Saturday, April 25, 2015

Legends Go Toe to Toe at USATF 10K Championships at the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham Massachusetts

April 25 2015. The 32nd James Joyce Ramble 10K presented by Subaru of New England is the host for the USATF 10K Masters Championships on Sunday, April 26. This event attracts top masters runners from around the country to compete for glory in this small New England town located on the outskirts of the Greater Boston area. Right now the forecast for race time tomorrow is mid-50's and partly cloudy with very light winds, near perfect conditions. The athletes are competing for national championships in one of the most popular distances in road racing, and over $10,000 of prize money. There are cash awards for individuals who win their 5-year age group, for the top 15 age-grading runners across all of the masters age groups, and for the first three finishers in the Masters race overall, with an equal number of prizes for the men and the women. In addition there are cash awards for the first and second place teams in the ten-year age categories from 40+ up through 80+.

The headline event at the Championships is the first meeting between Masters legends, Christine Kennedy and Kathryn Martin, in recent memory. In 2011 Kennedy and Martin shared the prize for the outstanding female Masters Runner of the Year. The following year, Kennedy took the prize alone and in 2013, the prize went to Martin alone. Martin is already in the Masters Hall of Fame and Kennedy will, no doubt, be there soon. At the beginning of the year, Martin, now 63, held virtually every 60-64 age group record from 5 kilometers to the marathon. At the USATF 8 km Championships in Brea, California, Kennedy took one of those away as she lowered Martin’s record by over 50 seconds.Kennedy joined Martin’s 60-64 age group earlier this year and has stated her intention to crack as many of the records as possible. Her main goal this year, however, is to become the first woman in the world, 60 or over, to complete a marathon in under 3 hours..