Sunday, December 18, 2016

Greylock Road Race

4th series, race #2

When we arrived at 7:45 it was 55 degrees and sunny, very nice! As the race this year was not only a part of this series, but it was also a part of USATF-NE Mountain Series. Even this early, getting a good parking spot was challenging. Needless to say, there was a much larger field than usual!

Berkshire Running Center did another great job of putting the race on with lots of wonderful volunteers and finish line pictures…thank you so much!!!
The course follows the paved road on the North side of the mountain from Williams Reservoir 8 miles to the 3,491’ summit, rising about 2,400 vertical feet.
Aerial view of the summit taken awhile ago.

Welcome to our newest members Cris Cote n Meg paugh! So, we officially have 16 competitors for the 4th series! Thanks for signing up n hope you have a lot of fun!!!
Weather during the race was near perfect! Winning this year was Matthew Veiga in 55:14 and Leslie O’dell in 1:05:57. A total of 166 runners completed the race.
Leading the way for our runners was Josh Curtis(41M) in 11th place in 1:05:29. Next was Jeff Gould(51M) in 16th place in 1:07:21 followed by Kevin Cavanaugh(47M) in 17th in 1:07:27. Len Hall(63M) led the older guys in 19th and 1:09:27 followed closely by Bob Mulvaney(63M) in 24th in 1:11:31. Meg Paugh(31F) was our 1st woman in 36th place in 1:15:10 followed by Donna Smyth(56F) in 48th in 1:16:56. Cris Cote(53M) was 57th in 1:20:32 followed closely by Sau-Mei Leung(50F) in 58th in 1:20:39. Paul Jones in 65th in 1:21:53. Seventy year young me was 71st in 1:23:46, Darrel Lasell(58M) 104th in 1:34:02, Walter Kuklinski(67M) 110th in 1:34:44, Dennis Gilyard(65M) 114th in 1:36:10, Jill Larson(43F) 122nd in 1:38:11 and Elaine Dill(68F) 124th in 1:38:16. Congratulations to everyone! As Dave Dunham once said after one of his Northfield races…“You are now 40% Mountain Goat” J

Here are the stat's for the 4th series, please let me know if you find any errors as I do this all by “hand”, thank you!
Series points and standings for the Greylock Road Race: (166 finishers)
       1)            Matthew Veiga(29M)     100.00
11)          Josh Curtis(41M)               84.36
16)          Jeff Gould(51M)                82.01
17)          Kevin Cavanaugh(47M)   81.89
19)          Len Hall(63M)                    79.53
24)          Bob Mulvaney(63M)        77.24
36)          Meg Paugh(31F)                73.49
48)          Donna Smyth(56F)            71.80
57)          Cris Cote(53M)                   68.59
58)          Sau-Mei Leung(50F)            68.49
65)          Paul Jones(38M)                  67.46
71)          Fred Ross III(70M)               65.95
104)        Darrel Lasell(58M)              58.74
110)        Walter Kuklinski(67M)       58.31
114)        Dennis Gilyard(65M)          57.44
122)        Jill Larson(43F)                     56.26
124)        Elaine Dill(68F)                      56.21
Current 4th series standings:
1)                 Kevin Cavanaugh          163.71
2)                Josh Curtis                      161.04
3)                Jeff Gould                        159.75
4)                Len Hall                           153.70
5)                Bob Mulvaney                 150.26
6)                Meg Paugh                      141.36
7)               Donna Smyth                   139.41
8)                Cris Cote                         135.37
9)                Sau-Mei Leung               129.10
10)            Paul Jones                       128.06
11)            Fred Ross III                    125.98
12)           Darrel Lasell                     113.07
13)           Walter Kuklinski              111.54
14)           Jill Larson                         110.17
15)           Dennis Gilyard                 109.96
16)           Elaine Dill                         109.04

Current Streak:
        1)      Fred                                                        18        
        2)      Walter                                                    12
        3)     Donna                                                        9
        4)     Jeff n Len                                                  7
        5)     Bob                                                             6
        6)     Dennis, Kevin, Josh, Sau-Mei, Paul,
                Darrel, Jill & Elaine, Cris & Meg               2
All time finishes:
        1)          Fred                                       18
        2)          Laurel                                    14
        3)          Donna                                    13
        4)          Walter                                    12
        5)          Jeff n Len                                7
        6)          Bob                                          6
        7)          Dennis & John                         
        8)          Dick Hoch                                3
        9)   Kevin, Josh, Sau-Mei, Paul,
              Darrel, Jill & Elaine, Cris & Meg       2
Total all time series points:
        1)               Fred                            978.58
        2)               Donna                          861.77
        3)               Laurel Shortell             678.77
        4)               Walter                          674.92
        5)               Jeff                              552.69
        6)               Len                              525.68
        7)               Bob                              437.07
        8)               Dennis                          225.17
        9)              John Kowalski               190.97
       10)             Kevin                             163.71
       11)             Josh                               161.04
       12)             Meg                                141.36
       13)            Cris Cote                           135.37
       14)            Sau-Mei                             129.10
       15)            Paul                                  128.06
       16)            Dick Hoch                         121.67
       17)            Darrel                               113.07
       18)            Jill                                    110.17
       19)            Elaine                             109.04
Following are a few pictures from the race. Next up is the Prospect Mountain Road Race at the end of April in Lake George, NY. If you get any pictures there, please send them to me for possibly using in updates. Thanks!
Smoke on the water

"There's a good spot over there Len"

Sao-Mei picking up her race #

Darrel n Cris, left, talking about the race.

Dennis warming up

Donna talking with Erica Kahn, competitors in the same age group.

Donna warming up.

Great to see so many runners for this race!

Len on course.

Bob on course.

Josh was our 1st finisher this day.

Jeff finishing with Kevin not far behind!

Kevin finished just 6 seconds back of Jeff.

Len finishing well.

Bob was 2:04 back of Len.

Meg was our 1st woman to cross the finish line.

Donna was 1:46 back of Meg.

Cris is one of our newest members, welcome Cris!

Sau-Mei finished just 7 seconds behind Cris.

Paul ran well.

I'm always happy to finish :)

Great Smile Darrel!

Walter always adds color to the races :)

Way to go Dennis!

Great smile Jill!

Great form Elaine!

Monument was in the process of upgrades.

Two of North Medford's Club finest, another Great day!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The North Face Race to the Top of Vermont

4th series, race #1

Starting out for the run at 9am, the weather was great! Overcast with a few sprinkles and 65 to 70 degrees. Started to get sunnier as we progressed. The race course is the Toll Road on the East side of the mountain, 4.3 miles in length and rising 2,564 vertical feet. Thank you to RD Greg Maino, the wonderful volunteers and the Great Sponsors for another successful event!

Starting the 4th year of the series, there are more runners than ever! I’d like to welcome Kevin Cavanaugh, Josh Curtis, Sao-Mei Leung, Paul Jones, Darrel Lasell, Jill Larson & Elaine Dill for joining us in the series and wish us all good luck in staying injury free and finishing all the races!

Leading the 465 finishers, was Josh Ferenc, finishing in 35:48. He turned around and ran back down, hopped on his bike and raced up again in the bike race that started at 10am, now quite sunny and warm! This year they had a division for that which he won in 1:45:28, leading 4 others!
Josh headed back up on the bike leg!

We had 14 runners finishing this first race! Leading the way was Kevin Cavanaugh in 43:45 finishing 2nd (of 53) in the 40-49 men’s age group! Next was Jeff Gould in 46:03 finishing 3rd (of 52) in the men’s 50-59 age group! Following Jeff was Josh Curtis in 46:41 placing 7th in the men’s 40-49 age group. Len Hall was out first 60-69 in 48:16 placing 2nd in that group. Len was followed closely by Bob Mulvaney in 49:01 placing 3rd in Len’s group. Our first woman was Donna Smyth in 52:57 and 4th of 41 other women in the women’s 50-59 age group. Coming in after Donna was Sao-Mei Leung in 59:04 placing 8th in Donna’s age group. Paul Jones finished in 59:04 and was 20th of 47 in 40-49 age group. I was next in 59:38 finishing 1st in the 70+ age group. Darrel Lasell was next in 1:05:53 placing 34th in the 50-59 age group. Then Jill Larson finished in 1:06:24 and was 20th of 47 in the 40-49 age group. Walter Kuklinski did well, as he was recovering from an injury, finishing in 1:07:15 and 18th in 60-69 age group. Elaine Dill was next in 1:07:46 and was 4th of 8 in 60-69 age group. Dennis Gilyard, also coming back from an injury, finished in 1:08:10 and was 21st in 60-69 age group.

Here are the stat's for the 4th series, please let me know if you find any errors and see you tomorrow @ Greylock!

Series points and standings for the Race to the Top of Vermont: (465 finishers)
      1)          Josh Ferenc(34M)                    100.00
      17)     Kevin Cavanaugh(47M)             81.82
      31)     Jeff Gould(51M)                          77.74
      38)     Josh Curtis(41M)                         76.68
      51)     Len Hall(63M)                              74.17
      57)     Bob Mulvaney(63M)                  73.02
      98)     Donna Smyth(56F)                      67.61
      172)   Sao-Mei Leung(50F)                   60.61
      173)   Paul Jones(36M)                         60.60
      185)   Fred Ross III(70M)                       60.03
      258)   Darrel Lasell(58M)                       54.33
      264)   Jill Larson(43F)                              53.91
      276)   Walter Kuklinski(67M)                53.23
      288)   Elaine Dill(68F)                              52.83
      290)   Dennis Gilyard(65M)                   52.52

Current Streak:
        1)      Fred                                                  17        
        2)      Walter                                               11
        3)     Donna                                                   8
        4)     Jeff n Len                                             6
        5)     Bob                                                       5

        6)     Dennis, Kevin, Josh, Sao-Mei, Paul,
                Darrel, Jill & Elaine                               1

All time finishes:
        1)          Fred                                       17
        2)          Laurel                                    14
        3)          Donna                                    12
        4)          Walter                                    11
        5)          Jeff n Len                                6
        6)          Bob                                          5
        7)          Dennis, John n Dick Hoch        3

        8)   Kevin, Josh, Sao-Mei, Paul,
              Darel, Jill & Elaine                          1

Total all time series points:
        1)               Fred                        912.63
        2)               Donna                     789.97
        3)               Laurel                     678.77
        4)               Walter                     616.61
        5)               Jeff                         470.68
        6)               Len                         446.15
        7)               Bob                         359.83
        8)               John                       190.97
        9)               Dick Hoch               121.67
       10)             Dennis                     167.73

       11)             Kevin                         81.82
       12)            Josh                           76.68
       13)            Sao-Mei                      60.61
       14)            Paul                           60.60
       15)            Darrel                        54.33
       16)            Jill                             53.91
       17)            Elaine                        52.83

Following are pictures from the race, if you get any please send them to me for possibly using in updates. Thanks!

Good to see Dennis and Walter, and his wife Jessica, again!

The "secret" potta potty :)

Arriving at the starting area after about half mile walk up from parking area.

Bob, Len & Donna warming up.

Jeff with new series runner Josh Curtis.

Donna doing more warm up.

Another new member, Kevin Cavanaugh #226.

Jeff, with lots of Hockamock Swamp Rat Patches!, talking with Abby Mahoney n Dawn Heinrich.

Another new member, Darrel Lasell, warming up.

Thanks to Lee Krohn for a great starting picture!

Darrel on the far left, thanks again to Lee!

Thanks again Lee for this photo of some of the great aide station workers!

Lee caught this photo with Dennis on the left n Darrel on the right!

Thanks to Dragonfly Aerials for this great picture!

Lee captured this string of runners working their way up.

Was great to see Granite State Race Services doing the timing! In my opinion, they are the very best!

AND instant results right at the finish!!!

Darrel is no stranger to Mount Mansfield, having hiked it many times!

Blessed with great weather! Highest point in Vermont in the distance :)

Another great aspect is the kids race they have at the base, so wonderful!

Headed to the Bar-B-Q, awards n raffle!

Amanda Marino & Josh Ferenc were the winners in 41:39 and 35:48! Congrat's!!!

Thanks Greg Marino, and all involved, for a great event!

Former USA Olympic XC Ski Racer,Trina Hosmer worked registration Saturday n awards after the race!

Northeast Delta Dental CEO, Tom Raffio not only helped sponsor the race but also ran the race!

Jeff Gould finished 3rd of 52 in his age group!

A very competitive 60-69 age group won by Keith Woodward with Len Hall 2nd n Bob Mulvaney 3rd!

I was surprised and very happy to win my 70-79 age group!

Abby n Sau-Mei at the awards n raffle, great to see you there!