Monthly Archives: December 2012

Old Mountain 5k Trail Race

Old Mountain Trail Race
12/16/12 – Wakefield, RI
Full Results

Story by David Principe

Eight Turtles and Joseph Reddy’s daughter, Meaghan, showed up in force in Wakefield on Sunday for the first race of the winter trail series put on by Mike Galoob (Off Rhode Racing). It was a fairly chilly morning, and an incoming cold front made it chillier by the minute, but the race started and ended before it got cold and rainy.

The race started at 10am, but TNT showed up at 9am and decided to do the 5K course as a warm-up. The course changed this year, so even though many Turtles were there last year, there were many new trails incorporated into the event. Many of us were not familiar with these trails in the first place, so doing the course as a warm-up was a great way to get in our miles and also know what we were up against.

The course was a little soft and mushy in several places, but not too bad. There were several wooden spans and bridges that you had to jump on and off of, and also some stone bridges to navigate over, which added to the technical difficulty of the course. There were the typical amount of roots and rocks at the beginning, but I found the later half of the race on the newly cut trails to be excellent surfaces to race on. The course in general had numerous twists, turns and switchbacks, which are always, fun. For these reasons, it was great to have run the course before the race! The course was very well-marked and pretty easy to follow, as well.

The race started on a grass area behind a ballfield with about a 200-meter straight away that featured a sharp turn and an embankment at the corner of the field. You needed to get out quick and carve out your spot at this corner so you did not fall off the embankment. Afterward, there was plenty of room to re-adjust and get into a good position before hitting the single track in the woods. As a result, most of the top 10 or 12 runners went out pretty hard.

Leading the way into the start of the trails after the initial sprint was DJ Principe, with Bob Jackman right on his heels. They were both passed in the early section of single track by last year’s series champion Derek Jakoboski, but they both kept him in fairly close contact. Three of our Westerly Track and Athletic Club rivals were sandwiched between Bob and me, with Bob Corsi right on my heels. As it is in so many trail races, the pecking order was established fairly early on and pretty much held through to the finish.

Derek won the race, with DJ and Bob only 8 seconds and 10 seconds behind him, respectively. The three WTAC guys in front of me were in fifth, sixth and seventh places and also held their spots through out the race. I was our third scorer in ninth place, with Bob Corsi coming in shortly after me in 10th. The top three runners from each team scored for the team title, and we squeaked out the win with our second-, third- and ninth-place finishes over WTAC’s fifth-, sixth- and seventh-place finishes.

After the race, we did the course again for a cool down and then took part in the awards ceremony. There was plenty of food, soup, hot chocolate and coffee afterward, as well. All in all, it was a great way to start the week!


2012 Newport Christmas 10k Run

Christmas 10k Run
Newport, RI – December 9, 2012
Race Report by Patrick Quinn
Race Photos by Scott Mason
Group Photo by Bob Jackman
2011 Race Report

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If you haven’t had a chance to look at this year’s Christmas 10K Race Results, it was another successful year for TNT.

For the Individual Awards, Martin Tighe, Dave Schaad, and John Brennan took  1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in the 50-59 age group.  Bob Jackman and Alan Bernier were 3rd and 5th in the Men’s Open age group and Jackie Jackman was 3rd in the Women’s Open age group.

In the Team Competition the Turtles were aiming to win their 10th title in 13 years.  There was a healthy competition this year against the Westerly Track & Athletic Club.  The WTAC came ready to do battle and put up a good fight that saw 2 WTAC runners finish directly in front of TNT senior ace Martin Tighe.  In the end the TNT A team was able to retain their title winning by 1:16 over the WTAC.  The TNT B and C teams took 3rd and 4th teams respectively.

Runners enjoyed unusually warm temps near 50 degrees with minimal wind so the conditions were near perfect for a great time.

We also had two new members running this year which was Andrew Goodale and myself.

Andrew went out with the intention of running 7:30s and he ended up running 7:00 min miles.

I also had high expectations. I’ve been pretty good at estimating my race predictions lately and this race was no exception. My “A” goal was to break 40 with 40:30 and 41:00 being my backup goals.

This is only second time I’ve raced this distance and the first time was at last year’s Christmas 10K in which I ran a 43:32 which coincidently was Andrew’s exact time this year. I knew running the Tuesday Course with the faster members and training from A Better Pace prepared me well so I was confident I could nail this goal. I had every intention of running progressive as part of my sub 40 plan but after some personal deliberation at the race start, I would go for even splits. I felt very comfortable running the first 4 miles. Just after completing 3 miles, I caught up to two runners, one of which was JB who gave me some needed inspiration telling me I owned the road and to be a metronome. This helped a lot and I was able to maintain and get into a nice groove. I slipped during the 5th mile but I was able to get back onto pace for the 6th mile. Somewhere, I believe after the 5th mile, I could hear Jackie behind me. I knew it was her because I heard her patented slight cough. I didn’t turn around I just kept working. I felt myself fading but I was able to kick it into another gear and as I approached the last hill before the finish at Rogers High School, I felt relieved the end was near. I passed another runner going up the hill and then for good measure, I saw another runner ahead of me that I would try to pass. As I approached that runner near the shoot, I turned my head to the left and looked at Bob and he said, “You got it”. I looked up at the time and it read 39:50. I crossed the finish line with that runner at the same time of 39:53 but I was given 26th place and he got 27th. I think Alan Bernier was right when he told me I should have waited to cross the finish line before throwing up the fist pump. Rookie mistake. I was thrilled with a big PR of over 3 minutes. Splits: 6:25, 6:25, 6:23, 6:27, 6:32, 6:25 and 6:11 for the last 0.2

After the race and a cool down run, we all headed into the cafeteria for some post- race food and beverages. The food highlight was the Allie’s donuts. I think Bob ate a whole box.

TNT really cleaned house with the awards in the form of beer of course. Even non-TNT winners and Scott Mason who didn’t run (he was shooting pictures) got beer.

From there, Myself, Scott Mason (Thanks Scott for the first beer), Bob Jackman, Jackie Jackman, Alan Bernier, Andrew Goodale enjoyed some great food and beer at Yesterday’s in Newport.

We will be sure to represent well next year for the 30th edition of the Newport Christmas 10K

TNT Results

TNT A – 1st Place Team – 1:44:52

1. Bob Jackman – #4 Overall #3 Division – 33:49
2. Alan Bernier – #7 Overall #5 Division – 34:42
3. Martin Tighe – #14 Overall #1 Division – 36:21

TNT B – 3rd Place Team – 1:56:12

1. Bob Corsi – #17 Overall #11 Division – 37:20
2. Dave Schaad – #22 Overall #2 Division – 38:59
3. Patrick Quinn – #26 Overall #14 Division – 39:53

TNT C – 4th Place Team – 2:05:38

1. John Brennan – #33 Overall #3 Division – 40:39
2. Joe Reddy – #38 Overall #5 Division – 41:27
3. Andrew Goodale – #69 Overall #26 Division – 43:32

Jackie Jackman – #28 Overall #3 Division – 40:01
Marisol Ficaro – #323 Overall #23 Division – 58:24