Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hard Shell Race # 4 & Some Other Results

The 4th Race in the TNT Hard Shell Series has come and gone. We had great weather for racing and even better weather for hanging out and having a few beers. With 4 races now completed in the series, we are starting to have some battles within the standings as more and more people have been toeing the line. We have had well over a third of the total membership get out there and race! Not too bad considering the weather we had to work with for the first 3 month of the year.

Check out the standings below!

TNT Doyles

19th Annual Doyle’s Emerald Necklace Road Race
Jamaica Plains, MA, April 12, 2015
11th Robert Jackman 28:09.0 5:38/M
18th David Principe 28:44.0 5:45/M
72nd Steven McDaniel 32:43.0 6:33/M
79th Andrew Goodale 33:15.0 6:39/M
82nd Jacquelyn Jackman 33:19.0 6:40/M
83rd Jake Schieffelin 33:32.0 6:42/M
93rd Dave Schaad 33:53.0 6:47/M

April HS

Over HS 4

Next up on the schedule….I decided to really switch things up. It is a shot in the dark to get members out to this one, but it looks like an interesting test. The May race in the series will be Conquer the Hill in Smithfield, RI on May 16th at 9am. Check out the race INFORMATION!

Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon
Middletown, CT, April 12, 2015
153rd – Rachel Flaksman – 1:48:39

Rachel had this to say about the race…
The Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon, Middletown, CT can best be described as somewhat like Nooseneck on a relatively warm and sunny day but without the hill that you cannot take a vehicle up, and with a nice downhill finish. I signed up for the Half on a whim, not fully realizing that there were plenty more uphill climbs beside the start and around 7 miles (elevation map anyone?). While I don’t remember much of the hills in specific detail, I can say that they were relentless for about the first 8 miles and then again somewhere between 9 and 9.5 miles. The first hill was about a .3 mile climb, a little steeper than Warwick Neck Avenue. From there, the next several hills were (or so it seemed) between .25 -.4 miles in length, with a few that were shorter and steeper. The “big hill” was an opportunity for me to try powering up instead of running and it paid off as I was later on able to pick off several persons who ran past me on the hill. Towards the end there was a section of dirt/gravel which was a nice change.

On the logistics side, the race started on time and the police and volunteer support to assist with traffic was very good. There is a little Garmin drift, but there were plenty of clocks on the course.

This Half was the most challenging half-marathon I have run. I was not as prepared as I should have been and time management went out the window around mile 7. If anyone plans on this event in the future, I recommend hitting the Nooseneck course at least once before this race. It is definitely a course for hill lovers!

Woodridge Wizards 5k Road Race &1k Fun Run
Cranston, MA, April 4, 2015
2nd 20:47 6:42 Dave Schaad

Bunny Hop 5K/1K
Warwick, RI, April 11, 2015
16th DAVE SCHAAD 20:35.9 6:37/M
27th AIDAN MEACHAM 22:39.3 7:17/M
31st PATRICK MEACHAM 22:51.7 7:21/M

Bunny Hop 5K/1K
Warwick, RI, April 11, 2015
16th DAVE SCHAAD 20:35.9 6:37/M
27th AIDAN MEACHAM 22:39.3 7:17/M
31st PATRICK MEACHAM 22:51.7 7:21/M

Quonset Point Half Marathon (Long Course, RD put finish in the wrong spot)
Kingstown, RI, April 12, 2015
4th Lindsay Amherst 1:26:46.5 6:38 (1st Place Woman)

Hard Shell Race #4 Preview – Doyle’s Emerald Necklace

The 4th race in the 2015 Hard Shell Race Series is the Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler on 4/12/15. This is one of my favorite races of the year. I am pretty sure this will be my 5th year in a row running there…and I will continue to go back year after year!


The race is part of the NE Runner Pub Series every year, it has a pretty competitive field and an amazing after party. You will have beer in your hand within seconds of finishing! The whole block is shut-down and the parking lot behind Doyle’s Cafe is after party headquarters! TNT is planning on having a tent back there this year. Make sure you arrive EARLY (over an hour before race time) to ensure a good parking spot across the street from Doyle’s. You can bring your bag right over to the back lot, where we should have a base camp set-up. Most importantly, plan on hanging out a while after the race and bring your drinking shoes.


Course Preview:
The course at Doyle’s can be pretty fast. It is basically an out and back, although you come back a slightly different way (on a path next to the road you went out on) The first half of the course is slightly up…so that means you are slightly down on the way back. Beware of the mile markers, as they tend to be a bit off, especially the 3 and 4 mile markers if I remember correctly. The starting line is about 1/2 mile away from the bar, so make sure you plan accordingly to get out there in time for the start.

Bob’s Course Tips: Start out conservative and look for a negative split! Last year, my fastest mile was my last mile. Also, don’t plan on running a cool down, this race is all about the party afterwards!

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See you there!