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2013: A Look Back, Pt IV

By Jim Dandeneau

November

Abbey D’Agostino pulls away after 4K at the NCAA Division I National Cross-Country Championship in Terra Haute, Indiana to win going away. With 5 NCAA titles including Indoor/Outdoor she becomes the most decorated Ivy League runner ever. The Providence College women’s team wins their second NCAA team title with Emily Sisson finishing 7th individually. Former Peabody standout Catarina Rocha, only a freshman, is P.C. ‘s 4th runner. On the men’s side, Harvard’s Maksim Korolev caps a fantastic season in finishing 3rd overall in windy/muddy conditions in which the start was moved up 115 meters due to standing water. Freshman phenom Edward Cheserek, 19, surprises winning the individual title over heavy race favorite and defending champion Kennedy Kithuka.

At the NCAA Division III national championship, Connecticut College’s Mike Leduc roared home to victory capping off an extremely impressive season. Colby Horowitz, Bowdoin finished 12th, Greg Krathwohl, Middlebury was 16th. On the women’s side, Kaleigh Kenny, Williams. 3rd, Abby Barker, Tufts was 16th, and Ameila Lundkvist, Brandeis, 21st. Middlebury women were 3rd.

At the NCAA Division II national championship, Bentley’s Tara Dooley finished 4th with Mike Biwott, AIC, also 4th.

At the USATFNE Cross Country Championship at Franklin Park, New Balance Boston’s Jillian King pulled away to win the 6K in 20:48 over Katrina Spratford of New England Distance and Joanna Murphy and Sydney Fitzpatrick both of New Balance Boston leading her team to an easy victory. Eric Ashe of the BAA rebounded from a serious heel injury earlier in the year to pull away to victory in 30:49. leading his team to a 1-2-3-4 finish (Sam Alexander 2nd, Dan Harper 3rd, Brian Harvey 4th) In the men’s masters division, Sandu Rebenciuc, 44, of the Springfield Harriers a former Augustana College All-American (and Division III national cross country champion) easily won the men’s race in 26:44 with the BAA’s Peter Hammer (2nd) and Chris Magill (3rd) leading their Master’s team to a dominating victory. In the women’s race, Diana Bowser, 40, defeated former Olympic Trials marathon qualifier Mimi Fallon, 48, of Walpole, MA.

At the 79th New England High School Championship in Manchester, NH Trevor Hopper, a senior from Ridgefield, CT displayed an incredible kick winning in 15:08, leading 5 (wow!) runners under Ben True’s course record. LaSalle Academy (Providence, RI) won the boys championship by 3 points over Ridgefield. In the girls race, Hannah Debalsi, Westport, CT showed why she is one of the best female distance runners in the country, winning by 24 seconds. Coe-Brown Academy in New Hampshire won the girls race.

Down in Alexandria,Virgina, at the USA road racing finale (The .US 12K), Molly Huddle showed that the longer distance suits her just fine, pulling away from Shalane Flanagan in the last mile to set a WORLD best for 12k (37:50) with Flanagan 8 ticks back. Katie Matthews finished 10th in 40:22. In the men’s race, Aaron Braun, won his first national championship (34:28) by 7 seconds over Shadrack Biwott. Tim Ritchie, just 6 weeks removed from a 2:14:49 marathon at Twin Cities, runs down a few athletes over the last half mile finishing 6th in 34:46 solidifying his place among the nation’s elite.

At the New York City Marathon, Kim Smith finished 6th in 2:28:49 in very windy conditions.

On Thanksgiving, at the Manchester, CT 4.748 mile Road Race, former NCAA Division I National Cross-Country champion, Sam Chelanga, who recently relocated to Hanover, NH, passed defending champion Aaron Braun (after Braun had run the first mile in 4:13…. yikes!) going up the Highland Street hill to win in 21:31. Braun gamely hung on for second 21:40 with Tyler Pennell (Zap Fitness) 3rd in 22:03, Donn Cabral (Glastonbury, CT) 4th 22:07.

That very same day, Pat Fullerton cruises along into the wind to a solo 15:10. That was 30 seconds faster than the old course record of 15:40, which was set by Harry Norton back in 2007. Alanna McDonough, fresh off an appearance at the NCAA DIII cross country national championships, wins her first Feaster Five race. In the five mile race, Ruben Sança breaks the tape in 24:19 with Nate Jenkins right behind him in 24:23. Kirsten Kasper, 22, was the top woman in the five miler, running a 27:48 and beating out Cat Beck of the Central Park Track Club (who ran a 28:18).

December

At the USA Club National Cross-Country Championships in Bend, Oregon, Sam Alexander (Waterford, CT) runs a sensational breakthrough race to finish in 9th place on the treacherous 10K course. Former Division III national cross-country champion at Trinity College, Ryan Bak, living in Oregon finishes 7th. Joe Gray, the USA mountain running champion runs 31:05 to claim the championship. Jillian King (20th) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (22nd) led the New England contingent in the women’s 6K even to lead New Balance Boston to a 5th place finish. The BAA men’s master’s squad finishes on the podium with a 3rd plae finish led by former Penn State star Harry Stants in 20th. North Kingstown, RI Keven O’Neil finishes 22nd. New Hampshire’s Sandu Rebenciuc finishes 6th.

At the Nike Cross National High School Championship in Portland, Oregon Chaplain Valley Union (VT) Autumn Eastman finishes 16th while Cumberland, RI and Bishop Feehan’s Abbey McNulty finishes 25th. Two time Rhode Island high school cross country champion Emma McMillan, Barrington, RI, only a sophomore, finishes 45th.

At the Foot Locker National Cross-Country Championship, Hannah DeBalsi finishes 2nd (17:26) and Kirsten Sandreuter, from Greely High School in Maine finishes 20th (18:08). In the boy’s race, Josef Holt-Andrews, Telstar Regional High School in Bethel, ME finishes an impressive 10th (15:30) with Dan Curts, Ellsworth High, (ME) in 19th (15:44) on the challenging Balboa Park course.

At the Boston University Season Opener, P.C. stars Emily Sisson (15:40.62), Sarah Collins (15:41.00) and Laura Nagel (15:42.62) posts automatic qualifying times for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 5000 meters.

At the Boston University “mini-meet” Amherst College’s track & field/cross-country coach Erik Nedeau 42,, a former bronze medalist at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 1500 meters, showed he still has wheels, running 8:49. Way back in January he had teamed with Scott Weeks, Chris Simpson and former teammate at Northeastern University Mark Gomes to become the first men’s master’s quartet to ever run under 8:00 completing 8 circuits of the indoor oval in 7:58.12.

For more, see:
Part I
Part II
Part III

Thanks again to Jim for putting this all together for us. As you can see from all this, 2013 was quite an exciting year. Whether you’re an age-grouper just giving it your all at a local road race or a post-collegiate runner trying to break through on the national stage, we love to see the hard work put in (and pay off). We’ll be there to support and report in 2014!

2013: A Look Back, Pt III

By Jim Dandeneau

August

Maine’s signature road race, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K, was won by Kenyans Joyce Chepkrui (31:23) and Micah Kogo (28:03). Gemma Steel of the United Kingdom surprised with her runnerup finish (31:36). Maine’s top finishers were Oklahoma graduate Riley Masters (now running for Brooks Beast) in 30:18 and Erica Jesseman (34:17). Other top New England finishers were Colman Hatton 12th (30:27), 52 year old Todd Coffin (34:14) and the amazing performance of 42 year old Sherri Piers (34:40).

A week later, down on Cape Cod, Ben True attempted to to become the first American male to win the New Balance Falmouth 7 mile Road Race in 25 years, just losing out to Kogo in a sprint finish (32:10-32:12). Cornell alum Zac Hine (7th) with Boston College assistant coach Tim Ritchie (9th) were top men’s local finishers. Chepkurui followed up her Beach to Beacon win (36:43) again over Steel (37:06). In the men’s and women’s mile race held on the night prior to the main event, Minnesota grad Ben Blankenship pulled a mild upset winning in 3:56.27 leading all 10 mens finishers under 4 minutes while Katie Mackey of Seattle won a tactical race kicking home in 4:41.39.

Pat Fullerton,24, became the first athlete to break 4 minutes at the High Street Mile holding off Abiyot Endale in a spectacular 3:58.8!

In New Hampshire, at the Cigna Elliot 5K, 10 men broke 15 minutes led by Ethiopian Aschalew Meketa (14:03) with compatriot Tufa Tigest (15:48) leading the female contingent. Overall 51 athletes broke 17:00.

Julie Culley, a London U.S. Olympian at 5000 meters, conquered the competition at the 12th Annual 4 mile Run for Kerri in Wakefield (22:22) while Chris Zablocki was given first place (19:17) after being led off course. 14 year old sensation DJ Principe runs 21:31.

Shelby Greaney, (28:29) Providence College steeplechase extraordinaire, wins the Bobby Doyle Summer Classic while Sam Alexander (24:25) pulls the upset over Iona All-American Mitch Goose (24:32).

At the first ever Level Renner 10K, 2012 Cape Verde Olympian Ruben Sanca, a UMass Lowell graduate, showed he is back in fine form cracking the 30:00 minute barrier winning in 29:54 on a spectacular morning at DW Field in Brockton, MA. with 34 year old Lindsey Willard winning the women’s division in 36:21.

September

At the CVS Caremark 5K in Providence, serving once again as the USATF national championship, Saucony athlete Molly Huddle (15:28) barely held off upcomer recent Georgetown graduate Emily Infeld, (15:28) with Alexi Pappas a few ticks back. In the men’s race Andy Bumbalough, 26, won his first ever national title outkicking Aaron Braun (13:44-13:48).

At the Stratton Faxon 20K in New Haven, 2 time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp tuned up for the Chicago Marathon winning in 1:00:20 from Shadrack Kiptoo. Meghan Peyton (1:09:57) pulled away from Maddie Suver to win the women’s national title. Katie Dicamillo, a 2009 Providence College graduate, finished 4th.

Abbey D’Agostino wins in her last home XC meet. The Dartmouth senior absolutely dominated, setting the stage for much bigger things to come later in the year.

At the Lone Gull 10k (USATFNE 10K championships) UMass graduate, 24, Sean Duncan held off Nick Karwoski, a Dickinson College grad (2010) dancing to a win in 30:50. Irish Steeplechase Olympian Steph Reilly, skipping the summer track circuit in Europe, coasted to victory in 34:58. Robert Cipriano, 53, Somerville, Ma, may have had the most impressive race of the day winning the 50-59 age group in 34:01 over Mark Reeder, Brighton, Ma 34:13. Binney Mitchell, 44, Burlington, VT , followed up his Carver victory winning the 40-49 age group in 32:55 from Greg Putnam, 32:58. Christin Doneski (37:03) ran sub 6 minute pace to win the women’s masters division.

At the USATFNE “30K” in Nahant, Cheryl Cleary, 39, aka supermom ran 6:30 pace challenging conditions to win while Colby College graduate, Dan Vassalo, a 2:21 marathon, peaking for this race, ran 5:24 pace to claim the championship over Brandon Newbold.

The University of Oregon men’s and women’s cross-country teams (women being the 2012 national championship) showed up for the Boston College Invitational. The women’s race was dominated by #1 ranked Providence College, led by Emily Sisson, Laura Nagel and Sarah Collins finishing 1-2-3 running away to victory. On the men’s side, 2 time high school Footlocker High School national champion, Edward Cheserek ran neck and neck with teammate Jake Leingang pulling away in the last few meters to win his first collegiate cross-country race.

Ben True runs 7:36:59 for 3000 meters in Rieti, Italy.

October

At the Tufts 10K Sentayehu Ejigu of Ethiopia broke Anne Hannam 25 year old course record by 5 seconds running 31:33. Emily Infeld,23, training with Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher under Jerry Schumacher in Portland, OR, followed up her strong showing in the CVS 5K winning the U.S. women’s national title while second in 31:37. Kate Dicamillo ran 34:05 while 2013 Boston College graduate Jillian King runs 34:52.

At Franklin Park, Central Connecticut State dominates the men’s New England Intercollegiate cross country championships willing by 46 points over Northeastern. Mike Biwott from AIC (23:43) won easily over Boston University’s sub four minute miler Rich Peters and Northeastern’s Wes Gallagher for the 8K course. UNH won the women’s team race by 110 points over UConn. Rosa Moriello, BU, in 17:13, won the women’s race with Eimear Black, Bryant University in second and Elinor Purrir, UNH in 3rd.

Lelisa Desisa leads 3 under the 61 minute mark in the BAA 1/2 marathon, the final leg of the distance medley running in 1:00:34 while Stephen Sambu in 3rd claimed the 100k prize. Kim Smith, 31, tuned up for the New York City Marathon running away to victory in 1:09:41 claiming the 100k paycheck. Katie Matthews,22, runs 1:14:29 for her debut at the distance. Chris Barnicle prepped for his marathon debut running 1:04:29 in finishing 12th.

At the Mayor’s Cup, in the women’s championship 5K, Jennifer Bergman, 21, kicked home to victory in 17:10 while in the men’s championship the lead runners were led off course but completed 8K anyway. Cameron Bean of Zap Fitness, 23:56, won in a sprint from Cameron Marantz and Mitch Goose.

It was a family affair at the 36th Cape Cod Marathon as Pat and Katie Moulton overcome adversity and outrun the competition (2:35:59 + 2:55:48).

At the Maine Marathon Robert Gomez, 30, runs 2:24:22 and Leah Frost, 30, 3:00:52 to win.

In Hartford, CT, at the ING Hartford Marathon Erica Jesseman (2:38:13) handles defending champion Hilary Dionne Cambridge, Ma, (2:39:39). Getachew Melese runs the first half in 1:07:20 coasting home to victory in 2:19:26. Matt Pelletier, despite missing 3 weeks of critical training in August finishes 2nd in 2:21:22 running negative splits. Eric MacKnight runs aggressively and is rewarded with a 2:22:21 PR.

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Nope, we can’t forget about this pic.

For more, see:
Part I
Part II

More to come…

Alexander Hit Next Level

 

 

It’s in the rearview mirror now, but between Matty P’s tweet and the USATF releasing the Team USA roster for the 25th Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race today, we figured it was a good time to put up something on club nats. The big story, as some of you already know, is that Sam Alexander was selected for the team.

Before we get into the races, I wanted to say that I was looking through Rod Hemingway’s photos (two of which appear below) from the races and I couldn’t believe how many people hit the ground during the race. It looked like staying on your feet was quite the challenge. Anyway, on to the races:

The Men

Joe Gray ran a 31:05 to win the 10k championship, but it’s hard not to focus our attention the Sam ran. What can we say, we’re partial to the Legion. Sam ran a 31:27 and finished in 9th place. Joe Moore, Max King, Nick Arciniaga, Alan Webb…just a couple of names from the long list of runners finishing behind Sam. Those guys are no slouches, either. Sam’s BAA team ended up finishing 12th place. Due to some archaic rule, Sam wasn’t allowed to score for the BAA because he lives in CT which is technically outside of our New England region. No doubt the BAA would’ve been a few slots higher had Sam been allowed to score for them. The BAA had a couple of other guys up there though, with Eric Ashe coming in 28th and Brian Harvey finishing 43rd.

Ryan Bak, a graduate of Trinity College, finished 7th overall and led his Central Oregon Running Club teammates to a 24th place finish. Ryan will be joining Sam on Team USA for the BUPA race.

Teams
12. Boston Athletic Association
19. Garden State Track Club (A)
27. New Balance Boston
36. Greater Boston Track Club
38. GSTC (B)
42. GSTC (C)
48. HFC Striders

Team USA Roster
Ryan Bak
Joseph Gray
Brendan Gregg
Richard Medina
Maverick Darling
Robert Mack III
Samuel Alexander
Christopher Derrick
Gregory Montgomery

For the masters, the BAA squad didn’t disappoint. Led by Harry Stants (20th, 35:59), the Unicorns bunched up nicely and finished in about as tight of a pack as can hope for. Close behind were Keven O’Neil (22nd), Peter Hammer (26th), and Chris Magill (27th). Although the Greater Springfield Harriers weren’t the highest placing team from the region, their presence was felt. Sandu Rebenciuc finished 6th (35:01), leading the team to a strong 11th place showing.

40+ Teams
3. BAA
11. Greater Springfield
19. HFC

50+ Teams
7. Greater Lowell Road Runners

The Women

The 1-2 punch of Jillian King (20th) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (22nd), who ran 22:36 and 22:44 respectively, led the New Balance Boston ‘A’ squad to a 5th place finish. Katie DiCamillo (86th) and Joanna Murphy (59th) had off days and didnt run quite as well as last year (19th and 28th, respectively), but they still ran well enough to push the team into the upper echelon of the field. That’s a deep team.

The CPTC women came in 7th, led by Jane Vongvorachoti and her 35th place finish.

Teams
5. New Balance Boston (A)
7. Central Park Track Club
12. New York Athletic Club
19. GBTC
20. NBB (B)
21. GSTC (A)
34. GSTC (B)

Team USA Roster
Addie Bracy
Corey Conner
Karen Dimoff
Amy Van Alstine
Kellyn Johnson
Renee Baillie
Katie Kellner
Stephanie Marcy
Rochelle Kanuho

Nahant 30k Recap & Raw Footage

The Nahant 30k is in the books and we have the race footage to prove it. It’s raw footage, but it gets the job done. We interviewed the winners yesterday and already posted that, but you can find said interviews with Dan Vassallo and Cheryl Cleary here.

For the men, Dan Vassallo led CMS to victory in the open division. Chris Magill and the BAA took the masters division, but Magill wasn’t the fastest masters runner on the day. That honor belonged to Jason Porter of…you guessed it…CMS. The Whirlaway seniors won their division by topping Greater Lowell by a 23 minute margin.

Over on the ladies’ side, Kasie Enman and the BAA topped the SISU squad in the open division while Whirlaway captured the masters and senior divisions. The top masters runner on the day was Christin Doneski, a member of that Whirlaway masters machine.

Sorry kids, no time to go into detail like who ran what time, but you can find the full results here. And while you’re looking for stuff on the race, be sure to check out Krissy Kozlosky’s pics from yesterday. The featured image attached to this post on our main page today is hers, and you’ll be able to see that and much more once you click that link.

As promised, here’s the raw footage from the race:

Chelanga Right At Home in NH

Sam Chelanga looked pretty solid on Saturday as he cruised to a 23:54.3 8k in winning the Dartmouth Invitational. Sam did not count in the scoring though. Will Geoghegan (Dartmouth) was the top collegiate runner and crossed the line merely seconds behind Chelanga. Will led the Dartmouth boys to a second place showing with his 23:57.6. The top team on the day was Syracuse, but it was pretty close. The top fourteen runners (not counting Chelanga) all hailed from either Syracuse or Dartmouth. Syracuse placed their top six in the first nine and edged out Dartmouth by 10 points (24 to 34).

Sam moved out to the Hanover, NH area on August first, citing family as the reason for the move. The Chelanga’s knew they wanted to head back east, but where exactly was up in the air. Sam’s buddy Ben True helped persuade him to come train with Ben and Mark Coogan. For now it was just a geographical move. As of this interview, Sam was still a member of the Oregon Track Club. In the interview below, Sam opens up a little more about the race, the move, training and whether or not he’s ready for a New England winter:

Level Renner 10k – Interviews

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Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

It took a few days to get these videos together, but there seems to be a whole lot more pressure doing them when they are for your own race. We’ve come a long way since we shook the world by posting our first videos back in February of 2012.

With talent like Ruben Sança and Glarius Rop in the field, we knew there was potential there for a couple of fast times. I just don’t think we imagined that they’d run this fast. Incredible.

We were equally excited about the ladies that signed on for the first event. Kyle Feldman was still working her way back into top form after battling an injury, and Lindsay Willard bypassed some much needed rest from her busy racing schedule (while also overcoming an injury) to come duke it out in Brockton:

Lastly, we have Rat Royalty. Peter Wallan is/was the editor and publisher of the glorious Hockomock Swamp Rat.  We actually started up Level Renner to help fill the void left when Wallan retired from publishing his journal.  Here’s what he has to say:

For a full write up of the event,  you’ll have to wait for the next issue of the Level Renner magazine. It’ll hit your inboxes within a matter of days, so make sure you’re on our subscription list so that you get it while it’s fresh (and are eligible for this month’s gear giveaway). And be sure to check out the website for Scott Mason Photo and Krissy Kozlosky; they both continue to contribute high quality work to the Level. They support us, so please consider supporting them.

Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky

Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky

Firefighter 5 Mile: Rich, Manfred Victorious

We went old school for this race coverage. Well, maybe old school isn’t the right way to put it. We didn’t have our usual camera equipment so we went back to our roots and got it done with the iPhone. Before the race went off, we spotted Pat Rich in the registration area and thought we’d get ahead in the game by doing a quick Instagram video of him with a pre-race prediction. Well, the cell phone service out there is pretty abysmal and the video clip went out into the ether, never to be seen again. We tried.


Technical difficulties aside, Pat Rich cruised to victory in 26:24. Matthew Manfred finished 2nd in 28:36, but the loss shouldn’t have stung too much for the coach from Altoona, PA; his wife Heidi was the top woman and only two spots behind him. For their efforts, they both got to cash in on some gear over at the New England Running Company in Beverly, MA. The husband and wife duo both coach cross country at Penn State Altoona, and were in town visiting family and hoping to run Falmouth. Falmouth’s loss was Hamilton’s gain.

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Kaitlyn (L) and Lindsay (R) Domoracki bask in the glow of their triumphs.

The top firefighter on the day was Kevin Phipps of Lynn, and his Lynn Fire Department team upset the Hamilton team on their home course. Big road victory for Lynn! Kevin ran a 36:10 for the 5 mile course.

Run 4 Kerri: InterviewsOnTheLevel

It’s hard to figure out how to fit all the good stuff into short enough clips for your web digestion. Every now and then, an event presents us with enough “extra” material to produce some additional features.

Here we have Matt Pelletier uncut and on camera after the Run 4 Kerri. It’s always a good interview with Matty P and it felt criminal to leave out most of this in the more official race coverage video. Plus it was a good way to tease an upcoming video/blog post. ‘About what?’, you may be asking. You’ll have to watch to find out.

Next, class is in session as Jason Bui, Diana Davis and Lindsay Willard come to the Level Renner classroom for post race detention. All three of them came into the race on tired legs and all three ran quite well. One of them may have stealthily swiped $50 from an Olympian at a mile marker. Check it out:

We had a blast working with Scott Bessette and Co at the Run 4 Kerri this year. Be sure to add this race to your calendar for 2014! We’ll save a seat in the classroom for you.

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Milestone

Pat Fullerton just went sub-4 in winning the High Street Mile. Now he’s On The Level. Back on July 3rd Pat Fullerton ran a 3:48 at the Hinckley Allen Manchester Mile…and finished second. For those of us not familiar with the race, there was a moment of excited confusion. What? Did he just do that? That course was downhill, but the time was still impressive. I might break four going downhill if I’m in a big enough tire, but then again I’d probably veer off the road and smack a mailbox. But anyway, that’s not important. What is important is that Pat broke four once again, this time in winning the High Street Mile in a new course record of 3:58.8. This is a flat course, too. Now Pat’s On The Level to talk about the feat:

Considering the results of the Manchester Mile, what were you expecting for this flat mile? Was sub-4 the goal?

I came in second to Gagnon in Manchester in 348.2 and it was a windy day, so it should have been even faster in my opinion so my goal coming into to this was to run 356, I had done some outstanding workouts leading up to it and knew if I got out well I would have a chance.

Did you lead from wire to wire?

I swapped leads with Endale (Abiyot, second place) multiple times even though he had the lead at 400 (56) and 800 (1:58.2) before I finally took over at 1200 m (2:59.9) and then kicked for home.

Race video by Joe Mulvar

Just what does it mean to you to run that time?

I’m obviously super excited for how well I ran and breaking 4, but the number of people who have approached me / reached out to me and said it is a legitimate sub 4 is awesome! I didn’t realize how flat the course was I guess, but when I broke 4 I didn’t think anything really of it except just another road sub 4 to add to the list never thinking it was actually as fast as people are telling me it is.

McDonalds….did it make you faster or slow you down? If it made you faster, was there some secret combination of menu items that put you over the top?

I don’t eat it before a race usually, but I do eat it during the week (McChicken’s and McNuggets) and say “fast food makes fast people” all the time which usually irritates most of my female employees.

Working in retail, how do you handle being on your feet so much all day?

As for work itself, I love it. Its so much easier being at work all day in a pair of running shoes than boots which is what I did when I was at Market Basket as a Meat Cutter. So, work has actually benefitted me a great deal and I always have my hard runs done before work and then I wear my compression socks usually all day at work to help recover.

All in all, it was an awesome awesome race and I am really excited to see what happens in the next few months and see how can I do at longer distances while trying to maintain this speed and see if I get invited to any high end road miles!

What do you consider your mile PR to be now? Do you feel the need to go sub-4 on the track to make your sub-4 club membership more official?

3:58.8! Yes I still do for my own personal satisfaction. Is that a possibility right now? Nope, which sucks, but I can live with that….for now at least!

Well you’re a legit sub-4 guy in our books.

Thanks man! But I have always dreamed about it since I was a 8th grader when I first started doing track! So, for me, I wanna do it on a track. #europehereicome?

We hope so. Looking forward to Pat tearing up tracks globally. For now, we’ll have to settle for his stellar local performances and entertaining tweets about fast food.

Ritchie, Reilly Victorious at Carver

The air was noticeably cooler on Friday night. I remembered it was the night of the Blessing of the Fleet Road Race in Narragansett, RI at what was probably the time Sam Alexander was breaking the tape (51:12 for the win). That race always seemed to be uncomfortably hot (much like many others this time of year) but if it could be cooler for that one, then there was hope that it could be cooler for Carver, right? Wrong.

Temps seemed to be about average at race time in Carver (79-80, I think) but luckily the course offered quite a bit of shade. You wouldn’t be able to tell from the results that it was hot at all from the way Tim Ritchie and Ruben Sança broke it open. It was basically a two man race that came down to a kick at the end. With about 400m to go, Ritchie made his move and Sança couldn’t quite cover it.

Tim Ritchie takes this round from Ruben Sança at Carver. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

Tim Ritchie takes this round from Ruben Sança at Carver. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

This round went to Ritchie, but it was just another battle between the two that goes back to their high school days. “He’s one of the guys that makes me nervous before a race. I’ll see him on the line and I’ll be like ‘okay, this is going to be harder than I thought’.” For Ruben, it was his debut road race in a Whirlaway singlet. Getting out-kicked is never ideal, but Ruben is only two and a half months removed from knee surgery and is still rounding into form. Ruben is feeling stronger and confident, and with a little more time to recover, it could make for a heck of showdown between the two down the road.

In the women’s race, it was all Steph Reilly. The Team RUN competitor and Bryant University coach (and last but not least Olympian) cruised to the victory in 27:48. Steph was almost a minute up on her nearest competitor, Carly Shea (BAA, 28:43). Not bad for someone who’s putting their body through the wringer with P90X exercises. According to Steph, she was feeling the effects of those strenuous workouts, but it’s all part of a plan to build up some more strength this summer.

Carly Shea fared pretty well herself. Although she lost to Reilly, she did manage to score her first PR as a mom. A PR of any kind is always a good sign so it looks like her comeback is progressing nicely.

As always, Scott Mason Photo had the race covered and you can check out his amazing work on his website. Krissy Kozlosky was also on the scene and put up quite a few excellent shots as well. Enjoy, and support your photographers!

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