Great seeing everyone at James Joyce! These here photos testify to what a beautiful day it was. See you all at the Gilio 5K next weekend!
The Joseph and Rose Gilio Memorial 5K is coming up! Check out this video overview of the course:
Hey GN Runners, the 2013 Grand Prix is posted (some of the dates are not finalized). Please note our March half marathon will be the Half of Quincy instead of the New Bedford Half. Do as many races as you can, and you could win the Grand Prix! The first 3 women and the first 3 men receive prizes! Happy running, and we hope to see you on the roads soon!
We will soon be ordering New Balance “Raptor” jackets for members who have paid for 2013.
Available sizes are:
Women’s: XS, Sm, Med, Large, XL
Men’s: Sm, Med., Large, XL, XXL
The color is black (both men’s and women’s), with the much desired zipped pockets! The women’s have cool thumb holes in the sleeves (not sure why the men’s don’t; sorry, guys).
We do not have samples for you to try, but here’s a link to the NB site with a size chart:
Please let me know what size you want (and if you want men’s or women’s) or we will order your “singlet” size (that you put on your original GNRC appl.)
Also, please let me know if you do not want a jacket. No problem, we won’t order you one!
Check this out, runners and triathletes! Free spinning class in Canton. Bring your spinning/cycling shoes and clip in as long as your cleats are SPD (the “regular” kind). Sunday, December 9, 7:00 am.
Please contact Hub City Cycle if you have any questions:
Hub City Cycle
609 Neponset St.
Time: 6:30 pm–7:15 pm
Location: Charles River Running, 679 Washington St., Norwood, MA
What to bring: Mat, towel (blocks if you have your own), water bottle
There are only 12 spaces available per class.
please call (781) 349-8341 to reserve your spot
Our instructor will be Jenn Prohaska of Charles River Yoga in South Natick. Jenn is a marathoner and is well aquainted with the issues that come along with the miles! Here is the link to her studio: http://www.charlesriveryoga.
The New Year! A time for for fresh starts, new beginnings, and of course, a reset of the Grand Prix! The GP page has been updated with the 2012 slate, with dates left as question mark where uncertain. The 2011 point totals are now finalized and linked from the bottom of the page. And the current standings..? Well, no surprise there–we’re all tied. Here’s to another great year of racing with the GNRC crew!
Congrats to all NTT runners! The expert GNRC website editorial staff spent hours (well, OK, 15 minutes) looking through the race photos and picking out GNRCers from the crowd. The editorial staff apologizes for missed runners. Photos courtesy of Ted Tyler.
NORWOOD TURKEY TROT 4 MI. 11/20/11
9 DAVID WOODRUFF 477 30 4/83 M3039 Needham MA 21:57 5:30 76 MARIA CONLEY 72 47 4/83 F4049 Norwood MA 28:29 7:08 81 JEFF WEIDENAAR 451 45 20/77 M4049 Norwood MA 28:36 7:09 91 KRISTA TOOLE 554 37 8/93 F3039 Norwood MA 29:00 7:15 127 TRACY CURRAN 85 40 7/83 F4049 Norwood MA 30:25 7:37 145 MICHAEL GILIO 170 47 34/77 M4049 Dover MA 31:00 7:45 188 TRACEY JONES 224 46 12/83 F4049 Norwood MA 32:24 8:06 205 SUSAN QUINN 378 43 15/83 F4049 Norwood MA 32:58 8:15 247 EILEEN KENNEDY 581 39 22/93 F3039 Scituate MA 34:20 8:35 265 COLIN CASSIDY 56 48 54/79 M4049 Westwood MA 34:37 8:40 386 JENNIFER OLIVER 355 33 43/93 F3039 Norwood MA 37:58 9:30
See you all at the GNRCYO 5K!
Spectating a point-to-point marathon is rather like being given a Tolstoy novel with instructions to get all you can from it by reading any one page you like. Do you read the first page, where the threads of the main drama are introduced? Do you read the climactic page, where the clash of opposing forces is resolved, and one emerges triumphant? Or perhaps some page in the middle, of no particular import in itself, but carrying with it a suggestion of the shape of the whole story…?
It was in the latter mode that your correspondent spectated the race from the sidelines in Wellesley. At that point Smith was still far out in front, the first runner in sight by a good minute. But the shape of that particular story was already visible in her stride, running swift, but not easy.
In a few minutes the men came by, Hall in the front just as last year, looking like a Rift Valley training group out for a long tempo–if you can call 4:50s a tempo pace. This scene was such an exact copy of last year that it was hard to be surprised by Hall’s final results: once again an American CR, once again 4th overall.
Then at last the main field, pouring by in torrents. Watching the first Wave come through is an impressive sight. The crowd is entertained by the costumed runners: man in gorilla-suit, Hamburger & Hotdog, caveman running in nothing but a leather breechclout and his number. Still, the runners themselves are the main attraction, because there are so many, and they are hammering out such a great pace.
Imagine your correspondent’s surprise when he returned home to see the winning time of 2:03:02! The IAAF may disagree–something about the Boston course being too easy, apparently?–but we Bosties know where the REAL World Record has been set!
Congratulations to the all GNRCers who ran and kicked butt, and generally made the most of a cool and beautiful day. Four PRs, and fast times throughout!
3:24:32 Alaimo, John (PR)
(GP Results have been updated–contacted dmw about any errors).
Today was your correspondent’s first time running the Boston Prep 16 Miler in Derry, NH. Reflecting on the race, two things immediately jump out. #1: Awesome race support. A great number of volunteers toughing it out in the cold to direct traffic and hand out water and gatorade on an exceedingly wintry day. Not to mention all the folks who put out the post-race spread in the middle school caf–they did a great job, hat’s off to all of them!
#2: What a strong field! Usually you don’t see such a competitive race outside of seeded fields like Boston–actually, I guess that pretty much just means Boston. Who comes out to a 16 miler in January in New England? The population is pretty much self-selected down to the 300+ days a year running crowd–what some might call addicts! In any case it would not have been a good race for strolling. Your correspondent finished in the bottom 50% of his AG for the first time in a long time–and that was on a good day.
The race itself lived up to its rep–hilly, snowy, lots of beautiful snow-fields gleaming in the sun. Warm gatorade sounds like it should be undrinkably gnar, but it turns out it’s pretty good when the temps have only grudgingly crept up into the low teens. My strategy for the day involved a conservative start, constant-effort uphills, followed by rapid windmilling descents down the downhills. It felt effortless–at the time–but the toll ended up higher than I suspected. Much pain over the last two miles!
Chicken soup, pizza, hummus wraps, and hot chocolate following the finish all ensured that the day would end up calorie positive. A happy chowing down ensued while waiting for team GNRC to finish trickling in.
It was a good turn-out for the club, with 14 members making the trek–great to catch up with the folks I only see at races now that I’ve moved to Needham!
Grand Prix has been updated with current standings, which, since this was a Bonus Race, means a massive tie all round.
Fun race today–will be seeing you hearty winter-running GNRCers at the OFTM next month. Until then…
43 821 David Woodruff M 29 NEEDHAM MA 37 33:27 6:42 35 1:06:50 6:41 37 1:29:21 6:50 1:49:32 6:51