Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Kevin Clinefelter, R.I.P.

Kevin Clinefelter
R.I.P. December 27, 1955 - July 13, 2019

Kevin Clinefelter is the third Masters Runner to pass, unexpectedly, this year while still in the prime of a Masters Running career. Mark Richtman and Jeff Salzman died earlier this year, Richtman from a kayak misadventure and Salzman from a stroke. It is a reminder to all of us to take nothing for granted, to cherish our teammates and fellow runners, to enjoy the camaraderie of running, and to relish the gift that we receive with every workout and race we engage in. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and we reach out to Clinefelter's family, friends and teammates to ease their pain. Those who knew him as a runner will remember him with joy and think of him at his best, whether running for his team in National Championships, or just running for the sake of running.

First a tribute from his coach and friend, Mike Reif, and then a brief Race-ography below.

Tribute from Coach Mike Reif,  Genesee Valley Harriers on July 13, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that we lost Kevin Clinefelter today. This was due to sudden cardiac failure during or shortly after running most of the Shore Line Half Marathon this morning. Indeed it was a total shock and with great sadness when I heard the news a short while ago. I am deeply saddened as I am sure all who knew Kevin are. He had not been feeling well the week before and he knew he was doing the race because of his passion just to run. Running gave Kevin great peace and comfort.

As many of you know, Kevin was a dedicated runner with the Genesee Valley Harriers Running Club (GVH) for the past 4+ years. He had his own unique style for sure and he made friends with everyone. He helped everyone pursue their dreams, ran many phenomenal times, paced races, had a unique sense of humor, listened to whatever you had to say and was just an all around great guy. Kevin was serious about all he did and he did it with passion and precision. No doubt about that, for he and I had detailed discussions before and after every workout regarding the plan, the pace, the strategy, how it went . . . the ups and downs of injuries . . . and life. I enjoyed our conversations because they were serious, fun and always thought provoking. He almost always listened to my suggestions and thanked me often.

Kevin made some dramatic improvements over the time period he was with GVH. He worked extremely hard. He followed with precision the workout plans, paces and input I provided him and he was not only pleased with the results but deep inside he was ecstatic with his accomplishments. We, his team captains, team mates and I lured him into running USATF National Championship events around the country, despite some initial reticence on his part. Before you knew it he was hooked and eventually Kevin was the deciding runner in winning several first place team National Championship titles. He qualified and ran the Boston Marathon several times during his tenure with us and he loved it.  We were proud of all of his efforts, contributions and successes. His times and places in national events were phenomenal, especially for someone who took up the sport or running later in life. He befriended runners from across the country and enjoyed the camaraderie of his team-mates and fellow runners whether they were with GVH, Fleet Feet, Medved, Rochester Running Company or whoever he was with.

We will miss Kevin immensely and he will be remembered as a very fast National Champion level runner, who was a friendly dude and who’s passion for life and running was intense.

Once I hear any details about services and celebrating Kevin's life I will share them with you.

RIP Kevin.

Coach Mike Reif


USATF National Masters 10k Dedham Ma.                   USATF National Masters 5KXC Team Champs


Kevin and Meb                                                                 Kevin - helping everyone - a great pace setter
[Pics above from Mike Reif's tribute to Kevin Clinefelter]


The earliest Athlinks entry I can find for Kevin Clinefelter is the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge 2007. It was a 5K run at the end of May when Clinefelter was 51. He ran 33:51. Like many of us busy with career, family and such, he probably trained when he could but that was not central. His running  improved massively in just a few years. He ran the same race two years later and his pace was still over 10 minutes per mile. But something happened over the next two years. By 2011 when he was 56, he was running well under 7 minutes per mile for a 5K and right around 7 minutes per mile for a 10K. He had found himself as a runner, and improved rapidly from there. 

The first time I find him competing for GVH in a National Championship is the Club XC Championships at Tallahassee in 2016. He was the top runner on their 60+ B team and had a faster time than the 4th and 5th runners for their 'A' team. The following February, Clinefelter joined the crew that headed out to Bend, OR for Cross Country Nationals held on that punishing course on the side of an Oregon cinder cone. He was 3rd runner for the 60+  'A' team, coming in 5th; he enabled GVH to take the title away from the San Diego Striders by a single point! From that point forward he was always on the A team, sometimes as #3 sometimes #2, and at least once as the top runner on the A Team. Later that year he sandwiched a 3:49 Boston Marathon in between a 30:59 effort at the 8 Km Championships in Virginia Beach and a 39:52 at the 10 Km Championships in Dedham. As the #2 runner on the team at Dedham, he played a key role in their landing on the podium. 
Kevin Clinefelter #49-left, along with his teammates celebrating their 60+ 3rd place finish at the 2017 USATF Masters 10 Km Championships - To his left, our right, are Bill Beyerbach, Gary Radford, Mitch Moore, and Mike Reif
[Photo-USATF NE]

Although primarily a 5K to 10K guy, Clinefelter ran the Shoreline Half Marathon every July starting in 2015. He clocked 1:31:11 in 2016. When the call went out for 60+ athletes to run for the team in the 2018 Half Marathon Championships, he jumped at the opportunity. He ran a 1:34:42 as #2 runner for GVH. That fall, on the cross country turf, he was #3 runner on the GVH team that took the 5 Km Masters Cross Country title in Buffalo. As at Bend, he made the critical difference in GVH snatching the title from the Hartford Track Club, on the tie-breaker! At Cross Country Nationals this past February in Tallahassee, Clinefelter was the top finisher for GVH, leading the way for GVH to land on the podium! In March he did his usual fine job for the team, #2 runner on the GVH 60+ team that took 4th in Virginia Beach. No one would have thought that would be his final race for GVH.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


USATF Masters LDR awards prizes to the winners of its 2019 Masters Grand Prix series over 8 National Championship Races. There are prizes for both Individuals and Teams. Points from the best 5 Championships are summed to get the GP point total; 3 events are needed to qualify for a prize. Points in each Championship range from a high of 100 down to 5 points. 
Masters Grand Prix Rules and complete standings for the Individual (Women, Men) and Club Grand Prix contests can be accessed through:

Here is where we stand with half of the races completed, the Club Cross Country Championship (Club Cross), the Cross Country National Championship (Cross Nationals), the 8 Km (Virginia Beach, VA) and 10 Km Championships (Dedham, MA). Remaining races include the 5 Km (Atlanta, GA), the 1 Mile (Flint, MI), the 5 Km Masters Cross Country (Masters Cross), and the 15 Km (Tulsa, OK).

Individual Grand Prix

W40 The top 3 last year included, in order, Vanessa Lordi, Melissa Gacek, and Heather Webster. The 2019 leaders include newcomer, Jill Braley, with 185 points from two events, 185-2 hereafter, with Lordi 2nd at 155-3, along with Hiroko Guarneri, 140-2. Lordi is already entered in Atlanta and Flint, so is in the hunt for a repeat win. Braley is entered in Atlanta, and Guarneri, who also runs for the Atlanta Track Club, seem likely to enter the 5 Km. If they also compete in Flint, they could give Lordi a run for the money. W45 Impala teammates, Alexandra Newman and Nancy Thomas are currently 1-2 with Heather Webster and Murphee Hayes of the Genesee Valley Harriers in 3rd and 4th. Newman has a commanding lead at present with 325-4. If Webster and Hayes run in the next two events, in Atlanta and Flint, they will put some pressure on Newman. If Thomas, as seems likely, races in San Diego, she will move up to the 50-54 division with her points. W50 Leading the way are Mary Shah, Amy Fakterowitz, and Laurie Wharton. Shah, 305-4, has a slim lead over Fakterowitz, 285-3, but Fakterowitz has prevailed in recent head-to-head competition. Should she participate in both the 1 Mile (as she did last year) and the 5 Km (which she skipped last year), Fakterowitz could well overtake Shah. If Thomas comes east to run in the 5 Km at Atlanta, as she did last year, and competes in Masters Cross, she moves up to this division, and might overtake Shah and Fakterowitz. W55 Last year we had the unprecedented rivalry between Doreen McCoubrie and her teammate, Marisa Sutera Strange, where both accumulated a perfect 500 points and the decision went to McCoubrie on a tie-breaker. This year McCoubrie has been less active in the Championships and Strange, 300-3, has a narrow lead over Kris Huff, 275-4, winner of 50-54 last year, and Mary Swan, 245-3, who finished 3rd in 55-59. Strange typically races in the 5 Km and the 1 Mile Championships; if she does that and has her usual stellar results, she will capture the title with another perfect 500. But nothing is guaranteed in Masters GP competition. W60 Cynthia Williams, the defending Champion, at 295-4, her teammate, Margaret Taylor, 255-4, and Team Red Lizard’s Jennifer Teppo, 200-2, are 1-2-3 so far but Teppo has a substantial advantage in points per event. If her Portland, Oregon-based Red Lizard team competes in Masters Cross and Tulsa, Teppo is likely to be in the #1 spot at the end of the year. That will also depend on how many competitions Patrice Combs, 195-2, enters. Teppo is the only one in the division who has beaten Combs. Last year Combs ran 3 races and won them all; she finished 7th in the Grand Prix, behind athletes who ran in more championship events. Combs could well race in both the 5 Km and the 1 Mile. If so, she will be right up there close to Teppo. W65 Jeanette Groesz, 285-3, leads with Kathleen Allen, 255-3, and Cindy Lucking, 175-2, not far behind. But if Groesz competes in Tulsa, as she has regularly in the last few years, she moves up to 70-74. If Allen competes after August, she also moves up. That leaves Lucking in the driver’s seat, at least for now. Who else might be in the hunt? Suzanne Ray, 95-1, and Sharon Moore, 175-2, are probably the likeliest challengers. Ray won the division GP last year; she has only run in 1 event so far, a 2nd place finish at Dedham. Ray, who hails from Oregon, usually runs in Tulsa and will likely run at Masters Cross, as that is a West Coast race. If she comes east to run in either Atlanta or Flint, she would garner enough points to contend for a repeat win. Moore finished 2nd in 60-64 last year and is currently in 8th place in that division. Moore aged up over the summer so as soon as she runs in an event those 175 points accompany her to 65-69. That places her in a virtual tie with Lucking right now. In their one meeting this season, in Cross Nationals, Moore finished a half minute ahead of Lucking. W70 Carol Rhodes and Terry Foody finished 1-2 last year. Rhodes, 165-2, is currently in 3rd, with Foody further back. Sharon Gerl, 200-2, new to the Masters Grand Prix competition this year, is leading the way, ahead of Carolyn Mather, 195-2. In the one race all three competed in, Cross Nationals, Gerl, Mather and Rhodes finished in that order. That gives Gerl the upper hand. Her chief competition probably comes from her teammate, Jeanette Groesz, who ages up this fall, as noted earlier. Groesz, 285-3, has more points than Gerl right now, having competed in one more event. Groesz and Gerl have competed in the same event twice this year and Groesz came in ahead both times, although not by huge margins. Groesz is the favorite, with Gerl right behind. W75 Madeline Bost, 195-2, won this division last year after taking the crown in 70-74 four years in a row. She may have a battle on her hands. She currently trails Catherine Radle, 200-2. Radle came in well ahead of Bost at Club Nationals. That gives Radle an edge, but Bost travels well. As she herself has said, “I am not the fastest in the Age Division, but I compete.” Radle, who runs for the Atlanta Track Club, will likely run the 5 Km. Last year she also ran at Flint and Cross Masters in New York. If she is as active this year, it may be the end to Bost’s string of consecutive Grand Prix titles. But do not count Bost out until the last race has been run. W80 Tami Graf won the division last year, the only 80+ runner to compete in sufficient events. She is leading this year, at 200-2, with no competition in sight. W85 Edna Hyer leads with 100 points from the 10 Km Championship. Based on the recent past, Hyer is not likely to compete in three events, but there is a first time for everything.

M40 David Angell took the title last year with a perfect 500 points, and has a commanding lead this year at 380-4. Christopher Hernandez, 205-3, and Paul Jones, 185-3, follow in 2nd and 3rd. Sam Teigen, who finished 2nd last year, would be a threat for the podium, even though he is currently in 5th, but he ages up to 45-49 this summer. Jacques Sallberg, currently in 4th at 180-2, could also threaten Angell; they met twice on Cross Country courses and split the honors. But Sallberg will also age up after September; he will likely compete in Masters Cross in the 45-49 division and carry his points forward to that division.  Eric Blake celebrated his 40th birthday and competed in his first Masters National Championship in Dedham. He beat Angell in that race, albeit only by 5 seconds, so he has the potential to take the title. But if Angell runs even one more event, the only way Blake can beat him is to run every event and maintain his edge in head-to-head competition. M45 The defending Champion, Philippe Rolly, has not competed this year. Barring a surprise, we will have a new Champion. Brian Sydow, 295-4, leads the way. John Gardiner, who finished 4th last year after winning the year before, is in 2nd at 185-2. Gardiner has beaten Sydow twice but may not compete in enough events to pass him in the GP. Jonathan Frieder, who has finished 2nd the last two years, sits in 4th but has been rehabbing an injury. Greg Putnam, 170-2, currently in 3rd, could have an impact, but he would need to compete in more events this fall than his norm. His 50th birthday is after the 15K in Tulsa, so he is in the division all the way if he decides to make a run for the GP podium. Brent Fields, 95-2, finished 2nd last year but he had 4 events in already last year at this stage and this year has just two. M50 Kent Lemme has owned this division since turning 50 for the 2017 season and is well ahead this year despite dividing his focus between the Grand Prix and the Boston Marathon this winter and spring. At 330-4, Lemme has a 65 point lead over Mike Nier’s total, 265-4, from the same number of events. It would take a reversal of form for Nier to top Lemme this year. Nier, who finished 3rd in 2017, and Lemme, are both likely to compete in 5 events or more. Andy Gardiner, 195-2, and Christian Cushing-Murray, 180-2, who are in 3rd and 4th, are in Lemme’s league, but will probably not compete in enough events to head him off. M55 Nat Larson has won the division handily in each of the last two years and is ahead this year at 300-3. Alan Evans, who finished 5th last year, sits in 2nd with 185-2, followed closely by Gary Droze, 180-2, and John Van Kerkhove, 175-4, who finished 2nd last year. Droze only competed in two events last year but he is likely to compete in Atlanta for his 3rd event this year. If he also competes in either Flint, Masters Cross or Tulsa, he might well press Evans for 2nd. Van Kerkhove is a competitor and will be in the mix for another podium finish. M60 Ken Youngers who finished 3rd the last two years in this division has the lead at 350-4. Roger Sayre, who won the division last year, is in 3rd at 290-3. Norm Larson, in 2nd at 320-4, is in the mix for the podium and cannot be counted out for the win. Jeffery Dundas, 170-2, can factor in the podium race if he competes in at least 2 more events. Sayre is the favorite, followed by Youngers. M65 Kirk Larson put the final touch on a magic season by winning this division Grand Prix last year. At 345-4 he is in the lead again this year, but expects new entrants to the division to pass him. Reno Stirrat, 2nd in the standings at 230-4, and Joseph Reda, in 4th place at 190-2, are the prime candidates; both have beaten Larson this season. George Braun, 230-3, is another example. Others who could play a role include the 2017 winner, Tom Bernhard, 100-1, who missed races due to injury last year. If he competes in the remaining 4 events this year, he could claim another title. But that may be unlikely. Chuck Smead, 100-1, and Doug Bell, 85-1, two talented runners with the Boulder Road Runners, could also make some noise if they compete in at least 3 more events. But do not count Larson out; he is resilient. M70 Gene Dykes dropped down from his Marathon and Ultramarathon exploits to dominate the division in 2018. He won the 4 events he competed in as a 70-year-old and took 2nd in the 8K as a 69-year-old to take the Grand Prix title ahead of Lloyd Hansen and Dave Glass. This year Dykes is focusing on his longer races again; the leader is Hansen, at 390-4, looking to repeat his 65-69 GP wins from 2014 and 2015. After a 3rd at Club Cross, Hansen ripped off three straight wins. Jerry Learned, at 345-4, finished 4th last year. To overtake Hansen, he will have to find a way to beat him 2 or 3 times in the last 4 events. Jim May, at 300-4, and Doc Rappole, at 260-3, both run for the Genesee Valley Harriers and will likely increase their totals. That puts them in the hunt for a podium spot. Glass, at 240-4, with his 2nd place finish at Dedham, showed he cannot be counted out either. Terry McCluskey, though sitting in 6th at 175-2, could have some strong races this fall and affect the final standings at the top. M75 Doug Goodhue finally came all the way back from his leg injuries and took the title last year with a perfect 500 points. Goodhue is running even better this year but sits in 2nd, at 200-2, because he has been more selective in his Championship races thus far. Ed Bligh, who finished 3rd last year, sits atop the leader board at 265-3. Goodhue expects to run in Atlanta and Flint at least. If he is anywhere near his current level, he will win both. That would not guarantee another MGP win though, as Bligh could well amass over 400 points. Bligh’s teammate, Andrew Sherwood, is in 3rd at 170-2. It is hard to see anyone else currently in the division threatening the podium. Przemek Nowicki, at 115-2, will age up to M75 before the end of the year. He could easily take a few top places in the remaining four events and move onto the 75-79 podium. David Cohen and Charlie Patterson could figure into the contest, but Cohen has entered no contests yet this year, and Patterson has not competed since Club Cross. Cohen is regularly engaged in Marathons and Ultra Marathons around the globe; he helps his team by running in Championships whenever he can. M80 Jim Askew took this division in 2017 at 495-5 but he left us in 2018. No one accumulated the necessary three Championships last year. The leaders this year are: Harry Carter, John Elliott, and Richard Williams, all at 100-1. Norman Goluskin and Warren Osborn are tied for 4th at 95-1. Osborn aged up to 85-89 after Club Cross Country so he will either accumulate the three events needed for a prize in the 85-89 division or will not factor in either division. Williams and Osborn both run for the San Diego Track Club, but Williams is typically a bit faster. The team is likely to run at Masters Cross in their home city. If the team or any one of the 3 individuals still in the 80-84 division, James Kurtz and Sid Davis, in addition to Williams, also runs at either Atlanta or Flint, they could have the three events needed to win the 80-84 GP title. Tulsa would also be a possibility  for this trio, although that hilly 15K might be a bit more daunting event, though it is a shorter trip from Southern California. M85 Lawrence Cole is the sole contender thus far in this division. Based on past years, he is unlikely to compete in two added events, so this division is wide open. M90 Nathaniel Finestone and Richard Soller are tied for the lead at 100-1. Last year Soller, from Georgia, competed only at Atlanta so he is likely to race the 5Km again. If he also races the 1 Mile at Flint, that would give him the three races he needs for a prize in the Grand Prix. Finestone has announced his intention to run at both Atlanta and Flint. If he succeeds, he too, would have enough events to claim a prize. If both compete in both those events, Finestone would be a slight favorite. His performance in the 10K merited an age grade score of 73.52, over 7 percentage points higher than Soller’s score in the 8K. But at the 5Km last year, Soller’s performance earned a 68.26% score which is closer. It will be fascinating to see how this competition between our two oldest athletes unfolds!

Club Grand Prix

W40+ The main contenders last year were Atlanta Track Club, Impala Racing, and Genesee Valley Harriers, finishing in that order with 470, 440 and 430 points. This year Impala signaled its intent to take the crown by traveling east for the 8Km and the 10Km Championships. They lead with 355-4, leaving Atlanta and GVH to come from behind with 180-2 and 115-2 respectively. This year Impala can get their 5th event, Masters Cross, on the West Coast. If they win that one, it would give them 455-5, probably enough for the win. Tulsa becomes their insurance event; they competed last year and finished 2nd to LRC Racing, which had no other Championship events. The Impalas are the favorites; it is harder to judge between Atlanta and GVH as they have not competed against each other this year.

W50+ The Athena Track Club has an amazing streak; they have won every W50+ Club Grand Prix since its inception in 2012. Last year they scored a perfect 500 to defeat Atlanta, GVH, and Impala with 420, 400 and 250. Their streak may come to an end this year. Atlanta is leading with 310-4, followed by GVH, 250-4, and Athena, 200-2. Athena has had more difficulty fielding complete teams this year but the positive for them is that when they have fielded a team, it has won. It is not too late for Athena but they must field viable teams for at least 3 of the remaining 4 events to win. Atlanta will almost surely top 400 points, as they did last year. GVH will not be far back. Athena is probably the favorite to repeat for the 8th time, but it may be their closest contest yet. W60+ Team Red Lizard took the title last year in a tight battle with Atlanta and GVH, winning 490-470-440. Atlanta got off to another strong start this year. Standing at 360-4, Atlanta leads the Red Lizard team, at 290-3, by 70 points. But Red Lizard has time to come from behind. They are likely to compete at Masters Cross and in Tulsa. If they can win those two, they will have 490 points, which should be enough to prevail. But Atlanta will have something to say about it. Last year Atlanta nabbed 100 points each for taking 1st at the 5 Km and 1 Mile road Championships. If they do that this year, they too could have 490 points. Then it would come down to the tie-breaker. If it unfolds as indicated above, Team Red Lizard would win on the first tie-breaker, head-to-head competition, 2-1. If those top two teams stay healthy, it seems unlikely GVH can move up from 3rd. W70+ Last year Atlanta Track Club took top honors with 300-3. No other 70+ teams competed in 3 events. They appear bent on the same outcome this year; Atlanta is at 200-2, based on victories at Club Cross and Cross Nationals. The San Diego Track Club has 100-1. San Diego should compete at Masters Cross in their home city. If they can manage to travel to one other event, they can qualify for an award, most likely a 2nd place prize.

M40+ Garden State Track Club New Balance got off to a great start last year, earning 245 points by the end of April. They went on to win the 40+ Grand Prix crown with 480-5, twenty points ahead of Atlanta and 235 ahead of the Genesee Valley Harriers. This year is a different story; Garden State did not field teams for Cross Nationals nor at Dedham. They are in 6th at 135-2. Atlanta and the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) are tied with 190-2 and 190-3 respectively. Atlanta will go on to compete in the 5 Km at least but perhaps also the 1 Mile Championship. Time will tell. Based on past participation, the BAA is likely done; except for Club Cross, it is rare for the BAA to travel much outside New England for Masters LDR Events. Cal Coast Track Club sits in 3rd at 155-2, followed by Genesee Valley Harriers at 150-2, and Willow Street Athletic Club in 5th at 150-2. Atlanta is now the favorite to take the 2019 MGP crown. Cal Coast will almost surely run Masters Cross and, perhaps, Tulsa. That would be enough to put them in the hunt for a podium spot. Garden State, GVH, and Willow Street all have the potential to be on the podium. It will depend on athlete availability and willingness to travel. M50+ The Greater Springfield Harriers (GSH) are going for a three-peat this year. Last year they bested the Genesee Valley Harriers and the Atlanta Track Club with a perfect 500 to 450 to 395. In 2017 GSH started slowly and finished with 4 straight wins. Last year they were quick out of the gate with 4 straight wins at the start of the season. This year is somewhere between. They have 280-3. After winning at Club Cross, they skipped Cross Nationals, won the 8 Km, and then fielded a team for the 10 Km that was missing two of their usual top 3. They picked up a third place finish, which may prove valuable if they struggle to field teams at some of the remaining events. GVH will offer no quarter, however. They lead currently at 315-4 and are likely to score well over 400 again by the end of the year. Atlanta is in 3rd at 180-2. Cal Coast has some strong 50+ runners but it does not appear they will mount a challenge this year. Two of their 50+ runners competed with the 40+ team at Cross Nationals. Their 5th place finish at Club Cross gives them 60-1. M60+ Last year this was the tightest division contested, with the Atlanta Track Club winning, at 490-5, over Boulder Road Runners, at 480-5. Although it was tight, Atlanta won their home city race in mid-August to close out any possibility that Boulder could beat them. They would love to do that again, but it will not be possible. Atlanta leads this year at 370-4, with Boulder 2nd at 295-4, GVH 3rd with 230-4, and Shore Athletic Club 4th at 210-4. Atlanta can lock it up with good showings at both the 10 Km and 1 Mile Championships. But Boulder can deny them; it depends on which of their strong runners are able and motivated to make the trips. GVH and Shore will likely engage in their tight contests in each Championship to battle for the remaining podium spot. M70+ Atlanta Track Club, Ann Arbor Track Club, and Genesee Valley Harriers finished 1-2-3 in that order in 2017. In 2018 it was Ann Arbor, GVH, and Atlanta finishing 1-2-3. This year GVH leads at 385-4, with Atlanta 2nd at 325-4 and Ann Arbor 3rd at 200-2. With 4 events left, Ann Arbor has the firepower to pull out the GP win. They will need to win at least two of the final 4 events and score well in a 3rd one. Nothing comes easy in this division; GVH and Atlanta will make them earn it! M80+ There have been teams who have competed in a single Championship but never yet has an 80+ team garnered the three events needed for an Award. That could change this year. It seems highly likely that the San Diego Track Club who have 100-1, will compete in Masters Cross in their home city. They would make history by traveling and scoring in one additional Championship, either Atlanta, Flint, or Tulsa. They would be the first club to win the 80+ division in the USATF Masters Grand Prix competition! Stay tuned for the exciting second half of the season!


Masters Grand Prix Rules and complete standings for the Individual (Women, Men) and Club Grand Prix contests can be accessed at:

Friday, June 21, 2019

Two West Coast Masters Runners Lost to the Running Community in June 2019

Mark Richtman and Jeff Salzman passed away this month in California. The race may not always be to the swift, but these two swift runners left an indelible mark on the Running Community.


Mark Richtman, Novato CA    64

Missing and presumed drowned, on a solo kayak trip to Tomales Bay, by the Point Reyes National Seashore, in early June.

Raceography. Primarily an Ultra Runner, Richtman occasionally joined his friend, Brian Pilcher, running for the Tamalpa Runners at the USATF Club XC Championships.

2007 USATF Masters Championship Races [M50+] at Club XC—West Chester OH

#2 runner for Tamalpa--# 15 overall in Team 50+ competition—Team took 2nd place

2008 USATF Masters Championship Races [M50+] at Club XC – Spokane WA

#2 runner for Tamalpa Runners Inc--# 16 Overall in Team 50+ competition—Team took 3rd place

2016 USATF Masters Championship Races [M60+] at Club XC –Tallahassee FL

#2 runner for Tamalpa Runners Inc--#6 0verall in Team 60+ competition (missed the individual podium by 4 seconds)—Team took 2nd place

From the Dipsea Trail Race 2019 Summary:

“Pilcher dedicated his winning effort to Mark Richtman, a fellow elite runner from the Tamalpa Club, who is missing and presumed drown (sic) following a solo kayak trip to Tomales Bay earlier in June. Numerous runners in the field of 1,500 wrote “Run 4 Mark” and “Long Live Mark” to honor the seven-time Dipsea Black Shirt winner.”

Read an appreciation of Mark Richtman at:

Jeff Salzman, Irvine, CA      67

Died of a stroke on June 17, 2019.


Jeff Salzman ran for the Cal Coast Track Club 60+ team, participating in both Cross Country and Road National Championship events. I did not know him, but we had briefly met at least once. In reviewing his races, I see now that we occasionally ran in the same Championship race, and sometimes finished within a half-minute or so of one another.

Raceography. The oldest race listed on Athlinks for Salzman is the 1983 NYC Marathon, when he was 32; he ran 3:00:59. The first USATF national championship race I can find is the 2014 USATF Masters 8K Championship in Brea CA, where he teamed up with Dale Campbell, Bill ‘Coach’ Sumner, and Bert Sandoval to claim 2nd place in the 60+ division for the Cal Coast Track Club. Salzman was 2nd runner for the team in 32:36. At age 64 he ran for Cal Coast ‘B’ in the Club XC Championships in San Francisco, helping Paul Cook, Perry Forrester, and Anthony Reynoso to a 14th place finish out of 36 Teams. In 2016, he teamed up with Sumner, John Combs, Cook, and Charles Sanchez, to take 2nd place M60+ for the Cal Coast ‘B’ squad at the 8K Masters Championships in Brea. A versatile runner in terms of distance, Salzman teamed up with Forrester, John Holcomb, and Keith Witthauer, to take first place, M60+, at the 2016 USATF Masters Half Marathon Championship in San Diego. In October 2017, he ran a 1:09:05 15 K to help Cal Coast, along with Forrester, Holcomb and Sumner, to a 4th place finish in the National Masters 15 Km Championship at Tulsa. A month and a half later, he, Holcomb, Sumner, and Witthauer took 6th out of 14 teams at Club XC. In 2018 he competed for Cal Coast in both the USATF Cross Country Championship in Tallahassee FL and at the Club Cross Country Championship at Spokane WA. Witthauer and he teamed up with Brian Nelson to take 4th at Tallahassee and Salzman jumped in with Combs and Sumner, to help Cal Coast finish 16th at Club XC. That is the final race result listed on his Athlinks profile; it is fitting that it would be for the team he helped to sustain.

Friday, June 7, 2019

2019 Anthem Broad Street Run (10 Miler)--My 'Bucket List' Race and a small recap

May 21, 2019. [If interested primarily in Masters Runners results generally, skip to 2nd section below, in bold. First section is first person account.]
Now that my training is going well again, my chronological clock has been telling me to fit in some more Bucket List races. What could be more 'buckety' than the 40th Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia?! I don't know of another race this long that is a straight shot. The runners start on Broad Street in North Philly, a few blocks from the Olney Street station and run all the way down to [and around] City Hall with its classic statue of William Penn [that two blocks the only detour from the straight line] and then another straight shot through South Philly to the Navy Yard and the finish! Raced in Philadelphia for almost 40 years, it is, according to its website, the "largest, fastest, most popular' 10-Mile Race in the Country. Some races, the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, in particular, might dispute one of those claims, but there is no doubt that over 35,000 runners toe the line in North Philadelphia the first Sunday in May each year. With hardly any turns, only one moderate hill starting  just before the 1 mile marker, and dropping from 155' above sea level to a mere 18' at the Navy Yard finish, it cannot be anything but fast!
Watch Out for those Turns! Just kidding! 
[Posted at Pic taken and downoaded by Paul Carlin]

BCBSR Elevation Chart 
[Posted at Pic taken and downoaded by Paul Carlin]

What were my chances for the Men's 70-74 podium? I was fresh off an Age Division win at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in DC in 1:17:29 and felt like I could maybe run a little faster in Philly. How did it go last year and the year before? Last year 1-2-3 was Gene Dykes 1:03:01; Byron Mundy 1:13:38; and Tom Jennings 1:17:04. The year before the trio had clocked 1:03, 1:13, and 1:16. It looked like I would have my work cut out for me to get on the podium. Dykes, of course, would be miles ahead if he showed up; in the past year or so he has broken American Records at distances from 10K to the Marathon. I could hope he would be running one of his Ultras but as a Philly native, he apparently tries to schedule this race in. With Mundy I would just have to hope it might be an off year for him. I did not wish anything bad to happen to him but know, from my own experience, that injuries crop up from time to time and slow us down, or not! Jennings came in ahead of me when we were in the same 5 Km XC race last September, but XC is not my forte. I figured I had a chance. And the Age Division awards go five deep so I should at least get some recognition as long as I had no major disasters.

Unlike other such races, I had an acquaintance in Philly to give me some tips. I have run into Christy Peterson, at some USATF Masters Championships and at Peachtree. She finished 4th in the Masters Competition last year and 3rd the year before  at Broad Street , so she knows a thing or two about the race.  My main questions were about staging and logistics. From the race site I knew there were gear buses to transport your gear from the start to the finish, and that runners were encouraged to park in the stadium lots about a half mile from the finish, and take the Broad Street line (subway) to the Olney Street stop. Anyone with a race bib would receive free admission to the subway before (and after) the race. Peterson advised me against parking in the stadium lots unless I was willing to wait a long time to exit after the race. She suggested, instead, parking at the northern terminus of the Broad Street line, the Fern Rock Transportation Center. I found it on a map and then looked for an Air BnB accommodation not far from it. I lucked out; there was a studio apartment available less than a 10 minute drive from Fern Rock, with its own free parking-perfect!

The race this year was on Sunday, May 5th. I would drive from Indy to a Motel in Lancaster PA, a little over an hour rom Philly on the Friday, and then drive into Philly on Saturday. I had the romantic illusion that I would remember Lancaster from the early 1970's when I taught part-time at Gallaudet College and worked part-time for the G.L.U.T. Food Coop. Even though it was called a Food Coop, it was essentially a Coop for Neighborhood Food Coops in Washington DC, a wholesaler if you will. My job was to drive a 2-ton truck, with the Co-op's buyer riding 'shotgun', up to Baltimore every week to pick up various items from their Wholesale district. But a couple of times a month we would make a longer run up to Amish Country around Lancaster, where we would pick up eggs, apple cider, and farm staples. Of course, nothing looked very familiar 47 years later! But that was okay; it was a good place to stop, a little over 8 hours on the road from Indy. That kind of drive 2 days before the race has worked out well for me.

The next morning I drove into Philly, located Fisher and Broad Street, the starting line for the race, and drove the first couple of miles just to see what that one hill was all about. I learned that it is not very steep nor vey long, and is followed by a downhill stretch--good to know. You can push up the hill if feeling good and know you will be rewarded. I then drove back to Fern Street, parked the car, and took the subway to the Expo to walk around downtown and pick up my bib, etc. I also figured I would find a Starbucks and work on the long list of laptop projects I always have with me. And it served as a dry run for the prerace trip the next day. Everything went smoothly. I noted on the way down that Olney was the first stop after starting from Fern Rock. I entered the Convention Center via the wrong door but quickly got rerouted to where I needed to be. Right inside the Expo area I found the Elite/Seeded area and got my bib and then my clear, plastic gear bag and t-shirt.
Ross Martinson, Elite Athlete Coordinator, greeted Elite and Seeded Runners, distributed bibs and answered questions [Photo by Paul Carlin]

After walking through Logan Square, admiring the nice job Philly had done in making that part of the downtown very pleasant, I got to a Whole Foods, where I acquired my microwavable meal for the evening along with a healthy salad, beverage, and breakfast bagel. In the evening I reviewed instructions, laid out gear, and texted Peterson. She would be arriving at Fern Rock around 6 am to catch the 6:17 subway. I set my alarm for 5:20 am and planned to meet her there. An old hand could help me get to the staging area in good shape.

We met at 6, with me in my throwaway over shirt and workout pants from Goodwill and Peterson in her down jacket. "I am not getting cold before the race" she said. We had no problems getting to the  venue except that these two distractible people in conversation forgot to get off at the first stop, Olney. We eventually realized we had missed our stop, got off at the next one, went up to street level, crossed over and down and caught the next train back to Olney. The comical thing was that we got worried a little about starting our warmup routines late. I started doing a few of my stretching exercises right on the platform, hoping she wouldn't think it too odd. Then looked over and she was already in one of her yoga poses. If it hadn't been Broad Street Run weekend, we would have gotten a lot of stares and perhaps comments! Once at Olney, Peterson guided me up toward the staging area. Once there we split as she had access to the Elite Tent and, as a seeded but not elite runner, I did not. It was a light rain when we first got there around 6:45.. Lots of folks were standing under trees sheltering from the direct rain, many wearing plastic bags or other improvised rain coverings. But it did rain a bit harder a bit before 7:30 when I made my way to the Seeded Corral to be in place for the 7:45 AM Presentation of the Colors and the singing of the National Anthem. It let up after ten minutes or so but continued as a light rain off and on the resto of the morning. Luckily, with temps in the upper 50's there was little discomfort.

After the anthem and the applause and cheers from the crowd, the runners were called forward. But the race did not start at 8 am sharp. They were waiting for something and it was a couple of minutes after the 8 am start time. All of a sudden the starting gun went off and, after a second of surprise, we were off and running. The first stretch is downhill so it is okay to let it out a little but important to keep things in check. Pleased to see the first two miles come up at 7:24 and 7:29 (the hill went on the 2nd mile). The only runners I knew by sight around me were Peterson and Abby Dean, whom I had met at a Cross Country race a couple of years earlier. Last year Dean was 1st Masters woman and I think Peterson was maybe third; they would do battle again no doubt. In any case, I kept them in sight for  a bit but pretty soon I had no one I knew to gauge a pace off of...but dozens of folks I did not know. Plenty of folks coming past me but not a lot going at just the pace I wanted; that's normal when I start with the Elites. I am fast for a 73-year old guy but not as fast as many of the guns in the first corral.  Lots of spectators  were  out cheering us along, the numbers getting bigger as we approached City Hall just before the 6 mile mark. Slowed to 7:40 to 7:45 pace the next few miles. One thing I like about running with the Garmin is that you get your split, but you don't have to obsess about it; you just run your miles. A little vibration, glance down, there's the mile split time.

Got a brief shock when we went around City Hall and straightened out-I got my 6 mile split and I read 8:10--what?! I hoped the Garmin had somehow messed up. Still I sped up a bit and was shocked again when it read 7:24...too fast. But I had already found my cruising pace again and was rewarded when the Garmin showed a 7:42 for the 8th mile. Later I realized the tall buildings had interfered; many others said their GPS did the same thing. My best guess is the actual splits were maybe 7:54/7:40 as the square-out around City Hall probably did slow us a bit...and I did speed u pint he 7th mile. Anyway all was looking good as the final miles ticked by and there was the 9 mile mark up head. But all of a sudden an old problem popped up; I felt a pain in my right lower front leg, anterior tibialis. It has tended to happen over the last year and a half or so in races of 15K and longer. But it doesn't always happen; I voided it at the cherry Blossom 10 Miler, which was flat. It seems  to be related to downhill running and there is some downhill running at Broad Street. My worst experience was at the 2018 Papa John's Pizza 10 Miler where I had to slow considerably for the last mile and came close to stopping the pain was so intense. Not quite as bad was the 15K Championship last fall in Tulsa where it hit me just after the turnaround to come back over the bridge and head up the hill to the finish. Again there it followed a considerable downhill portion. It does not prey on my mind so much because so far once the race is over, the pain goes away and does not come back during training. I immediately tried playing with stride length. My general approach is to see fi I can increase turnover and run it off. If not. then I decrease turnover or shorten or lengthen my stride. None of these worked continuously but they did give me enough breaks so I never got as close to stopping as I had last year. It is the reason why the last mile was not faster though. Instead of 9 seconds faster than mile 9, I believe I could have run closer to 7:30, or even faster than the 7:39 I ran. I did not quite dare to go all out. But I was very happy to have broken 1:17--progress! It did not matter in terms of the Age Division podium. After the race I found that Dykes had run and finished over 12 minutes ahead of me in 1:04:21, but I did take 2nd ahead of Mundy, whom I don't know. He did have an off day, running 1:18:03. I also texted back and forth with Peterson, learning that she was also happy with her race, '...even splits and a 1:00:53.'

So all was good going through the lines to get bananas and granola bars, Finisher Medals and such. Some folks were handing out dry t-shirts and I took one.
Finisher Medal for 40th Anniversary of BCBS Run-Expecting More Bling in form of Age Group 2nd Place [Photo by Paul Carlin]

That helped me retain some heat as I had just been running in singlet and shorts. Little did I guess how long it would be before I could claim my gear at the gear check bus. When I got to the area, a number of buses were there already with more arriving. After I did a complete circuit and did not locate my bus, I asked a guy with a 'walkie-talkie' who was in contact with the buses. He said one of the buses got off the Expressway too soon and three buses followed that one. It hasn't happened in 20 years! My bus was one of them. He said it could take then a half hour to get back around and up onto the Expressway again so they could exit to the Navy Yard. A growing crowd of similarly unlucky runners mingled about. Luckily it was now about 60 degrees so even with the light ran people were not shivering (much). In the end it was an extra 40 minutes to get our gear. A rare miscue on an otherwise flawless performance by the BCBS10 crew. No harm done. I followed the crowd back to the Broad Street Line Subway stop at NRG, hopped on the first train that stopped , retrieved my car from the end of the line at Fern Rock and got back to the apartment pushing the check out time. I texted my host who said take as much time as you need. So I took a nice, warm shower, packed up my stuff and hit the road.  As is my wont, I planned on a long day in the saddle to get home that evening. I ran into no problems and pulled into my driveway around 10:30 pm none the worse for wear, and happy to have another great bucket race in the collection!

How Did Masters Runners Do Generally?

The masters podium was made up of Brock Butler, Steve Gourley, and Mike DiGennaro on the Men's side, and Margaret Njuguna, Christy Peterson, and Kara Rubinich. All of the podium winners had National Class age grade percentages or better. The top Age Grading performances among the Women were turned in by Njuguna, 49, who earned a 99.37% rating, Nancy Smith, 64, with a 90.02%, and Michelle Brangan, 49, with 88.56%. For the Men it was Gene Dykes, 71, with a 93.45%, followed by Kenneth Barbee, 55, at 89.32%, and Russell Blatt, 62, at 89.08%. That demonstrates terrific up front running. The Age Division contests are recapped below.

40-44  Brock Butler Chester Springs PA, Mike DiGennaro Wilmington DE, and Steve Gourley Doylestown PA took it out at 5:11 per mile pace for the first 3 miles, putting a gap on Richard Jennings San Clemente CA and Dwayne Brown Philadelphia PA, who would finish 4th and 5th. By the 7th mile, Gourley and Butler had a 45 second advantage on DiGennaro. Butler had more over the final 3 miles, winning the division and taking the Masters title in 52:13, with Gourley a half minute back in 2nd.
Brock Butler 52:13 87.55% Age Grade  Steve Gourley 52:42 86.12%   Mike DiGennaro 53:47 84.38%
Brock Butler, in his Rabbit singlet and rain gear, holding his crystal trophy  along with the Masters winner for Women, Margaret Njuguna [posted on FB by Brock Butler]

45-49  Terry Davidson Randolph NJ established an early gap on 2nd place finisher Kevin Buegless Media PA and held it the entire way, winning in 57:21 with a minute to spare. Peter Smithson Sewell NJ took 3rd as Beugless was able to pass in the last section and hold a 7 second advantage at the finish. Vince Varallo and Steve Holman, who took 4th and 5th, also cracked 80% on age grading, with Holman hitting 82.81%.
Terry Davidson 57:21 83.70%   Kevin Buegless 58:28 80.76%   Peter Smithson 58:35 83.33%

50-54 Eric Shafer Pittsburgh PA forged a half minute lead in the first 3 miles and added to it steadily, crossing the finish line in 57:03, with nearly a minute on the 2nd place finisher, Tim Harte Coatesville PA. Matt Sandercock Exton PA followed 52 seconds later in 3rd. The 4th and 5th place finishers, Bill Farquhar and Matthew Costello both cracked 83% in age grading as well.
Eric Shafer 57:03 86.33%   Tim Harte 57:56 85.73%   Matt Sandercock 58:48 83.76%

55-59 Kenneth Barbee Philadelphia PA had no trouble winning this division by 2 minutes in 57:36, and missing a 90% age grade, signifying a World Class performance by just a few tenths of a percent. Jim Sery Clarksboro PA finished 2nd with a minute and a half margin over Henry Notaro Northfield NJ. Notaro held off 4th and 5th place finishers, Daniel Mazo and Joseph Koelbel by 6 and 11 seconds respectively as they both registered age grade scores just under 84%.
Kenneth Barbee 57:36 89.32%   Jim Sery 59:49 87.57%   Henry Notaro 1:01:18 85.45%

60-64 Russell Blatt West Hartford CT had an even more dominant win taking the division in 1:01:38 by over 4 minutes, as he too cracked 89% in age grading. Kenneth Olsho Fort Washington PA reversed a 6 second deficit in the last 3 miles to take 2nd place just six seconds ahead of Jeffrey Painter Swarthmore PA. A minute later Stephen Gardner took 4th, cracking 83% in age-grading with Peter Ratigan another 46 seconds back in 5th.
Russell Blatt 1:01:38 89.08%   Kenneth Olsho 1:05:52 83.35%   Jeffrey Painter 1:05:58 81.66%

65-69 Bob Welby Northumberland PA had to come from behind over the second half of the race but wound up with a minute margin of victory in 1:10:50. Lee McConnell Malvern PA had over half a minute on John Hibbs Bristol PA , who was followed in 4th and 5th by Randy Rigley and Phil Davies.
Bob Welby 1:10:50 80.59%   Lee McConnell 1:11:54 78.60% John Hibbs 1:12:33 77.90%

70-74 As noted above, Gene Dykes Bala Cynwyd PA won this division again by a country mile, although this year it was closer to two country miles, clocking 1:04:21 to take the title with over 12 minutes to spare. As usual, it was a World Class performance by the Bala Cynwyd speedster. The race for second was closer; a 23 second lead at the 3 mile mark grew only to 29 seconds by the 7 mile mark. If Mundy had a strong finish he could take 2nd. But on this day he did not, as I Indianapolis IN eased into 2nd with over a minute to spare. An off day for Mundy, no doubt. Here's hoping he can recover for next year and that I can keep my current recovery going. If so, we can have a battle again next year but both come in well under 1:15. We shall see. Mundy was followed a minute later by Anthony Jordan in 4th place and then 4 added minutes saw James Greenberg home in 5th.
Gene Dykes 1:04:21 93.45% Paul Carlin 1:16:55 80.24%   Byron Mundy 1:18:03 77.04%

75-79 Tom Jennings Ft. Washington PA moved up to this age division and took it with ease, winning by over 7 minutes in 1:19:03. Jim Assal Lansdale PA took 2nd in 1:26:34, followed 15 minutes later by Angelo Mattei Philadelphia PA in 3rd. Jim Hesser and Gerald Herman took 4th and 5th.

80+ Jerry Gornish Bala Cynwyd PA enjoyed a 14 minute margin of victory, crossing the finish line n 1:38:23. Tom Nuzzalo took 2nd, just two minutes ahead of Herbert Thal. Five minutes later Bill McClellan claimed 4th, followed by Rao Yalamanchili. At the age of 87, Thal was the oldest runner to finish on an age division podium.
Jerry Gornish 1:38:23 73.25%   Tom Nuzzalo 1:52:34 62.47%   Herbert Thal 1:54:37 76.02%

40-44 Christy Peterson North Wales PA had every reason to be happy with her race. What she did not put in her text was that she was 1st in her age division and 2nd in the Masters competition this year, and first American. She and Kara Rubinich Downingtown PA built a 7 second gap on Karen Dunn Trappe PA over the first 3 miles. As they dueled shoulder to shoulder and hit the halfway point in 30:30, the gap to Dunn grew to 21 seconds. They were still locked together at 7 miles but Peterson closed better to take the win by 39 seconds. Dunn closed strong but Rubinich held her off to claim 2nd with a seven second margin. Cristina Burbach followed 44 seconds later in 4th place, with an 84.23% age grade. Mary Ann McMenamin finished 5th in 1:06:02.
Christy Peterson 1:00:58 86.30%   Kara Rubinich 1:01:37 82.85%   Karen Dunn 1:01:44 83.86%

45-49 This division contained the overall Masters winner, Margaret Njuguna Nairobi, Kenya who ran away with the title in 55:49. At age 49, that earns a 99.37% age grade, an incredible World Class performance! She finished 5th overall, just a minute behind the winner, 32 year old Susan Jerotich. The battle for 2nd place and first American was between Brenda Hodge York PA, Michelle Brangan Mullica Hill NJ, and Abby Dean Philadelphia PA. Brangan took it out the strongest, building a 20 second gap back to Hodge and 30 seconds to Dean. By the 5 mile mark it seemed unlikely this would be as good a day as last year for Dean. She was 26 seconds behind Hodge who was 20 seconds behind Brangan. But there is still much racing to do with 5 miles left. Dean was not able to mount a challenge over the last 5 miles but Hodge did, cutting the gap to 20 seconds by the 7 mile mark. She had more in the tank for the last 3 miles as she caught Brangan and finished 2nd with a 15 second margin. Hodge was 5th Masters overall. Brangan took 3rd with Dean nearly 2 minutes back in 4th at 1:04:21. Despite it being an off day, Dean was just under 85% in age-grading. Jenna Kurath took 5th in 1:05:52 and also broke the 80% 'National Class' standard for age grading.
Margaret Njuguna 55:49 99.37%   Brenda Hodge 1:02:23 86.88%   Michelle Brangan 1:02:38 88.56%

50-54 Lisa Kallenbach Bryn Mawr PA built a 9 second lead in the first 3 miles and added to it the rest of the way as she took the win in 1:05:40, enjoying a margin of more than 3 minutes. Christine Lloyd Newtown PA could not match Kallenbach but maintained a pace that was fast enough so that she was never seriously challenged, finishing 2nd almost a half minute ahead of 3rd place. It looked like Jennifer Harvey New York NY would have that 3rd spot as she steadily increased her lead over Julie Pangburn Downingtown PA from 7 seconds at 3 miles to 12 seconds at the halfway mark but that is when the tide turned. Pangburn took all but 2 seconds out of Harvey's lead in the next 2 miles. Then Pangburn closed it out, coming across the finish line with an 8 second margin over Harvey who took 4th and cracked the 80% age grade standard. A minute and change later Annabelle Broadbent Perkasie PA took 5th.
Lisa Kallenbach 1:05:40 86.5%   Christine Lloyd 1:09:16 81.02%   Julie Pangburn 1:09:44 84.51%

55-59 Gini Nichols Candia NH took it out fastest in this division, clocking 21:20 at the 3 mile mark, a half minute ahead of Kelly Dworak Carlisle PA, who had 20 seconds on Hillary Goodman Springhouse PA, with Mary Brierly Oreland PA another 20 seconds back. By the 7 mile mark Nichols had increased her lead to 51 seconds, but Goodman was now only 5 seconds behind Dworak, who had slowed between miles 5 and 7. Nichols ran into some trouble over the final 3 miles, whether an injury that flared up during the run, or pacing difficulty is uncertain. In any case, her pace slowed by ten seconds per mile, allowing both Dworak and Goodman to pass. Goodman closed strongly but, despite her best efforts, could not catch Dworak who escaped with a gritty one second victory in 1:3:45! Brierly was also able to pass Nichols and take 3rd in 1:15:05. Nichols, in her last year in this age division had the consolation of knowing that even with the trouble she ran into, her 1:15:17 netted the highest age grade in the division, a fine 83.53. Jean Norton took the 5th spot in 1:16:07.
Kelly Dworak 1:13:45 81.97%   Hillary Goodman 1:13:46 81.95%   Mary Brierly 1:15:05 81.58%

60-64 Nancy Smith New Britain PA took the early lead with a 21:10 at the 3 mile mark and added to her lead steadily, taking the win in a National Class time of 1:12:47. Linda Boyer North Wales PA and Mary Reed Yardley PA were shoulder to shoulder at the 3 mile mark but Boyer pulled away and stayed ahead the rest of the way, taking 2nd in 1:17:58. Two minutes later Reed took 3rd with a minute to spare. Kathy Merritt could not quite stay with Reed but turned in a fine 1:21:00 for an 83.19% age grade. Carol Giampietro came in 5th a minute later.
Nancy Smith 1:12:47 90.02%   Linda Boyer 1:17:58 82.88%    Mary Reed 1:20:17 83.93%

65-69 Apparently there was a chip malfunction as the winner, Carol Rucci, had no intermediate splits recorded. She won by 29 seconds in 1:26:08. Janis Kritzer hit the 3 mile mark in 25:43 with almost a 2 minute lead on Rochelle Suflas. Kritzer took a few seconds off of that lead in the next 4 miles but was still a minute and a half back at the 7 mile mark. The final 3 miles was another story though as Suflas, running a classic negative splits race, first caught and then raced past a tiring Kritzer, taking 2nd by 19 seconds in 1:26:47. Mary Ann Gurka took 4th in 1:28:55, followed by Nadine Dennis in 1:31:16.
Carol Rucci 1:26:08 82.99%   Rochelle Suflas 1:26:47 81.14%   Janis Kritzer 1:27:06 78.49%

70-74 Barbara Weiss Voorhees NJ had the faster time at the 3 mile mark but Joy Hampton Mullica Hill NJ slowly but steadily cut into her lead. When Weiss tired over the final miles, Hampton was able to pass and gain the win in 1:39:30. Weiss took second two minutes later, followed by Regina Hart Doylestown PA third in 1:44:55. Mary Ellen Cramer took 4th in 1:46:4, followed 4 minutes later by Ellen Przyuski in 5th.
Joy Hampton 1:39:30 76.50%   Barbara Weiss 1:41:38 73.71%   Regina Hart 1:44:55 70.28%

75-79 Ingrid Cantarella Fox Chesterbrook PA led Sandra Folzer  Philadelphia PA by almost two and a half minutes at the 7 mile mark. A chip malfunction denies us the first two splits for Folzer but mot likely she was behind from early in the race. Folzer, in her last year in this Age Division, took 1:46 out of Fox's lead but ran out of race course before she caught her. Folzer had the better age grading score, however, by far. Fox took 1st in 1:40:26, followed 40 seconds later by Folzer. Twenty minutes later Judith Wertheim Philadelphia PA claimed third place. Mary McCoy finished 4th in 2:05:36, followed by Patricia Christensen's 2:20:25 for 5th.
Ingrid Cantarella Fox 1:40:26 79.67%   Sandra Folzer 1:41:06 85.44%   Judith Wertheim 2:01:28 67.01%

80-84 Bonnie Kanefsky Elkins Park PA and Lorraine Cephus Cherry Hill NJ were the two competitors in the 80+ division. Kanefsky led from wire to wire, taking first in 3:00:25. Cephus came in second a half hour later. Cephus, age 89,  has the honor of being the oldest finisher.
Bonnie Kanefsky 3:00:25 50.30%   Lorraine Cephus 3:37:59 56.46%