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Spring has Sprung in Turtledom!

Check out some results from April and the beginning of May!

Bull Run Run 50 Miler
Clifton, VA, April 11, 2015
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153rd – John Peabody 10:38:56 (1st Super Senior from the North)

Cops For Kids With Cancer 5K
Canton, MA, April 19, 2015
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2nd     DANIEL SEVIGNY       20:23 6:35

Boston Marathon
Hopkinton, MA to Boston, MA, April 20, 2015
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4621st – Steve McDaniel 3:09:53
4701st – Lindsay Amherst 3:10:17
7621st – Patrick Meacham 3:22:22

Children’s Friend 5K
Providence, RI, April 25, 2015
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3rd     DANIEL HAWKINS       20:17 6:32

Rotary Run to Read
Coventry, RI, April 25, 2015
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6th   23:07 7:27   Aidan Meacham
11th  24:29 7:54   Patrick Meacham

3rd Annual F. Monroe Allen Memorial 5k
Greenville, RI, April 25, 2015
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6th   20:36 Dave Schaad

Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 50k
New Preston, CT April 26, 2015
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32nd Rachel Flaksman – 5:35:59

Rhode Island State Police “5K Foot Pursuit”
Narragansett, RI, April 26, 2015
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25th Dave Schaad     20:22.98  6:34

Biffledinked 10 x 5k
Virginia Beach, VA, May 2, 2015
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5th – Lindsay Amherst – 3:32:28 (1st Female)

Cox Half Marathon
Providence, RI, May 3, 2015
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21st    Robert Corsi        1:24:48
30th    Brad Highcove       1:26:58
50th Ken Kirejczyk 1:29:26

Cox Marathon
Providence, RI, May 3, 2015
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3rd  Robert Jackman           2:43:53
4th  David Principe           2:44:54
50th  Jackie Jackman          3:10:57
353rd  John Peabody           3:52:49

Cox 5k
Providence, RI, May 3, 2015
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6th Steven McDaniel 19:40

Long Island Marathon
Uniondale, NY, May 3, 2015
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83rd  Jake Schieffelin           3:34:27

7 Sisters 12 Mile Trail Race “Race of Death!”
South Amherst, MA, May 3, 2015
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181st – Justin Allen – 3:16:57
235th – Chris Jasparro…yes THAT Chris Jasparro!! 3:36:28

Race # 5 on the TNT Hard Shell Race Series is on May 16th. Sign up today for the Conquer the Hill race in Smithfield TODAY!! There will be BEER and FOOD after the race!

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
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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

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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
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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
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2nd 20:47 6:42 Dave Schaad

Bunny Hop 5K/1K
Warwick, RI, April 11, 2015
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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
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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
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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!

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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.

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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!

Hard Shell #3 and some other stuff.

Hard Shell Race # 3 is in the books!  More Turtles were in North Scituate than I expected and it was nice to see.  Also in attendance was MORE SNOW!  It was pretty much snowing all morning in North Scituate, which was a welcome change from the rain that some of us saw when we headed out the door on race morning.

This year’s race course was changed twice prior to race day.  It was originally slated to be different than the previous 7 versions of the race, no longer going over the causeway on Route 14, from what I was told, it seems this will be a permanent change.  However, the course that they were going to use was also not used, there was a lot of remaining snow on the fire road heading out towards the reservoir, so a new course that consisted of all paved roads was to be used.

It seemed that many Turtles had different agendas for race day.  Some have been recovering from injury, some wanted to just get in a steady effort, some were racing the following day and some were just there to get some miles in.  No matter the reason, there were 10 Turtles on the line, which brings the total number of Turtles that have raced at least once in the Hard Shell Series to 19, or about a third of the current membership, that’s not too shabby.

As for the race….well things were going well until about 1/2 mile in.  The leaders, which included myself, Dave Principe and a chatty fellow, whom actually won the Run with the Beavers 5 Miler last year.  We were moving along nicely, about to make the first right hand turn, following the police vehicle, when a volunteer screamed at us to go straight, we were pretty sure this was incorrect and we asked the lady 3 times, but she insisted it was correct and evidently there were signs that also said the 15k was supposed to go straight.

So right away we were all screwed up, fortunately the cop came back around and got in front of us, eventually getting us back on course, although about 1k short of where we should have been.  The rest of the run was made up of some up hills and some down hills.  I gapped Dave a bit on an up hill around 5 miles, but he came flying back by me on a cranking downhill around 6.5 miles…I felt like I was being chased by the dinosaur in Jurassic Park 3, the one that ate the satellite phone, you could hear the phone before you saw the beast.  Well the phone in this case was Dave’s GPS watch and the beast was Dave.  He went flying by me like a mad man and gapped me pretty good.  After the downhill there was a slight up hill where I was able to catch back up and gap Dave again and then hold onto that lead until the end.  The course ended up being between 8.7 and 8.8 miles.  The results had a pace shown for a 10 miles, which was amusing…there were also some people missing from the results.  But in the end, every Turtle that toed the line, won a prize!  So you could say it was a successful day!

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Run The Reservoir 15K 8.8ish Miler
North Scituate, RI, March 28, 2015
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1st ROBERT JACKMAN 52:26
2nd DAVID PRINCIPE 52:46
5th ROBERT CORSI 55:42
8th LINDSAY AMHERST 57:17
11th DAVID BLESSINGTON 1:00:39
12th DAVE SCHAAD 1:00:45
17th JAKE SCHIEFFELIN 1:02:46
18th JACKIE JACKMAN 1:02:59
21st ANDREW GOODALE 1:08:20
25th JOHN PEABODY 1:09:00

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Next up on the Hard Shell Series calendar is the Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler on April 12th.  This is a race not to be missed.  It is a fast 5 Miler through Franklin Park with the best after party around.  Check out some of Scott’s photos from prior year’s if you are on the fence.  Sign up HERE! Today!

Check out some other recent results.

Horse Hill Snowshoe Race
Merrimack, NH, February 7, 2015
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23rd 48:51 Issy Nielson (2nd Female)

Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race
North Kingstown, RI, February 7, 2015
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2nd Robert Jackman 44:20:00 (7:09)
13th Dennis Welch 51:55 (8:22)
19th Robert Corsi 54:18:00 (8:45)
26th Dan Northup 57:20 (9:15)
27th Patrick Quinn 57:28:00 (9:16)
46th John Peabody 1:06:56 (10:48)
49th Jackie Jackman 1:08:02 (10:58)
65th George Ross 1:16:43 (12:22)

Five College Realtors 10 Miler
Amherst, MA, February 22, 2015
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20th BRONSON VENABLE 55:27.7 5:33/M
199TH STEVEN MCDANIEL 1:09:13.6 6:57/M

Kingman Farm Moonlight Snowshoe
Madbury, NH, February 28, 2015
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25th 46:27 Issy Nielson

38th Annual New Bedford Half Marathon
New Bedford, MA, March 15, 2015
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75th BRONSON VENABLE 1:15:38 5:47
152nd ROBERT JACKMAN 1:19:54 6:06
328th STEVEN MCDANIEL 1:28:14 6:44
414th JACKIE JACKMAN 1:32:14 7:03

Brrr-lingame 5 & 10 Mile Trail Races
Charlestown, RI, March 29, 2015
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5th Robert Jackman 1:12:04
16th John Peabody 1:36:57

Eastern States 20 Miler
Maine to Mass, March 29, 2015
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47th 2:21:39 7:05 Lindsay Amherst
279th 2:57:48 8:53 Rachel Flaksman

As usual, if I missed a result…send it to me!

Hard Shell Race #3 Preview – Run the Reservoir 15k

The 3rd race in the 2015 Hard Shell Race Series is right around the corner, March 28th at 9am to be exact!  The 3rd race in the series is 3 times longer than the 5k distance we raced in the first 2 races of the series!

The Run the Reservoir 15k is a nice little race put on by Milt Shumacher located at the N Scituate Community House, 546 W Greenville Rd, N. Scituate, RI. It is the 8th year of the event and we have had Turtles at many of the first 7 versions of this race.

Course Preview:
Well…the one negative thing about this year’s version of the Run the Reservoir, is a course change.  It has been a nice big loop with a fantastic long fast finish.  This year, the course has a loop in the beginning with an out and back after that.  Pretty piss poor if you ask me…BUT, I guess at least you can see your competition on the way back…if you don’t run into them!  Here is a link to the course map.
Bob’s Course Tips: I don’t have a clue!  With the course change it is all new to me.  Hope for good weather and enjoy the hand made awards!

Sign up HERE!

See you there!

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Hard Shell # 2 Review & More

The 2nd race in the 2015 TNT Hard Shell Series was this past Sunday was once again down in Narragansett. Under beautiful blue skies, we had 15 Turtles toe the line, some of which did not race the first race in the series, so only in the second race we are seeing battles shape up.
Check out TNT results below and also the FULL RESULTS HERE!

Super 5k
Narragansett, RI, February 1, 2015
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2nd 16:17 5:15 – David Principe Jr
7th 17:22 5:36 – Robert Jackman
8th 17:23 5:36 – David Principe
13th 18:04 5:50 – Martin Tighe
20th 18:30 5:58 – Robert Corsi
22nd 18:59 6:07 – Ken Kirejczyk
25th 19:24 6:15 – Brad Highcove
31st 19:52 6:25 – Steven McDaniel
32nd 20:08 6:30 – Patrick Quinn
34th 20:22 6:34 – Justin Allen
35th 20:23 6:35 – Dave Schaad
36th 20:26 6:35 – Daniel Sevigny
63rd 22:14 7:10 – George Ross
81st 23:33 7:36 – John Peabody
146th 28:42 9:15 – Jodi Hall

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Dave Schaad & Justin Allen
KK-Super5k
Ken Kirejczyk

Here is the TNT chatter about the race.

Mike Clark has had his “issues” getting to races with a reasonable amount of time to spare. At the Resolution Beach & Trail 5k, he showed about around 8 mins before the race, 8 mins is now an ongoing joke with poor Mike. The next race Mike was signed up for was a mile indoor track race in Providence. We were called out onto the track and they were putting us in position when I see Mike walking out from the crowd onto the track, only to slightly delay the start to the race…but he made it. This past weekend at the Super 5k, Mikes “luck” ran out. The 12pm race start, caught up with him and he wasn’t able to get to the race. Here is what he shared with me when I asked for some “race thoughts”
I don’t have any thoughts on the course, but I did think that 30 bucks was too much for a 5k. My brain hurts when I try to comprehend it. I probably would have run anyway, but when I punched it into my GPS it literally said I would get there at 11:53, and you know my cutoff is 8 minutes before the race, so it seems my procrastination caught up to me.

Here are some thoughts from people that actually ran the race!

Dave Principe:

I do not run 5k’s too often and my last Road 5k was over a year and a half ago, so I was not expecting too much out of this race. I wanted to get in a hard effort and was hoping to be in the mid to low 17 min range if the weather cooperated and I felt good. The weather was surprisingly good and I ran in just my Turtle Singlet (naturally!!), shorts and a thin pair of gloves. It was warm enough that I ended up taking the gloves off half way through the race too. As we lined up on the starting line I figured I would try and run 5:30 pace for the first mile and see what happens. My training has been going well and we needed the points for the team too so it seemed like a good plan. The first mile along the sea wall was a little windy, but it is basically flat. I ran with the group I thought I belonged with and hit the first mile in 5:30 on the nose, so mission accomplished!! At that point in the race you had just started the uphill by the tower and are heading to the turnaround point. I thought I was moving pretty well and as I rounded the cones for the turnaround and could see who was behind me. I expected this mile to be a little slower than mile 1, as it was uphill, into the wind and also had the hair pin turn around. I went through the 2 mile in 5:52, which I was not happy about at all. I do not know if I just lost focus or what, but I really thought it should have been faster!! At that point there were a couple of Westerly Guy’s around me, so I had to forget about the time and worry about not getting beat by either of them to help with the team points. There was one WTAC guy right in front of me (Tommy) and one WTAC guy just behind me (Johnny), so it was going to be a battle for that last mile. I bore down and passed Tommy shortly after we rounded the corner back onto the main road. That was the last I saw of him. Then shortly after that Johnny quickly surged and passed me. Johnny has a quick turnover and his feet slap the ground so I could hear him and I knew he was coming. I let him get around me and then I immediately responded, retook my spot and gap him. I got maybe 5 yards in front of him, but I could still hear those feet slapping the ground behind me and I knew he was going to keep coming at me. However, my attention quickly turned toward the runners just in front of me. I could see young Sammy Toolin in front of me and also Bob Jackman just ahead of him. I tried to close the gap as much as I could for the next ¼ mile, but I was really just trying to hold off Johnny. Sammy passed Bob and kept his pace going to the finish and I could tell he was out of my reach, but as I drew closer to the Towers Bob was coming back to me. I caught up to him a little before we got to the Towers and we ran stride for stride for 200m or so. Bob and I have been training and racing together for about 13 years and I do not get too many chances to beat him, so as soon as I could see he was struggling I pushed the pace!! Hey what are friends for!! We were stride for stride at the 3 mile marker and my split for that mile was 5:29 so I rebounded from a slow 2nd mile but there was still .1 to go. We rounded the last corner and I got slightly in front of Bob, but there was still a lot of ground left. I probably went a little too soon, but it felt right at that time. As we got close to the finish line Bob surged and got in front of me and that was how we finished. I have not had to push that hard at the finish of a race in a long time, so that was pretty cool even though he beat me. I ended up running a 17:23 and was 8th overall, so it was right about where I thought I would be. I was first Master and beat some good WTAC guys, so all in all it was a good race. We just missed out on the Team Win, even with me bringing the heavy hitter (DJ for 2nd place overall as a tempo run), but it was still a good was to spend the afternoon. Great Turtle turnout was well!!

Patrick Quinn:
Weather wise, I don’t think conditions could have been better for a race near the ocean. The roads were clear of snow and air was relatively calm.
We had good participation and many turtles won awards which was cool. I thought my performance was OK. I said before the race low 20s which is how I did. I did feel a bit faster than what I ran but with over 18 miles for the day, I was happy. Looking forward to Run the Reservoir!

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Jodi Hall:
Beautiful day and views… Pros and cons of an out and back course; Pro – you get to see other turtles and runners you know and you know what to expect on the way back. Con – you see runners that you used to beat or at least keep up with in races and realize how much you have to up your training. Finishing the race I saw Scott with his camera and Capn’ Ken got me to pick up at the end which was a good and happy thing. After race at the Mews: Good food, good beer, good people.
Looking forward to the March race!

Steve McDaniel:
Having not raced in nearly 2 months, this race was a rust buster and a test of how my training has been going over the winter. It turned out to be a good day to race – not too cold and the wind pretty calm.
There were a lot of people talking at the starting line, so I didn’t hear a warning that the race was about to start. Suddenly, the horn goes off and I hadn’t reset my watch. I had to run the first mile by feel and by looking for familiar faces to guestimate my pace.
On this day, I handled the hill very well. Not too slow and too much lost time and not too fast where I’m gassed. After the turnaround point and just before the right hand turn, a car had pulled out onto the road in front of me and then was stopped at the intersection. I had to run around the car to make the turn. So much for running the tangents!
The downhill got the final mile off to a good start. The trip back down Ocean Road seemed to take forever, but I was able to hold on to my pace. I turned for the finish and was excited when I saw the clock. As I crossed the line, I muttered “Yeah, PR!” under my breath probably more loudly than I intended. A 4 second PR is a great way to start the year!

Check out the Hard Shell Standings! We have a bunch of time before race # 3, the Run the Reservoir 15k in North Scituate, RI. Time to get your miles in!

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2015 Series

While a bunch of Turtles were down in Narragansett, Issy Nielson took a ride north and strapped on some Dion 121s and ended up being the first Turtle to race on the snowshoes this year. Well, that went pretty well for her, as she was the first woman to cross the line at the Beaver Brook Showshoe Race in Hollis, NH! She also made the Level Renner Instagram Feed…

Beaver Brook Snowshoe Race (2.8ish miles)
Hollis, NH, February 1, 2015
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16th 24:50 Issy Nielson (1st Woman)

Check out some other recent past results!

Eagle Brook Saloon 5K
Norfolk, MA, January 1, 2015
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1st Brad Highcove 19:57.34

Hangover Classic 5 Miler
Bristol, RI, January 1, 2015
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9th MICHAEL CLARK 31:37 6:20
11th KEN KIREJCZYK 31:54 6:23
12th LINDSAY AMHESRT 32:05 6:25 (1st Woman)
18th PATRICK QUINN 33:41 6:45
21st DAVE SCHAAD 33:57 6:48

4th Annual East Coast Championship Open Mile
Providence, RI, January 17, 2015
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4th Robert Jackman 4:55.65
7th Michael Clark 5:12.58

20th Annual Boston Prep 16 Miler
Derry, NH, January 25, 2015
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28th Lindsay Amherst 1:48:23 6:47
29th Warren Angell 1:48:33 6:48

Some upcoming races!
The 3rd race in the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series is this Saturday, 2/7/15, you can pre-register until Friday night and there is day of registration. We plan on having another big TNT presence, come out and test your skills running in the snow!

Saturday 2/14/15 Mark Howard and myself will be in Raleigh, NC taking a crack at the infamous Krispy Kreme Challenge…we have trained hard and are ready to test out our skills!

Other local races you may see Turtles at…
2/14/15 – Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler
2/15/15 – Austin Marathon
2/22/15 – Hyannis 1/2 Marathon
2/22/15 – Five College Realtors 10 Miler
3/8/15 – Ocean’s Run 1/2 Marathon
3/15/15 – New Bedford 1/2 Marathon

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.

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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
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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

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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.

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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
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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

See the FULL RESULTS
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!

Introducing the 2015 TNT Hard Shell Race Series

2015 Tuesday Night Turtle Hard Shell Race Series

The Tuesday Night Turtles will be bringing back a club race series for the 2015 calendar year. The series will consist of (12) races, one each month. The runner’s top (6) races will count towards their overall score. We will have awards based on age-groups and will distribute awards at the Christmas Party at the end of 2015!

Age-Groups: Male and Female age groups could change depending on the amount of runners in each age group. 39 & under, 40-49, 50-59. 60+

Scoring: The top (5) Turtles in each age group will score in each race.

•   1st Place: 6 pts <—– The WINNER gets an extra point for being AWESOME!
•   2nd Place: 4 pts
•   3rd Place : 3 pts
•   4th Place: 2 pts
•   5th Place: 1 pt

Each runner’s top 6 races will count in their cumulative score for the series.

Awards: Male and Female Awards will go at least 2 deep in each age group. If there are more than 8 runners in an age group, the awards will go 3 deep.

Races: The races in the series have been chosen by looking back at race results over the years to see which races Turtles are the most active in and also having races of many distances and terrains. Between that and polling the people of Rhode Island, I chose the races I wanted! If the 2015 Series works out, the 2016 races will be voted on at the Christmas Party after the awards are distributed. The 2015 Race Schedule is mostly complete, some race dates still need to be confirmed to complete the full schedule.

January: Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race – Narragansett, RI – 1/11/15
February: Super 5k – Narragansett, RI – 2/1/15
March: Run the Reservoir 15k – North Scituate, RI – 3/28/15
April: Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler – Jamaica Plain, MA
May: TBD
June: Gaspee Days 5k – Cranston, RI – 6/13/15
July: TBD
August: Run 4 Kerri 4 Miler – South Kingstown, RI – 8/2/15
September: TBD
October: TBD
November: Lil’ Rhody Runaround 8 Mile Trail Race – Charlestown, RI
December: TBD