Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jeff Gould and Donna Smyth have won the 3rd Northeast Uphill Mountain Series!

Congratulations Jeff & Donna and thanks to Bob Fitzgerald, of New England Runner magazine for presenting Jeff and Donna with their awards...thank you Bob!

Winners are based on combined points from their 4 best races. Everyone scored their lowest points at the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race thanks to Joe Gray's amazing run with a time of 58:17! Congratulations Joe!

Jeff total'd 324.26 and Donna 280.91. Finishing 2nd was Len Hall with 309.04 and Laurel Shortell with 104.60. 3rd place male was Bob Mulvaney with 286.81 but unfortunately there were no other women this year.

Prize money is awarded for the top 3 male and female finishers thanks to my local running club the Red Clover Rovers! 1st is $75, 2nd $50 and 3rd $25.

I'm proud to announce that Jeff, Len, Donna, Walter Kuklinski and I completed all 5 of the races and attained Mountain Goat status, thus earning lottery by-passes into the 2017 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race! Each will also receive a custom certificate, proclaiming this, suitable for framing. Congratulations and thanks so much for your support!

The 4th series will start with the Race to the Top of Vermont on August 28th in Stowe, Vermont. Link to the race is
For information on the series email me @ and hope to see you in Stowe on the 28th!

Bob Fitzgerald presents Donna & Jeff with 1st place prize money supplied by the Red Clover Rovers running club.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ascutney Mountain Run

3rd series, race #4
We had a great day for the race! Not very cold but very windy up top. Raina White, and her team of Great Volunteers, did another outstanding job...thank you so very much!

Winning was Turner Zamore in 30:51.2 with Jeff Gould as our first finisher in 38:02.5 followed by Len Hall in 41:23.0, Bob Mulvaney in 43:12.7, Donna Smyth in 44:26.4, John Kowalski in 49:19.7, myself in 51:59.2 and Walter Kuklinski in 55:54.1

Onto to the stat's!

Here are the standings going into the final race. Please let me know if any errors.

Series points and standings for Asutney: (167 finishers)
1)     Turner Zamore               100.00
19)   Jeff Gould                        81.10
31)   Len Hall                           74.55
41)   Bob Mulvaney                 71.40
43)  Donna Smyth                   69.43
75)   John Kowalski                 62.55
98)   Fred Ross III                   59.35
125) Walter Kuklinski            55.19

Current streak:
1)     Fred                                          15
2)     Walter                                        9
3)     Donna                                         6
4)     Jeff & Len                                  4
5)     Bob                                             3
6)     John                                           1

Total all time finishes:
1)     Fred                                               15
2)     Laurel                                            14
3)     Donna                                            10
4)     Walter                                             9
5)     Jeff n Len                                       4
6)     Bob, John n Dick Hock                 3
7)     Dennis                                             2

All time total series points:
1)     Fred                                       804.30
2)     Laurel                                    678.77
3)     Donna                                    665.58
4)     Walter                                   517.77
5)     Jeff                                         324.26
6)     Len                                         309.04
7)     Bob                                         225.10
8)     John                                       190.97
9)     Dick Hoch                              121.67
10)   Dennis                                    115.21

Following are pictures from the race AND see you on the HILL!!!

Donna warming up

OK Fred, how many fingers do I have up?

Front row

Some more of the runners

Leaning into the turn

Walter movin on up

Walter finishing once more

Who is this masked man?

Motley crew :)

Lots of wind resistance there!

Len picks up another win, way to go!

Love it!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Prospect Mountain Road Race

3rd Series, race #3

I thought the Prospect Mountain Road Race was really nice! If you haven't run it before I'd highly recommend it! The road to the summit hadn't opened for the season yet so no traffic to deal with. There are great views from the open summit where you finish. The parking area is a short ways down from the summit, where someone helping you can park and walk up. A plus was great weather on race day!

I was sad to hear from Laurel Shortell that she is taking a break from racing so won't be continuing with us. I credit Laurel with the success for the series, without her dedication it would most likely not have continued...thank you so much Laurel!

Also, Dennis Gilyard was injured and could not run, wishing Dennis a speedy recovery!

John Kowalski wasn't at the race either. That leaves Jeff, Len, Donna, Walter & I as the only possible Mountain Goats.

See everyone at Ascutney on Sunday, June 12th!

Here are the standings going into the fourth race. Please let me know if any errors.

Series points and standings for Prospect: (115 finishers)
1)     Christopher Chromcz          100.00
6)     Jeff Gould                               84.91
11)    Len Hall                                 79.69
20)    Bob Mulvaney                       75.78
28)    Donna Smyth                         72.36
52)    Fred Ross III                          63.41
58)    Walter Kuklinski                   61.87

Current streak:
1)     Fred                                          14
2)     Walter                                        8
3)     Donna                                         5
4)     Jeff & Len                                  3
5)     Bob                                             2

Total all time finishes:
1)     Laurel & Fred                              14
2)     Donna                                            9
3)     Walter                                           8
5)     Jeff, Len & Dick Hock                    3
6)     Bob, Dennis & John                        2

All time total series points:
1)     Fred                                       744.95
2)     Laurel                                    678.77
3)     Donna                                    596.15
4)     Walter                                   462.58
5)     Jeff                                         243.16
6)     Len                                         234.49
7)     Bob                                         153.70
8)     John                                       128.42
9)     Dick Hoch                              121.67
10)   Dennis                                    115.21

Following are pictures from the race.

Donna & I went with RDers Christine(Lt) & Jill the afternoon before the race to put out aides stations & mile markers.

Donna warming up.
Donna, Walter & Jeff anxious to get started.
And we're off :)

Nice course and no traffic!

Looking NE down at Lake George as we ran by one of the pulloffs.

The race was 5.67 miles and had 3 aide stations!

Walter was having some leg troubles and I actually caught and passed him.

Neat mile markers & captions!

Parking area on right & trail to summit left.

Looking down at start by south end of Lake George.

Donna came down to cheer me on and get her stuff from car.

Summit n finish just around the corner :)

Lovely sight!!! :)

Walter looking good!

Walter finished strong!

Had some drinks n snacks up there :)

A really nice area around the summit!!!

Looking NE from the summit area.

They recognized 3 deep in 5 year age groups! Jeff won 50-54.

Len was 2nd 60-64.

Bob was 3rd 60-64.

Donna won 55-59.

I was 2nd 65-69.

Walter left after the race. He was 3rd 65-69.

You can see the summit from the awards n starting area!