Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tight Races Anticipated in the USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships at the HealthPlus CRIM Festival of Races

August 20 2015. Over 100 elite Masters Runners will visit Flint Michigan this Friday evening, August 21st for the 2015 USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships; they are part of the HealthPlus CRIM Festival of Races. The CRIM 10 Mile Run is in its 39th year and is on many a runner's 'bucket list.' Some years back CRIM decided to add a lead-in event in the form of a 1 mile road race the evening before the 10 miler. Last year was the CRIM's first year of hosting the USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships and it looks to be an event that is attracting a growing list of competitors. From 72 last year to over 100 this year, things are looking good. There will be highly competitive races in almost every age group. Here's my take on the individual races.



Sharon Becker—Playmakers Elite/New Balance (Fowler MI)

Running for the strong Playmakers Elite team out of Lansing MI, and defending age group champion in the F40 division, Becker was able to win last year in 6:18. She appears to be in condition to run that fast or faster again this year. But it also appears she will have a real race for the gold in front of her.

2015—Mar 21]—Spectrum Health Irish Jig (5K)—Grand Rapids MI—4th in F40--19:52 [6:23 pace]

2015—[Jun 13]— Pewamo St. Joseph  Parish 5K—Pewamo MI—1st Masters--21:08 [6:48 pace]

Betsy Frens

A newly minted Masters runner this year, Frens appears ready to step to the front row. She was the first Masters runner in the Spectrum Health Irish Jig this year. If her earlier races are a good guide she appears ready to run a sub 5:15 mile and could well break 5:00!

2015—[Mar 21]—Spectrum Health Irish Jig (5K)—Grand Rapids MI—4th in F40—17:07 [5:30 pace]

2015—[May 9] --Fifth Third Riverbank Run  (25K)—Grand Rapids MI—1st Masters in 1:38:28 [6:20 pace]

2015—[Jun 13]—Brian Diemer Amerikam 5K—Cutlerville MI—1st Masters in 17:08 [5:30 pace]

Serena Kessler—Patient Endurance Racing

Second to Frens (above) in the Fifth Third River Bank Run, and Masters winner of the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon, Kessler is another runner who will mount a strong challenge to Becker. A sub-5:45 seems almost certain and a sub 5:30 not out of reach.

2015—[May 9] --Fifth Third Riverbank Run  (25K)—Grand Rapids MI—2nd Masters in 1:39:47 [6:25 pace]

2015—[Aug 9]—Probility 5K—Saline MI—1st Masters in 18:45 [6:02 pace]


Liz Bondar

A strong Michigan runner, Bondar has mostly run marathons and half marathons for the last couple of years. But in 2013 she was first Masters athlete to finish the Clawson Firecracker Mile [Clawson MI] in 6:20.

2014 [Nov 1] Indianapolis Monumental Marathon –5th in F45—3:25:22 [7:50 pace]

2015 [May 23] Bayshore Marathon—Bayshore MI—5th in F45—3:20:20 [7:38 pace]

Erin Larusso—Patient Endurance Racing (Ypsilanti MI)

LaRusso is another Michigan runner who focuses more on mid-long distance events from 8K to half marathons.

2015 [Mar 20] Rock CH Rivers Half Marathon –Gross Isle MI—1st masters finisher in 1:29:20 [6:49 pace]

2015 [Jun 19] Kona Strawberry Run—Belleville MI—1st Masters finisher in 33:41 [6:46 pace]

Lucie Mays-Sulewski (Westfield IN)Update as of 8/20/15—A calf injury has forced Mays-Sulewski out of the competition.

A very strong runner out of Indiana, Mays-Sulewski has occasionally dipped her toe into Masters National Championship events. She finished 5th  overall in the 2013 USATF Masters Marathon Championships in the Twin Cities in 2:49:15 and finished 4th overall in the 2014 USATF Masters 5K Cross Country Championships in Carmel IN (1 week after winning the Masters division of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon]. Although primarily a road warrior at the longer distances, Mays-Sulewski did participate in a 1 mile road race last year. So she enjoys the taste of speed as well. This will be her first race in the F45 division.

2014 [Jun 5] Indianapolis Monumental Mile—1st Masters—5:31

2014 [Nov 1] Indianapolis Monumental Marathon –1st Masters—2:51:07 [6:31 pace]

2015 [Mar 21] Sam Costa Half Marathon—Carmel  IN—1st place overall—1:21:25 [6:12 pace]

2015 [July 4] Carmelfest Freedom Run [4.5 miles]—Carmel  IN—1st place overall—26:56 [5:59 pace]

Amy Nemeth –Playmakers Elite/New Balance

Strong from the 5K to the 10K, Nemeth does not have the longer distance qualifications of some of her rivals but she is plenty speedy at the shorter distances, and the defending champion in this age group.

2014 [Aug 22] CRIM Michigan Mile—USATF Championship—Flint MI—2nd Masters Overall, 1st F45—5:46

2015 [May 23] Bayshore Marathon—Bayshore MI—10th in F45—3:36:54 [8:16 pace]

2015 [Jun 18] Bring Back the Mile—Okemos MI—1st Masters -- 5:44


Lorraine Jasper—Athena Track Club

Off her game in the 10 K championship earlier this year, we are eager to see if her fitness has returned to its 2014 levels. If so, Jasper is definitely the favorite.

2014 [April 27]-- USATF Masters 10 K Championships [James Joyce Ramble]—Dedham MA—4th F50—40:44 [6:33 pace]

2014 [Jun 20]—The Saucony Mile—Limerick PA—2nd Masters Overall and 1st F50—5:41

2015 [April 26]—USATF Masters 10 K Championships [James Joyce Ramble]—Dedham MA—5th F50—44:14 [7:07 pace]

Julie Pangburn—Athena Track Club

2015 [Feb 7 ]—USATF Cross Country Championships [6K]—Boulder CO—8th F50—27:39

2015 [May 10]—5K for Mother’s Day—West Chester PA—1st Masters—20:46 (6:41 pace)

Betsy Stewart—Athena Track Club (West Chester PA)

2014 [Jun 20]—The Saucony Mile—Pottstown PA—3rd Masters Overall & 1st F50—6:12

2014 (Oct 5)—USATF 5K Championships (Syracuse Festival of Races)—Syracuse NY –8th F50—21:15 [6:50 pace]

2015 [Jun 30]—The Saucony Mile—Limerick PA—1st F50—6:16


Colleen Magnussen and Maryellen Stornant appear to be the class of the F55 group. Based on her recent mile run in Okemos Michigan, it appears that Stornant has the speed to take the gold. But we know Magnussen will fight every inch of the way.

Colleen Magnussen --Genesee Valley Harriers [Geneseo NY]

2014—USATF 5K Championships—Syracuse NY--W50--10th place in 22:59

2014 [Aug 22]—USATF 1 Mile Road Championships—Flint MI--W50--5th place in 6:56

2015 (June 6)—Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile Run –1st F55--6:42.7

Maryellen Stornant—Playmakers Elite/New Balance [Portland MI]

2015 (Apr 26) – Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure (5K)—1st F55, 2nd masters overall in 20:59

2015 (Jun 18)—Bring Back the Mile (Okemos MI)—1st F55—6:20


Rae Alexander

2015  (May 10) Eugene Marathon (5K)—1st F60 in 24:27 [7:52 pace]

2015 (Jul 31) GNC Live Well Liberty Mile—1st F60 in 7:20

Deborah Feltz

Feltz is the 2nd place finisher from last year’s 1 mile road championship but Coreen Steinbach will not be back to defend her title. It appears from her June 18th mile run that Feltz has the speed to outlast Alexander (see above) but Alexander shouldn’t be far back.

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championships (CRIM)—Flint MI—2nd F60 in 6:50.

2015 (Jun 18)—Bring Back the Mile (Okemos MI)—1st F60—6:57


Sabra Harvey  [Houston, TX]

Age group runner of the year in 2009 and 2010, Harvey outdid herself in 2014 to attain the status of Runner of the Year (across all age groups). In 2014 Harvey set a new American W65 record for 5K of 20:27. At the time, that added to her US record collection as she was also the holder of the W60 8K mark [32:43]. Harvey also has a record pending certification for the W65 10K [42:37] record.

She is the defending champion in the F65 group with a time last year (in this race) of 6:08. This year has been more of a challenge; this will be her first national championship race since rehabbing a fractured left ankle over this past fall and winter. It will be interesting to see if she is ready to go at her usual record pace or if she is still running herself back into shape.


It seems almost certain that a runner from the Playmakers Elite team will win this race; the only question is who? Although Hill, the defending champion, and Larsen will give it the old college try, it appears that the newcomer to the age group, Thelen, should have enough speed to claim the victory.

Cora Hill—Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championships (CRIM)—Flint MI—1st F70 in 9:08

Shirley Larsen-- Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2015 (Aug 1)—Kaylie O’Mara Memorial Road Race (5K)—1st F70 in 33:12 [10:41 pace]

Ruth Thelen-- Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championships (CRIM)—Flint MI—2nd F65 in 8:00


Ellen Nitz-- Playmakers Elite/New Balance

Last year, Nitz was third in the very competitive F70 group in 9:14. Barring a late entry, Nitz appears to have the F75 group to herself. She should, deservedly, get a gold medal this year.




Christian Blondin—Greater Boston Track Club

2014—3rd in USATF Masters Outdoor Track 1500 Meters—Winston-Salem NC—4:08 (4:26 pace)

2015—Sunday Aug 2 – Newburyport MA—High Street Mile—4:31—1st Masters and 6th Overall [overall winning time 4:12]

2015—July 3—Manchester NH—Hinckley-Allen Manchester Mile—4:13—2nd masters [overall winning time 3:47]

John Gardiner—Cal Coast Track Club [Rancho Santa Margarita CA]

One of the mainstays of the powerful Cal Coast Track Club, Gardiner has already participated in 3 USATF Masters National Championships this year, in addition to the world famous Carlsbad 50000 Meter Run. A demon on the roads from 5K to 10K, he showed earlier this year he has the staying power for a half marathon. Now he will move down in distance to test his speed at the one mile run. Can he crack 4:2 in Michigan as he did a year ago in Irvine CA?

2014 (Aug 31)—USATF SoCal 1 Mile Road Championships—Irvine CA—1st   Masters Overall—4:22

2015 (Feb 7)—USATF Cross Country Championships (8K)—Boulder CO—27:29 –5th Masters overall

2015 (Feb 22)—USATF 8K Road Championships—Brea CA—3rd Masters overall –25:53 [5:12 pace]

2015 (Mar 29)—Carlsbad 5000 Meter Run-Carlsbad CA—2nd Overall Masters Division— 15:22 [4:56 pace]

2015 (May 31)—USATF Half Marathon Championship [RocknRoll San Diego]—4th overall Masters finisher in 1:10:04

Gregory Mitchell—Bowerman Track Club [McMinnville OR]

A tower of strength on the roads and in Cross Country for the famous Bowerman Track Club of Oregon, Mitchell has won national titles in both events. In 2014 he won both Cross Country national championships he participated in at 8K and 10K. On the roads, he has been on the podium for national championship races from 5K to the Half Marathon.

2014 (Oct 5)—USATF 5K Road Championship—Syracuse NY—15:03 [4:50 per mile]

2015 (Feb 7)—USATF Cross Country Championships (8K)—Boulder CO–2nd Masters overall--26:44

2015 (Feb 22)—USATF 8K Road Championships—Brea CA—1st Masters overall –24:27 [4:55 pace]

Clint Verran  [Rochester MI]

A recent addition to the Masters Division, Verran will be a Michigan runner to be reckoned with in USATF national championships. He was the overall winner of the Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon in 2013, finished 3rd in 2014, and in June of this year finished 1st in the Masters division. And on Friday evening August 21st we will find out just how much speed he has when only a mile is laid out before him. This spring he ran a pretty fast 5K.

2014 (June 21)—Grandma’s [Gary Bjorklund] Half Marathon—Duluth MN—13th Overall—1:05:55 [5:01 pace]

2015 [Mar 21]—Bill Roney Memorial 5K –Utica MI—4th overall in 15:11 [4:53 pace]

2015 [May 31]—Dexter-Ann Arbor Run—Ann Arbor MI—1st Masters—1:10:19 [5:22 pace]


David Atkinson (Grand Blanc MI)

A strong national class runner (from the Flint area) at the half marathon and marathon, Atkinson showed some speed in claiming the top Masters spot in a 5K last year (below). Will he be able to crank it up another notch to stay with some of the West Coast and Mountain speed in this race?

2014 (Jul 5)—Manistee Firecracker 5K—Manistee MI—1st Masters—17:27 [5:36 pace]

2015 (Mar 29)—United Airlines NYC Half Marathon—3rd—M45—1:17:29 [5:54 pace]

2015 [Jun 20] Grandma’s Marathon—Duluth MN—3rd  M45—2:45:35 [6:19 pace]

Christian Cushing-Murray—Cal Coast Track Club (Santa Ana CA)

A mainstay of the powerful Masters teams of the Cal Coast Track Club, Cushing-Murray surprised many with his virtuoso running at the Half Marathon championships in May. Coupled with his stellar performance at Carlsbad this year, Cushing-Murray is burning up the roads in this, his first year in the M45 division.

2014 (Mar 30)—Carlsbad 5000 Meter—Carlsbad CA—7th Masters finisher in 16:20 [5:15]

2014 (Aug 31)—USATF SoCal 1 Mile Road Championships—Irvine CA—3rd  Masters Overall—4:31.5

2015 (Mar 29) –Carlsbad 5000 Meter—Carlsbad CA—4th Masters Overall—15:37 [5:01 pace]

2015 [May 31] USATF Half Marathon Championship—San Diego CA [RockNRoll]—1st place M45—1:13:51 [5:38 pace]

Todd Straka—Runners Roost Colorado (Boulder CO)

2014 (May 25)—Bolder Boulder 10K—Boulder CO—5th Masters Overall—35:56 [5:47 pace]

2015 (Jan 1)—Resolution Day Runs [5K]—Santa Barbara CA—2nd Overall & 1st Masters—16:26 [5:17 pace]

2015 (May 3)—Colorado Half Marathon—Fort Collins CO—1st M45 and 2nd Masters—1:21:19 [6:12 pace]

2015 (July 4)—Four on the Fourth [4 K]—Boulder CO—2nd Masters Overall—13:22 [5:22 pace]

Jerome Vermeulen—Cal Coast Track Club

Slightly off his game earlier this spring, has his fitness returned to his smoking 2014 heights?

2014 (Mar 30)—Carlsbad 5000 Meter—Carlsbad CA—5th Masters finisher in 16:06 [5:10]

2014 (Aug 31)—USATF SoCal 1 Mile Road Championships—Irvine CA—2nd  Masters Overall—4:26.2

2015 (Mar 29) –Carlsbad 5000 Meter—Carlsbad CA—8th M45—16:45 [5:23 pace]


It looks like this will be a heck of a race again this year. Last year the 5 teammates below from Lansing, Michigan’s Playmakers Elite/New Balance all finished within ten seconds of one another.

Who is the favorite?  It looks like the newest addition to the M50 group, Mike Nier, from the Genesee Valley Harriers in upstate New York, should be up front in this group; his 4:56 from last year is 5 seconds faster than the fastest of the Playmakers Elite team. His recent races this year suggest his fitness is right there again this year. Eric Stuber, the defending champion from the Playmakers Elite team of Lansing MI, has focused mostly on longer races this year. But his 1 mile road race earlier this summer in Okemos Michigan suggest he may have found a few seconds more speed this year. He will need all that and more to match Nier.

Daniel Dixon Jr.--Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—CRIM—Flint MI—2nd place M50 in 5:07.

2014 (Dec 13)—USATF Club Cross Country Championships (10K)—Bethlehem PA—2nd place M65 in 41:45

2015 (Oct 5)—USATF 5K Championship-Syracuse NY (Festival of Races)—4th place M50 in 16:58 [5:27 pace]

Ruben Henderson-- Playmakers Elite/New Balance (Grand Rapids MI)

2014 (Feb 2) –USATF Half Marathon Championship—Melbourne FL—3rd place M50 in 1:18:02 (5:57 pace)

2014 (Jun 14)—Brian Diemer Run (5K)—2nd place M50 in 16:51 [5:25 pace]

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—CRIM—Flint MI—5th place M50 in 5:11

2015 (Jun 6)—Reeds Lake  Run, E. Grand Rapids MI—1st place M50 in 17:15 [5:33 pace]

Tim Lambrecht -- Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—CRIM—Flint MI—4th place M50 in 5:09

Mike Nier GVH

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—CRIM—Flint MI—5thplace M45 in 4:56

2015 (Feb 7)—USA Cross Country Championships (8K)—Boulder CO—6th place M50 in 29:34

2015 (Jun 6)—Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile—Pittsford NY—1st place M50 and 2nd place Masters overall in 4:56.

2015 (Jul 31)—GNC Live Well Liberty Mile—Pittsburgh PA—2nd place M50 in 4:54.

Eric Stuber-- Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—CRIM—Flint MI—1st place M50 in 5:01

2015 (Feb 22)—Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon—Tampa FL—1st place M50 in 1:17:34 [5:55 pace]

2015 (April 26)—Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure 5K—1st place overall in 16:55 [5:26 pace]

2015 (Jun 18)—Bring Back the Mile—Okemos MI—1st Masters in 5:02.

Ron Zywicki-- Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—CRIM—Flint MI—3rd place M50 in 5:07.

2015 (Oct 5)—USATF 5K Championship-Syracuse NY (Festival of Races)—5th place M50 in 17:05 [5:29 pace]


Antonio Arreola – Wolfpack Running Club (San Jose CA)

2015 (Feb 22) USATF 8K Championship—Brea CA—6th place M55 in 29:21 [5:54 pace]

2015 (Mar 22)—Reach for a Star 5K—Brisbane CA—1st place M55 in 17:49 [5:44 pace]

Dave Busshard – Playmakers Elite/New Balance (Elkhart IN)

2015 (Jun 13)—Brian Diemer Run (5K)—1st place M50 in 16:46 [5:23 pace]

2015 (Aug 1)—Logan’s Run—Notre Dame IN—1st Masters/3rd overall in 17:06 [5:30 pace]

Michael Young—(Orchard Lake MI)

2015 [Jul 13]—Ann Arbor Mile (Dart for Art)—3rd place M55 in 5:37.

2015 (May 9)—Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure—Atlanta GA—2nd place M55 in 18:55 [6:05 pace]


Doug Bell—Boulder Road Runners (Boulder CO)

Recently elected to the Masters Hall of Fame, Bell has been a top Masters runner for decades; he was the M40 Runner of the Year in 1991.

2015 (Feb 7)—USA Cross Country Championships (8K)—Boulder CO—3rd place M60 in 32:28

2015 (Mar 15)—Sharin’ O’ the Green 5K—Fort Collins CO—1st place M60 in 18:56 [6:05 pace]

2015 (May 25)—Bolder Boulder (10K)—Boulder CO—1st place M60 in 39:00 [6:16 pace]

Tom Bernhard— Excelsior Running Club (Castro Valley CA)

Returning from an injury that kept him off the roads for a while, Bernhard has been racing up a storm this year and should be the favorite. He finished 2nd last year in the CRIM/USATF 1 mile championship to the 2014 Masters Runner of the Year, Tom McCormack. With McCormack injured this year, Bernhard is the favorite. But he will know that Bell and Mullin will be right on his heels!

2014 (Aug 22)—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—CRIM—Flint MI—2nd place M60 in 5:26

2015 (Feb 22) USATF 8K Championship—Brea CA—3rd place M60 in 29:10 [5:52 pace]

Peter Mullin (Houston TX)

Between 2012 and 2013 Mullin  won several national championships at distances from 5K to the Half Marathon. He also competed on the track, finishing 5th in the 2013 World Championships in the 10,000 meters. He apparently suffered an injury in mid-2014 as he had no further races and when he did resume racing in February 2015, he was not matching his times of the previous year.  However, he is gradually rounding into shape. He recently took 2nd place in the M65 division of the 1500 meter run in 5:19 and won the 5000 meter run in 19:34. A tough, gritty runner, there is no doubt that Mullin is still a threat in this group.


Paul Carlin (Indianapolis IN)

In 2014 Carlin won the national M65 Half Marathon championship and finished 2nd in the USATF M65  10K championship in 39:53. Later that year he took the age group title at the First Third River Bank Run (25K) and Joan Benoit Samuelson’s Beach to Beacon 10K. He sustained a serious hamstring injury last August and has endured several setbacks during his rehab. He is trying to race himself back into competitive shape but by his own description he is not yet competitive. In the meantime he is chronicling Masters Distance Running on his blog as The Running Professor.

Mitchell Garner—Ann Arbor Track Club

Garner is not as renowned for his racing prowess as for being a dedicated servant of Masters Long Distance Running. Garner is the current Vice-President of the Road Runners Club of America. It would be excellent if Garner could wind up on the podium. But Mitch does not strive primarily for individual glory but for the betterment of road racing in the USA.

Jerry Learned--Atlanta Track Club [Gainesville GA]

Last year Learned finished second to the M65 Runner of the Year, Lloyd Hansen, in the inaugural USATF Individual Grand Prix. A reliable runner for the Atlanta Track Club, Learned is often found on the podium of national championship races and this race should be no exception. None of the runners who finished ahead of him last year are entered this year. But there is a newcomer who is likely to give him a real race for the money. (See Rappole below.)

2015-- USATF 8K Championship—Brea CA—4th place M65 in 32:54

2014--USATF 10 K Championship --Dedham MA—6th place M65 in 42:20

2014—USATF 1 Mile Road Championship—Flint MI—4th place in 5:58

2014—.US Nationals 12K—Alexandria VA—3rd place M65 in 52:08

2013--USATF 10 K Championship --Dedham MA—6th place M60 in 41:28

2013—USATF 5K Championship—Syracuse NY—4th place M65 in 19:31

2013—.US Nationals 12K—Alexandria VA—2nd place M65 in 50:12

Doc Rappole—Genesee Valley Harriers [Bemus NY]

Doc Rappole served notice at the USA Cross Country Championships [8K] in Boulder CO in February that he would be a force to be reckoned with in this age group in 2015. In that race he upset the 2014 M65 Runner of the Year, Lloyd Hansen, beating him by 7 seconds to take the gold medal. He showed us some grit in that race; here he will have a chance to show us his speed. He seldom races at distances less than 8K so this is his chance! With Hansen out of this race, Rappole becomes the strong favorite.

2014 (Dec 13)—USATF Club Cross Country Championships (10K)—Bethlehem PA—2nd place M65 in 41:45

2015 (Feb 7)—USA Cross Country Championships (8K)—Boulder CO—1st place M65 in 34:40

2015 (July 4)--Lakewood YMCA Firecracker 5K—Jamestown NY--  1st place M65 in 43:09 [6:56 pace]


Jan Frisby Boulder Road Runners [Grand Junction CO--]

An outstanding Masters runner since he broke onto the scene in the early 1990’s, the last 20 years has seen some up years and some years when injuries interrupted Frisby’s racing. He returned from his latest injury in fall of 2014. In 2015 he has been burning up the roads, winning age group championships and breaking the 10K road record for age 70 and up. He and Doug Goodhue (see below) should have quite a tussle!

1999--M55 Runner of the Year

1994 and 1995-- M50 Runner of the Year

2015 (Feb 7)--USATF Cross Country Championships [8K]—Boulder CO-- 1st place M70 in 35:52

2015 (Feb 22) USATF 8K Championship—Brea CA—1st place M70 in 32:24

2015—USATF 10K Championship—Dedham MA—1st place M70 in 41:36

2015—Marin Memorial Day 10K –1st place M70 in 40:14—pending USATF certification, establishes a new Age Group Record!

2015 [May 31] USATF Half Marathon Championship—San Diego CA [RockNRoll]—1st place M70—1:35:35

Doug Goodhue—Ann Arbor Track Club [Milford MI]
Goodhue has been unbeatable over the last few years in road races from 1 mile to 15K. Nine times a USATF  age-group masters Runner of the Year, including the last 8 years in succession. 

Goodhue broke the US 10K record for Men 70-74 with a 40:22 time (since broken by Frisby--see above). He is also the current holder of the US 12K record for men 70-74 in 48:38.

He is the defending champion in this race, winning last year in 6:05. But this year he is coming back from an injury sustained at the end of 2014 in the USATF Club Cross Country Championships. His recent results in local 10K races suggest that he is back on his game. If so, it should be quite a race between he and Frisby!

Gerard Malaczynski [Bloomfield Hills MN]

As a young man in Poland, he was on the Polish National Mountain Climbing Team.  He migrated to the US in the 1980’s and in the 1990’s took up middle distance running. Focusing more on the track than the roads, Malaczynski is a recent winner in the National Senior Games where he took first in the M70 5K road race in 22:49 and second in the M70 1500 meters in 5:49.6. Another feather in his cap is that he joined with three others to break the M70 4x800 meter world record two years ago in 11:33.7. Malaczynski’s leg was a remarkable 2:44! Should either of the two favorites falter, they know that Malaczynski will be right there on their heels hoping to sprint past.


Harlan van Blaricum—Ann Arbor Track Club

Last year van Blaricum finished 3rd in the tough M70 age group in this race. This year it appears he has an excellent shot at winning his new age group, M75. A seasoned runner, van Blaricum’s time last year was 7:41. This year I can find no results for him; I hope that does not point to an injury. He is opposed by Sandy Scott who is unknown to me and has no recent results that I can find. This should go to van Blaricum but Scott’s entry, and van Blaricum’s lack of recent results, add just a drop of uncertainty.