Race Reports from the Men: NYRR XC Champs

Photo: Jay Mojica From Hank Schiffman of the 60+: Bob Glover once remarked that you loose 15 seconds per 5k after the age of 50. Kevin McGuire obviously didn’t hear it. Last year he ran 24:20, this year it was 24:14, 3rd in AG. Also in the 60-64 AG, Dan Molloy emerging from injury ran 24:28, 4th in AG. Last year his 24:13 was right on the Glover target. Our most mature guy, The Great Sid Howard, in his first NYRR race in recovery mode ran 28:27, 1st in AG; a few months shy of 76, a few months on…

CPTC at the Philadelphia Marathon

I don’t normally cover out of town races, but the team had such success in Philadelphia that I felt going wide was the right move. Our top three finishers, Daniel Gercke, Cary Segall and Yufeng Guo each set a personal record.  Glory to them, but since this was a marathon, there was also hardship and even two doubles and a major running milestone. Read on:  Daniel Gercke (2:38:15/86.6%/2nd in 45-49) Based on recent races, I decided to go out at 2:40 pace and then reevaluate at the half. It was an ambitious pace for me, but go big or go home,…

Race Reports from the Women: NYRR XC Champs

From Ani Go: This report is a bit late, but doesn’t diminish the accomplishments of our masters involved.  We had such an unbelievably great showing with three of our ladies scoring for the open team, placing our team in 1st place.  No other team had such a strong showing of women. CPTC masters women are not only fast, but badass as well!   Here is what some of our badass ladies had to say about their races: Judy Stobbe:  VERY happy with this race!!  Not only did I run a VCP 5K course PR by 23 seconds, 20 of those seconds…

Race Reports from the Men: NYC Marathon

From Phil Falk of the Open: GUTS FOR GUSTS CPTC Men battled the conditions on Sunday, facing down brutal headwinds for 26.2. I knew I was in trouble when a weather alert (usually reserved for flashfloods and storms!) popped up on my phone with a wind advisory. A great sense of foreboding crept over the field during morning preparations. Carefully created racing plans were hastily redrawn. The Manhattan skyline looked vanishingly far and small, and the next three hours impossibly distant.  The course heads north for the first 20 miles, give or take, directly into twenty-mile-an-hour winds, with powerful gusts…

Race Reports from the Women: Chicago and New York

From Dani Sturtz of the Open: It’s hard to believe the Chicago Marathon was a little over three weeks ago. We were lucky to have pretty ideal weather that day—unlike NYC—which made for some great races. The flat, fast course was well liked by the racers! Jane Vongvorachoti Jane had an amazing race, running a spectacular 2:40:40, a PR by 4 minutes! She had support from Sean who chased her around the course cheering her on. She ran pretty conservative to start then picked up the pace, chasing down Lisa Uhl in the last 2 miles. Jane had some great…

NYC Marathon Age Group Records

Interesting read, you’ll recognize a lot of CPTC members in this list! Thanks to Alan Ruben for sharing.

Race Reports from the Women: Grete’s and XC

From Cat Beck of Cross Country Fall XC action kicked off on Saturday with CPTC representation at the Paul Short invitational 6k. This race gave the team the chance to preview the course in advance of club xc nationals which will be held there in December this year. Braving an early wake up, inexplicable PA traffic jams, and an epic downpour on the warm up, the team took off across to cornfields of Lehigh, albeit about a half second after the rest of the field due to a collective response to the starting gun that resembled molasses moving downhill of…

Race Reports from the Men: Grete’s and XC

From Matt Lacey of Cross Country If you only want to run in nice weather on flat courses with good footing then why bother racing cross country? On Saturday morning seven of our open men awoke pre-dawn to rainy New York skies for a trip west to Bethlehem PA and the Paul Short Invitational open race. After a soggy warm up the rain subsided, and the grassy course actually held its water well, presenting everyone an honest chance at a competitive race. After successfully employing some evasive maneuvers off the starting line, Matt Lacey led the way for CPTC, finishing…