Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hard Shell Race # 2 Preview – Super 5k

February 1st is right around and that means the 2nd race in the 2015 Hard Shell Race Series is already here. We are sticking with the same distance and the same town as race # 1, but this time we hit the roads.

TNT Super 5k
TNT at the first Super 5k in 2005!

The Super 5k is one of the few races in February and always attracts a few Turtles every year and also has a team event that’s why it was chosen as race # 2.

Course Preview:
The Super 5k certainly wasn’t chosen for its awesome course. It is a boring out and back. There is about a half mile uphill on the way out, starting around 0.8 miles. You then flatten out and take the sharp turn around and start heading back towards your competition. Obviously you will get that downhill on the way back, however there is generally a headwind once the water is in view. With all that said, it can be a decently fast course if you catch a calm day.

Bob’s Course Tips: You don’t want any 5k tips from me, I suck at 5ks…I guess all I can say is work the down hill hard and don’t let your competitors run away from you, latch on and hold on tight! Also, remember there is a team competition (5 score for Men and 3 score for Women), even if you don’t think that you are a scoring member and don’t matter…you MIGHT. So…pass any runner you can at the end of the race…use that HARD SHELL, that’s what it is meant for!
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Hardshell Race #1 in the Books

Sunday marked the first race in the 2015 TNT Hard Shell Race Series.  It was also the 2nd race in the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series.

We were lucky to have amazingly fast conditions for the race.  The sand was hard and the wind was light, we couldn’t ask for better.  What did this mean for the racers?  FAST TIMES.  All around runners were destroying their own personal course records.  We had a pretty good turn out for the first Hard Shell Race, with 15 Turtles toeing the line.


George Ross had this to say:

Running on the Scarborough Beach and up and around Black Point in January…am I mad? I said to myself. I am so glad that I did not listen to the dangerous neighborhood known as my mind.

Many will think that the reason I ran this race was:

1) To toughen myself up during the Triathlon off-season
2) Because it is the first race in the 2015 Turtle Race series
3) My Personal commitment to do all the 4th Season Race Series including the Big River 1/2 marathon Trail Race

It was none of the above, where else do you run through a derelict house in the middle of a race…that was freakin’ cool.

I knew going into this race, due to my of my training schedule, that it would not be a great race and I did not disappoint. My performance aside, I thought this was a fantastic race which thoroughly deserved the high turnout of 170 finishers


Patrick Quinn added…

A large bale of Turtles enjoyed near perfect conditions as you could expect from winter at this year’s Resolution 5K. This is the most unique trail race probably in the Northeast combining beach, trail, and road all in a 5K distance. How many trail races have an abandoned roofless house to slow you down. Its usually wet like a bathhouse but it was an icehouse this year. For me, it was my 3rd consecutive year and it was the coldest year yet but with minimal wind and firm sand, the course was fast even with the ice patches. Strange that it was the coldest temp but with little wind you could feel the warmth of the sun. No need to huddle in like penguins before the start like previous years. It was also noted that the out and back from start line back to start line seemed less rocky this year so racers got out even faster. I went with the lightest trail shoe I have ever raced in (Brooks Pure Grit) and it made for a good choice. This was my fastest year among other Turtles. I believe everyone was happy with their efforts this year. Almost as important as the race, is the post race food and beer. Mews Tavern had some delicious selections. This year’s Resolution 5K will be hard to top.

AND…from Jodi Hall

I ran the race because…
I needed reminding how much I love to race…and how much being a Turtle is totally awesome!

The cool things about this race for me were…
First trail race for me.
Running on the beach.
Hearing my son, Zac cheer me on. He has been doing so for at least 16 years so it was really cool to hear a “Go Mom” out on the beach.
Splashing in water
Scenic views…and I managed to stay upright on the trails (Jake’s pre-instructions to me)
The cool thing George said about running through the old house.
Warm up and cool down run to think pre-race and post race thoughts.
It was a beautiful day and it left a smile on my face all day.

I look forward to more racing this year I am using the hardshell races to motivate to get back to real training and improving my times…and to see everyone.

Say No to WTAC! Photo by Mike Crutchley

Here is how the Turtles made out.

Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race
Narragansett , RI, January 11, 2015
3rd Robert Jackman 17:14 5:34
8th David Principe 18:14 5:53
14th Robert Corsi 19:11 6:11
16th Michael Clark 19:24 6:15
17th Lindsay Amherst 19:52 6:25
20th Patrick Quinn 20:14 6:32
26th David Blessington 20:41 6:40
30th Justin Allen 20:54 6:45
32nd Dave Schaad 21:08 6:49
39th Dan Sevigny 21:29 6:56
51st Jackie Jackman 21:58 7:05
64th Jonpaul Guinn 23:18 7:31
66th George Ross 23:27 7:34
73rd John Peabody 24:16 7:50
125th Jodi Hall 29:02 9:22

Check out Scott Mason’s Photos

And finally…here is how the scoring went for the Hardshell Series! Click images to view larger.
2015 Race 1

2015 Overall

Next up…Race # 2…Super 5k on 2/1/15 in Narragansett, RI

Hard Shell Race #1 Preview – Resolution Beach & Trail 5k

On January 11th, the 2015 Hard Shell Race Series will get under way. The first race in the series is the Resolution Beach & Trail 5k, this is also the 2nd race in the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series.

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Check out Scott’s Photos from the 2014 race.

Check out 2013’s blog post!

This race was chosen for two reasons; #1 there are minimal races in January…but more importantly, there has been lots of Turtle participation and interest the the 4th Season Trail Series, we had 14 Turtles toed the line at Old Mountain Field for the first race in the series on 12/21/14.

Course Preview:

Starting on Scarborough Beach, you run south on the beach for approximately 1/2 mile before banging a u-turn and heading back north…you go right past the starting line, which will be about 1 mile. You then continue on the beach for another 0.3 mile until taking a left through some softer sand and a quick right, now heading slightly up hill through a dirt/grass path which pops out onto Ocean Road at 1.5. You continue uphill on Ocean Road until 1.7 miles, where you take a right into the Black Point Trail parking lot. Once through the lot, you will be on some hard packed gravel trails, which are a bit twisty (a good place to lose your competition) Shortly after getting on the gravel trails you will have a short downhill that turns into more grass/dirt trails, which follow along the cliffs at Black Point. These dirt paths continue until around 2.6 miles, when you will have to navigate through the old stone building structure, which then pops you back out onto the beach for the last 1/2 mile struggle trough some more beach running.

Bob’s Course Tips:

Find hard sand. Heading towards the finish, after popping out onto the beach, stay low, near the water…do not start coming up to the finish until you need to. There is a lot of softer sand higher up on the beach. Conditions are everything on this course. In 2012 we had a dusting of snow, last year we had knee deep puddles. What will we see this year?

Sign up today! and see you on the 11th!