USATF Masters National 5k Championships

USATF Masters National 5k Championships

I’m now halfway through my fall racing schedule and things feel like they are starting to come together. Greg, Joe and I traveled to Western NY to meet up with Derrick and race in the USATF Masters 5k Championships. I’ve done this race one other time back in 2014 as part of Roadkill and I ran my 40+ 5k PR of 16:14. Back then I was striving to break 16 minutes, this year I had a much more modest target of helping the team win a national championship.

We finally got a break in the weather with the start time temps in the low 50’s and no wind. While none of the CMS team had an exemplary performance, we all ran solid races and that was just what was needed to take the win.

CMS at the S
Derrick added for posterity.
  1.    49:04 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS                        (  16:22)

1    16:03  Greg Putnam           47 Stoneham             MA

2    16:20  Derrick Jones         45 Henrietta            NY

3    16:41  Joshua Perks          43 Windham              NH

4 (  16:55) Joe Shairs            49 Peabody              MA

  1.    50:21 GARMIN RUNNERS                               (  16:47)

1    16:25  Brian Crowley         52 Hillsborough         NJ

2    16:33  Mark Williams         44 Columbia             NJ

3    17:23  Peter Kashulines, Jr. 54 Mountain Lakes       NJ

4 (  18:15) Robert Decarlo, Jr.   40 Saddle Brook         NJ

5 (  19:57) Joel Garrell          59 Morristown           NJ

  1.    51:08 ADIDAS GARDEN STATE TRACK CLUB               (  17:03)

1    16:42  Thomas Knowles        41 Oakland              NJ

2    17:01  Chuck Schneekloth, Jr.40 Franklin             NJ

3    17:25  Gary Leaman           58 Hardwick             NJ

I wanted to say a special thanks to Dave Oja, who directed all 25 years of the Syracuse Festival of Races. Having directed the Wally Waddle 5k for 8 years I have just the tiniest bit of understanding of the amount of time and effort that goes into putting on an event like the Festival of Races. Dave is stepping down as the director and it is uncertain anyone will take up the mantel to keep the race going, but I hope someone does. There is a shortage of well run AND highly competitive races and the Festival Races would be sorely missed. A Syracuse news station did a nice piece on Dave and the race, which you can watch HERE (look for a certain blogger finishing at around 45 seconds.)

Next Sunday is the USATF Masters 5k Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park in Boston. The competition is shaping up to be a bit tougher for that race than for the Syracuse race, but the 5 man scoring plays in our favor. We will be fielding a very deep roster to take on the likes of BAA and the Atlanta Track Club both of whom were absent from last weeks race. This will be my first cross country race 2 years, and I’m excited to lace up the spikes and see what I can do to help the team win 2 championships in a row.

Adventures in New England

Adventures in New England

Finishing the USATF New England 5K Championship
Finishing the USATF New England 5K Championship

I’ve got a busy few months of racing planned this fall, starting off with the just concluded CVS Downtown 5k in Providence, RI which served as the USATF New England 5K Championship. With the USTAF New England 5k Championship done I’m moving on to the USATF New England 10k Championship in Gloucester, MA this coming Sunday. After that it is time for a trip to Western New York for the USATF National Masters 5k Championship on October 1st. Then I’ll take a weekend off from racing before the USATF National Masters 5K Cross Country Championship in Boston, MA on October 15th.

It has been a few years since I’ve done this much racing, and I’m all fired up to compete with my team. On Sunday we won the USATF NE 5k championship (Team Results Individual Results) and have our eyes set on 3 more wins this fall. It is a remarkable experience to run a good race and be the 4th masters runner on my team. It keeps me focused and always striving to get better.

Cross Country season looms!

Cross Country season looms!

Stop what you are doing. Take a minute and breathe in. Do you smell that? The scent of cross country is in the air! The Pete Glavin Cross Country series kicks off in just a few weeks, with the first race taking place in Clay Park outside of Syracuse.

The official dates are:

Sunday, September 10th – Clay Park, Syracuse
Sunday, September 24th – Akron Falls Park, Akron Falls
Sunday, October 8th – Watkins Glen, Ithaca
Sunday, October 29th – Genesee Valley Park, Rochester (also serving as the USATF Niagara XC Championships)
Sunday, November 12th – Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua (serving as the PGXC series championship)

The team will be supplying food, drinks and camaraderie after each race. As always, the winning teams get a case of good beer, and individuals can choose from great snacks for placing in their age groups. Join us for another fun year of eating mud and kicking grass!

On a related note, USATF Club Cross Country nationals are being held on December 9th in Lexington, KY. Roadkill Racing sent a team in 2014 and it was an absolute blast. Please let your captain know if you are interested in participating!