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Hard Shell Race #6 Preview – Gaspee Days 5k

The 6th race in the 2015 Hard Shell Race Series is the 50th Annual Gaspee Days 5k!  This race has been a popular Turtle race for many many many years!  We always have a good turn out and the race is usual pretty quick.

Turtles at Gaspee 2012

This year the race will have (5) kegs waiting for us at the finish line and no, not Budweiser, there will be Gansett and Revival!  But don’t fill up on beer right after the race, because this year we will walk on over to Andrew Goodale’s house for a post race party.  Bring some beer and some food to share, it should be a hell;l of an afternoon!

Course Preview:
The Gaspee Days race has produced some fast times in its history.  The Men’s Course record is 14:10, set by Martin Fagan back in 2007 and although Martin has since tested positive for EPO, he was probably clean back then.  The Women’s Course Record was set by Amy Rudolph back in 2003 when she ran a stellar 16:22.  Although that time is far off the 2-time Olympians 5000 meter track PR of 14:56, it is still movin’

The course starts flat and then goes slightly downhill over Pawtuxet bridge and then flattens out going past Pawtuxet Park heading to the 1 mile mark.  At 1 mile you go up the backside of the “big hill” which is followed quickly by going down the “big hill”.  After screaming down the hill the road will bend to the right and you will go gradually up hill before flattening back out and taking a left down General Hawkins Drive.  This loops around right back out onto the Parkway, against the rest of the 1400+ runners.  You will then follow the course backwards from where you came.  Slight down hill and then up the hill heading to 2.  When you reach the 2 mile mark you still have around 75 meters until you crest the hill and are greeted with a slight downhill, one which feels pretty nice at 2+ miles in a 5k, especially after going uphill!  From there you start smelling the barn.  Back over the bridge with 0.5 miles to go, you start going slightly uphill and can finally see the runners in front of you taking the left hand turn (right at 3 miles) down Rhodes Place and to the finish line.  One of the best parts about Gaspee is all the parade spectators out and about.  But WATCH OUT!  Some of them don’t look both ways before crossing the street!

Bob’s Course Tips: Don’t get out TOO FAST.  It is easy to get dragged along at Gaspee, the slightly downhill start and all the people make it easy to get out over your head and pay for it going up the hill at 2!

Check out some of the previous posts about Gapsee Days HERE

Make sure you get to the race early and find a good parking spot!!

Gaspee Days 5k: Some Turtle Stats

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The 49th Gaspee Days Foot Race is tomorrow.  This race has changed a lot in the last 49 years.  I don’t know all the facts, but the race has been anywhere from a 20k to a 5k and also used to be on a Monday night.  The current version of the race, a 5k, starting before the famous Gaspee Days Parade , has been around for some 15ish years. (Anyone have an exact year?)

The Turtles are usually well represented at the Gaspee Days 5k, as well we should be, our Tuesday night course is part of the race course.  So, I gathered up some data from our members about their times at Gaspee.  Although many call the race fast, I personally have never run well at Gaspee and the course doesn’t seem to be that fast…and the data backs that up.  Using our small pool of data from 14 Turtles, it shows that they are on an average of 40 seconds slower than their all-time 5k PR.  Obviously this data isn’t 100% conclusive, some of the Turtles Gaspee Days times came 10 or more years after their PR.  But some of the runner ran their PR the same year as Gaspee, within a month even and ran significantly slower at Gaspee.

GaspeeThe oldest results for Gaspee on Cool Running are from 1996.  LOOK HERE.  That year the winning times were 14:56 for John Gregorek and 17:19 for Moira Harrington and there were 324 finishers, with an average finishing time of 24:34.53.  Last year, the winning times were 14:43 for Will Sanders and 19:14 for Erin Carmone.  There were 1221 finishers with an average time of 29:33.00.  There are a lot more walkers now a days, which is why there are 4 times as many finishers.  If you take the average time of the top 324 finishers from last year, you get an average of 22:21.9, two minutes faster than in 1996.  The top 10 was a bit more competitive in 1996 though,  with an average of 15:42.3 vs 16:20.8.

Check out the data!

tnt at gd

June…Turtles racing strong.

Northmen Challenge 5k
North Smithfield, RI, June 1, 2013
2nd DAVE SCHAAD  20:05  6:28

Provincetown 10K
Provincetown, MA, June 2, 2013
4th – LAWRENCE WALKER    41:47  6:44

Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
Simsbury, CT, June 2, 2013
192nd – Rachel Flaksman    1:54:32  8:45

3rd Annual Reviver Challenge
Cumberland, RI, June 8, 2013
4th??  Robert Corsi – 18:26.80

Martin Tighe @ Gaspee Days (Scott Mason Photo)















48th Gaspee Days 5K
Cranston / Warwick, RI, June 8, 2013
4th   DAVID PRINCIPE JR    16:26.6  5:19
10th   DAVID PRINCIPE SR    17:25.5  5:38
14th   MARTIN TIGHE         17:57.1  5:48
29th   DAVE SCHAAD          19:19.5  6:15
30th   KEN KIREJCZYK        19:21.4  6:15
39th   PATRICK QUINN        19:48.8  6:24
63rd   ISSY NIELSON         20:30.3  6:37
106th   PIETER SNOEREN       21:31.8  6:57
468th   JUSTIN COSTA         27:19.2  8:49
519th   DUDLEY HARKINS       27:51.3  9:00
832nd   KEVIN MAGUIRE        31:53.9 10:18

Level Renner Story

Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation 5K Road Race & Walk
Narragansett, RI, June 9, 2013
66th   23:24  7:33 GEORGE Ross
199th   31:56 10:18 Kevin Maguire

Hollis Fast 5K (Downhill)
Hollis, NH, June 13, 2013
104th MARTIN TIGHE   16:26.2  5:19

53rd Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race
Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH, June 15, 2013
285th Scott Mason     1:41:21 13:21
693rd Mark Mitsmenn   2:00:20 15:50

Joe Viger’s Mount Washington Shots

TARC 100/50 Miler – Thor’s Level Renner Story
Weston, MA, June 14 and beyond…
Hillary Peabody (NAT) fought through the grueling mud to outpace her father John Peabody 28 hours 34 mins to 29 hour 17 mins.
Thor Kirlies was pulled from the course at 95.5….yes that’s what I said 95.5 miles.
Lawrence Walker signed up for the 50 miler…and even started it. He was a smart man and called it quits.
This was a first year race out on by the Trail Animals Running Club…it had great potential and went off well…however mother nature did not cooperate dumping lots of rain leading up to the race leaving the course a muddy mess with knee, even hip deep mud and water. Congrats to those who went out there and gave it a go!

Start of the Will Speck 5k











10th Annual Will Speck Memorial 5k Race
Cranston, RI, June 16, 2013
1st   DAVID PRINCIPE JR     16:52  5:26
5th   DAVID PRINCIPE SR     17:57  5:47
7th   ROBERT CORSI          18:18  5:54
12th  DAVE SCHAAD           19:10  6:11
17th  KEN KIREJCZYK         19:28  6:16
25th  PATRICK QUINN         20:23  6:34

Mark Howard working hard at the Will Speck finish line



Retro Results

I posted Ray Nelson’s 2003 Gaspee Day’s Race Report last year around this time, so I thought I would dig-up another.

Here are the results from June 6th &12th-13th 2004.

On June 6th in RI there were two venues with two races….both providence (Richmond square) and Jamestown (ali’s run) have a 5k AND a 10k) TNT had one turtle in a 5k (jamestown) and one turtle in a 10k (Richmond square)…..

June 6 JAMESTOWN – ALI’S RUN (5k and 10k certified courses)
5k –
2nd JOHN BRENNAN 18:25 (5:56)

10K –
1ST KEVEN O’NEIL (BAA) 32:23 (5:13)
7TH – ZAK KUDAK (TT – top turtle !!!) 36:25 (5:52)

JUNE 6 RICHMOND SQUARE (5k and 10k certified courses)
2ND – NORM BOUTHILLIER 16:10 (19 sec behind the winner)
46 – ERIC HOLMSTEDT 25:41 (TT)
82 – PAT ANGILLY (TFT) 36:44 (11:49 ) and 3rd senior lady
there were 87 finishers
3RD – DAVE SCHAAD – 36:50
there were 6 RI races this past weekend, that’s a lot !!!!! and 4 turtles ran a DRW (double race weekend, one on sat. and another on Sunday) They are GLENN JONES, DAVE SCHAAD, DUDLEY HARKINS, AND NED MURTHA…..read on to see how they (and others) did……
6 – GLENN JONES 15:33 (5:01)
8 – NORM BOUTHILLIER 16:11 (5:13)
18 – CAPT. KEN 17:40 (5:42)
25 – DAVE SCHAAD 17:51 (5:45)
35 – MARK ZARTARIAN 18:47 (6:03)
37 – LARRY WALKER 18:50 (6:04)
68 – CHRIS MCDONOUGH 20:38 (6:39)
119 – DUDLEY HARKINS 22:30 (7:15)
123 – BRIEN LANG 22:34 (7:16)
166 – NED MURTHA 23:44 (7:39)
There were 446 finishers. Course is accurate, but there was no starting line, but this year runners (thanks to Pat Angilly) lined up where
they were supposed to. There were no mile marks and no splits, making it tough to pace the race. It could have been worse..read on..
june 12 at URI – Matthew Siravo memorial 5k Certified course with two turn-around points. But – officials screwed up on the placement of the 2nd TAP, putting it AT the 2 mile mark, cutting 0.1426 miles off the course….which explains the fast times…..
1st Eamon Dempsey 15:49 (adjusted time of 16:35 for the pace he ran for 2.964 miles – the actual distance run)
2nd ZAK KUDLAK – 16:15 (adjusted time = 17:02 – 5:28.9 pace)
3rd “COUSIN” RICH NORTHUP – 17:42 (adjusted time = 18:33 – 5:58.3 pace) word has it that some runners don’t
want to hear that the course as run was short…and prefer to believe their great times.
In the words of some – what difference does it make??????
june 12 – Roger Williams
Park – URBAN LEAGUE ‘RUN FOR THE KIDS’ 5K -accurate course, newly measured the week before the race. ONLY 16 runners finished this race, won by mike proto (NAT) 18:53, and 2nd was judy Thompson (NAT) 23:07.
june 13 – LINCOLN PARK –
RHODY 5k – usatf-NE championship, so lots of out of staters and fast runners..two separate races – the men ran at 9:30, followed by a separate women’s race at 10 a.m. Course is certified, and miles well marked, but no splits were provided by the race.
GLENN JONES had just run 15:33 at gaspee the day before this race, and ran a ‘double’ race weekend. He finished 37th
in 16:26. DUDLEY HARKINS, who pulled off the same “double”, finished 253rd in 23:41 (7:38). He was 22:30 at gaspee.
june 13 –
Narragansett high school – KATIE DECUBELLIS MEMORIAL 5K -course is accurate.
1 – Mike tammaro (NAT) 17:30
2 – DAVE SCHAAD 18:11 (5:52) Dave also pulled a weekend double, after having raced gaspee in 17:51 the day before this one.
There were 416 finishers.
june 13 – GODDARD PARK – reMARCable 5k –
course is usatf certified, and this race not only has mile marks but also kilometer marks.
1st – BOB JACKMAN 16:21 (5:15 pace) Bob set a new PR (old one was16:36), and beat the rest of the field by a minute… With 568 finishers and many walkers, Bob had to avoid them on the out / back section, as
they were taking up most of the road..good thing he had a lead vehicle paving the way ahead of him…
DAVE PRINCIPE did not have that service, as he ran in 2nd place the whole way without a lead vehicle paving the way. Near the finish, the
3rd place guy gave him a decent and scary run for the money, but DP held him off by a stride (both were timed in 17:20). Turtles usually prevail in a sprint to the finish!!! Bob won $200 for the win, and Dave won $150 for 2nd place, but more money was to go the way of the turtle… read on. 15th was MIKE AMEND 19:54 (6:24). No prize $$$$ for him, but ..
JACKIE GORSKI (25th) was the 4th woman finisher and picked up $75 in prize money !!!! Her time was 20:35 (6:38), faster than 20:48 last month
on the same course, and she keeps bringing her times down!!!
93 NED MURTHA 24:10 (7:47) Ned ALSO pulled a ‘double race weekend’-DRW, he too raced Gaspee (23:44)…..
and lastly, KENENIS BEKELE OF ETHIOPIA (NAT)…broke the world record for 10K….at Ostrava, Czech Republic he ran 26:20.31 for 10K, breaking
the old record of 26:22.75, by a little more than 2 seconds. That’s 4:14.4 pace per mile!!!!!!!!

By the way…Kenny B went on to break that world record in 2005 running the still standing 26:17.  He will be running a 5000 in the Dutch Town of Hengelo this weekend.


Gaspee Days 5k – circa 2003

With the Gaspee Days 5k today I thought it would be interesting to dig up an old race report from Ray Nelson.  This is a good thing for some of the newer Turtles to see as there are some names in these results of some Turtles that haven’t toed the line in awhile! 2012 Results are up, there were 1074 finishers, short of the 1200 they mentioned on the starting line, but well up from the 400 finishers in 2003!  TNT results will be listed soon.

Turtles @ the 2012 Gaspee Days 5k

Ray’s 2003 story….

On Saturday, Jake and Sir George, “ducking” Dave Principe and Steve
Peladeau respectively, ran the Foxboro Jacees 5k / 10k.
Jake was 4th in the questionable 10k with highly erratic splits at 40:18
(6:29), and George was 8th in the questionable 5k with highly erratic
splits at 19:12 (6:10). However, it should be pointed out that neither
Dave (nursing a sore right knee) nor Steve ran Gaspee. Gaspee results
were promptly posted on coolrunning. Here are tnt results (and other
noteables) …..
June 14th – GASPEE DAYS 5k – there were 14 official turtles who ran the
1 – Paul Reilly (nat – not a turtle) 14:45 He was announced as having
tied the course record (14:25 by Keith Kelly, nat), and “won” bonus
$$$’, but honorably did not accept it, for obvious reason.
5 – MATT PELLETIER 15:48 (5:05) – off his 15:17 of a year ago. Matt is
not one to offer excuses, but he is engaged in heavy training for
Chicago, working two jobs, and did not taper for this race…so he is
not expected to set any PR’s at this stage..
6 – GLENN JONES 16:07 (5:11) Glenn bounced back nicely from his
disappointing race at the Rhody 5k (last week at Lincoln Park) where he
“only” ran 16:44 (5:23), demonstrating that we all have “off” days or
run less than expected..
The “handsome one” was not that far ahead of rising star….
7 – Ken Scott (nat) from Danbury CT…who ran 16:13 (5:13)…you have to
keep reading to find out why he is listed…
15 – KEN KIREJCZYK (capt ken) 17:35 (5:40) Ken’s stock has also been
rising lately!!!!!
24 – DAVE SCHAAD (tnt’s genny beerguy!!) 18:12 (5:52) much faster than
his 18:24 at the Katie DeCubellis 5k the week before, where our gennyrep
placed 6th
26 – ARMENIO FERREIRA 18:18 (5:54) – our super veteran (age 61) wins
again..as he always does.
30 – MARK ZARTARIAN (zart) 18:32, just a tick of the clock ahead of….
31 – RICHARD NORTHUP (cousin rich) 18:33 – both zart and cuz averaged
5:58 pace
33 – PATRICK MEACHAM – a baby turtle having joined tnt a few weeks
ago..18:38 (6:00)
39 – MARK MITSMENN (MIT) – 18:52 (6:05) a fine performance by a loyal
and true-green turtle, and in his own words, “at least I didn’t fall
down this year.”
40 – Mark Skinkle (not a turtle but I guess he thinks he is, as he wears
the turtle uniform whenever he races) 18:57 (6:06)
47 – JOHN FOLEY – another ‘baby turtle’ having joined about the same
time Patrick did. John ran 19:34 (6:18)
48 – NICOLE MILLETTE – 19:38 (6:19) Nicole’s time is nowhere’s near what
she usually runs, and (like Matt) doesn’t offer excuses, but she has
been battling a sinus infection and bronchitis for the past couple of
weeks… At the state meet on june 8 (and in the rain), nicole somehow
managed to take 2nd place in the 3000, and with a heroic last lap just
fell short of catching the winner, but did fall (as in collapse) on the
track just after crossing the finish line… She was taken to the
hospital for treatment and tests, which confirmed bronchitis and a low
oxygen level. Nicole gets my vote for “hardshell of the month”.
50 – Alissa Nelson – at southern ct state university, Alissa specialized
in the 800 in her senior year, and as a recent graduate, continues to
train for that distance, under the tutelage of her dad – Roy, who had
planned to run Gaspee, but decided against it a few days before the
race. Anyhow, Alissa (an X-turtle) brought her speed up to the 5k
distance and was hoping to break 20:20.
Well that she did and then some, running 19:48 (6:23) – a breakthrough
performance. By the way, remember Ken Scott listed above? In case you
were wondering, he is Alissa’s boyfriend.
89 – Chris Mackey – Howie’s son, ran 21:40 (6:59). Howie’s birthday was
june 15..he would have been 57.
109 – NED MURTHA – you can always count on Ned to run this race EVERY
year…22:32 (7:15)
112 – JACKIE GORSKI – 22:39 (7:18). Jackie was looking to run around
22:30 and did just that!!!
195 – DIANNA GLASS – Dianna is another “baby” turtle, having joined 3
weeks ago. She is planning to run the marine corp marathon this year,
and the blessing of the fleet 10 miler (coming up in just 5 weeks from
this Friday!!). She showed up at Gaspee on the late side with number in
hand, and ran 25:26 (8:11) – her first race as a TURTLE.
There were 400 finishers listed..
Burning questions (to be answered) : why did Roy not run??? Was he, too,
‘ducking’ anybody??? And where were Bob Jackman and Mike Amend ??? Were
they also guilty of “ducking”…????