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Summer 2008

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From the Editor
George Grenier

This month we move our club

into the new millennium, be it RRCA Certified Running Coach
eight years late by some calen-

This newsletter will now be

offered in both electronic and
paper form. You should have
received an email last month
from our membership director,
Greg Diamond, explaining how the transition will work. If you
did not receive an email from Greg, please reach out to him and
update your membership information.

If you received this via email, you will notice that we are now
published electronically in full color. The printed version will
continue to be in black and white. If anyone has any concerns
about the transition from paper to pixels, wants to contribute text
or pictures to this publication or just has a comment, please con-
tact me at If you don’t have access to
email, you can always call me at (914) 447-6269.

I also want to take a moment to express how much I appreciate

the help everyone has given me over the last year. I want to espe-
cially thank Deb Kenney, who guided me and continues to help
get things together as the deadlines approach. I could not have
done it without you.

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President's Column
Ed McLaughlin

In 1961, The Marcels topped the On Saturday evening, there will be the Blue Moon Run at Blue
charts with their doo-wop ver- Mountain (probably 5K, but may be 4 Miles). Start time will be
sion of an old standard, "Blue 6:00 PM. Following the run we will be gathering at the Lodge
Moon". I first recall hearing it for a farewell party for our departing members, past-prez Deb
sung acappella in the stairwell of Kenney and Scott Abercrombie, who have moved out of the area
my high school in Brooklyn up to the frozen zone.
about that time. I was not then
aware of what a blue moon actu- We will cap the weekend off with the return of the Maiden Run
ally was. Later I found out that on Sunday morning, probably at 11:00 AM. This event is open
the term refers to the second full to those TRRC members who have not won an award (overall or
moon occurring during the same age-group) at any TRRC event over the last few years (on your
calendar month. Now you say, "So What?" Well, in August honor). The objective here is give those folks who haven't had a
2008 there will be a blue moon. It will happen on Saturday, breakthrough run, or who have habitually come in fourth, the
August 30. opportunity go home with an award. Real awards in all cate-
gories will be provided.
To mark this occasion, TRRC has booked the Lodge at Blue
Mountain Reservation in Peekskill for the weekend of Aug. 29 - So that's it, an action-packed weekend - stay tuned for further
31 for a couple of new, and we hope interesting/fun members- details. I haven't laid out the courses for these events yet; I plan
only running events. to make each one somewhat different. Right now we have
Saturday morning and early afternoon open - any suggestions?
The plan at this point is to start the weekend off with an BBQ? Bike ride?
Estimation Run on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. For those of you
who remember Harold's Half, the format will be similar, but for
a shorter distance. The course will be a 5K, on the roads and
trails of Blue Mountain. The object is to predict your time for the Yours truly,
distance without the aid of any type of timing device (no watch- Myles O'Rhodes
es, HRMs, iPods, etc.). The awards will be based on how close The Prez
you come to your predicted time; speed will not be a factor.

Peter Meisler, L.S.

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Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 8:45 AM

SYCAMORE PARK, Long Pond Road, Mahopac, NY
3 MILE RUN followed by a ½ MILE SWIM
DIVISIONS: Individual and Team (One Runner, One Swimmer)
AWARDS: Top 3 Male and Female Overall, Ten-Year Age Groups, and Top 5 Teams

Register by mail postmarked by July 28:
N TRRC Members $20
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N Make checks payable to TRRC PO Box 711, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
N OR Register online at
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Race Directors: Karen Davies (914) 302-2082 Ted Pernicano

Directions: From Taconic State Parkway, take Rte. 6 East toward Mahopac for approx. 8 miles. You will pass the Jefferson Valley Mall, Somers
Commons Mall, the town of Mahopac, and K-Mart/Key Foods on the right side. The road widens, and Valley Market/Citgo are on the left. Turn
left onto Long Pond Rd./ Crane Rd. (green park sign on corner). Go 1.5 miles and bear left at fire station. Entrance to Sycamore Park is 0.2 mile past
fire station on the left.
BIATHLON Registration Form NOTE: Each member of a team must complete a form

CHECK ONE: Individual race, TRRC member_________ Individual race, non member_________ Team member__________

Name_____________________________________________________ Teammate’s name (if applicable)_______________________

Circle: Male Female DOB _______/_______/________ Age Race Day________________

Address__________________________________________________ City______________________ State_____ Zip____________

Phone___________________________ E-mail______________________________________________ T-shirt: S M L XL

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I know that running a road race and swimming in open water are potentially hazardous activities. I should not participate unless I am medically able
and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run and/or swim. I assume all
risks associated with running and swimming in this event including, but not limited to: falls, deep water, contact with other participants, the effects of
the weather, including temperature and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the course, all such risks being known and appreciated by me.
Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my
behalf, waive and release the Taconic Road Runners Club, Town of Carmel and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or
liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of
the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record
of this event for any legitimate purpose. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or blades, animals, and radio headsets are
not allowed in the race and I will abide by this guideline.

Signature (Parent’s or Guardian’s if under 18)__________________________________________________ Date________________

Umstead 100 mile Endurance Run--April 5-6, 2008
Emmy Stocker

The Umstead 100 miler (Raleigh, NC) is 8 loops of 12.5

miles. I picked this race as had so many friends entered and it
is the most popular 100 on the east coast...I was ready, as in
the past year (readers of this newsletter know I am crazy but
now you know why) had done 5 50 mile or over runs, 10-12
50Ks and 2 60Ks! But had never run over 75 miles so it was
an experiment. But with Frank, my friend Meredith and all of
our Broadway Ultra Society friends I had trained hard for
this, endured injuries and was physically ready for the chal-
lenge. So.... What a great adventure my first 100 miler was -
-in summary I was lucky ---I finished in 24:57, (the 9th
woman overall), when 1 out of 3 people dropped out because
of the continuous rain and miserable conditions ---my stom-
ach held up, my blisters never got that bad, my calves were
good, and I had runnable aches and pains. I felt mentally pos-
itive and didn't have any sleep issues. I regret not finishing
with Frank, as we had trained together and hoped to do under
24 hours (both without a pacer but hopefully pace each other
at the last 30miles of loops) but we will both be back next up with Frank --we ran the next loop together, and also
year and have many more (as Hawaii Mike said) years to do hooked up with Meredith for awhile -the day was humid and
100s and I have learned that it is true--expect the unexpected overcast but so far no rain (that would come at 4 p.m. and stay
at 100 milers. If it were easy, more people would through the night).
finish...Meredith finished despite tossing her cookies for 45 I drank Gatorade, water and coke at every aid station and
miles!! Also, I wasted lots of time at the aid stations and even though I was not hungry at all, had saltines with PB, trail
could have easily gone under 24 hours by just moving it mix and PB and Js ---Frank kept telling me to eat fruit! So I
instead of dilly-dallying! started eating banana slices at every station, which I think
The race --Sat. April 5 really helped. After awhile none of the food looked palatable,
I woke up at 4 a.m. to the sound of rain ---the weather fore- but I made myself eat and take Pepsid-ac, like the race direc-
cast for the Umstead 100 miler was ominous, with heavy rain tor recommended.
predicted -1 to 2 inches!!! Ugh. My only goal was to follow We walked up all the hills and enjoyed the views of the val-
the mantra of the 100 miles -eat before you are hungry, drink leys and the wisteria and rivers.
before you are thirsty, walk the hills and run the downhills, I started to feel more comfortable and tried not to think about
and be prepared for any kind of weather and foot problem. miles-just loops -Frank and I agreed that we would be happy
Oh, and at 80 miles, the race becomes mental --barring injury, to get 4 loops (50 miles) in the bank. My loops took me about
the temptation to quit will be overwhelming. 2:45, which was right on a 24 hour pace.
I met my friend Melanie in the lobby at 4:50 ---she offered to Loops 3-4 (25-50 miles)
drive me over to the start, and we put both of our drop bags I ran these 2 with Frank --we ran along also with Meredith
in her car and were off. We parked in the dark (the rain had and Adam (another friend) -we made it our goal to run com-
stopped) and she went to deposit her drop bags and I stayed fortable until mile 37, where we would see Anthony and
in the car to put my contacts on. I then walked down to the Eddie at aid station 1, and we did -they cheered us up the
race headquarters cabin, which was buzzing with runners -- stairs into the cabin/aid station. We both changed our socks
sat with friends Frank and Barbara and organized my stuff -- and clothes and took so long that Anthony came running in
a huge breakfast spread was offered but I didn't eat -just cof- and told us to get moving!
fee. We grabbed our flashlights and at 6 a.m. we were off, The weather was still overcast. I was grateful that my shoes
down a dark dirt road. had help up and not created blisters--I had 2 extra pairs -so
Loops 1-2 (25 miles) didn't change them. At mile 45, we saw Frank's wife and
Frank and I started out together, and we were happy to walk daughter --it was Katie's birthday. By then it had started rain-
the first mile and let our muscles warm up. The loop consists ing and was getting colder. We pulled into the 50 mile mark
of an out-and -back and a big rolling loop (big hills and nice in 11 hours, got our headlamps and flashlights and made a
downhills -all on dirt roads) so soon we saw the leaders and quick turnaround to make up for the 1/2 hour that we had
other runners coming back. I never feel too well at the start of spent before hand at the last 2 stations! Darkness would
a race so hung back and pretty soon Frank was out of sight - descend at 7 p.m. so we had to be ready with warmer clothes
-I walked at the first sign of a hill and caught up with Barbara and lights.
--we ran -walked with Mary, a 3 time Umstead finisher --I Loops 5-6 (50-75 miles)
worked hard to get in and out of the first check point to catch The next loop was mentally tough as I was starting to get tired

Umstead 100 mile Endurance Run--April 5-6, 2008 (continued)
Emmy Stocker

and knew we were only halfway --I looked forward to seeing the sitting next to Frank when the medical people were examining
other runners on the airport spur and looked forward to having a him, and heard the whole story --Harlin got me through the last
cheeseburger at the aid station (as it was 6 pm!), and talked to loop, as without Frank I was very much alone. I did go through
Frank as he was getting down and complaining that his shin hurt a bad patch from mile 88-90 (the witching hour!!! the worst part
--we thought he had shin splints from changing his shoes and of the race)-my feet hurt with every step, my stomach hurt, and I
from the soft terrain, so I gave him some Advil and we slowed started not to feel so good mentally -I was lightheaded and walk-
down a touch as he was starting to hurt. We saw friends Barbara ing the hills was hard. By the way, we were also running with a
and Adam as we were coming into 63.5 checkpoint, and that was great guy named Fred who had done 1,000 100s and who also
great. The nice thing about a loop course is that everyone cheered encouraged me. He kept saying 'if you are still moving forward,
each other on. Darkness descended as we went into the forest and you are doing well.' Harlin gave me a vanilla gel and Fred gave
it got very foggy, rainy, and black --occasionally we'd see the me an Aleve and water. They listened to all of my complaints and
headlamps of other runners but it was quite dismal. Frank was in kept saying 'you are doing great'. It had been raining hard, but as
pain and when we shined the flashlight on his shin, it was totally we approached mile 95 and aid station 2, the heavens opened up
swollen with a red patch (hematoma) -not good. --Harlin got my drop bag and I changed my shirt and put on a rain
I should have told him to stop but we took off from the mile 75 jacket. A runner, also on mile 95, who felt fine was sidelined
aid station and as we walked up the hill, he was in true discom- there with massive blisters (he would later finish). At that point,
fort and he decided to go get it check out and I would push ahead. I told Harlin that we needed to push on as fast as possible. We
Loops 7-8 (75-100 miles) power-walked up the 2 big hills on the 'saw tooth' part of the
The idea of going out into the darkness by myself was not an loop, and then we had a nice downhill --I got very excited as I felt
option in my mind, although generally I do not mind running good all of a sudden -I started running and we both ran the last
alone. This was different --it was midnight and I was mentally 2.5 miles without stopping -as I was cresting the hill on 12 mile
fatigued and wanted a partner --so pulled up alongside a lone run- 99.5), runners who were going out on their next loop were con-
ner and asked him if I could stay with him --he said yes, thank- gratulating me! I turned into the last .5 mile trail and Harlin and
fully, and it turned out that he was from Alaska and was an I ran up to the finish --I almost slipped in the mud, and he kept
accomplished 100 miler --his knees were bothering him so he saying 'be careful, you don't want to fall 200 yards from the fin-
was power-walking. I didn't mind this as I wanted to walk also - ish. The clock said 24:57 and it was 7 a.m. The finish line people
-he told story after story and I stayed with him until about 1 mile awarded me my choice of necklace or belt buckle...I took a few
from the aid station --I had caught up with Meredith and Anthony photos of us at the finish and then went in --I really felt good,
but she was having stomach issues and I decided to push on with with the exception of the sopping wet clothing and with having
Gilbert. Later I would find out that she really felt sick and had to go to the bathroom (and the bathrooms were outside --ugh!!!).
thrown up many times --it is a testament to her strength and train- After changing, and getting some food (an omelet) I sat by the
ing that she got through with stomach problems in a fine time of fire and talked to Meredith's friends (they were waiting for her to
27 hours! Lap 7 was slow, as I had walked with Gilbert, and my finish), and talked to other runners --I started to feel stiff and
hips were starting to hurt from the power hiking! Then, at mile tired, but it was the greatest feeling to have it over with and to be
87.5, I was lucky to hook up with a pacer named Harlin ---a local able to hang out and see other runners finishing and coming in--
runner, he had run the Raleigh1/2 marathon that morning and had everyone asked me if I wanted to do it again and I can honestly
volunteered to pace with members of his running club --he would say 'maybe' --- I know now how difficult it is to have all the
put in 26 miles that day as a long run, and ironically, he had been pieces of the 100 mile puzzle fall together!

Ask the Experts
Dr. Stuart Weitzman

Q: Recently I have had 2 people running) it may have strained the muscle enough to damage it
approach me with calf problems ever so slightly or brought out an old injury that had not healed
asking: Can you help me? BUT, thoroughly. Picture a hole in your shirt and instead of putting a
I am running a Marathon (NYC patch on it, you sewed it up with the thread by pulling the hole
& Boston) and I have very little closed. Now pull on the fabric of the shirt and see how the part
time (2 weeks and 8 weeks prior) with the hole sewed up is different. This is what happens to the
until race day. I still want to do damaged soft tissues (Muscles, ligaments and tendons) and then
it. Can you help me? Will I be the forces being translated through the muscle are inefficient and
able to do it? detrimental to the damaged portion in negative feedback loop.
With each contraction of the muscle, it aggravates the condition.
A: Obviously, helping these So imagine what would happen to a damaged calf muscle that is
runners depended on many factors: How bad was the injury to training for a MARATHON!!!! In each case, I cleared out all of
the muscle? How long had they had symptoms or felt something the restrictions of the affected joints and then went to work on the
in the muscle? How hard were they training (and if correctly)? muscle with Active Release Technique (ART) Myofascial
How old are they? Any past history of injury to the area? Release (MFR), PNF stretching and other manual techniques to
Referring back to my article "Are You Breaking the Law" in last increase the efficiency of the muscle. By doing these procedures,
issue of this publication, I spoke about how problems can come I am able to have the muscle fibers lay down properly and heal
and go symptomatically or painfully, but the problem can still be more thoroughly then if you just let it sit and hope it gets better.
there. Both runners had to consider that in the last part of their Both runners saw changes quickly and got back to training slow-
training that they would not be training as efficiently, so their ly and both finished their NYC and Boston Marathons respec-
times may suffer. Both runners had to realize that if they were tively within their expectations.
feeling that problem come on in the Marathon, it would be hard
to gut out 26.2 miles. I advised both runners of these facts, but Dr Stu
knew I could improve the function of their muscles and mechan-
ics of their joints. As a Chiropractor, I look at were there any "If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to
misalignments affecting the way the muscle was able to fire. I live?"
specifically look at joints of the ankle, knee, hip and pelvis to
start. Then since over time and training (the repetitive stress of Email:

Help Wanted
If anyone is interested in being a co-race director for the
children's races on Columbus Day please contact Scott
Abercrombie at 245 9629 or This
will be Scott's last year directing the race, and it would be
most helpful if a new race director worked with him to be New Feature - Ask the Experts
better prepared for 2009. John Hallinan, the other co-direc-
tor, controls the field on race day; Abercrombie does most
Do you have a question you would like to ask?
of the pre-race preparation. Actually, Abercrombie is pretty
slick. 500 kids run this event each year, so people think it's
Email me your questions and I will find an expert to
a big deal. In reality, it's the easiest race to put together
respond to it.
that Taconic has. All he does is update the flyer on his
computer and mail it to one physical education teacher in
Training, Racing, Health, Nutrition...
Lakeland. That guy gets it to everyone of the elementary
Anything related to running.
school students in the Lakeland district, and John Hallinan
takes care of the distribution in the Peekskill schools.
There's a letter that goes to the Peekskill Volunteer
Ambulance Core, awards to be ordered, equipment to be
picked up and returned on race day, a few sponsors to be
lined up, an article to be written, and a few other minuscule
details. Abercrombie has had you duped for 22 years, so
don't hesitate to jump at this chance to do very little and
still reap all the glory.

Team Racing

Men's 60's Team Report Love Those Fast Women!

Tom Maile Cathy Groneman

With the NYRR Club Points series half over the Taconic geezers Taconic's Women's teams are doing well in the NYRR Grand Prix
are solidly ensconced in second place, and not because they are Race Series. Since the last newsletter, we have raced in the
all another year older. The quest for first place is an uphill battle Brooklyn Half-Marathon, the Healthy Kidney 10k and the Mini-
this time around. The major competition is the Korean Road Marathon 10k.
Runners Club who have on their team this year a new competi-
tor, sixty-one year old Sang Lee, who is almost "Joe Porcaro The Veteran team (women over 50) placed first in Brooklyn, and
fast." The standings are KRRC 75 points, Taconics 60 points, third in the Healthy Kidney 10k and the Mini-Marathon 10k, with
Front Runners 43 points, and last year's winners Greater New Lee McLaughlin and Cathy Groneman placing in their age
York 32 points. groups in both 10ks. These finishes keep us in 1st place over-
all by 3 points. The Masters Women (over 40) are in 5th place,
In an act of desperation we are trying to figure out how to pre- as are the Super Veteran Women (over 60).
maturely age Joe Porcaro by a year so he can join us in this new,
friendly, Korean War. At the Fathers Day race this year the The Women's Mini-Marathon is always an exciting race, but this
KRRC's top three 60's beat second place Taconic's top three by year's elite line-up provided an extra thrill. Along with over 4,00
almost 3 minutes. If we had Joe in the mix we would have won women, our entire Women's Olympic Marathon team toed the
by almost 3 minutes. Oh well, as Orson Welles said "no wine line on Central Park West for a typically sunny, hot and humid
before it's time." One thing we have going for us year is unusu- race through Central Park. Team runners who qualified for the
al depth. We at least seven talented runners in the line-up so our preferred start lined up in a corral right behind Deena Kastor,
odds of making the minimum requirement of three finishers in Magdalena Louwey-Boulet, and Blake Russell. Several of us
each race have been greatly improved over recent years. Jack almost fell off the corral enclosure trying to catch a glimpse as
Brennan is finally running well again after a long string of they were introduced and escorted to the start by some of New
injuries. Tom Maile is enjoying some sort of renaissance. Tony York's young runners. I was thrilled to think that I was following
Galfano, Ray Marrero, Art Weisberg and Ed Dillon, Ed loves in their footsteps (although at a slightly slower pace!)
those half marathons, are all running well. Leo Gormley is going
through a minor set-back but will be back in the hunt before the If you haven't raced with us, consider joining us for a 4M race on
summer is out. So in the fourth year of the NYRR 60's Team July 19. We carpool to Manhattan, and enjoy coffee and bagels
Championship we are facing a stiff challenge. The TRR team afterward. How much better could life get?
won in 2005, tied for 1st with the KRRC in 2006, just got nosed
out by GNY for 2nd in 2007, and seems destined for another 2nd
in 2008. But we haven't given up. If Joe Porcaro were only one

Harry Neeson Memorial

Marc Oxman

On April 13, 2008, the Taconic Road Runners Club, friends and
family celebrated the life of Harry Neeson. On this first anniver-
sary of his passing, a tree was planted at Downing Park at or near
the start of many of Harry's regular runs. A plaque bearing
Harry's personal credo, "Facta Non Verba," stands beneath the
tree as a reminder of his commitment to excellence, and as a
motivational tool to those of us who continue in his footsteps.

Fifty or so of Harry's contemporaries shared poignant, and some-

times irreverent, remembrances of Harry and then, in character-
istic fashion, took off on a run through the park. Harry will be

Women’s 60’s Team
Lee McLaughlin

I absolutely love the Dove commercials. They use real women She doesn't let it get her down and is enjoying all the moments
with real bodies and I'm sure they have busy lives like all of us. doing one of the things she loves, which is going to Central Park
It is difficult to be a daughter, wife, mother, caretaker and still with us "mature" women and completing the distances.
find time for the things in life that we love. We have to make
appointments with ourselves to run on Saturday mornings while You will recognize Mary by her smile and baseball cap. I hope
figuring out how to make it to our children's soccer games. her inspiration rubs off on all you, as it has one me.
Baseball games that start early become destinations to run to so
that we can get a run or bike in and be there for our child's first The women's 60's team has been an integral part of the Taconic
hit. The business trips we have to go on have to be coordinated teams that have been participation in the New York City races.
with spouses travel and holidays and commitments. As part of Sometimes it is difficult to field a team for the longer races but
our aging our obligations to family change. the group of Taconic women who are finding the time, and at the
same time, avoiding arthritis, plantar, bad knees and other aging
Some of us find the peace to make decisions while running. ailments is amazing.
Others get the strength to face situations that are difficult. The
best are the runs with friends that turn into "bare your soul" ses- A team made up of Kate Glynn, Melanie Benvenue, Mary Walsh,
sions that bring us closer to others. Runs are a great place to Carol Hansen, and me has been having fun…enjoying the friend-
"vent" or sometimes just listen. ships …and running.

I have been lucky to have found Taconic Road Runners and the This is not a very exclusive group so if you have any friends who
wonderful and inspiring people of the club. Along my journey, I would like to join, please invite them.
have met many people and one of the most inspiring and coura-
geous women is Mary Walsh. This wonderful lady has been par- Happy running and enjoy the summer.
ticipating in the 60's team adventures to Central Park. Her battle
right now is not the 8 minute mile, it is her fight against cancer. Lee

Two current (Kate Glynn and Carol Hansen on the right) and some future members of the 60s team.
Winnners - Scholarships 2008

This year we were fortunate to be able to offer four $1,000 We awarded the first Summer Youth Track Program Scholarship
"Hooked on Running" Scholarships and the first $1,000 Summer to Niko Viglione. Niko is a Somers High School graduate and
Youth Track Program Scholarship. We received 38 strong appli- currently attends SUNY Cortland. The scholarship is given to a
cations from local high schools, which made choosing the award graduating high school senior or a college undergraduate who is
recipients quite a challenge. These students do an excellent job an alumnus of the Summer Youth Track Program. The student
of communicating what running means to them, and it is always must have participated in SYTP for at least 2 years, and volun-
a rewarding process for the committee to find out what is on their teered as a junior coach for at least one year.
minds. We think you will see why when you read their essays.
Thank you to Scholarship Committee members Barbara Ende,
The "Hooked on Running" Scholarship winners are: Ted Pernicano, Larry Thorp, and Jeff Tuson for taking the time to
Kristin Reese (Carmel High School), attending Stanford carefully consider each application.
Emily Novak (Kennedy Catholic High School), attending
Bucknell University
Chris Ryan (Byram Hills High School), attending Lehigh
Keith Brittan (Iona Prep), attending Miami University of Ohio Karen Davies
Chris Ryan and Keith Brittan are TRRC members. Scholarship Committee Chair

Running Changed My Life

Chris Ryan

I cannot remember the first time I went running, but I do remem-

ber my Dad taking me out to run. I couldn't stand it; even one
mile had me complaining. However, in eighth grade my Dad got
me to join the modified track team with stories of the fun he had
running with his team at Briarcliff High School and how his
younger brothers had broken his records. Once on the team,
things changed and I realized "Hey, I am good at this". That year
I won an award for the hardest worker on the team and I learned
the importance of hard work - in running and in school.

The last four years have been challenging for me as a runner. I

have been a good performer on an extraordinary team. I have had
teammates that have been among the best runners in the country.
They have taught me to be tougher than ever and how to fight to
be the seventh man on their team and to never give up even when
it may appear you have been beat. I have not matched the records
of the great runners from my school or my family. However, I
continue to improve and I have made the commitment to keep
running. I still have plenty of time, and the experience I have had
has given me a strong drive and the determination to work as hard
as I can in running and in college. Running has made me tough
and ready for college.

I hope to see many of my teammates in college; first, because,

Running is an important part of my identity. If I was not a runner, they like most runners, are the friendliest people I know, but also
I know I would be a much different person. Running has become because I know they will continue to challenge me to be better.
a big part of my life. The time I have spent as a runner has flown
by, although I feel as if I have been a runner my whole life. I
know I am stronger and fitter because of it.

“Running to him was real...” (John L Parker Jr.)
Niko Viglione

From Tim I learned what it meant to give back to the sport

that had given you so much, to show others, as he had shown me,
the joy that can come from those endless miles marked in rubber
and scribbled into that ratty marble composition notebook. I grew
to love the sport more than anything. I was voracious in my
hunger to learn more about it, reading every book I could get my
hands on, from Chris Lear's Running With the Buffaloes (thank
you, to Garth Gilmour's No Bugles No Drums
(courtesy of a small little bookshop in New Zealand).

I knew more about Steve Jones, Alberto Juantorena and

Joanie Benoit than anyone ever should. And I took every oppor-
tunity I could to pass on what I knew to others, whether that
meant quizzing my teammates on the current world records in
their respective events during a late Friday night meet or taking
my younger sister out for her first ever run while I expounded
upon the merits of high mileage and aerobic development for
younger athletes.

All throughout high school, it was never the times or the

titles that mattered, though they were certainly wonderful. It was
always the purity of the sport, the continuance of it, and how
every day, you had the opportunity to become better. It was the
camaraderie with my teammates, the pig cookies from Mudders
and Grunters and the endless hours spent picking the Armory
I never planned on being a runner. It was never something that sprint heat winner by their spikes or their hair or their uniforms
interested me, and during the annual 'Gym Class Mile' I was that meant so much. It is those memories that have stayed with
always one of the back of the packers who chose to dog it the me, even after 3 long years, even after the times have gotten
whole way rather than be bothered with running fast. It's not that faster, the quest for a state title become that for a national one and
I wasn't athletic; it's just that I never thought that running in cir- the old teammates moved on and new ones arrived.
cles could ever get you anywhere.
Running is a lifestyle to me, it always will be. The memories
Even when I was first introduced to the idea of running com- will always be there, and new ones will always join them. From
petitively my first year of high school, I still tried my best to get that hot summer day when Tim sat on my porch and convinced
out of it. My first introduction to Somers head cross country me that I actually wanted to take part in this insane sport, to the
coach, Tim Fulton, almost scared me off completely. I was day we won our state championship. From the day I watched my
'tricked' into running when Tim convinced my dad that freshmen sister run her first race, to the day my own mom took up running,
only had to run 1.5 miles, rather than the dreaded 5k that I had it's all there, and it's all part of me. It's in my blood. It's in the cal-
heard many a horror story about. Little did I know that this bit of luses burnt into my feet and the permanent watch tan lingering on
convincing would have the most profound effect on every aspect my wrist. And when I think back to those old back of the pack
of my life. gym mile days, all I can think about is what I was missing out on
all those years.

Cross Country
Emily Novak

My cross country training, by molding me into an extreme-

ly self-motivated and self-disciplined individual, has given me
the tools necessary to cross any "finish line." When the team
practices on recovery days, my coach, Sister Janet, sends us
onto the wooded trails for a 45-minute jog. She does not follow
the team into the woods, so the responsibility to do the work is
all ours. As captain of the squad, I complete the runs because
doing so makes me feel good about myself, sets a positive
example for my teammates, and because I know Sister Janet
expects me to comply with her coaching directives. My cross
country work ethic applies directly to my schoolwork as well. I
thrive on the self-satisfaction I find in "going the extra mile" to
understand, retain, and interpret the material I am taught in the
classroom. No one regulates the amount of time I spend com-
pleting my schoolwork but I know that, as with cross country,
the results I achieve will correspond directly to the effort I
The healthy habits that I have developed through my cross
country running serve me well athletically, academically, and
socially. I have learned the importance of daily physical and
cardiovascular activity as well as the necessity for cross-training
My heart races. It will all be over soon. A voice from deep
and days of rest. Most importantly, I know that I must respect
inside reminds me to stay focused on the basics. "Breathe in
my body if I want to perform my best, physically and mentally,
through your nose and out through your mouth. Relax your
during sporting events and school days. For me, this entails
arms. Keep your head up and your eyes on the horizon. Put
"saying no" to drugs and alcohol, getting a proper amount of
one foot in front of the other. Open your stride. Close the gap
rest each night, and eating foods that nourish my mind and
on the person ahead of you. You have come this far - only a lit-
body. Furthermore, my involvement with cross country has
tle bit farther. Just breathe … just breathe … just breathe …"
provided me with the opportunity to develop a group of loyal
With less than one mile left on the cross country course,
friends with interests and values similar to my own. The
my aching muscles beg for deliverance from the agony of run-
intense physical demands of the sport have cultivated a mutual
ning a sub-21 minute 5K race. My body fights the desire to
sense of admiration among the girls on the team who respect
stop all movement and plop onto the ground while my mind
each others' hard work and dedication. Our sweat, pain, and
fends off the urge to indulge my body's wishes. But I cannot
tears unite us as a second family and we rely on each other for
stop now. I have already completed two-thirds of the race and
support, praise, motivation, and encouragement.
the finish line beckons to me from the distance …
Cross country races reflect the journey of life which, like a
Each time I have run a cross country race for the past four
cross country course, is neither straightforward nor easy. Life is
years I have had to write an ending to this story - because it is
filled with trials and tribulations just as a cross country course
my story. But my cross country story actually takes me farther
is filled with hills, rough paths, unexpected turns, and areas of
than the finish line, beyond the medal winners, and past those
tricky footing. Although scaling the hills and overcoming the
who ran personal-best times, because cross country means more
difficulties in life requires great strength, a downhill eventually
to me than simply running races. This sport has provided me
follows. Surmounting the trials of life necessitates fortitude
with a framework of values that have helped me develop into
and, most importantly, an inner-belief in personal success.
the student, athlete, and person that I am today.
... There it is. The finish line looms four-hundred meters ahead of
My commitment to see every task through to completion me. It is time to pick up my pace. Parents and coaches scream all
and to always do my best manifests itself not only in my run- around me, but I cannot distinguish the words they yell because I am
ning, but in my schoolwork, my job, my family responsibilities, listening to that voice from within again. It speaks more clearly than
and my friendships. Running cross country has shown me that any of the voices around me and fills my mind with only three
the strength of body, mind, and spirit that enables me to com- thoughts: "Make it to the finish line, pass as many runners as possible,
plete grueling cross country courses and overcome physical and and, no matter what, do not allow anyone else to pass you." The finish
mental exhaustion is the same character trait that inspires me to line is now less than two hundred meters away. Time for the kick.
conquer the challenges that lie before me in everyday life. The Despite the pain I have felt for the last twenty minutes my body some-
how finds one last burst of energy. My legs and arms pump faster than
"finish line" may be at the end of a race, but it might also be the
I ever thought possible. I sprint full speed toward the finish. But it is
last sentence of a difficult essay for English class, the end of a not only my body or muscles that carry me and push me across the line
busy shift at the pizzeria, the last dirty dish in the sink when I - it is a fierce determination, pulsing within my heart, to reach my
am asked to do chores at home, or the end of a conversation goal.
with a friend who is seeking comfort.
The High School Mile
Keith Eric Brittan

and fortitude. All I can think about is how fast everyone else is
going, how slow I feel, and how I have to do this for nearly three
more laps. I hang on to the back of the pack and wait. My races
always have this paralyzing moment of self-doubt, where I would
rather be anyplace else. I am screaming at myself on the inside,
even as my coaches, parents and peers are roaring at me on the
outside. I should be further up, and I know that, but I just want
this race to be over. Unfortunately, I am only half way.

Two laps to go-my lungs are burning and my legs are exploding
from what I've learned is lactic acid build-up. Suddenly, my
father's voice from the trackside fence punches through the men-
tal fog that typically envelops me at this level of effort. "Time to
go!" he roars, I recognize the strange mix of angst, frustration and
encouragement in his voice. I know what this means. I have to
make the choice to push myself through this event and seize
opportunity, or meekly jog in, goals unmet. This is the big
moment-this decision will not only determine the rest of the race,
but will also affect my attitude, enthusiasm and expectations in
subsequent races. With that finish line clock centered in mind, I
choose to suppress the rebellion my aching limbs are staging in
my head and seize control. I push my pace, eyes only on the run-
ner ahead of me. One by one, other runners slip behind me and
my confidence grows with every stride through the lap. Positive
thoughts replace self-doubt as I gain momentum, feeling little of
As I leaned forward at the starting line for the final mile race of the lassitude that weighed on me only seconds ago.
the 2007 track season, I was awash with an acidic mix of emo-
tions ranging from nervous anticipation to a stoic acceptance of As I fly down the straightaway, the bell signifying one lap to go
imminent pain. My single goal for that race was to break the pierces the ringing in my ears. There are less than seventy-five
five-minute barrier for the classic four lap distance. As I reflect miserable seconds left for me to meet my target. I feel a surge
on that race several months later, it has occurred to me that my throughout my body, encouraging me to pick it up even more. I
experience in that race mirrors my four high school years in ways am moving faster than at any previous moment in the race. I can
in which I am still growing to understand. pick out the voices of my family, teammates and coaches. Their
~ unconditional support creates a sense of an out-of-body experi-
"Bang!" My heart leaps as the gun cracks. Here we go. I start ence as I reach the final turn. The finish line clock is ticking
off steadily, reminding myself that the mile is not a sprint, but a away mercilessly at 4:46 when I first spot it. At 4:50, a desper-
race of toughness, strength and endurance. Success in the first ate sprint to the line emerges unbidden from within me. 4:54 and
lap is measured by the ability to pace properly and establish posi- I am practically numb with the effort. 4:56 and my body is car-
tion. With this in mind, I settle into a steady gait towards the rying itself along and the ringing in my ears is deafening. Two
middle of the pack and take inventory of my stride and energy more strides and the finish line finally passes underneath my
levels. All seem normal, although this pace, which is dictated by spikes. 4:58! I am awash with the bizarre blend of sheer bliss,
the group and not the individual, seems awfully fast. First laps comprehensive exhaustion and lurking dissatisfaction that comes
always seem to fly by with visions of huge personal best times out of such an extreme mind and body experience. It is undoubt-
and tape-breaking glory in my head. I try to keep my goal in edly a proud moment, yet I already know that I can go so much
mind and my focus on a smooth effort, but these things are easi- faster.
ly lost in a deluge of power, pride and physical stress.
T.S. Eliot once wrote, "Only those who will risk going too far can
The beginning of the second lap becomes more difficult. possibly find out how far one can go." As I head into my final
Breathing is somewhat labored as the back of my throat begins to high school year, I have learned that I can only perform in the
burn. The excitement of the first lap dies off along with my con- moment. That moment is independent from anything that I have
fidence. I know I am struggling to hold pace for that glorious sub- done previously, as long as I learn from experiences so as not to
five mile as I endure this state of high exertion. My aching legs repeat those mistakes. I have spent too much of my race in the
and lungs scream to me-begging me to take the easy way out and middle of the pack, unwilling to distinguish myself from others.
give up. I begin to fall back in the pack. I watch other runners Freshman year at Iona Prep was a period of nearly cocky confi-
whiz by me in flashes of color and I envy their energy, endurance dence in a surprisingly competitive field. Having earned

-The High School Mile (continued)

admission into Iona's advanced STEP academic program, the state and national levels in Forensics, immense improvement in
pace was fast and energy levels were high. Glory, in the form of cross country and track, and the reality check of spending the pre-
future academic, career and athletic achievements, seemed just ceding summer working full-time in a restaurant kitchen.
around the corner. However, with loss of momentum and moti- Academic pursuits regained relevancy to an exciting world of
vation came a regrettable lack of focus and a discouraging pres- possible outcomes now awaiting me. Through the forum of com-
ence of self-doubt in my second high school year. petitive public speaking, I have learned that I actually love the
Sophomorically, I gave myself permission to de-emphasize my magnifying glass of close scrutiny, one that I had previously
academic work, rationalizing this decision by convincing myself feared to attract. In running lies the lesson that I have a reserve
that my future existed hand-in-hand with my passion for restau- of untapped potential available to draw upon. I have simply
rants and fine cuisine. My junior year was a big turning point in made the choice to do so.
both my high school career and my personal growth. I gained
self-confidence and momentum, spurred by my success at the

Achieving Your Goals

Kristin Reese

no state meet for us. With two seniors on the team, they had
missed their last shot. Needless to say, we were crushed. Hardly
a word was spoken on the bus ride home, and the next day in
school was as if we were complete strangers. Rather than consol-
ing each other, we placed blame and got angry at one another.

For nearly a week, we feigned politeness, still silently blaming

each other for what had gone wrong. Finally, our coach sat us all
down, and we ended up pouring out everything that was bother-
ing us. He reminded us that we still had a chance to redeem our-
selves; our time had already qualified us for Nationals. This
enabled us to just let it go, and use that race as a learning experi-
ence, as well as for motivation. Finally, my teammates and I were
acting like a team again, and not just any team- we were a team
on a mission. With the National Championships just a week
away, we got focused.

Race day arrived and we awoke to a cold March morning, with

butterflies in our stomachs. Those butterflies weren't going to
bother us this time though; we had something to prove. Minutes
before the race, we stood in a huddle. We had been jipped once,
and we weren't going to let it happen again. We pumped each
other up, said good luck once more, and parted. As the anchor
leg, I watched three of my teammates, as well as best friends, run
the best races of their lives. I received the baton in second place,
Approaching the final lap, I was in the lead; the bell rang furi- but I knew what I had to do. I wasn't running for myself anymore;
ously, and the crowd let out a deafening roar. But I heard none of I was running for the girls who had worked so hard for the last
it. The only sound I could distinguish was the frantic screaming four months.
of my ecstatic teammates. I had to hold on to that lead.
Crossing the finish line in first, I was overwhelmed with a feel-
As the anchor leg, the fate of our 3200 meter relay, as well as a ing of joy and accomplishment like no other I've ever felt in my
National Scholastic Indoor title, rested on my shoulders. Legs entire life. As I staggered off the track, my teammates embraced
burning and heart thumping, the only thought that crossed my me, smiles glued to all of our faces. Winning, of course, felt
mind was "you have to do it for them." amazing; what was just as satisfying though, was coming back
after so many people, including ourselves, doubted us. Above all
Just two short weeks earlier, my team had fallen apart. We were else, I learned what teamwork and motivation can really accom-
favored to win the State title, yet failed to even qualify for the plish. I learned firsthand that through hard work and persever-
state meet. No more than three days before the qualifying meet, I ance, you really can achieve your goals. I learned that when life
got the stomach bug. Without an alternate to take my place, my kicks you in the butt, you really can get right back up.
teammates and I were unable to pull it together; there would be

& 2Mile FUN WALK
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 ND 2008, 7:45am
Scored by: Taconic Road Runners Club
Race Director: John Hallinan 914 739
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One (1)week PASSES to the
IN CROTON- on-HUDSON, NY will given to all race participant
FEE: 10km Run: $15 pre (postmarked by 7/26/07)
$18 day of race
2Mile Fun Walk: $ 8
Check in: Kiley Youth Center, Spring St. & Main St., beginning at
Proceeds to Benefit the Columbus Day Children’s Races in Depew Park
Make Checks payable to: PEEKSKILL CELEBRATION
Mail Entries to: Peekskill Celebration
1008 Park St.
Peekskill NY 10566
Post Race festivities and awards at the Division St. Gazebo following the race.
for a complete schedule of weekend events.
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Age on Race Day___________ Male_____Female_____ Telephone_____________________________

I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run/walk unless I
properlytrained. I agree to abide by any decision of the race official relative to my ability to safely compl
associated with running this event including, but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, the
the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read the waiver and knowi
consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I, for myself and for anyone entitled to act
y behalf,
on m waive and
Peekskill, Peekskill Celebration, Town of Cortlandt, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, Taconic Road Runners Club,
representatives and successors from all claims of liabilities of any kind arisingofout
my participation in this
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photograph, motion picture, recording, or any other recordthis
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Mail to:
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Mother's Day 5k
Cathy Groneman

Mother’s Day and sunshine. What's wrong with this statement? A representative from Arbonne was at the race, with complimen-
This year, absolutely nothing! Our Mother's Day 5k race and 2M tary samples of their protein shake, as well as the founder of I
walk was blessed with the weather that Tom Maile has been Run Like a Girl running apparel, who had a full selection from
promising us for the last few years. I had to hunt around for my her clothing line. Our race is becoming as much an event as a
sunglasses and sunblock, but I'm not complaining; I'm hoping to race; whether you're happy with your finish time or not, there's
have to look for them again next year. always shopping!

The good weather was responsible, in large part, for a record As always, thanks to the best volunteers in the world. Race direc-
number of participants, who enjoyed some great raffle prizes, tors can plan anything they want to; without the volunteers to
including gym memberships to Gold's Gym and Fitness carry it off, nothing happens.
Unlimited, a jewelry gift certificate from Anthony Jewelers, a gift
basket from Arbonne Cosmetics and Nutritionals, and apparel Thanks, too, to all the women who raced and walked; we hope to
from "I Run Like a Girl Running Apparel". see you again next year.

Mother's Day 5k 2008
Place Name Age Time 37 Galfano, Nina 28 26:39.43
1 Dibello, Kaitlyn 17 20:17.22 38 Bluestone, Sabrina 43 26:46.12
2 St Lawrence, Nicolette 15 20:39.89 39 Mongno, Bonnie 41 26:49.88
3 Lifrieri, Alyssa 43 20:43.55 40 Hutcher, Gina 54 27:01.66
4 Veatch, Marina 48 21:03.74 41 Norris, Martina 38 27:11.45
5 Batton, Tina 37 21:43.87 42 Connors, Michele 36 27:26.37
6 Miller, Jessica 39 21:53.61 43 Jilton, Robin 45 27:27.81
7 Rosenthal, Janet 39 21:59.93 44 Coleman, Barbara 43 27:41.80
8 Rubin, Judy 49 22:05.75 45 Rettek, Georgia 50 27:45.63
9 DuSault, Marie 45 22:35.95 46 Toro, Janine 39 27:46.24
10 DelVecchio, Sharon 16 22:36.67 47 Stephen, Robyn 42 27:46.60
11 Sanders, Sue 43 23:00.11 48 Aquilino, Lisa 36 27:47.01
12 Setareh, Jenny 39 23:49.94 49 Durst, Michaelene 56 27:53.62
13 Fierro, Susan 40 24:03.81 50 Ranghelli, Lisa 36 28:04.03
14 Robinson, Ilana 30 24:21.70 51 Egan, Annie 46 28:08.80
15 Manders, Jenna 20 24:43.33 52 Pernicano, Diana 14 28:15.31
16 St Lawrence, Natalia 13 24:47.61 53 Kosbar, Laura 49 28:17.61
17 Littzi, Sharon 50 24:54.60 54 Palmer, Elizabeth 44 28:26.17
18 Aules, Lauryn 8 25:02.63 55 troxler, sacha 35 28:28.07
19 Lopez, Laura 11 25:10.26 56 Iodice, Joanne 34 28:28.37
20 Kohut, Cheryl 63 25:10.90 57 McGrath, Bethann 38 28:32.47
21 Sateriale, Kari 30 25:13.74 58 Polese, Eileen 34 28:32.91
22 McCarthy, Maggie 8 25:16.71 59 Lewis, Michelle 37 28:45.29
23 Moseby, Heidi 40 25:32.03 60 Frawley, Carolyn 42 28:49.59
24 Cousin, Catherine 44 25:35.95 61 Amerling, Courtenay 47 28:55.99
25 Gernert, Nancy 48 25:51.60 62 Grassia, Ann 36 29:06.43
26 Parisi, Laura 38 25:53.33 63 Jedlicka, Diana 37 29:06.78
27 Fay, Maribeth 42 26:02.16 64 Hillner, Jennifer 34 29:12.17
28 Thomas, Laura 20 26:08.14 65 Pechenko, Brook 29 29:17.12
29 Thomas, Diane 49 26:10.66 66 Shults, Marina 44 29:20.54
30 Lulkin, Lydia 17 26:16.43 67 Gadigian, Doreen 46 29:32.35
31 Klammer, Nicole 36 26:17.18 68 Bretti, Susan 46 29:32.71
32 Costa, Pat 51 26:26.14 69 Dietrich, Olivia 12 29:34.33
33 Russo, Sarah 42 26:27.61 70 nocito, dina 35 29:52.00
34 Apgar, Jackie 42 26:28.69 71 savino, tina 33 29:52.49
35 Brofman, Susan 57 26:35.60 72 Kopec, Julia 14 29:59.17
36 Lineras, Maribeth 35 26:37.62 73 Davidson, Lynda 42 30:04.33
Mother's Day 5k 2008 (cont.)
Place Name Age Time 107 Maestri, Jennifer 39 33:51.53
74 Walshin, Samia 40 30:04.89 108 Deal, Joy 23 34:01.68
75 Kopec, Victoria 46 30:12.73 109 Dietrich, Angela 41 34:11.32
76 Hall, Kathleen 30 30:16.77 110 Youngblood, Susan 40 34:14.03
77 Urreta, Patty 38 30:18.30 111 Klammer, Melissa 32 34:26.47
78 Lopez, Edna 37 30:20.49 112 Gironda, Linda 46 34:41.12
79 Clancy, Susan 60 30:23.55 113 Jacoby, Nicole 9 34:43.91
80 Dorovitsine, Elizabeth 15 30:29.25 114 Jacoby, Michelle 42 34:44.30
81 Dorovitsine, Katherine 10 30:29.77 115 Reynolds, Danielle 32 34:49.06
82 Stavans, Judyth 52 30:30.66 116 Boylan, Stacie 32 34:50.99
83 Rutheny, Jennifer 36 30:47.80 117 Bellantoni, Connie 53 34:51.47
84 Pazdzerskaia, Natasha 38 30:49.24 118 Besterman, Shari 38 34:52.96
85 Sims, Paula 55 30:57.33 119 Piccinninni, Lisa 50 35:07.02
86 Kenny, Eileen 56 31:03.29 120 Vanderwoude, Maggie 61 35:10.13
87 Robinson, Jennifer 33 31:06.30 121 Belloli, Gina 51 35:17.63
88 Panagos, Teresa 38 31:20.59 122 Levey, Devon 12 35:18.99
89 sullivan, cristina 39 31:28.93 123 Levy, Karen 45 35:19.61
90 Carson, Cindy 50 31:40.81 124 Davidow, McKenzie 16 35:22.30
91 Nygard, Donna 45 31:46.93 125 Brunner, Sharon 46 35:36.90
92 Morgans, Meredith 39 31:51.74 126 Murray, Cathleen 50 36:54.82
93 Davidow, Patrice 50 31:56.84 127 Chan, Samantha 15 37:34.72
94 Piccininni, Nicole 16 31:57.28 128 Kittay, Mary 42 37:56.12
95 McQuad, Mireille 38 32:23.24 129 Kittay, Samantha 13 37:56.57
96 Edwards, Elizabeth 9 32:30.04 130 Chan, Monica 43 38:22.78
97 Cerutti, Susan 34 32:45.21 131 Meslener, Christina 39 38:37.35
98 Mordoh, Susanne 42 32:57.59 132 Chinitz, Abbey 36 41:14.06
99 Mordoh, Stephanie 12 32:57.99 133 Chinitz, Alexa 6 41:15.14
100 Murray, Megan 15 33:07.57 134 Chase, Sharon 67 41:15.80
101 Sims, Virginia 48 33:10.77 135 Monaco, Maria 42 41:49.02
102 Ferreira, Victoria 44 33:17.49 136 Giniso, Kristen 32 43:52.84
103 Mueller, Madison 9 33:19.28 137 Giniso, Anne 58 43:53.32
104 Oberem, Sharla 38 33:19.65 138 Moseby, Kristi 12 46:20.05
105 McCarthy, Susan 43 33:46.61 139 Nygard, Emma 13 46:20.60
106 St Lawrence, Rosa 49 33:50.09

North County News 5K

Tom Maile

New Venue, New Time

This year's North County News 5K, for the first time in 28 years non-Somers Casey Kohut and Taconic member Tina Batton.
started and finished in FDR Park in Yorktown. The mostly flat First Masters runners were Taconic Ken Pfaff, who at 54 had an
and fast course out and back from NCN/Pennysaver HQ is no outstanding time of 18:13, and Lori Cassia-Decker. Among
more. The move to FDR allowed the NCN and the TRRC to Taconics braving the heat were Bill Foley, Joe Bencivenga, who
avoid what had become a cost prohibitive fee from the YPD. also ran the four mile Japan Run in Central Park that morning,
Thus the new venue. The time had to change from 9 AM to 3:30 Ray Lineau and many others.
in the afternoon to avoid conflict with a mass of manic cyclists
who were in FDR in the morning striving to qualify for the Next year's race will be at FDR on the first Saturday of June and
Empire State Games later this summer. Despite the heat the race back to the cooler, 9 AM start. The course may be the same vari-
went very well. ant of the usual FDR 5K we used this year, avoiding the two big,
steep hills. Thanks to Bruce Apar and Carla Chase at
This year's results looked like a Somers Track Team competition. NCN/Pennysaver for all their continuing support and a special
Richard Apgar took first place followed by Greg and Doug thanks to all those Taconic volunteers who came out on a Sunday
Swiatocha. Alexandra Swiatocha was first female followed by afternoon to make this race a success.

North County News 5K 2008
All Sex Age Name Time Pace AG% 48 14 1 Jessica Redis, 31 27:20 8:49 54.2
1 1 0 Richard Apgar, 19 17:27 5:37 75.5 49 15 2 Nicole Klammer, 36 27:39 8:55 54.3
2 2 0 Greg Swiatocha, 23 17:49 5:44 72.4 50 35 9 Jim Pappas, 40 28:09 9:04 48.5
3 3 0 Douglas Swiatocha, 20 17:58 5:47 72.5 51 16 3 Heather McOuat, 38 28:18 9:07 53.5
4 4 1 Ken Pfaff, 54 18:13 5:52 83.6 52 17 5 Sarah Franchino, 29 28:19 9:08 52.3
5 5 1 Michael Chary, 23 18:27 5:57 69.9 53 18 6 Nina Galfano, 28 28:37 9:13 51.7
6 6 1 James McDonough, 15 19:12 6:11 72.5 54 19 7 Katie Steward, 21 28:58 9:20 51.1
7 7 1 Paul Zanis, 44 19:39 6:20 71.6 55 20 4 Janine Toro, 39 29:25 9:29 51.8
8 1 0 Alexandra Swiatocha, 21 19:52 6:24 74.5 56 36 10 Peter Urreta, 44 29:27 9:30 47.8
9 8 2 John Markiewicz, 28 20:11 6:30 63.9 57 21 3 Debra Schmutzer, 42 29:31 9:31 52.7
10 9 3 Seth Woolf, 26 20:20 6:33 63.4 58 37 3 Mike Zegarelli, 37 29:32 9:31 45.2
11 10 1 Robert Klein, 13 20:44 6:41 69.9 59 38 9 Russell Steward, 53 29:46 9:36 50.8
12 11 2 Ning Yan, 44 21:39 6:59 65.0 60 39 1 Robb High, 61 29:55 9:39 54.1
13 12 3 William Foley, 48 21:46 7:01 66.7 61 22 5 Karen Mack, 39 29:59 9:40 50.8
14 13 2 Greg Doty, 15 21:50 7:02 63.7 62 40 11 jeffrey beechert, 45 30:30 9:50 46.5
15 14 4 George Batton, 40 21:59 7:05 62.1 63 23 1 leslie stein, 50 30:32 9:50 55.4
16 15 5 Joseph Bencivenga, 41 22:05 7:07 62.3 64 24 4 Anna Kenney, 44 30:44 9:54 51.5
17 16 2 Robert Albanese, 50 22:09 7:08 66.6 65 25 6 Heather Maguire, 34 30:44 9:54 48.5
18 17 4 Adam Liscia, 21 22:19 7:11 58.0 66 41 4 Kevin Costello, 14 31:00 10:00 45.8
19 18 2 Logan Bagarozy, 14 22:21 7:12 63.5 67 26 7 Jeanette Brunner, 34 31:01 10:00 48.0
20 19 3 Ray Lienau, 55 22:28 7:14 68.4 68 42 7 Matthew Silver, 20 31:01 10:00 42.0
21 2 0 Casey Kohut, 22 22:33 7:16 65.6 69 27 2 Jessica Woolf, 58 31:14 10:04 60.2
22 20 3 Luke Speranza, 11 22:41 7:19 67.5 70 43 1 John Bates, 84 31:32 10:10 0.0
23 3 0 Tina Batton, 37 22:42 7:19 66.4 71 44 12 Louis Ricciardi, 45 31:37 10:11 44.9
24 21 1 Michael Schmutzer, 35 22:49 7:21 57.8 72 28 5 Donna Nygard, 45 31:58 10:18 49.9
25 4 1 Lori Cassia-Decker, 48 23:50 7:41 69.3 73 45 5 Kevin Klein, 7 32:37 10:31 0.0
26 22 6 Yi-Min Chee, 40 23:51 7:41 57.2 74 46 13 Robert Taylor, 44 32:37 10:31 43.1
27 5 1 Margaret Scheuermann, 2123:56 7:43 61.8 75 29 8 Mamta Singh, 37 33:00 10:38 45.7
28 23 3 Eric Karabinos, 15 24:26 7:52 57.0 76 47 2 Phil Montegut, 60 33:40 10:51 47.6
29 24 5 Tim Cullen, 26 24:44 7:58 52.2 77 48 1 Larry Thorp, 72 34:25 11:06 52.5
30 6 2 Melissa Cullen, 25 24:53 8:01 59.5 78 49 8 Rich Kotchmar, 28 35:06 11:19 36.8
31 25 4 Pat Perrotto, 54 25:18 8:09 60.2 79 30 6 Linda Gironda, 46 35:07 11:19 45.9
32 26 7 Robert Ashton, 48 25:24 8:11 57.2 80 50 9 Brendan Tully, 29 35:18 11:23 36.6
33 7 1 Allison Hays, 14 25:30 8:13 61.6 81 51 5 adam stein, 18 35:28 11:26 37.6
34 27 8 Dan Sherman, 41 25:34 8:14 53.8 82 52 10 jeffrey stein, 51 35:35 11:28 41.8
35 28 5 D.j. Lap, 53 25:35 8:15 59.1 83 53 2 Stanley Goldstein, 72 35:46 11:32 50.6
36 29 6 John Segal, 23 25:44 8:18 50.1 84 31 7 Rosa St Lawrence, 49 35:48 11:32 46.7
37 8 2 Natalia St Lawrence, 13 25:52 8:20 61.7 85 54 3 Leslie Kurian, 66 35:51 11:33 47.2
38 9 3 Meghan McCormack, 23 25:56 8:21 57.1 86 55 4 Stan Cohen, 62 36:42 11:50 44.5
39 30 6 William Graziani, 50 26:03 8:24 56.6 87 32 8 Evelyn DeLuccia, 49 36:45 11:51 45.5
40 31 4 Alex Cecere, 16 26:19 8:29 52.1 88 56 11 Philip DeLuccia, 51 36:47 11:51 40.4
41 32 2 Doug Leonard, 39 26:23 8:30 51.4 89 33 9 Shari Besterman, 38 36:48 11:52 41.2
42 10 1 Michelle Korn, 17 26:30 8:32 57.0 90 34 2 Amanda DeLuccia, 18 36:55 11:54 40.5
43 33 7 Bojan Petek, 51 26:37 8:35 55.9 91 57 12 Norman Haight, 54 38:33 12:26 39.5
44 11 2 Jacqueline Apgar, 42 26:45 8:37 58.1 92 58 10 Rodney Bailey, 28 40:38 13:06 31.7
45 34 8 Dan Ciarcia, 51 26:51 8:39 55.4 93 35 8 Kyvaughn Brown, 26 45:16 14:36 32.7
46 12 4 Kara Berardi, 27 27:04 8:43 54.7 94 36 2 Peg Meisler, 61 45:25 14:39 43.2
47 13 1 Cheryl Kohut, 63 27:20 8:49 73.8

Mudders & Grunters: Westchester’s oldest trail race
Geoff Decker

Less than 45 miles from New York City’s most popular (and ing to clear a picker- bush barrier that was set up ahead of time
glamorous) running destination- Central Park- sprawls gritty by the race directors. Soon after, the race descended down a hill
FDR Park, a wooded enclave of Westchester County. and disappeared into a wooded marsh where the fun really start-
Instead of ‘Tavern on the Green’, there’s a modest outdoor pavil-
ion whose only source of heat is a brick fireplace. Instead of well- Nick Jubok, the race’s other co-director, told me that part of the
groomed bridal paths, you get uneven trails subject to the harsh- fun of this race is its unpredictability. “The course is never the
est of seasonal conditions. same. The day before the race each year, we come out here and
map the course differently, making sure to include as much mud
And instead of the road races with navigable 4-mile loops often as possible.”
found in Central Park, you get Mudders and Grunters.
Approximately 5 miles in length, Mudders and Grunters is Often the course veers off the beaten path and becomes a series
Westchester’s oldest trail race and features a course with at least of red flags randomly tied to trees. Runners must follow the flags
three water crossings (more if it’s been a particularly rainy to avoid getting lost. It’s a nearly impossible task, keeping your
spring), several collapsed trees to climb over and a chaotic sys- eyes peeled while maintaining steady footing on the muddy and
tem of red flags that runners must follow to stay the course. uneven surface.

The race typically attracts between 300-400 runners, a fraction of Eventually runners reach a creek known only as “the pit”. To get
the road race totals that Central Park boasts. Yet they all come to to the other side, one’s only option is to jump into the frigid
this historic race with one thing in common: an unhealthy affini- waist-deep water and churn through. It’s fast flowing enough that
ty for getting very, very dirty. a rope is attached on either end to navigate across.

This year I decided to run it and found it is unlike any race I’ve Fittingly the race ends on a steep uphill, one final insult to the
ever run. This became clear to me as soon as Ed McLaughlin, the multitude of injuries endured during nature’s worst. I was soaked,
race’s co-director, shouted his pre-race instructions: my toes were numb and my legs were lined with cuts and scratch-
“You will get wet. You will get dirty. You will get cut. You will
get bloody. If any of these things sound like something you did- I caught my breath and began to recount the experience with the
n’t sign up for, please step off the line.” other runners. Everyone was in good spirits and it was infectious.

I poked my head up to see how many runners would drop out. No “Now you see why we come back every year,” one finisher said.
one did. “There’s no other race like this.”

In the first mile, two runners in the lead pack took a spill attempt- Certainly not in Central Park, I thought.

Mudders and Grunters 2008

Overall Name Sex Age Time 55 DiRusso, Adrian M 31 40:00.9

1 Merlis, Josh M 26 30:43.3 56 Foley, William M 48 40:02.3
2 Hicks, Steve M 24 30:45.4 57 Harris, Scott M 29 40:04.1
3 Dornton, Kirk M 26 30:49.3 58 St Lawrence, Nicolette F 15 40:09.7
4 Decker, Geoff M 24 30:51.8 59 Bender, Joel M 38 40:10.5
5 Sweeney, Jim M 26 30:58.2 60 Muessig, Paul M 58 40:11.7
6 Hopkins, Sean M 24 31:55.8 61 Noskin, Dennis M 49 40:17.1
7 Sullivan, Gerry M 33 32:22.6 62 Cammarano, Crystal F 26 40:19.3
8 Marrone, Michael M 23 32:24.1 63 Nowak, Chris M 33 40:27.4
9 Giuliane, Tony M 28 32:25.4 64 Stitt, Brian M 25 40:28.7
10 McCarthy, Andrew M 24 32:45.5 65 Herman, Caitlyn F 26 40:30.2
11 Garcia, Jorge M 15 33:05.3 66 Owens, Frank M 49 40:33.7
12 Dempsey, Eamon M 28 33:41.4 67 Davis, Lee M 41 40:37.1
13 Nelson, Ben M 19 34:38.6 68 Foster, Dennis M 50 40:39.8
14 Rubow, Chris M 17 35:03.6 69 Hosea, Irwin M 56 40:51.7
15 Chromczak, Chris M 23 35:07.5 70 Rose, Hannah F 18 40:56.5
16 Marsalese, Stephen M 42 35:10.4 71 Khasigian, Kyle M 25 41:00.8
17 Scott, Jon M 27 35:11.8 72 Gilboa, David M 27 41:01.2
18 Schermann, James M 18 35:22.1 73 Cotter, Matt M 29 41:17.6
19 Capieding, Scott M 23 35:25.3 74 Graygor, Jay M 39 41:33.6
20 Persampieri, Scott M 39 35:48.7 75 Cutler, Craig M 41 41:37.6
21 Tarrier, Brenan M 29 36:03.0 76 Miller, Andrew M 17 41:39.5
22 Nilsestuen, Ben M 25 36:13.7 77 Jaworowski, Joyce F 46 41:51.4
23 Theise, Eric M 34 36:16.5 78 Allison, Craig M 27 41:51.9
24 Cadenhead, Bruce M 44 36:22.3 79 Gravelle, Emily F 21 42:22.0
25 Mueller, Paul M 24 36:23.0 80 Redmond, James M 25 42:39.1
26 Burgunder, Rich M 28 36:23.7 81 Olson, Tracy F 33 42:53.4
27 Sammon, Marco M 16 36:28.6 82 McCourtney, Ted M 34 43:10.0
28 Naftpl, Jesse M 23 36:38.4 83 Smith, Jim Kelly M 42 43:21.2
29 Polivka, Petr M 45 36:40.7 84 Buckley, Gerard M 47 43:25.9
30 Karlin, Dima M 29 36:47.3 85 Hersey, Brian M 35 43:31.4
31 Arger, Anthony M 24 37:19.9 86 Mignone, Paul M 28 43:34.0
32 Mosenthal, Scott M 55 37:28.8 87 Imperial, Chris M 27 43:36.2
33 McCauley, Sean M 21 37:45.5 88 DiBello, Katie F 17 43:43.3
34 Mockenhaupt, Gregg M 38 37:50.3 89 Hayden, Colleen F 25 44:01.7
35 Kinnicott, John M 45 38:08.4 90 Bane, Patrick M 30 44:28.4
36 Kellogg, Kerry M 25 38:14.2 91 Colwell, Patrick M 47 44:30.6
37 Stanton, Gregory M 44 38:30.5 92 Weingold, Ken M 35 44:32.8
38 Moutsopoulos, Basil M 37 38:31.7 93 Herman, Andrew M 24 44:34.4
39 Benny, Joe M 30 38:37.9 94 pahnke, louis M 38 44:35.6
40 Vaccaro, Andrew M 23 38:44.2 95 Keating, Erin F 26 44:40.0
41 Hawkins, Chris M 25 38:47.4 96 Alimanestianu, Alex M 49 44:43.5
42 Moore, Sean M 44 38:47.9 97 Rojas, Brian M 18 44:57.2
43 Pike, Brian M 30 38:50.0 98 Turndahl, Cara F 27 45:04.6
44 Miller, Cassandra F 25 38:53.0 99 Vlasak, Maria F 42 45:08.0
45 Anderson, Mike M 34 38:55.6 100 Miller, Jessica F 39 45:13.8
46 McGowan, Joseph M 31 39:09.3 101 Mayott, James M 15 45:18.6
47 Rodrigues, Peter M 30 39:27.5 102 Hager, Tiffanee F 29 45:24.2
48 Dixon, John M 37 39:28.6 103 Rightmyer, Erin F 23 45:36.4
49 Doell, Greg M 34 39:32.8 104 Rauls, Boris M 42 45:38.6
50 Anderson, Drew M 39 39:36.8 105 Calak, Rich M 20 45:45.0
51 Martini, Andrew M 21 39:38.0 106 Quinn, Michael M 45 45:50.8
52 White, Kevin M 37 39:43.1 107 Sanders, Sue F 43 45:51.9
53 Jaworowski, Eric M 48 39:43.5 108 McEvily, Michael M 46 46:06.3
54 Beirne, Frank M 41 39:43.9 109 Kiselak, John M 57 46:12.5

Mudders and Grunters 2008 (cont.)

Overall Name Sex Age Time 164 Manning, David M 38 49:57.7

110 Rich, Vanessa F 34 46:13.5 165 Manning, Jimmy M 47 50:01.9
111 Haeser, Michael M 33 46:14.9 166 Ochoa, Freddy M 24 50:07.0
112 Zeman, Maureen F 35 46:16.8 167 Schulman, Eileen F 26 50:08.5
113 Cooper, Taryn F 18 46:23.3 168 Saposnick, Leo M 61 50:11.1
114 Stephens, Ross M 32 46:44.0 169 Bouck, Joseph M 45 50:13.9
115 Saxon, Mark M 43 46:44.9 170 Greenberg, Elyssa F 27 50:21.4
116 Koester, Andel F 26 46:45.6 171 Moody, David M 45 50:33.4
117 Brenner, Sara F 28 46:49.8 172 Tomassi, Dawn F 37 50:36.7
118 Speranza, Nicholas M 46 46:50.6 173 St Lawrence, Natalia F 13 50:39.1
119 Speranza, Luke M 13 46:54.6 174 Metcalfe, Erin F 22 50:39.7
120 Post, Christopher M 35 46:55.4 175 Smith, Brendan M 32 50:50.5
121 Averbeck, Elizabeth F 25 46:56.2 176 Vigna, Lauren F 37 51:07.1
122 Bubnack, Kate F 23 47:00.6 177 Clarke, Maelynn F 23 51:16.8
123 Selby, Luke M 25 47:06.5 178 Lundy, Jim M 51 51:19.6
124 Buckley, Jim M 60 47:07.3 179 Schoonhoven, Richard M 44 51:23.0
125 Virkler, Kelly F 24 47:15.8 180 Bagwell, Rich M 54 51:24.8
126 Gage, Jonathan M 60 47:17.1 181 Bansal, Bhupesh M 25 51:31.8
127 Gatlin, Carrie F 31 47:20.0 182 Normandin, Ian M 27 51:33.4
128 Ziminsky, Leo M 15 47:23.5 183 Urnaitis, Lisa F 22 51:36.1
129 Langston, Kathrine F 19 47:25.4 184 Fenton, Stephen M 60 51:37.5
130 Toelstedt, Jim M 29 47:26.1 185 Maxey, Melissa F 23 51:44.1
131 Caccopola, Timothy M 24 47:29.1 186 Snederker, Neil M 25 52:00.5
132 Case, Corey M 38 47:33.8 187 Mcavoy, John M 47 52:06.2
133 Robbins, William M 42 47:34.6 188 Ciarcia, Dan M 51 52:18.9
134 Costa, Sara F 15 47:36.2 189 Zeman, Paul M 35 52:21.4
135 Gagnon, Kathleen F 14 47:36.6 190 Andren, Rob M 32 52:22.6
136 Springs, Caroline F 14 47:36.9 191 Gribble, Lynn F 22 52:23.9
137 Becak, Michael M 27 47:44.5 192 Huber, Sarah F 24 52:26.0
138 Meyer, Michael M 27 47:50.5 193 Perroto, Patsey M 54 52:27.0
139 Poley, Andrea F 28 47:53.3 194 Pollay, Daniel M 38 52:27.7
140 Odouard, Francois M 44 47:57.0 195 Montes, Oscar M 33 52:31.6
141 Chen, Michael M 26 47:57.9 196 Thomann, Joe M 47 52:41.4
142 Krebsbarn, Jill F 24 47:58.5 197 Senez, Jennifer F 24 52:47.7
143 Fennessy, Conor M 15 47:59.8 198 Olmstead, Howard M 57 52:48.9
144 Goodfriend, Amy F 47 48:04.8 199 Brazeil, Kyle M 19 53:05.8
145 Krill, Joseph M 53 48:05.6 200 Bush, Warren M 41 53:16.1
146 Skoglund, David M 50 48:08.7 201 L Archevesque, Lee M 39 53:20.9
147 Gibbons, Kate F 28 48:12.1 202 Ryan, Chris M 34 53:34.7
148 Nye, Lauren F 27 48:12.8 203 Ryan, Daniel M 32 53:35.7
149 Smith, Douglas M 35 48:30.0 204 Maddalena, David M 37 53:36.2
150 Stephens, Cameron M 15 48:36.6 205 Hanley, Mark M 48 53:37.2
151 Verde Rose, Ronald M 49 48:37.5 206 Long, Amanda F 27 53:48.6
152 Pacella, Doug M 38 48:41.8 207 Burby, Michael M 41 53:49.1
153 Fitzgerald, Maurice M 42 48:45.3 208 Pruzinsky, Jessica F 24 54:05.2
154 Faitell, Dylan M 14 48:58.4 209 Billings, Roger M 52 54:19.7
155 Thornton, Amanda F 23 49:04.3 210 Doherty, Rafaela F 32 54:22.4
156 Parsons, Craig M 49 49:21.7 211 Bertrami, Nicole F 37 54:22.8
157 Ingram, Anne F 28 49:25.1 212 Gaston, Elizabeth F 28 54:23.2
158 Smith, Timothy M 50 49:25.7 213 Faircloth, Kellie F 25 54:23.6
159 Barta, Adam M 33 49:35.9 214 Nelson, Robert M 39 54:38.7
160 Cullen, Melissa F 25 49:38.8 215 Day, Kevin M 31 54:39.1
161 Manning, Chris M 14 49:54.6 216 Boles, David M 61 54:40.8
162 RITCHIE, FRANK M 41 49:56.1 217 Boland, Pete M 42 55:17.8
163 Lappi, Heidi F 26 49:57.3 218 Costa, Pat F 50 55:25.1

Mudders and Grunters 2008 (cont.)

Overall Name Sex Age Time 237 Abisch, Jillian F 28 57:28.1

219 Allison, Rich M 27 55:27.9 238 Dimotsis, George M 26 57:38.0
220 Nielson, Nikki F 32 55:33.0 239 Pappas, Jim M 40 57:51.2
221 Buerle, Stephen M 43 55:38.5 240 Bush, Stephanie F 27 57:53.3
222 Mullins, Ray M 45 55:39.2 241 Lazzari, Michael M 30 57:53.8
223 McElroy, John M 43 55:41.4 242 Garced, Marco M 40 57:55.4
224 Kane, Dan M 35 55:56.8 243 Zavrel, Thomas M 25 58:08.8
225 DeRosa, Rosie F 26 56:00.5 244 Bush, Travis M 25 58:12.2
226 Palange, Edward M 26 56:02.7 245 Murphy, Kerri F 27 58:15.5
227 Phillips, Frank M 42 56:33.7 246 Baum, Kenneth M 42 58:29.5
228 Celli, Michele F 41 56:34.1 247 Roldan, Carmelo M 66 58:35.3
229 Kura, Magda F 19 56:44.4 248 Burford, Cammie F 26 58:38.2
230 Saroken, Brian M 32 57:01.4 249 Kushner, Annie F 23 58:45.4
231 Knowlton, Samantha F 42 57:02.0 250 Tournoux, Cheryl F 26 58:45.9
232 Wilson, Jana F 30 57:03.2 251 Thomann, Rich M 42 59:15.8
233 Martin, Meghan F 23 57:05.8 252 Phillips, John M 35 59:45.8
234 Blair, Ryan M 24 57:06.8 253 Schlicht, Betty F 42 59:54.8
235 Sesselberg, Diane F 31 57:10.2 For remainder of results please go to:
236 Abisch, Matthew M 32 57:21.2

The New York City Marathon is on Sunday, November 2, 2008

Arrive at the start among friends and in the comfort of a TRRC chartered bus.

Pick-Up Points Bus Fare

Downing Park 6:00 a.m. sharp! TRRC Members - $25.00
Rocky’s Deli, Millwood 6:15 a.m. sharp! Non-members - $30.00

Arrival at Fort Wadsworth at approximately 7:45 a.m.

Departure for return trip: TBA

Deadline Oct 29, 2008–no exceptions

TRRC has reserved a suite at the Central Park Apartments, 240 West 73rd Street
for a post marathon rest stop with refreshment and a hot shower! Bring your own Soap
and Towel!
Questions: E-mail Tom Maile,

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Address: _____________________________________City__________________________State______Zip__________

Phone#: _____________________________________ E-Mail: _____________________________________________

Please check off options that apply:

I want to take the bus from: Downing Park _____ Member $25 ___
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I will hobble over to the Central Park Apartments and I’ve enclosed $15 _____

****Enclose payment and mail to TRRC – Marathon Bus, P.O. Box 711 Shrub Oak, NY 10588****
The 23st
Annual Running Races For Children
Columbus Day October 13, 2008
On the old cinder track in Depew Park, Peekskill
564 Children Participated Last Year!
Sponsored by the Peekskill Department of Human Services &
The Taconic Road Runners Club
Supported By
American Cycle & Tire on 9A in Montrose
Peekskill Celebration

For Children in Grades 1-6 Only

Registration: At the swimming pool, Grades 1-3 9-9:30, & Grades 4-6 9:30-10 (First Race at 9:30)
Entry Fee: $3 .00

An additional donation would be appreciated to help us support the Ambulance Corps and the Matthew Moore Fund
All Races ¼ Mile, Once Around the Track
Everyone receives a ribbon! The first 1/3 in each heat win medals!
The first 3 in each heat score points for their school for team trophies
6Th graders receive ribbons and win medals, but do not score points for the team trophies
Team trophies for the first 3 Lakeland schools & the first Peekskill school
(Schools must have 4 students score or earn 13 points to be eligible for a trophy)
All revenue after costs donated to the Peekskill Ambulance Corps and the Matthew Moore Fund
Results will be posted on the Taconic Road Runners Club Web site,

The concession stand will be open

All participants must be accompanied by an adult, and A Parent or guardian must sign the permission slip below
The races will be held in a light misty rain, but canceled if there is a steady rain. Listen to radio station WLNA 1420 AM.
Bring This Entry Form With You. Do Not Mail!

School________________________________________________ Grade_____________
I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity. My child should not enter and run unless (s)he is medically able and properly trained. My
child & I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to his/her ability to safely complete the run. My child & I assume all risks
associated with running in this event including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including heat
and/or humidity, traffic and conditions of the track, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these
facts and in consideration of your accepting this entry, I, for myself, my child and anyone entitled to act on our behalf, waive and release the Taconic
Road Runners Club, the City of Peekskill, and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out
of my child’s participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in
this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for any
legitimate purpose.

Parent’s Signature_______________________________________Date_____________

Westchester Summer Twilight
Track & Field Series
A series of 6 summer track meets for youth and adult competition
Sponsored by: Town of Cortlandt Dept. of Parks and Rec., and Town of Somers Dept. of Parks and Rec., &
Held in Conjunction with the Taconic Road Runners Summer Track Series.

Meet Schedule for Summer 2008

Tuesdays - July 8th, 15th, 22nd @ Hendrick Hudson HS
July 29, Aug 5th, 12th @ Somers High School
Youth Events – 4:30pm
4:30pm 55m dash all ages 4:45pm Long Jump & High Jump all ages
1600m run ages 6-14 Shot Put (6 lb. or 4k) ages 8-14
55m hurdles ages 8-11 Discus Throw ages 10-14
110/100m HH ages 12-14
100m dash all ages age categories: 5 & under, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14
400m dash ages 6-14 ribbons to all finishers in these 5 separate age groups
800m dash ages 6-14
200m dash all ages Entry Fee: $5 per event, $6 unlimited events
4x100m Relay all ages
High School & Open Events - 6:30pm
The featured TRRC Series Event will be 1st event each week & not run in its regular spot in the order of events.
6:30pm 100m/110m Hurdles 6:45pm Long Jump then Triple jump
100m Dash Shot Put then discus
400m Dash High Jump & (Pole Vault)
Sprint Medley (4-2-2-8)
1600m Run
200m Dash TRRC Track Series Adult Age Cat.
400m Hurdles July 8th 400m 15-18
800m Run July 15th 800m 19-29
3000m/5000m Runs July 2 2nd 1600m 30-39
400m Relay July 29 5000m 40-49
1600m Relay August 5th 100m & 200m 50-59
3200m Relay August 12th make ups 60+
SRibbons to top 3 finishers in all adult events and to all competitors in youth events.
STeam trophies to top 3 youth teams with most points at all six summer meets.
STeam trophy to adult team with most points at all six summer meets.
ST-Shirts to individuals in each adult age category with the most summer points (10-8-6-4-2-1).
SDavid Smith Memorial Award to the master's competitor who has the most points for the summer.
SThe Taconic Road Runners Track Series Award to the winner of the Track Series (5 events over 6
weeks- see above). Must be a TRRC member. For more info on the TRRC Track Series, contact Roy
Arnesen at (845) 416-8075
For more information on the Summer Twilight Series, call Roy Arnesen at (845)416-8075
or log onto or e-mail Roy at

Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.
FDR Park – Pavillion at Parking Lot 5
Directions: From North: Taconic Parkway south to FDR State Park Exit just south of Route 202.
From South: Taconic Parkway North to FDR State Park Exit (after Baldwin Place Exit)
Races are for everyone- ages 5 and up
Times are approximate !! partnership with the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
5 & 6 year olds run ¼ mile – 9:00 a.m.
7 & 8 year olds run ½ mile - 9:15 a.m.
Great awards and refreshments
9 & 10 year olds run ¾ mile – 9:30 a.m.
11 & 12 year olds run 1 mile – 9:45 a.m. Special Girl Scout Award in every race
13 & 14 year olds run 1 mile – 10:00 a.m. Race Fees- $8.00 for Taconic Members $10.00
15 & 16 year olds run 2 miles–10:15 a.m.
for non-members
17 & 18 year olds run 2 miles- 10:15 a.m.
19 & older run 2 miles - 10:15 a.m. T-shirts guaranteed to the first 50 registered
For information e-mail Debbie Kenney at
I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able
and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I
assume all risks associated with running in this event including but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the
effects of weather, including high heat/and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks bring known and
appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for
myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the Taconic Road Runners Club, FDR Park, Girl Scouts of
Westchester*Putnam, Inc. and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind
arising out of my participation in this event even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part
of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures,
recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purposes. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby
joggers, roller skates or blades, animals and radio headsets are not allowed in the race and I will abide by these guidelines.

Name: ___________________________________Gender: ____Age on Race Day: ______Date of Birth:______

(Street) (City) (State) (Zip)

Signature _______________________________________ Girl Scout Troop _________________________

Parent (if child under age 18)

In Case of Emergency Contact: _______________________________ ____________________________

Name Phone No.

Make Checks payable to TRRC, PO Box 711, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

Optional Membership in TRRC: ____Family ($30) ____Individual ($20) ____Student($10)

Taconic Road Runners Club PO Box 711, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

Other Races - Other Places
Joe Porcaro

112th Boston Marathon BolderBoulder 08

Mark Lovitz 3:22:44 Bolder, CO May 26, 2008
Ted Pernicano 3:23:15 Greg Diamond 35:53:07 - 1st Place 51 Male
Karen Davies 3:36:53 Lee McLaughlin 50:46
George Grenier 3:44:44 Nancy Young 51:03
Mary Natell 3:45:43 Ed McLaughlin 1:14:07
Nancy Young 3:53:34
Cathy Groneman 4:02:18 Orange Classic 1OK
Dan Fritzsche 4:08:18 Middletown, NY June 8, 2008
Lee Mclaughlin 4:16:21 Nick Jubok 43:23
Bob Hermesch 43:27
Ridgewood 5K
May 26, 2008 Westchester Medical Center Biathlon
Arthur Weisberg 22:05 Valhalla, NY June 22, 2008
George Grenier 1:11:45
Ridgewood 10K Lauren Smith 1:15:23 2nd Place Age Group
Tom Maile 42:58 1st 65-69 Stuart Weitzman 1:20:53
Bob Hermesch 41:50 3rd 55-59
Fairfield Half Marathon
South Salem 10K Fairfiels, CT June 22, 2008
May 26, 2008 Bob Hermesch 1:42:02
Jessica Miller 47:49 - 1st 30-39 Kristin Colsey 1:31:50 1st 30-39
Joe Handleman 1:20:19 - 2nd in age group Emmy Stocker 1:37:44 1st 50-54
Frank Colella 1:48:28
South Salem 5K Fairfield 5K
Ken Pfaff 18:27 - 1st place overall Tom Maile 20:32 1st 65-69
Dan Delaney 19:51
Jim Delaney 20:05
Jack Brennan 22:41 - 1st 60-69 If you would like your results in the next newsletter, please
Harold Rhodes 25:51 send them to Joe Porcaro
Also, whenever you enter a NYRR race, be sure to claim
your club affiliation on your race application.
Happy racing!!!

Susan Riley

Daniels, Jack. Daniels' Running Formula. NY: SUNY

Cortland, 1998 (new ed 2005).

ners will be able to utilize the weekly plans he suggests to

Runner's World improve their endurance, speed, breathing capacity, and intensity
for specific events such as a marathon or 10K. If you want to get
Magazine calls Daniels "the faster, this is the book for you.
world's best coach" and
indeed, he is extremely I was only able to see the first edition (1998) but the publisher
authoritative. This book is informed me that the second edition (2005) has several new fea-
best suited for experienced tures including:
runners who would like to ·A new approach to monitoring and logging training with a point
take the next step and really system
get more serious about their ·A new table to adjust the pace for tempo runs
training. It starts out with ·A chapter on supplemental XT training
assessing your current abil- ·Training for the 800 meters and specific workouts for
ity and then builds on your cross country season.
strengths with a variety of
charts to help you attain The older edition is available in the White Plains Public Library,
your goals. Although it's but no local library owns the newer edition. It is in stock at
fairly technical, most run for $13.57.

A Jog Down Memory Lane - 1993

Melanie Benvenue

The year started off with a letter from then-TRRC President female overall). This race was made possible by a group of
Fred Loehfelm to then-President Bill Clinton, inviting him to TRRC volunteers who took over the race organization and
come for a run in FDR Park with us. As far as I know, Mr. trained some rookie assistants on how the job gets done.
Clinton did not take Fred up on the offer - hmmm….maybe
time for a new invite now that Mr. C. has more time on his Taconic runners went to the regular venues also-doing well at
hands and lives in Chappaqua! the Snowflake Four-Miler in Central Park (men's open team
took second place), Dutchess County Marathon and half-
This year, Taconics branched out a bit - into venues other than marathon, and New Milford 8 mile race.
running, and to distant locations to run. Taconic held its first
"golf outing" in Yorktown Heights. A chess championship We had our usual full schedule of races - the freezer fives
was held in Brodie's Pub and was won by Peter Meisler. were run in very cold weather, as expected, but winter stayed
Runners-up Jim McDermott, Harry Neeson, Scott around this year, and the St. Patrick's race scheduled for
Abercrombie and Fred Loehfelm finished second to fifth March 13 saw a blizzard that kept many people homebound.
place respectively. The Wheaton Blast featured, in addition Because of the severity of the storm, the race was postponed
to the "Distance Non Exacta" run, competition in two-person until the following weekend, March 21, when lo and behold
egg-throwing contest, horseshoes, volleyball and the ever- the race directors woke up to …. You guessed it…. Snow!
popular tossing the caber. However, this was not quite a blizzard so the race was held
anyway. Even the Mudders and Grunters competitors had to
Travels to far locales included the Las Vegas Marathon, run deal not only with mud and water, but ice on the course.
by Mike Daley, Bob Hermesch, Jim Martin, Keith Panzer and Everyone took it in stride, pardoning the pun!
Nick Caswell. Pete Corsino did the Las Vegas Half. Katy
and Steve Quinn traveled to Minnesota to participate in the Lincoln Hall once again served as the qualifier for the
Twin Cities Marathon. Joining them was Katy's brother Pat Manhattan to Peekskill Road Relay.
Dady, who was Katy's inspiration to start running. Sybil featured relay teams for the first time in the race's his-
tory. Mother's Day was once again a success, helped by all
Not traveling quite so far were those participating in the the generous folk who donated raffle prizes. In the Relay, the
"Human Race" held at Pepsi Headquarters in Purchase, New TRRC men's masters and the TRRC women's team took first
York. Taconic winners were Bob Hermesch (2nd place over- place honors.
all) and Kathleen Ford and Sarah Collins (second and third
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Club Meetings: The second Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM

Next Meeting will be held on August 13th at Josephine's Restaurant on Route 202
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Taconic Road Runners Club

P.O. Box 711
Shrub Oak, NY 10588

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