Category Archives: Trail/Mountain Racing

March Update

March was a relatively busy month for Turtle racing.  We had some signs of spring and other days where we thought spring would NEVER come!

Black Cat 20 Miler
Salem, MA, March 2, 2013
181st THOR KIRLEIS 3:06:53.3 9:21/M (Thor actually added 6.2 miles mid-race to make this a marathon, he is stupid…I mean AWESOME!)

Claddagh Pub 4 Miler
Lawrence, MA, March 3, 2013
11th   PATRICK QUINN   25:51.8  6:28

Caumsett 50k USATF National Championship
Lloyd Harbor, NY, March 4, 2013
12th Overall, 4th Woman, Jacquelyn Jackman 3:48:55
17th Overall, 6th Woman, Issy Nielson 4:01:21

Oceans Run Half Marathon & 5K
South Kingstown, RI, March 10, 2013
1st Bronson Venable 16:17.94 5:15

New Bedford Half Marathon
New Bedford, MA, March 17, 2013
82nd ROBERT JACKMAN 1:15:03 5:44
110th DAVID PRINCIPE 1:17:35 5:56
394th PATRICK QUINN 1:29:40 6:51
450th JACQUELYN JACKMAN 1:31:02 6:57
1554th MARK HOWARD 1:56:21 8:53

Check out Scott Mason’s New Bedford Photos!

2013 Shamrock Shuffle 5K Race
North Kingstown, RI, March 17, 2013
2nd Bronson Venable 15:39.79

Antelope Island Buffalo 100 Miler
Syracuse, UT, March 22, 2013
37th – John Peabody – 27hrs 25 mins 48 secs

Run the Reservoir 15k
Scituate, RI, March 23, 2013
12th Joseph Reddy 1:06:33 7:09

Beat the Chill, Climb the Hill 5K
South Kingstown, RI, March 23, 2013
16th George Ross 23:44.0 7:39/M

Stadium Fitness Old Irish Pub 5k
Wrentham, MA, March 30, 2013
5th 19:16 6:13 Dave Schaad

Scott Mason climbing at Big River

The Big River Half Marathon and 10k Trail Race was the finale of the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series.  This race was supposed to happen earlier in the month, but with a ton of snow still on the ground, RD Mike Galoob made the call to put the race off until the end of the month and hope all of the snow was gone….his gamble paid off and we were treated to a beautiful spring day.  With the dry conditions we were able to enjoy the amazing trails that Big River has to offer and it made for a fitting finale to a great series in which Turtles had a great showing at every race starting in December.  We came away from the series with many awards, including the Overall Male and Female Titles.  1st Place 14-18 Male, 1st place 30-39 Male and Female, 1st Place 40-49 Male and 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 7th 50-59 Male.  Most importantly, we took home the Overall Team Title!!  The fun part of this series was competing against the same people month after month over varying courses and having a friendly rivalry against the WTAC team.  I hope that next year we can get more teams involved, which will make for some team tactics and more fun out on the trails!

Big River Results 1/2 Marathon10k
Past Race Results – Old Mountain 5k Trail Race – Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race
Belleville Pond 10k – Brr-lingame Snowy Sufferfest

Overall Series Results

Not a race result, but related to the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series…we have formed a good relationship with the WTAC folks.  On March 3rd, the weekend the Big River Trail Race was supposed to happen, David Principe and myself met-up with some of the WTAC guys and ran a long run from sea-level to the highest point in Rhode Island, Jerimoth Hill.  Check out some stories and pics HERE!

Lastly, some self promotion…with the South County 4th Season Trail Series over…you may need another trail race to train for!  The Run with the Beaver Trail Race is 7/13/13!

Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race

Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race
Race Summary by DJ Principe
Full Results

Photo by Bob Jackman during warm-up

My dad and I arrived at the race around 8:50 a.m. We noticed that every other Turtle had on “screw shoes.” Bob just so happened to be making a pair of his own, so my dad and I were able to use his extra screws to make our own, as well.

The next thing we did was go for a warm-up. We went out and ran the last mile and a half of the race in reverse, then turned around and headed back. Conditions looked good, and it seemed like the screw shoes were helping.

The race went off around 10 o’clock at an honest pace. I got into the trail with a pack consisting of around the top six runners. After about a mile and a half, Bob, a WTAC guy and an unattached guy began to put a little separation on my pack of three. I hit Mile 2 in the same pack, and I was in between the two runners. But I fell after going up the hill immediately after the Mile 2 marker. I lost a little ground on fourth place, but nothing too crazy. This is the way the positions stayed for the next mile or so.

After about Mile 4, I could feel my legs beginning to tire out. As I hopped onto the railway leading to the Mile 5 marker, I began to make up some ground after hearing sixth place beginning to creep up on me. Fourth place, a WTAC guy, began to surge after Mile 5, and I now had to concern myself with the sixth place runner.

He was coming up strong and didn’t sound like he was hurting too much. As he came up, behind me he began to encourage me to keep pushing. He could tell I was beginning to struggle, and it was nice to have him there to not only give me confidence but to remind me that I needed to keep pushing. I was able to put a second or two on him by using my size advantage to fit under a fallen tree much more easily than he did, however, that quickly evaporated. He passed me and said, “Now I am going to pass you, but you better stay right behind me.” I chuckled a little and tried my best to do so. We remained about 2 to 3 seconds apart for the remainder of the .2-mile finish.

I was concerned with the team scoring after finishing. But my fears subsided when I saw my dad finishing with no one in sight. After taking some doughnuts, the team went out for a nice cool-down that hurt like hell. My legs felt like rubber, but I knew the 12.2-mile day was going to help a lot for the next race (a 10-miler) and also for my endurance for the upcoming track season.

Overall, it was a very successful day for the team. Bob came in second overall by outsprinting a guy at the finish, Jackie was first female, my dad was first master and the team won first, as well. And, once again, I got to walk home with none of the team prize: a case of beer. I think my dad owes me a six-pack of root beer.

Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race

January 6, 2013
Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race
Narragansett, RI
Race Results
Story by Bob Jackman

The Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race marked the second race in the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series.  As the week before the race went on, it was clear that the Turtles would once again be out in force with the team competition as the driving force to get out there and race against the WTAC.  This would be the third team race in about 4 weeks that we would toe the line against the WTAC and we were hoping to get our third win.  I arrived at the race a bit early to get in a few extra miles before heading out with the rest of the Turtles at 8:15 to run the course as a warm up.  Running the course at these trail races ends up being a big advantage, as you know what to expect and in this case you know the trail conditions with the lingering snow.

The course looked to be in great shape with only a few spots that you might need to be a little cautious and the wind coming home on the beach was blowing, but not too bad.

There was a short delay starting the race and we were all huddled up trying to stay warm before  lining up behind the starting line that race director Mike Galoob “drew out” with his foot before giving some race instructions.

The race went out and back on the beach, starting into the wind, I was happy to see the race went out a lot slower that the Old Mountain Trail Race and I was able to tuck in for a bit before moving out front shortly after the turn around at the far end of the beach.

After the turn, you ran down the beach and then across a short grassy/snowy section up a snow-covered dirt road which popped out onto Ocean Road for a short stretch before ducking into the trails at Black Point.  When I hit the road I tried to open up my stride and then “disappear” in the twisty trails hoping others wouldn’t be able to see me and would lose a little motivation to track me down.  I also felt the fastest running I could do was in this trail section as most of it was down hill and the trails, although covered in snow, were not technical and overall in good shape.  At the end of this section you have to “run” through the ruins of an old house, then hop down back onto the beach where you had about a half a mile left to run.

This last section proved to be slow going, the sand was soft and the wind was blowing, which made me feel like I wasn’t making any progress.  My last obstacle in the race was a gentleman walking his dog looking at shells? on the beach and not paying attention to me running full steam at him, in fact as I kept moving left towards the ocean, he did the same.  I finally shouted at him and he stopped so I could get by without breaking out my portable boogie board.

After getting by this fellow, I took a quick glance back to se the WTACs Justin Bentley there, but at a distance I felt I could hold.  Once I could see Mike Galoob’s yellow coat standing where we were to finish, I started edging my way up the beach in his direction to take the shortest route.  I crossed the line first in 18:12,  Justin finished 15 seconds back at 18:27, followed by TNTs DJ Principe in 18:41.  After that the race was on for the top team prize.  The WTAC followed DJ with 4th place 19:03 and 5th place 19:04, fortunately for us TNTs David Principe was right behind them with a 19:12 securing the TNT victory by 29 seconds!

After the race we grabbed some cool down miles and got a group shot in the “house”, we then picked up some age group awards and the team prize, another case of Wachusett Brew and then some of us went to Crazy Burger for breakfast….after breakfast some of us continued down the street a bit to Twin Willows for an early afternoon brew.

All an all it was a great day and I hope we get a great turnout at the Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race on 1/27/13.

Turtle Results
1st – Bob Jackman – 18:12

3rd – DJ Principe – 18:41

6th  – David Principe – 19:12

9th  – Martin Tighe – 20:06

12th – Bob Corsi – 20:14

15th – Patrick Quinn – 21:02

25th – John Brennan – 21:55

32nd – Joe Reddy – 22:29

33rd – Scott Mason – 22:37

34th – Jackie Jackman – 22:54

Chasing the belt buckle – Massanutten Mountain Trails 100

The coveted Belt Buckle.

Everyone in the club knew that as John Peabody prepared for the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 on May 12-13, 2012 he was focused, pure and simply focused, on one thing….completing the race to win the coveted belt buckle.

John is no stranger to the concept of indomitable spirit and pushed himself to a 46th place out 196 starters in less than 30 hours.

You can see all of John’s splits here.

Congratulations John!

3/31/12 to 4/16/12 Results


Bob Jackman and Dave Principe @ Gansett

Run the Reservoir 15k and 5k
North Scituate, RI, March 31, 2012
1st – Dave Schaad – 19:23

Jamestown Bridge 10K Road Race
North Kingstown, RI, April 7, 2012
8th – Robert Corsi – 39:18.09
578th – Pali Frazier – 1:06:05.71

Great Bay Half Marathon / 5K
Newmarket, NH, April 7, 2012
88th – LAWRENCE WALKER – 1:33:47.4
East Bridgewater High School Parents Viking Sports 5k
E Bridgewater, MA, April 7, 2012
2nd – 18:34 – Dave Schaad

Bunny Hop 5K
Warwick, RI, April 14, 2012
10th – DAVE SCHAAD – 18:56.0 – 6:05/M

Merrimack River 10 mile Trail Race – 21st annual
Andover, MA April 14, 2012
11th – Justin Costa – 1:06:10
80th – Joseph Reddy – 1:26:55

2012 Gansett Marathon
Narragansett, RI, April 14, 2012
3rd – David Principe – 2:42:11

Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5k (RIDA 5k)
Warwick, RI, April 15, 2012
3rd – ALAN BERNIER         16:45 – 5:24
5th – MARTIN TIGHE               17:16 – 5:34
11th – Dave Schaad          19:09 – 6:10
17th – Daniel Sevigny             20:26 – 6:35
28th – George Ross                21:51 – 7:02

Boston Marathon
Boston, MA, April 16, 2012
2711th -Pat Meacham – 3:27:27
3616th – Issy Nielson – 3:34:13
4059th – Karen Benway – 3:37:06
6501st – “Don Henderson” – 3:50:29

Karen Benway and Issy Nielson @ Boston

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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

November/December Results

Li’l Rhody Runaround 8-Mile Trail Run
Charlestown, RI, November 20, 2011
25th – Scott Mason  57:25.0  (7:11)

Mews Tavern Gear & Beer 5K
Wakefield, RI, November 20, 2011
42nd – DAVE SCHAAD  19:14.40  (6:13)

Pie Run 5 Miler
Middletown, RI, November 24, 2011
23rd – Robert Corsi  30:55  (6:11)
25th – Dave Schaad  31:05  (6:13)

Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot
Providence, RI, November 24, 2011
2nd – ALAN BERNIER  15:56.5  (5:09)

Trot of Your Trurkey 5k/1.5 Mile Road Race
Barrington, RI, November 26, 2011
23rd   18:42  (6:02) DAVE SCHAAD
52nd   19:54  (6:25) Joe Reddy

East Greenwich Lions Club 5k Turkey Trot
East Greenwich, RI, November 26, 2011
11th – Karen BENWAY  20:05  (6:28)

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell 5k Run
Providence, RI, December 3, 2011
1st – Dave Schaad  19:13  (6:12)
5th – Joe REDDY  20:19  (6:33)
Downtown Jingle 5K
Providence, RI, December 4, 2011
23rd – DAVE SCHAAD  18:56.6  (6:07)