women's 50-59 age group in 22:40 (7:19 pace). Jeff Zimmerman placed third in the men's 40-49 age group in 24:26 (7:53 pace), followed by Peter Lewy, fifth in the men's 60-69 age gorup in 26:45 (8:38 pace), and Marc Feldman, sixth in the men's 50-59 age group in 51:17 (8:15 pace). Grett Gordon placed fifteenth for the 40-49 men in 54:20 (8:46 pace), and Jessica Vega placed fifth for the 40-49 women in 30:54 (9:58 pace). Jodie Fischer captured fifteenth for the 50-59 women in 33:19 (10:48 pace), and Barbara Paer and Andrew Paer finished fifth and fourth in the women's and men's 60-69 age groups respectively in 1:09:28 (11:11 pace) and 1:10:37 (11:22 pace).

Hot to trot
Thursday morning was a good day to do some pre-emptive calorie burn, and a group of Flyers did just that at the NYCRUNS Prospect Park Turkey Trot 5K. Pat Duffy sped through the course for a first place team finish and second in the men's 50-59 age group in 19:22 (6:14 pace), followed by Marcy Withington, winner of the women's 50-59 age group in 21:07 (6:48 pace). Teresa Paolomero and Jeanne Gribbin finished in 25:57 (8:21 pace) and 29:04 (9:22 pace), followed by Michael Knopf in 30:31 (9:50 pace), Jodie Fischer in 31:16 (10:04 pace) and Kristin Muzina in 31:37 (10:11 pace).

Special delivery
On a rainy and unpleasantish Sunday morning, the Flyer women took the Race to Deliver 4-Miler by storm, finishing in first place in the women's division. Rising star Elena Riecke placed first for the team as well as first Flyer overall and second in the women's 25-29 age group in 27:25 (6:52 pace). Amada Schachter captured second place for the team and fourth in the 45-49 age group in 29:01 (7:16 pace), followed by Manasi Agrawal in 30:06 (7:32 pace and thirteenth in the 30-34 age group). Michelle Yuen placed fourth for the team and sixteenth in the 30-34 age group in 30:21 (7:36 pace), and Sheila Barrett took fifth for the Flyers and ninth in the 40-44 age group in 30:46 (7:42 pace).

Tony Yung placed first for the Flyer men in 28:19 (7:05 pace), followed by Ernesto Giraldo in 29:16 (7:19 pace). Vincent Liang was next across the line for the Flyer men in 30:21 (7:36 pace), with Jorge Giraldo placing fourth for the team and twenty-fifth in the 50-54 age group in 30:53 (7:44 pace), and Jeff Zimmerman in for fifth in 30:56 (7:44 pace).

Endurance
A marathon is not enough for some: Last Sunday, the Flyer men placed second in the NYRR NYC 60K, formerly known as the Knickerbocker 60K or just the Knick. Ernesto Giraldo led the pace, finishing first for the team and sixth in the 40-44 age group in 5:47:25 (9:20 pace). Stephen Orr placed second for the team and fourth in the 55-59 age group in 5:53:20 (9:37 pace). Alexander Levi and Philip Giang crossed the finish line in third and fourth for the team in 6:24:49 (10:20 pace and eleventh in the 50-54 age group) and 7:29:26 (12:04 pace and twenty-second in the 50-54 age group). Andy Tse captured the fifth scoring spot for the team in 8:14:36 (13:16 pace), and Daniel Seite finished in 8:38:47 (13:55 pace).

In the women's race, Diane Klein and Deborah McDuffie-Saat paced each other to a one-two finish, also capturing fourth in the 55-59 age group and fifth i nthe 60-64 age group in 7:49:41 and 7:49:42 (both 12:36 pace). Stalina Gibson followed them in for an 8:10:39 finish (13:10 pace) and seventeenth in the 35-39 age group, along with Koyce McGrath-Macfarlane in 9:07:35 (14:42 pace), which gave her seventh place in the 55-59 age group.

What the what?
I went swanning off to Hawaii to scuba dive with mantas, sharks (nice ones only), a monk seal, a grumpy octupus, and many, many fishies the day before the New York City Marathon, so thanks and appreciation to Richard B for doing the all-important marathon recap, as well as being out on the course to take photos. I saw lots of smiling photos and read some truly impressive stories, and it sounds like this one was one to remember. While I was gone, though, it suddenly turned into mid-January and it's dark at 5 pm. What's up with that?

While the good people at NYRR are probably still recovering from the biggest event of the year, Saturday featured the NYCRUNS Falling Leaves Half Marathon and 5K. Dave Kleckner scored an impressive second place finish for the 50-59 men in 1:36:10 (7:20 pace). Wendy Mitchell and Peter Connors ran the 5K in 36:38 (11:44 pace) and 57:58 (18:40 pace and tenth in the 60-69 age group).

A Great Day for the New York City Marathon We're still waiting for the full results to be posted [Update: RESULTS ARE POSTED so it will be a day or two after Sunday before the results will be on the Flyer Website. Congrats on all the PRs today.

Spring fever
Sunday's pounding rainstorms made it a distinctly unpleasant day for a run, and yet 43 Flyers came out for the Poland Spring Marathon Kick-off 5-Miler. Gregory Hawryluk placed first for the Flyer men and fourth in the 30-34 age group in 31:51 (6:23 pace), followed by Stephen Orr, who placed second for the team and second in the 55-59 age group in 32:42 (6:33 pace). Ernesto Giraldo and Jorge Giraldo placed fourth and fifth for the team in 24:57 (7:00 pace) and 37:31 (7:30 pace and fifteenth in the 50-54 age group), and Jakob Olesen placed fifth for the team in 37:44 (7:33 pace).

The Flyer women finished a spectacular second place in their division. Beein Gim captured first for the team and second in the 45-49 age group in 34:54 (6:59 pace), followed by Jillian Hobson, who captured tenth in the 30-34 age group, in 37:57 (7:36 pace). Denise Iannizzotto and Yumi Morishige represented for the Veteran Flyer women, placing fourth and fifth for the team in 39:34 (7:55 pace and second in the 55-59 age group) and 40:06 (8:02 pace and fifth in the 50-54 age group). Yue Xiao finished fifth for the Flyer women in 41:29 (8:18 pace).