I was finally able to get some info to put together the October Hardshell Results. With a last minute race selection, we only had 6 Turtles take part in what ended up being a 5k of the runners choice. Three Turtles took on the Wild Bill 5k in Warwick, three other Turtles headed out to Warren for the Pet Partners Great Pumpkin 5k and a lone Turtle hit the streets of Providence for the Monster Dash 5k.
You can see the October Hardshell Results and the Overall Standings below.
This weekend is the November Hardshell Race. We will be heading down to Charleston, RI for the Lil Rhody 8 Mile Trail Race. This race has been a popular stop for many Turtles in the past and hopefully this year will be no different.
This past Friday was the 7th race in the Hard Shell Series. The 44th Annual Blessing of the Fleet saw some of the best weather nights in a long time. Coolish temps, a breeze and some crazy thunderstorms that produced some rain half way through the race.
There were 11 Turtles in this years event, which has been around the average for each Hard Shell Series Race. There were mixed results, but everyone seemed happy enough to be finished at the end.
After the race some of us made our way to the Oak Hill Tavern for some beer and food.
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!
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!!
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
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
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
23rd 48:51 Issy Nielson (2nd Female)
Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race
North Kingstown, RI, February 7, 2015
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
20th BRONSON VENABLE 55:27.7 5:33/M
199TH STEVEN MCDANIEL 1:09:13.6 6:57/M
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!
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!
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!
Narragansett, RI, February 1, 2015
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
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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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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…
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
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.
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