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Turtles in July

Well, July is gone. We started with a wet Fourth of July…but that did not keep us from enjoying the TNT Fourth of July Party, thanks to Andrew and Tina Goodale!

It appears we had around 16 Turtles toe the line in the month of July…thats pretty good! As usual, if I missed your result, please let me know!

47th Annual Lynnfield Athletic Association 4th of July Road Race
Lynnfield, MA, July 4, 2014
25th Thor Kirleis 21:14 6:51

Firecracker 4 Miler
Marblehead, MA, July 4, 2014
4th Martin Tighe 24:03 6:01
228th Marisol Ficaro 37:24 9:21

Mad Marathon & Mad Half
Waitsfield, VT, July 6, 2014
7th 3:12:22 7:21 Warren Angell

Start of the 2014 RTB Trail Race
Start of the 2014 RTB Trail Race

Run With Beavers 10 Mile Trail Race * TIMES ARE LIKELY SCREWED UP
Chepachet, RI, July 12, 2014
10th Warren Angell 1:12:47.97
23rd Patrick Quinn 1:31:09.80

Run With Beavers 5 Mile Trail Race
Chepachet, RI, July 12, 2014
4th Robert Corsi 39:00.40
6th Justin Allen 40:39.68

Check out some Run with the Beaver Photos!

43rd Annual “Summer Sizzler” 5.5 Mile Road Race
Cranston, RI, July 19, 2014
3rd 32:17 5:52 2 19-39 Daniel Hawkins
16th 38:30 7:00 2 19-39 Issy Nielson
22nd 39:22 7:09 5 19-39 Tarsha Cicerone

Vermont 100 Miler
Windsor, VT, July 19, 2014
186th – John Peabody – 27:37:16

SHEMCA 25th Annual Celebrate Summer 5k
S Kingston, RI, July 19, 2014
7th 20:39 6:40 Dave Schaad
19th 23:44 7:39 Patrick Meacham

43rd Annual Blessing of the Fleet 10 Mile Road Race & Walk
Narragansett, RI, July 25, 2014 – Check out some Blessing of the Fleet Photos!
92nd Steven McDaniel 1:06:19.0 6:38/M
103rd ken kirejczyk 1:07:12.0 6:43/M
175th Justin Allen 1:10:10.0 7:01/M
236th Warren Angell 1:12:26.0 7:15/M
252nd brad highcove 1:13:06.0 7:19/M
2284th john peabody 1:45:13.0 10:31/M

Upcoming Races!

8/17/14 – Level Renner 10k – Brockton, MA
8/24/14 – Brandon Motta Fund 5k – Bristol, RI
8/29/14 – 17th Annual Roger H. Schonning 5K and Kids Fun Run – Westerly, RI
8/31/14 – Finish for a Guinness 5k – Warren, RI

Check out information on our Tuesday Night and Sunday Morning Runs!

2013 – Blessing of the Fleet

Blessing of the Fleet 10 Miler
July 26, 2013
Narragansett, RI
Story by David Principe
Photo by Scott Mason
Full Results

The Blessing of the Fleet is one of those races that (at least for me) you love to hate!! The temperature on a Friday night in late July down in Narragansett is typically uncooperative to say the least and getting out of work early on a Friday to race is a very odd feeling. The entire experience is very different from your normal local weekend race in my opinion. My opportunities to run the race have typically been few and far between for the last several years, as I have either been out-of-town with DJ at the Junior Olympics, on vacation or injured. This year DJ was not doing Junior Olympics, there was no family vacation planned and I was not injured. I had no built-in excuses to not do the race. Plus 10 miles is one of my favorite race distances and I had not done one in a while, so I was actually looking forward to it this year. I took half a day out of work so I would have plenty of time to get to the race early and avoid the masses of people showing up at the last-minute. However, as I was walking in the door to the house from work, the screen door did not open up all the way and closed abruptly on my Achilles Tendon / Upper Heal. The bottom corner of the metal door ripped a nice triangle-shaped flap of flesh into my left heel where the back of a running shoe would rub!! Needless to say, I thought my race was over before I even left the house!! I calmed myself down and cleaned the wound up as best as I could. I did not believe it needed stitches so I put two butterfly band aids on it to hold the flap in place and then taped it up with some athletic tape for some added security and headed to Narragansett.

In the weeks leading up to the race, I had set a goal of breaking an hour and was not about to change that since my heel was feeling okay and the weather was shaping up to be perfect. I did a 2 mile warm up and then toed the line. I saw many of the usual suspects and was trying to size up the field for Masters competition, but in the end all I really wanted was a good consistent run under 60 minutes. The race started on time and I ran at a good pace for the first mile. I expected to be a bit under pace as the first mile has some downhill and is always fast, but when I went through the mile in 5:36 I immediately thought this is a little too fast for me. The 2nd mile has a lot more gradual uphill than the first mile, so I knew the pace would correct itself if I relaxed a little. I settled in and ran a 6:00 flat for that mile and felt great, so now it was time to start racing. I was running just behind Glen Guillemette and a couple of others in a small pack, so I put in a little burst and got in the pack. As a group we pushed the pace and started tracking down and passing other runners. The pack consisted of 4 of us and we all stayed together exchanging the lead here and there until the 6 mile marker. At that point Glen broke away and one of the other guy’s went with him. The other guy and I held our pace and did not (or could not) follow them. I had been clicking off 5:55’s for the last few miles and it felt good, so I did not want to tempt fate at just over half way. The other guy and I ran together for another half mile and then he too pulled away from me just before the 7 mile marker on Kinney Ave. I looked at my watch and I saw that I was at 41:07 through 7 miles, so I was thrilled. I was way under pace and thought that now I had a great shot at sub 59 minutes!! I immediately started doing the math in my head and realized that all I needed was to maintain 5:57 / 5:58 pace and I would have it. So that became the focus for the remaining 3 miles. I stayed in pursuit ran a 5:55 for mile 8, which has some uphill back to the school. I was pretty confident that I could hold that pace for the next two miles which were faster miles. I ran a 5:46 for mile 9 and was closing in on two of the guys who had pulled away from me earlier. I could also see another runner from the Ronald McDonald House falling back to me as well. I started pushing pretty hard and I finally caught back up to Glen somewhere around 9.75 miles on the long straight away to the finish line.

DP Blessing
Dave around 8.5 miles

The other two runners were right in front of him and in true Glen G form, he told me to “go get those two guys”!! I passed Glen and started making my move to overtake them both. I passed the young kid first and he did not react. Then I pulled alongside the runner from the Ronald McDonald House and tried to get in front of him. He reacted immediately and we went stride for stride for about 20 meters. After a few strides, it was clear that I was spent and that I went for it too soon. He started to pull away from me, but the finish line was just up ahead. I was still hoping to keep my lead on the young kid, but I had nothing left for a sprint and he nipped me at the line! I do not think I have ever been so happy to get nipped at the line. For starters, he was in his 20’s and should be able to out kick this old fart and then I had run over a minute and a half faster than I anticipated. I ended up in 20th place and was 2nd Master with a finish time of 58:27. I broke my Master 10 mile PR by 6 seconds from 6 years earlier when I was 40 and I believe it was my second fastest 10 mile ever! The weather had a lot to do with the great times that people were running. It was about as good a night as you could ever expect for a Friday in late July and we probably won’t see a night like that again for 10 years!

Blessing of the Fleet Turtle Stats

I asked the club to tell me what their fastest Blessing of the Fleet time was, what year that happened (if they could remember) and how many times they have run the Blessing.  I had 18 people report their stats.  Many Turtles were a bit fuzzy on how many Blessings they have run, I had answers like “6 or 7” and “between 8 and 15”.  I added the average Turtle Blessing PR, the average # of times run and the Total # of Turtle finishes to the stats.  The total # of Turtle finishes is a lot lower than they could be, as there were a lot of Turtles that did not respond.  Still a pretty cool list.  PR years and times range anywhere from 1983 to 2012 and from 51:17 to 1:17:12.

JP Blessing
John Peabody cooling off after the Blessing.

For more race stats, check out WTAC’s Muddy Puddin’s Blog as he has listed the winners back to 1996 along with how many runners went under 60 mins that year.  The Turtles most popular PR year, 2003, only had 26 runners under 60 mins and one of the slowest winning times in the history of the race, Matt Pelletier’s 53:18, behind only Stormin’ Norman’s 1996 winning time of 54:04…note, both of those winners were Turtles when they ran those races.

Good luck to everyone running the Blessing tonight…maybe you will lower your PR for next years list!

*Disclaimer…Turtles tend to blather, some of these times have not been validated  🙂