Monthly Archives: November 2011

Read the Oct/Nov Tuesday Night Turtles’ Newsletter

Read the Tuesday Night Turtles’ Oct/Nov Newsletter, featuring

  • TNT Women’s Team Record Breaking Performance At The JFK 50
  • Rhode Island 6-Hour Ultra
  • Jackie Jackman Coming Out Of Her Shell
  • The NRA vs TNT Showdown At Quonset: The 5K In The Dark
  • Beervana
  • TNT Beer Of The Month
  • Stats And Results

Click to Read the Newsletter

Snow shoe racing is almost here…

December is almost here, and that means that Snowshoe season is in the near future.  Our Friends from acidotic RACING wanted me to spread the word about the 2011/12 Granite State Snowshoe Series.  There will be at least 8 races in this season’s series and also an end of the year awards ceremony at the Redhook Brewery called the Granny Awards.

If you want to try something different and breakout of the winter rut, snowshoe racing might just be what you need.  Check out the TNT Snowshoe page to see what the Turtles do during snowshoe season and plan to join in the fun starting on December 31st!

4th Annual Nooseneck 18K, Dec 26th


Last year’s Nooseneck 18k was curtailed to a 5 mile race due to the seriously nasty blizzard that befell Rhode Island on the 26th of December, and boy was it blizzard conditions, but the four Turtles…


  • Bob Jackman
  • Dave Principe
  • John Peabody
  • Myself (Sir George)

…who attended this race refused to run the shortened race and we all ran, with a bunch of other crazies, in the white-out conditions. It was an incredible run and is easily in my lifetime top 10 runs.

This year’s race is again on the day after Christmas. The is a great event put on by Mike Tammaro of the Narragansett Running Association, check out the information flier.

I, for one, will be there.

South County 4th Season Race Series

For all you Trail Running Turtles – no need to travel too far for a good trail racing series…

The series web site is

The South County 4th Season Race Series is a sequence of race events held throughout the winter months here in southern Rhode Island. They aim to provide safe and enjoyable competitions while also raising awareness of the local recreational resources, charities, and small businesses that make the towns of South County such rich communities

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Old Mountain 5k Trail Race

Sunday December 18, 2011. 10 am start.

5 kilometer race along the wooded trails of Old Mountain Field right in the heart of Wakefield. The single lap course features a blend of narrow trails and grassy fields with some technical sections.
Open to all ages. No dogs. No strollers. Headphones strongly discouraged.
 $10 preregistration per entry, Families of 2 or more pay only $20. Entry also requires at least two of the following donation items per entrant on race day:
  • Cereal
  • Tuna/Other canned meats
  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Spaghetti and Sauce
  • Soups, Stews and Chili
  • Canned Vegetables & Fruits
  • 100% Fruit Juice (cans, boxes, bottles)
  • Shampoo, toothpaste, or toothbrushes
  • Diapers, Detergent, or Deodorant
  • Toilet paper or paper towels
Donation items will be collected on behalf of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.
*Preregister in person at Camire’s Athletic Soles in Wakefield, RI. (preferred) DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM
Register online until 12/16/11. (Online registration requires additional fee to
Register day of race at Old Mountain Field. Race day registrations are $15 per entry; $30 for families of 2 or more.

Turtles Triumph at the JFK 50 miler and set course record

The Turtle foursome who ran the JFK 50 miler today all performed exceptionally well with Bob Jackman placing 23rd overall and 8th in division

23 Robert Jackman 29 8/74 M WARWICK RI 21:22 2:23:35 5:45:48 6:55:08 8:19

The all female team of Karen Benway (4th female overall) , Jackie Jackman (7th female overall) and Issy Nielson (20th female overall) won not only the team award but SMASHED the course record by  2:23:19. The old record was 25:11:16 and the Tuesday Night Turtle team raised the bar to  22:47:57.

29 Karen Benway 39 2/86 F WARWICK RI 22:15 2:28:48 6:00:49 7:07:35 8:34
39 Jacquelyn Jackman 33 4/86 F WARWICK RI 22:17 2:37:46 6:10:11 7:19:53 8:48
122 Issy Nielson 29 5/33 F WARWICK RI 23:00 2:48:19 6:55:58 8:20:29 10:01

CONGRATULATIONS to each and everyone one of these Ultra Turtles


Rhode Island 6 Hour Ultramarathon & Relay

The 2011 RI 6 Hour –  USATF-NE championship race – would be the 3rd annual race, and again we lucked out with fantastic weather.  November can be a crap-shoot but for the RI 6 Hour it has been nothing but pleasant.

Going into this year’s event we had our largest numbers yet with over 80 ultra runners and 25 teams signed up.  Unfortunately with injuries, family obligations, and just straight up no-shows there were only 59 ultra runners on the line, but all of the relay teams made the trip!

We were lucky enough to have back 2009 Champion Ben Nephew and 2010 Relay Champions acidotic RACING, and of course the 2009 Relay Champions the Tuesday Night Turtles!

On the men’s side the race played out how I had expected.  Ben Nephew wanted to run around 6:45 pace and stayed close to that (6:49s) through just under 4 hours.  He had a bit of a slow down over the last 2 hours but still managed to get in 50 miles in 5:56:59.  John Brown finished as 2nd male with 43.22 miles and Justin Kousky finished 3rd with 40.52 miles.  Our lone Turtle in the race was Jake Schieffelin, who has now completed all three RI 6 Hour races, this year he finished with 36.47 miles.

On the women’s side with the drop-out of the 2009 Champion Daniele Cherniak
the day before the race I did not know who would be battling for the top spot.  However it became pretty clear from the start that Michelle Gosselin was on a mission running mid 7 min pace  throughout the first half of the race.  In the end she finished 2nd overall in a new course record of 45.92 miles.  The 2nd place woman, Maddy Hribar, was not far behind equaling the distance of the previous course record which was held by TNT’s own Karen Benway with 43.22 miles.  3rd place female and 5th overall was Tina Dowling with 40.52 miles.

In the relay, pre-race favorites acidotic RACING stated they wanted to break the 60 mile mark and seemed ready to do so with the opening loop run in 5:10 pace by Judson Cake.  In the end they came up just short running 59.42 miles but still taking the victory by 2 laps over the Tuesday Night Turtles ‘A’ Team.  The Fuel Belt Elite Team finished in 3rd equalling the distance of TNT with 54.02 miles, but taking 12 mins longer to do it.  The Turtles had one more team in the race and they bettered their total from 2010 with 48.62 miles and a 6th place finish.

All in all the 2011 addition of the RI 6 Hour was a success.  I have had numerous emails from runners stating “I love the event” “It is my favorite ultra” and most of all “You have the best volunteers”.  So thank you volunteers, because without you nobody is happy!!

See you in 2012!

Full Results

Four Turtles will toe-the-line at the 2011 JFK 50 miler

At 7am on Saturday November 19th 4 Turtles…

* All female ‘Tuesday Night Turtle Team’ of Karen Benway, Jackie Jackman and Issy Nielson

* Bob Jackman

will start the THE 49thANNUAL JOHN F. KENNEDY 50 MILE ULTRA in Washington County, Maryland

Have a great race!

If you would like to learn more, please visit the race web site




Rhode Island’s Road Race Schedule for the remainder of 2011

November 19, 2011 (Saturday)

2011 Turkey Trot Charity Road Race 4.3 miles
East Providence, RI 10:00AM East Providence Rec Center, 100 Bullocks Pt. Ave (flat course with one small hill at the finish)
Contact: Diane Sullivan (East Providence Rec. Ctr).
Yahoo! Maps

November 20, 2011 (Sunday)

12th Annual Mews Tavern Gear and Beer 5k Road Race
Wakefield, RI NOON The Mews Tavern, 456 Main St. (5k Race with huge after-party, huge raffle, cash prizes, to benefit Easter Seals)
Contact: Dan Rubino (The Mews Tavern). 1-401-783-9370
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now | Race Results

20th Annual Lil Rhody Runaround Trail Race
Charlestown, RI 11:00AM Burlingame State Park, Sanctuary Road (Come enjoy a fast, flat trail run in one of RIs most beautiful state parks.)
Contact: Jeff Walker (Westerly Track and Athletic Club).
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now | Race Results

November 24, 2011 (Thursday)

26th Annual NewportFed Pie Run
Middletown, RI 8:30AM Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Road (5 mile run, 3 mile walk)
Contact: Nigel Musgrave (Newport Running Club).
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now | Race Results

Just Off The Mayflower 5K
Cranston, RI 10:00AM Starts and finishes just off Mayflower on Robert Circle, 11 Robert Circle (Fast, flat, fun 5K run annually on Thanksgiving morning.)
Contact: Patrick Cronan. 1-617-308-4932
Yahoo! Maps | Race Results

Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot
Providence, RI 10:00AM RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street (Thanksgiving morning 5K and kids 1K. Downtown Providence, RI)
Contact: Oganizer (Family Turkey Trot Providence).
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now

November 26, 2011 (Saturday)

12th Annual Trot Off Your Turkey 5K and 1.5 Mile
Barrington, RI 10:00AM St. Luke School, 108 Washington Road
Contact: Lynne Dolan (St. Lukes School).
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now

East Greenwich Lions Club Hill and Harbour Turkey Trot 5k
East Greenwich, RI 9:30AM Kentish Guard Armory, 6 Main Street (5k and 1 Mile Fun Run, cash prizes, gift certificates, t-shirts, accurate course)
Contact: Michelle Clark (East Greenwich Lions Club)
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now

Nicholas Ryan Silva 5k Road Race 2011
Pascoag, RI 11:00AM White Mill Park, 1 East Wallum Lake Road (Scenic & challenging 5K (3.1 mi) road race sanctioned by USATF.)
Contact: Frank Silva (NRS Foundation).
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now

December 1, 2011 (Thursday)

Thursday Night 5 Mile Fun Pub Runs
Jamestown, RI 6:30PM Narragansett Cafe, 25 Narragansett Avenue (Thursday nights, meet at the designated pub and go out for a leisurely 5 miles)
Contact: Graham Powers (RIRR and Freak Factor).
Yahoo! Maps

December 4, 2011 (Sunday)

Downtown Jingle 5K and Kids Elves 1K
Providence, RI 11:15AM Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street (5K Run/walk 11:15am Youth Race at 10:15am)
Contact: Organizers (Downtown Jingle Five K).
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now | Race Results

December 8, 2011 (Thursday)

Thursday Night 5 Mile Fun Pub Runs
Pawtucket, RI 6:30PM Dohertys East Avenue Irish Pub, 342 East Avenue (Thursday nights, meet at the designated pub and go out for a leisurely 5 miles)
Contact: Graham Powers (RIRR and Freak Factor).
Yahoo! Maps

December 11, 2011 (Sunday)

Christmas 10k Run and 5k Walk
Newport, RI 1:00PM Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Road (Join us in the Spirit of Christmas in Newport and support Womens Oncology fund.)
Contact: Melanie Cahill (The Progam in Womens Oncology The Integ). 1-401-741-9708
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now | Race Results

December 18, 2011 (Sunday)

2nd Annual Beat Santa 5k
Portsmouth, RI 10:00AM common fence point community center, 929 Anthony Road (a festive fun run where runners must beat Santa to receive a present)
Contact: john santillo (RIRR). 1-401-714-4581
Yahoo! Maps | Register Now | Race Results

Recent Results 10/30 – 11/6

Jamestown Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5k
Jamestown, RI, October 30, 2011
15th – MIKE LEAVITT 20:55 (6:44)

Monster Mini 5K Dash
Providence, RI, October 30, 2011
42nd – GEORGE ROSS 21:15.8 (6:52)

R.I. State Middle School Cross Country Championship 1.8 Miles
Warwick, RI, October 29, 2011
1st – David Principe Jr. 10:23 (5:46)

Stone Cat Trail Races – Fifty Miler
Ipswich, MA, November 5, 2011
72nd – John Peabody 10:46:39

NEARI 5k Road Race
Warwick, RI, November 5, 2011
8th – Chris Jasparro 18:14 (5:53)
9th – Robert Corsi 18:20 (5:55)
13th – DAVE SCHAAD 19:03 (6:08)

USATF New England Cross Country Championships
Franklin Park, Boston, MA, November 6, 2011
28th – Alan Bernier (32:28)