Monthly Archives: January 2012

SUPER 5K, Narragansett, February 5th, 2012.

Starts at 10:30am at the Village Inn Hotel, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

$25 for adults and $12 for youth (18 and under).

T-Shirts: T-shirts to first 300 registrants.

Awards: First/second/third place man and woman: $100/$50/$25 cash. Top three male/female in the following age categories: 13 and under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. No duplicate awards.

The Course: USATF certified. Fast out and back course along the Narragansett sea wall. Very scenic.

TEAM COMPETITION:

A traditional cross-country style scoring system will be used, which uses place instead of time. Only runners on eligible teams will be counted in the scoring. To qualify as eligible, male teams must have at least five (5) members and female teams must have at least three (3) members.

First eligible-team finisher scores one point; second finisher, two points; third finisher, three points, and so on. On male teams, the top five (5) finishers score. On female teams the top three (3) finishers score. The score is determined by totaling the points of the scoring runners, thus the team with the lower point total is the winner. Although the non-scoring eligible-team runners do not score points, their places, if better than those of any of the opposing eligible-team runners, may serve to increase the team score of the opponents.

Non-team runners and runners on non-eligible teams do not affect the scoring.

Tie Breaker 1: Total time of scoring runners.
Tie Breaker 2: Time of first team finisher.

Post-registered runners may participate in team competition. A representative from each team will provide the race director with a team roster during the registration period. Please find roster forms at the registration table. No adjustments can be made after the registration period. Any questions should be addressed to the race director, and the race director has authority on all matters pertaining to the team competition.

Six World and Olympic Medalists – Middle and Long Distance Match-ups Galore at New Balance

Wed, Jan 25, 2012

Middle and Long Distance Match-ups Galore at New Balance

Six World and Olympic Medalists Added to “Super” Fields

BOSTON (Jan 26) – Reigning double Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba headlines a group of seven Olympic and World Championship medalists in the middle and long distance events who have confirmed their participation in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organizers announced today.  Other medalists announced today include Olympic and World Champion Meseret Defar and World Championship medalists Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, Silas Kiplagat, Haron Keitany and Shannon Rowbury.  Tickets for the 17th annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Dibaba, from Ethiopia, is no stranger to the Reggie Lewis Center oval and is one of the most decorated female athletes in the history of the sport.  In addition to two Olympic gold medals, Dibaba has a total of eight senior IAAF World Championship titles on the track and in cross country.  Having won her first title at the age of 17 with what seems, at times, to be unmatched closing speed, Dibaba earned the nickname of “Baby Faced Destroyer.”  Dibaba set the World Indoor 5000m Record in Boston in 2005 and again in 2007.  She will run the 2 mile in Boston.

Meseret Defar has set nine world records indoors, outdoors and on the roads.  She won Olympic Gold in 2004 and brought home a bronze medal from Korea when she finished 3rd in the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships.  “Boston, I am coming,” said Defar.  “This is the one event in the world where I know that all fans want to see good distance action every year.”  Defar will race in the 3000m against American Shannon Rowbury, the 2009 IAAF World Championship bronze medalist at 1500m, and the previously announced Jenny Simpson – the reigning IAAF World Champion at 1500m.

Silas Kiplagat, from Kenya, was the 2011 IAAF World Championship Silver Medalist at 1500m and the fastest man in the world in this event in 2010. Kiplagat will be contesting the 3000m against the previously announced Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia and Matthew Centrowitz of the USA, both of whom won bronze medals at last year’s IAAF World Championships at 5000m and 1500m, respectively.

In the Men’s Mile, Kenya’s Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, a two-time World Indoor Championship medalist, and his compatriot Haron Keitany, the 2010 IAAF World Championship bronze medalist at 1500m, will race the against the previously announced IAAF World Champion Mo Farah from Great Britain and American Galen Rupp.

Photos by George Ross

Other previously announced athletes include Christian Cantwell, Matthew Centrowitz, Bershawn Jackson, Kirani James, David Oliver and Jenn Suhr.

The 17th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.  Tickets and meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race

Saturday January 28th, 2012. 10am start.

Time to step up the distance! This scenic 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) course follows rolling wooded trails through Ryan Park in North Kingstown. Most surfaces are dry hardpack littered with leaves, but as
always, offroad racing will have a few surprises.

Open to all ages. No dogs. No strollers. Headphones strongly discouraged.

Race #3 of 5 in the SC 4th Season Race Series. Series championship points will be awarded to top 6 overall places for each gender, top 3 places for each age group, and top 4 teams. Click here for current standings.

Visit the race web site

Scott Mason and Chris Jasparro place well in Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble

This past weekend saw the first snow shoe race of the season in North Conway, NH,  and Turtles Chris Jasparro and Scott Mason (pictured)  placed 5th and 9th overall respectively.

The race was part of the Granite State Snowshoe Series

Scott wrote a comprehensive race review on his blog ….check it out!

http://nikonrunner.blogspot.com/

Photo by Gianina Lindsey

At last…the Granite State Snowshoe Series will kick-off this weekend

After the very mild winter with a dearth of snow it has been snowing in the Granite State over the past few days and this weekend’s race – The Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble in North Conway –  is a go. I expect that a lot of Turtles have been staring at their racing snowshoes while praying to the snow Gods over the past few weeks but now they will cease praying and start preparing.

For race details visit http://www.mwvskitouring.org/SnowshoeScramble/index.html

Tuesday Night Turtle President, David Principe, leads the GSSS championship race for a wee while.

Photo by Scott Mason

Game on!

Mo Farah Leads Trio of World #1’s to Boston

BOSTON – Mo Farah, Jenn Suhr and Morgan Uceny – all ranked #1 in the World – will compete at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Feb. 4, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 17th-annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

 

Photo by George Ross

Mo Farah, the 2011 IAAF World Champion at 5000m and ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News at this same distance, is one of Great Britain’s brightest hopes for gold at next summer’s Olympic Games in London. Farah, who also won silver at 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, owns six British national records on the track and roads, and is the reigning European Champion at 5000m and 10,000m. He was a finalist for the BBC’s popular Sports Personality of the Year award presented on December 22 in London. Last year’s 3000m race in Boston showcased Farah and Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel. The race didn’t disappoint arena ticket buyers, but Farah did suffer one of his only losses of the year as he was narrowly outkicked by Gebremeskel, 7:35.37 to 7:35.81.

Jenn Suhr, the top ranked female vaulter in the world for 2011, has dominated US women’s pole vaulting in recent years, having won 10 US titles since 2005. In 2011, she set an indoor American Record at the USA Indoor Championships, posted major victories at Samsung Diamond League events in London and Zurich, and had the highest vault in the world. Suhr, who has twice broken an American Record at the Reggie Lewis Center, said, “Ending 2011 with a World #1 Ranking was a great way to celebrate the New Year. I am already looking forward to returning to the Reggie Lewis Center, one of my favorite places to compete.”

Morgan Uceny tops the world rankings at 1500m after a 2011 campaign that included a USA Outdoor Championship title, three Samsung Diamond League victories and the fastest time of the year at 1500m. Uceny recovered from a disappointing fall in the World Championship final and recorded a victory over all of the medalists from Daegu at the Brussels Samsung Diamond League meet, a win that also allowed her to claim the overall Samsung Diamond League title for 2011. She will compete in the 1000m. The American Record for 1000m is 2:34.19 and was set by Jennifer Toomey in 2004.

The 17th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets and meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

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New Year’s Weekend Recap

This past weekend marked the end of 2011 and the begining of 2012.  We had Turtles toe the line on both sides of the New Year.

On December 31st Alan Bernier jumped on the indoor track at the 3rd Mini-Meet at Boston University.  Alan raced in the 3000 meters and finished with a time of 8:55.

On New Year’s Day multiple Turtles headed over to the Hangover Classic 5 Miler in Bristol, RI.  It was an unusually nice day in Bristol this year, which meant nice clear roads to run on.  In the end the Turtles took 10 out of the top 25 spots and won 4 age group awards and the 2nd overall women’s award.

After the race some of these runners and their adoring fans headed over to the Bristol Town Beach to “Take the Plunge”.  It was a nice way to bring in the New Year.

A little further north on New Year’s Day, Martin Tighe was testing out his speed at the Millennium Mile in Londonderry, NH.  Martin finished in a time of 4:47.

Photo by Scott Mason