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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

Turtles do Christmas and the Old Mountain Trail 5k

The end of the year is near and that means two things…the Annual Turtle Christmas Party and the start of the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series.

This year’s Christmas Party was a big success thanks to Pieter Snoeren and his wife Michelle. We had a great turnout, lots of food, beer, spirits and espresso was to be had. I have shared some photos that were taken with phones throughout the night below!

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Two days later on 12/21/14, the first day of winter, we had 14 Turtles toe the line at the Old Mountain 5k Trail Race. Overall it seems like the Turtles were happy with their results, many people ran the course faster than 2 years ago and some were just off, on the somewhat slower course.

Here are what some Turtles had to say about their races…

David Principe – The race went pretty well. I have been training harder as of late and was looking for a good race, but I was not going to alter my training schedule or resting up for this one. The course is very scenic and has a lot of twists and turns, so the times do not reflect the effort. The first part of the course is narrow and has small bridges/walk ways and a lot of small roots. You needed to get out quick and not get trapped behind anyone or you would be out of it before it really started!! There were over 100 people signed up this year, so a good start was even more important. I got out well and tried to keep people I knew were slower than me from getting to the woods before me. For the most part I was able to do that, but I did get trapped behind a couple of HS kids who went out hard and eventually were falling back. I do not like the section along the rock wall as it was a bit more dangerous than I like to tackle. I almost went down on a wet rock in that section, but was lucky to catch myself from falling. As the race progressed, I was looking for opportunities to pass the 2 HS kids, but I was not real familiar with the course even though I did run this race 2 years ago. Most of the course is all single track, so after a while of waiting I ended up just asking the kids to let me by and they did. One of them actually apologized as I went by. I said no problem and proceeded on. At that point I was thinking that I probably waited way too long and allowed Jeff Walker to hang behind me too long and not create any separation. Either way Jeff and I had both passed the 2 HS kids and were working our way to the next runner in a URI jacket. He was coming back to us and we caught up to him in a minute or so after passing the youngsters. However, there was no good spot that I felt comfortable with to make a move and pass him. I did not feel comfortable to just ask him to move and kept surging and then having to back off when I could not get by. When we went down the Rock Stairs we were in order (URI, Me Jeff) and were literally on each other’s heals. Then as soon as we were starting the downhill stretch back to the parking area, Jeff all of a sudden blew by me and the kid in the URI jacket. Jeff made a beautiful move at the perfect time and got in front of both of us. I tried to do the same, but the course started twisting and turning and I could not get by. The URI kid was struggling a bit and he held me back just enough for Jeff to get real a good gap. I ended up passing him in the trail just after we went by the parking lot on the uphill and before we came out of the woods to the downhill back to the open field. I unloaded as best I could on the downhill to catch back up to Jeff, but he was still a good amount ahead. I was trying to make up some time on the pavement too and was pushing hard just before heading up the grass embankment to the fence corner and was closing in on Jeff. I was hoping to maybe have a shot to nip Jeff at or before the line, but knew it would be difficult. As I went up the embankment, I rolled my ankle slightly and sort of grunted loudly, which alerted Jeff to my presence. Meanwhile the Youngster in the URI jacket was coming on strong too and we were all sprinting on the grass area to the finish. Jeff got there before us and the URI kid nipped me just before the line!! Oh well, it is what it is!! Jeff told me later that if he had not heard me that close behind him at the fence, that it may have been closer. I told him that if the Kid from URI was not coming on so strong I would not have gotten as close as I did. He forced me to get out of my comfort zone, but I could not hold him off. Either way, I was still pleased to have had the opportunity to “race” with someone the entire way. The week before I ran the Newport 10k and was alone for pretty much the entire race. That was a good race too, but it was nice to engage other runners instead of just pacing off the watch. I ended up running about 15 seconds faster than I did 2 years ago, but the effort felt much harder! Afterwards the other finishers concurred that the course was definitely slower due to the soft mushy ground this year. After we went on a cool down and got sort of lost, but it was good for me as I wanted a few extra miles since it was a Sunday. All in all a good way to spend the morning. Looking forward to the next race of the series.

Bob Corsi – I had a great race, felt really good despite hamstring problems for weeks. One thing about the start is if you didn’t go out at sub 60 for the first quarter, you got stuck behind slower runners, which was my case, but I eventually passed a few guys on the hill leading up to the boulder. I had a great finish, it is a great race and I had fun running the course 3 times!


Results…TNT Men’s Team was second, behind the WTAC, the Women’s Team pulled off the win, beating the WTAC Ladies! See FULL RESULTS!

Old Mountain 5k Trail Race
Wakefield, RI, December 21, 2014
3rd Robert Jackman 19:08 6:10
5th Bronson Venable 19:25 6:16
12th David Principe 20:09 6:30
17th Robert Corsi 21:01 6:47
33rd Patrick Quinn 22:56 7:24
40th Lindsay Amherst 23:33 7:36
48th Justin Allen 23:53 7:42
49th Jackie Jackman 23:55 7:43
57th Dan Sevigny 24:55 8:02
62nd Ben Keefe 25:28 8:13
67th Scott Mason 25:57 8:22
74th George Ross 26:26 8:32
81st John Peabody 27:14 8:47
113th Rachel Flaksman 30:10 9:44

Now for some other race results!

Newport 10k
Newport, RI, December 14, 2014
4th 34:55 5:38 Robert Jackman
6th 35:42 5:45 David Principe
15th 39:13 6:20 Lindsay Amherst
22nd 40:34 6:33 John Brennan
23rd 40:42 6:34 Jackie Jackman
28th 41:38 6:43 Dave Schaad

Cambridge 5k – Yulefest
Cambridge, MA, December 14, 2014
97th 20:19 6:33 Thor Kirleis

Stayed tuned for “EXCITING” 2015 Turtle News, coming soon!

October and Some November!

Over a dozen Turtles ran their shells off in October and what has happened already in November! A big shout out to DJ “The Perfect Hair” Principe for winning the Class A and State Championship titles! One of only four Sophomores in RI history to win the State Championship!

Resolution Beach & Trail 5k (4th Season Series Race)

Coming up on the calendar is the ever popular “Almost 10k”, Run for Hope 10k, Newport 10k….whatever it is called, in Newport on 12/14. The week after that the South Country 4th Season Trail Race Series gets under way in Wakefield, RI at Old Mountain Field. This series is a BIG TEAM EVENT! So be there….rumor has it RD Mike Galoob has worked something out with Whaler’s Brewing Company for after the race.

Check out the results!

Great American Cross Country Festival JV 5k
Cary, NC  October 4, 2014
47th – Liam McKenzie – 20:26

Great American Cross Country Festival New Balance ROC 5k
Cary, NC  October 4, 2014
7th – DJ Principe- 15:30

New Hampshire Marathon
Bristol, NH, October 4, 2014
16th 3:25:15 7:50 Lindsay Amherst (3rd Female)

Cambridge 5k – Oktoberfest
Cambridge, MA, October 5, 2014
89th 21:46 21:30 6:55 Thor Kirleis

Rome Boulevard 5 Miler
Attleboro, MA, October 5, 2014
2nd Martin Tighe 29:12.0 5:50/M
83rd Marisol Ficaro 48:47.0 9:45/M

NipMuck Trail Marathon
Ashford, CT, October 5, 2014
20th Patrick Quinn-4:31:57

NU Hartford Half Marathon
Hartford, CT, October 11, 2014
48th 1:21:04 6:12 5031 Martin Tighe

Manhattan XC Invitational Freshman 1.5 Mile
New York, October 10, 2014
50th – Liam McKenzie – 7:21

10k By the Bay
Warwick, RI, October 18, 2014
1st 18:33 5:59 Robert Corsi
4th 20:54 6:45 David Blessington

5k By the Bay
Warwick, RI, October 18, 2014
4th 39:18 6:20 Ken Kirejczyk

Brain Injury Association of RI 5K
Warwick, RI, October 19, 2014
3rd Dave Schaad 20:29.21

Blimblers Bluff 50K Trail Race
Guilford, CT, October 19, 2014
18th – Patrick Quinn 5:41:26

Fall River Half Marathon
Fall River, MA, October 19, 2014
4th LINDSAY AMHERST 1:28:40 6:47 (1st Female)

Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon
Lowell, MA, October 19, 2014
133rd STEVEN MCDANIEL 3:10:26.9
488th ISSY NIELSON 3:37:04.7

Freshman State XC Championship 4k
Warwick, RI  October 21, 2014
81st – Liam McKenzie – 16:02

RI Class A XC Championship
N. Scituate, RI  October 25, 2014
1st – DJ Principe- 15:50

Mayor’s Cup XC 5k
Franklin Park, Boston, MA, October 26, 2014
20th 17:52 5:44 Robert Jackman
22nd 17:58 5:46 David Principe Sr
35th 18:31 5:57 Martin Tighe
89th 20:44 6:39 Chris Jasparro

Charlestown Police FOP 5K
Charlestown, RI, October 26, 2014
5th John Brennan 19:02
13th Issy Nielson 21:13 (3rd Female)

Stephen Marra 5k
East Greenwich, RI, November 2, 2014
7th 226 Dave Schaad 19:59.3 6:26

NYC Marathon
New York, NY, November 2, 2014
42742 – Terry Porter – 5:28:43

RI State XC Championship
N. Scituate, RI  November 2, 2014
1st – DJ Principe- 15:37

Gansett Half Marathon
Narragansett, RI, November 2, 2014
21st Jacquelyn Jackman 1:31:35.84
155th Stephanie Hevenor 1:52:00.86

Colt State Park Half Marathon & 5K
Bristol, RI, November 9, 2014
23rd Steven McDaniel 1:29:21.0 6:50

Performance 5K
East Providence, RI, November 9, 2014
8th JOHN BRENNAN 19:28.9 6:16/M
17th DAVE SCHAAD 20:21.1 6:33/M
29th TARSHA CICERONE 21:39.6 6:58/M

RI 6 Hour Ultramarathon
Warwick, RI, November 9, 2014
46th – JAKE SCHIEFFELIN – 27.0121 miles – 5:13:08
Thisis the 6th year in a row that Jake finished at least 10 laps of the RI 6 Hour, he is one of only two people to do so! Not bad for a guy that got hit by a car not too long ago…CONGRATS JAKE!

2014 Park View Veterans Day 5k Run
Cranston, RI, November 11, 2014
17th 20:14 6:32 Dan Sevigny
35th 22:17 7:11 Rachel Flaksman
60th 24:06 7:46 Bob Hamilton

St. Kevins 5K Turkey Trot
Warwick, RI, November 15, 2014
1st Corsi, Robert 18:25.78
2nd Highcove, Brad 19:23.93
3rd Schaad, Dave 20:09.90

Li’l Rhody Runaround 8-Mi Trail Run
Charlestown, RI, November 16, 2014
8th Robert Jackman 47:51.0 5:59/M
22nd Lindsay Amherst 54:53.0 6:52/M (1st Female)
28th Patrick Quinn 55:27.0 6:56/M
59th David Blessington 1:00:33.0 7:34/M
81th Scott Mason 1:04:01.0 8:00/M
118th Justin Allen 1:08:27.0 8:33/M
169th George Ross 1:14:19.0 9:17/M

Some Turtle Wins to Start Off April

TNT started the month of April off with a bang!  Dave Schaad and Bob Corsi picked up some wins on 4/5/14 and Mike Clark picked up the W on 4/6/14, he was followed by Dave Schaad, getting 2nd the day after his win in Cranston!  Of course there were a lot of other great results as well from 5k to 50 Miles…and Patrick Quinn took 5th or 6th place in the Iggy’s Doughboy Run/Eat Fest!  Check out some of Scott Mason’s Photos from the Big River Trail Races and the Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler!

Woodridge Elementary School 5k
Cranston, RI, April 5, 2014
1st 20:14 6:32 Dave Schaad

Big River Half Marathon Trail Race
West Greenwich, RI, April 5, 2014
2nd – Robert Jackman – 1:27:50 (6:42)
33rd – John Peabody – 2:14:53 (10:18)

Big River 10k Trail Race
West Greenwich, RI, April 5, 2014
1st – Robert Corsi – 41:58 (6:46)

Dr T’s Kids 5K
Warwick, RI, April 6, 2014
1st 19:47 6:23 Michael Clark
2nd 20:01 6:27 Dave Schaad

WCC Half Marathon, Relay, and 7K
Whitinsville, MA, April 6, 2014
4th BRAD HIGHCOVE 1:32:06.0 7:02/M
25th LAWRENCE WALKER 1:44:12.2 7:57/M

3rd Annual Bunny Hop 5k & 1k Fun Run
East Greenwich, RI, April 12, 2014
14th DAVE SCHAAD 19:52.1 6:23/M

Bull Run Run 50 Miler
Clifton, VA, April 12, 2014
127th – John Peabody – 10:41:50

Doyles Emerald Necklace 5 Miler
Jamaica Plain, MA, April 13, 2014
11th – Robert Jackman – 27:51 (5:34)
38th – Warren Angell – 30:48 (6:09)
39th – Thor Kirleis – 30:49 (6:09)
122nd – Jacquelyn Jackman – 34:26 (6:53)

11th Annual Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5k
Warwick, RI, April 13, 2014
3rd 17:23 (5:36)   Daniel Hawkins
13th 20:15 (6:32)   Dave Schaad

Upcoming Races…
4/21/14 – Boston Marathon
5/3/14 – Cox Providence Rhode Races
5/11/14 – The Quahog Mile
5/24/14 to 5/25/14 – Pineland Farm Trail Festival

Latest Results…Spring is here, kinda.

The Irish Hat 5K Run/Walk
New Bedford, MA, March 9, 2014
2nd – Shawn Whalen 22:14 7:11

Oceans Run Half Marathon & 5K

South Kingstown, RI, March 9, 2014
29th – Patrick Quinn 1:31:20 6:59
132nd – George Ross 1:48:55 8:19

### The D5K ###

Danvers, MA, March 12, 2014
27th 29:57 9:32.3 Marisol Ficaro

3rd Annual Mick Morgan’s 5k
Sharon, MA, March 15, 2014

Cambridge 5k – Craicfest
Cambridge, MA, March 16, 2014
4th 19:07 6:10 19:08 Thor Kirleis

37th Annual New Bedford Half Marathon
New Bedford, MA, March 16, 2014
171st MARTIN TIGHE 1:19:33 6:05
452nd STEVEN MCDANIEL 1:31:08 6:58

Brrr-lingame 10 Mile Trail Race
Charlestown, RI, March 22, 2014
5th – Robert Jackman – 1:04:33 – 6:27
16th – Robert Corsi – 1:13:29 – 7:213
4th – John Peabody – 1:28:35 – 8:52

Brrr-lingame 5 Trail Race
Charlestown, RI, March 22, 2014
9th – Liam Mckenzie – 47:25 – 9:29
17th – Rachel Flaksman – 50:32 – 10:06

NJ Ultra Festival 100 Miler
Augusta, NJ, March 22, 2014
19th (3rd woman) – Issy Nielson – 28:35:12

Check out a video that shows the trail conditions of Issy’s Race

Run The Reservoir 15K
North Scituate, RI, March 29, 2014
2nd – ROBERT JACKMAN 55:56 6:01
3rd – DAVID PRINCIPE 56:01 6:02
8th – WARREN ANGELL 59:41 6:26

Run Nayatt 5K
Barrington, RI, March 29, 2014
11th – Dave Schaad 19:45
19th – Liam Mckenzie 20:39

An Ras Mor 5K
Cambridge, MA, March 30, 2014
103rd – Martin Tighe – 17:42 55

Bailey’s Run for Autism
Foxboro, MA, March 30, 2014
2nd – BRAD HIGHCOVE 19:19.1 6:13/M

You can check out some photos of the above races at Scott Mason’s Site

Some upcoming races…
4/5 – Big River 1/2 Marathon and 10k Trail Race
4/13 – Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler
5/11 – The Quahog Mile

Winter Racing

The end of January and beginning of February had the Turtles taking on all sorts of different races and terrain. There was a snowshoe race, indoor track, indoor MARATHON!, snowy trails and some good ol’ fashioned road racing!

Snowstorm Classic 10k – Week 8
Springfield, MA, January 25, 2014
24th Larry Walker 47:22 7:38

Arena Attack indoor Race Series (Marathon)
Hartford, CT, January 25, 2014
3rd Thor Kirleis 3:03:49

Thor…running an indoor marathon.












USATF New England and East Region Indoor Track & Field Championships
Providence, RI, January 26, 2014
1 Mile – 9th David Principe 5:20.50
3000 meters – 5th David Principe 10:25.07

Sidehiller Snowshoe Race (4 Miles)
Center Sandwich, NH, January 26, 2014
4th – Robert Jackman – 28:21
23rd – Warren Angell – 32:37

New Turtle Warren Angell @ Sidehiller















Dreamfar 10K
Sharon, MA, January 26, 2014
15th STEVEN MCDANIEL 42:01.3 6:46/M

10th Super 5k
Narragansett, MA, February 2, 2014
10th – 17:36 (5:41) Daniel Hawkins
14th – 18:15 (5:53) Robert Corsi
27th – 19:53 (6:25) Dave Schaad
32nd – 20:12 (6:31) Issy Nielson
35th – 20:23 (6:35) Steven McDaniel
49th – 21:18 (6:52) Michael Clark
61st – 21:47 (7:02)George Ross
116th – 24:56 (8:03) John Peabody

Freshman State Indoor Track Championship
Providence, RI, February 6, 2014
1000 meters – 1st DJ Principe – 2:49:97
1500 meters – 1st DJ Principe – 4:28:32
3000 meters – 1st DJ Principe – 9:20:35

Mid Maryland Ultra 50k
Elkridge, MD, February 8, 2014
10th Issy Nielson 4:45:56 (7:50)

Belleville Pond 10k Beat Down Scott Mason Photos
North Kingstown, RI, February 9, 2014
2nd Robert Jackman 48:32 (7:50)
11th Robert Corsi 54:41 (8:49)
25th Patrick Quinn 1:01:48 (9:58)

Bob Corsi @ Belleville Pond

Racing into the New Year!

Welcome to 2014!

January is here and Turtles have already been out racing in force! New Year’s Day saw at least 8 Turtles toeing the line racing and 3 other Turtles ran the Boston Marathon course from start to finish, a nice way to start the new year!
On top of that, the South Country 4th Season Trail Race Series has started and Turtles had 5 runners at race # 1 and 8 at race #2. If you are not a Turtle and have been thinking about joining us and love the thrill of racing with a team, send me an email and let’s get a singlet on your back!

January also saw a change in office for Turtles for the first time in 7 years, with David Principe stepping down and Bob Jackman (me) being voted up from VP.  Scott Mason is now the VP and Mark Mitsmenn holds on to his spot as treasurer for at least another 15 years.

The result finder does not catch all of DJ Principe’s high school races because they are not all listed on Coolrunning, but it did catch his most recent PR, in the 3000 meters at the Yale Classic. DJ is the #1 ranked freshman in the nation in the 1500, mile, 3000 and 2 Miles!

Now for some results…

Whitinsville First Day 5k
Whitinsville, MA, January 1, 2014
13th LAWRENCE WALKER 20:49.0 6:42/M

Hangover Classic 5 Miler
Bristol, RI, January 1, 2014
4th MARTIN TIGHE 30:08 6:02
11th KEN KIREJCZYK 33:11 6:39
12th ISSY NIELSON 33:22 6:41
13th DAVE SCHAAD 33:30 6:42
22nd JACKIE JACKMAN 34:47 6:58
58th RACHEL FLAKSMAN 38:55 7:47
160th MARISOL FICARO 50:25 10:05


What Broken Ankle?
Story by Patrick Quinn

Many of you probably remember seeing that awful picture of my ankle. At least it was a clean break I kept telling myself and I would be back “soon”. It was pretty miserable obviously not being able to run, but I focused as much as I could on the things I could do. After 3 months of recovery which was going well, I was itching to get back at it. I was doing light treadmill running to acclimate back to some fitness before hitting the roads. With the OK from the Doc and in true Turtle fashion, I decided my 4th outdoor run in 3 months would be this year’s edition of the Old Mountain 5K.
It’s a great winter race series so I couldn’t miss out on running, representing, and having some fun. After blistering cold weather the night before in what would be some of coldest temperatures in the last 20 years, I arrived at Old Mountain Park in South Kingstown about an hour before the race to meet up for a warm up run. Speaking of warm up, it reached about 5 degrees at 9AM from about -3 at 7AM but without any wind and full sun, it really wasn’t that bad. I wasn’t really motivated to be running on a day in these conditions but I felt ready to go after the warm up. The course was snow covered maybe 4-6 inches (by no means a snowy sufferfest) but it was dry snow and with some tight turns your feet were really shifting quite a bit. Not good for a post-recovered ankle break. After the warm up, I knew I needed some traction. I was lucky enough to have Joe Reddy there with his micro spikes so he gladly offered them to me which I happily accepted. The race was pretty uneventful, well for me anyway. I started way back and decided to stick behind other runners and I didn’t really surge until we exited the trails and ran thru the ball field back to the start/finish. It was one of my most comfortable races as far as effort. One noteworthy event was at the beginning of the race, the leaders had to bust through knee deep snow which I believe a few runners went down but no one was hurt. Bob Jackman, Dan Hawkins, Issy Nielson, Rachel Flaksman, Eric Holmstedt and myself ran the race. Scott Mason, Jackie Jackman, Joe Reddy, and Dan Sevigny were there cheering us on so it was a great turnout. Scott as always got some great photos in the snow which are always fun and interesting to see. Bob won the race, so celebrating was in order at Fat Belly’s in Wakefield.


The following weekend, it was onto the Resolution 5K at Scarborough Beach where runners enjoyed much warmer temps in the 40s. A bit windy along the beach and the trails were warm but we had flooding rain the night before which made the course saturated and mucky which always adds to the fun.

Another great Turtle turnout too: Bob Jackman who took 2nd place, Dan Hawkins, Issy Nielson, Bob Corsi, Mike Clark, Jackie Jackman, Rachel Flaksman and myself. Scott Mason was there taking pics and may I add came out excellent. I even bought one. As far   as the race, I was able to run a bit faster especially on the beach but one of the swampy bogs tried to steal my shoe, it took a few seconds to put it back on. I was able to catch back up to Mike Clark and Kenny Shardlow which I was surprised. Issy caught up to me at about 1.9 mi into it, after she inquired on the current mileage, she took off like a turtle with TNT strapped to her back!. The highlight of the race was running through the infamous abandoned cobblestone roofless house full of water. After a quick cool down run, it was onto the Mews for a hearty lunch and beers with yet another great turnout for that too.








Hoping for a great turnout at the upcoming Belleville Pond 10K.









Old Mountain 5k Trail Race
Wakefield, RI, January 4, 2014
1st Robert Jackman 23:32
8th Daniel Hawkins 25:55
26th Patrick Quinn 30:54
39th Issy Nielson 34:49
65th Eric Holmstedt 1:09:11

Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race
Narragansett , RI, January 12, 2014
2nd Robert Jackman 18:00 5:48
4th Daniel Hawkins 18:52 6:05
11th Robert Corsi 20:39 6:40
32nd Issy Nielson 23:02 7:26
33th Michael Clark 23:03 7:26
35th Patrick Quinn 23:09 7:28
38th Jackie Jackman 23:28 7:34
83rd Rachel Flaksman 28:28 9:11

32nd Yale HS Classic 30000 Meters
Coxe Cage – New Haven, CT, January 18, 2014
15th David Principe Jr 8:50.72

3rd Annual East Coast Invitational – Open Mile
Providence, RI, January 18, 2014
2nd Daniel Hawkins 4:37.75

The Batona 50 Miler
Ong’s Hat, NJ, January 19, 2014
2nd Issy Nielson – 9:49:00 (1st woman)
Issy got a bit off course and ran approximately 6 extra miles.

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!

Catching Up – February

A lot of racing has happened since the last post…I will try to re-cap some of that here.  If you ran a race, or did anything else really cool…or stupid, let me know and I will update this post!

February 3rd – The Great Stew Chase 15k – Full Results

9th Martin Tighe – 57:31
33rd – Jay Newton – 1:04:27
56th – Gina Newton – 1:07:24

The 9th Annual Super 5k was also held on 2/3/13.  Dave Schaad ran 18:58.  Full Results

After the Super 5k we had a Blizzard, then Mike Galoob made us run the fourth race in the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series on 2/10/13.  This race was supposed to be a 10 mile Trail race, instead it was a 2-5+ mile race on the snow…well..IN the snow.  Some people ran in snow shoes, some in shoes, some in socks…yes socks and one crazy did the race on skis!  The “long” course was about 5 miles and it was hell.  Mike dubbed these races the Brrr-lingame Snowy Sufferfest.  I would agree with that name.  I did not have any fun…and suffered quite a bit.  I did however take home some Girl Scout cookies for my efforts.  The Turtles were represented by John Peabody, Jackie Jackman, Joe Reddy, Scott Mason, George Ross and Bob Jackman (me).  I believe we went to the Mews after this race…Full Results

February 16th…Turtles were back on the snow shoes, this time in the dark at the Kingman Farm Moonlight Snowshoe Race in Madbury , NH.  This is the most fun you can have on snow shoes!  The Turtles had another strong showing.  TNT women Jackie Jackman and Issy Nielson went 2-3 overall in the woman’s division and this was Issy’s first race on the shoes.

In the Men’s race I was fortunate enough to grab the silver medal behind the unstoppable Jim Johnson.  It was nice to get second at Kingman farm, as I have had some bad luck here before…in 2009 I was running in 2nd place with Double J at about 2 miles into the race and was taken out by a dog!  This knocked me down and undid my snow shoe…I ended up 5th after having to get myself together and get my equipment back in order!

Dave Principe finished in 5th (2nd Master) beating DJ Principe for the first time in a long time!  DJ was 6th, 17 seconds back.

Chris Jasparro was 17th, Scott Mason 22nd, John Peabody 32nd and Mark Howard was 49th.  This was also Mark’s first time in snow shoes…and he did very well for someone whom pretty much never runs.  We left Madbury and headed to the Portsmouth Brewpub…  Full Results  Race Video

2/23/13 – Tony Wild climbed some stairs at the ALA Fight for Air Climb in Providence – Full Results

2/24/13 – Martin Tighe ran the DH Jones Group 10 Miler in Amherst, MA in 1:01:59 Full Results – Scott Mason’s Photos

A March re-cap will come soon.  Again, please let me know if I missed anything.  I am just going off of memory of what people may have done, I am sure there were other results!


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.