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Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble

Story by Joe Reddy

On January 19th, I went up to the Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble with Scott Mason and Chris Jasparro. With a 10:00 AM start in North Conway, NH, we had to head out early – meeting up at Scott’s house at 5:30 AM. I was especially interested in getting there early enough to get in a little warm-up because I had never set foot in snowshoes before. Scott has an extra pair and was kind enough to loan them to me, so I didn’t have to worry about that part. We got to the race area in plenty of time and got all signed in. Back at the car, Scott ran me through the basics of strapping in. It’s pretty intuitive – a couple of straps across the front and one around the back. We walked over to the start area of the race and started running. It is surprisingly natural, you really are just running along.

There were two things I was most worried about. First, I don’t have a lot of lift to begin with – you’re not going to see too many shots of me with both feet in the air. I thought somehow that would be a problem with the snowshoes. Not at all. Second, I have a tendency to kick my right ankle with my left foot. That was a valid concern. We weren’t far into the warmup when that came into play. I whacked the frame up against my right ankle. First few times weren’t too bad but towards the latter half of the 4 mile race I was full on whining when I’d hit it. The distinctive clack-clack clack-clack sound of the snowshoes would periodically change to clack-clack owwww clack-clack somewhere in early mile three.

The Whitaker Woods course was primarily on groomed XC ski trails. The snow was for the most part neat and flat. Occasionally it got a little rutty, but that was the exception. In prior years there had been one more section of single track than we ran but the race director felt that the snow was a little thin in that area so he routed it out.

The first 1/3rd of a mile was slightly uphill and punctuated by a short steep uphill/downhill combination. About 6 tenths of a mile in, we began about a half mile of climbing. My Garmin had it at 140 rise over the half mile – so a little over 5% grade. No Mt. Washington but on snowshoes it was challenging. Then it rolled through most of the second mile. A few of those nasty hills where you hit a plateau and turn a corner thinking, okay, time for the downhill racing – and you look ahead only to find it’s still going up. Nothing as steep or long as that half mile bit, but you were glad when you started mile three which was pretty much downhill all the way. A little ways into three you popped out of the woods onto the top of a wide open downhill slope with a fantastic view of Mt. Washington. If I’d had a camera, I might have stopped to get a shot of that. Actually, after that 2nd mile if I’d had a camera I might have stopped to snap a shot of a particularly interesting tree branch.

In that 3rd mile, the way Scott and a couple of other guys in my sight took off made me think that there might be more technique difference on downhill snowshoe racing than there was on the flats or uphill. I didn’t feel physically different but that was the only part where I felt like I wasn’t holding my place in the race. Three was not only downhill, it had a little single track and wound a little bit, but again, the trails were really very clear. Four was close to flat, through the woods on the XC trails with a few pot bunker type up and downs, but a relatively low key mile. You came out into the field we started on and did a loop around it to the finish.

The joy of snowshoe racing.

I finished 25th in 36:02, following Scott at 21st in 34:59 and Chris at 11th in 32:04. I greatly enjoyed my first attempt at snowshoeing, ankle bruising notwithstanding. I will definitely try it again – maybe the Kingman Farm race in mid-February. As soon as I got home, I started perusing the internet for ankle protection. I might be able to make do with something like baseball players use to protect their ankles from foul balls. I’ll have to check eBay, maybe Barry Bonds is auctioning off some of that body armor he used to wear in his later years.

All in all an enjoyable experience, the race topped off by a visit to Moat Mountain and some good beer along with a surprise appearance by Zart who happened to be spending the weekend up in North Conway.

Full Race Results
Granite State Snowshoe Series

 

2012 Newport Christmas 10k Run

Christmas 10k Run
Newport, RI – December 9, 2012
Race Report by Patrick Quinn
Race Photos by Scott Mason
Group Photo by Bob Jackman
2011 Race Report

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If you haven’t had a chance to look at this year’s Christmas 10K Race Results, it was another successful year for TNT.

For the Individual Awards, Martin Tighe, Dave Schaad, and John Brennan took  1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in the 50-59 age group.  Bob Jackman and Alan Bernier were 3rd and 5th in the Men’s Open age group and Jackie Jackman was 3rd in the Women’s Open age group.

In the Team Competition the Turtles were aiming to win their 10th title in 13 years.  There was a healthy competition this year against the Westerly Track & Athletic Club.  The WTAC came ready to do battle and put up a good fight that saw 2 WTAC runners finish directly in front of TNT senior ace Martin Tighe.  In the end the TNT A team was able to retain their title winning by 1:16 over the WTAC.  The TNT B and C teams took 3rd and 4th teams respectively.

Runners enjoyed unusually warm temps near 50 degrees with minimal wind so the conditions were near perfect for a great time.

We also had two new members running this year which was Andrew Goodale and myself.

Andrew went out with the intention of running 7:30s and he ended up running 7:00 min miles.

I also had high expectations. I’ve been pretty good at estimating my race predictions lately and this race was no exception. My “A” goal was to break 40 with 40:30 and 41:00 being my backup goals.

This is only second time I’ve raced this distance and the first time was at last year’s Christmas 10K in which I ran a 43:32 which coincidently was Andrew’s exact time this year. I knew running the Tuesday Course with the faster members and training from A Better Pace prepared me well so I was confident I could nail this goal. I had every intention of running progressive as part of my sub 40 plan but after some personal deliberation at the race start, I would go for even splits. I felt very comfortable running the first 4 miles. Just after completing 3 miles, I caught up to two runners, one of which was JB who gave me some needed inspiration telling me I owned the road and to be a metronome. This helped a lot and I was able to maintain and get into a nice groove. I slipped during the 5th mile but I was able to get back onto pace for the 6th mile. Somewhere, I believe after the 5th mile, I could hear Jackie behind me. I knew it was her because I heard her patented slight cough. I didn’t turn around I just kept working. I felt myself fading but I was able to kick it into another gear and as I approached the last hill before the finish at Rogers High School, I felt relieved the end was near. I passed another runner going up the hill and then for good measure, I saw another runner ahead of me that I would try to pass. As I approached that runner near the shoot, I turned my head to the left and looked at Bob and he said, “You got it”. I looked up at the time and it read 39:50. I crossed the finish line with that runner at the same time of 39:53 but I was given 26th place and he got 27th. I think Alan Bernier was right when he told me I should have waited to cross the finish line before throwing up the fist pump. Rookie mistake. I was thrilled with a big PR of over 3 minutes. Splits: 6:25, 6:25, 6:23, 6:27, 6:32, 6:25 and 6:11 for the last 0.2

After the race and a cool down run, we all headed into the cafeteria for some post- race food and beverages. The food highlight was the Allie’s donuts. I think Bob ate a whole box.

TNT really cleaned house with the awards in the form of beer of course. Even non-TNT winners and Scott Mason who didn’t run (he was shooting pictures) got beer.

From there, Myself, Scott Mason (Thanks Scott for the first beer), Bob Jackman, Jackie Jackman, Alan Bernier, Andrew Goodale enjoyed some great food and beer at Yesterday’s in Newport.

We will be sure to represent well next year for the 30th edition of the Newport Christmas 10K

TNT Results

TNT A – 1st Place Team – 1:44:52

1. Bob Jackman – #4 Overall #3 Division – 33:49
2. Alan Bernier – #7 Overall #5 Division – 34:42
3. Martin Tighe – #14 Overall #1 Division – 36:21

TNT B – 3rd Place Team – 1:56:12

1. Bob Corsi – #17 Overall #11 Division – 37:20
2. Dave Schaad – #22 Overall #2 Division – 38:59
3. Patrick Quinn – #26 Overall #14 Division – 39:53

TNT C – 4th Place Team – 2:05:38

1. John Brennan – #33 Overall #3 Division – 40:39
2. Joe Reddy – #38 Overall #5 Division – 41:27
3. Andrew Goodale – #69 Overall #26 Division – 43:32

Jackie Jackman – #28 Overall #3 Division – 40:01
Marisol Ficaro – #323 Overall #23 Division – 58:24

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
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1st – Dave Schaad – 19:23

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5k (RIDA 5k)
Warwick, RI, April 15, 2012
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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
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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

2011 Newport Christmas 10K Run

 

Alan Bernier taking the win.

12/11/11 – Christmas Run Newport, RI  Full Results

It was a chilly start at the 28th Annual Christmas Run this year, but with sunny skies and minimal wind, it made for perfect conditions throughout the course, especially on Ocean Drive.  The only obstacle on course was the large ice patch that covered the entire width of the road about a quarter mile into the race.

This year’s race attracted 460 runners in the 10k, up from the 380 at the 2010 event and 442 in the 2009 event.

Turtle’s have a long history at the Christmas Run, winning 8 out of the last 11 Men’s Team Titles from 2000 – 2010.  This race does not have any cash prizes, usually runner’s choose from a random mix of items that are layed upon the floor in the Rogers High School cafetaria, but the team prizes have traditionally been cases of beer, hence the Turtle’s actually organizing themselves to enter a team and win!

Taking in the views...

This year we were just as successful, winning the Men’s Team Title for the 9th time in 12 years, we also added the Women’s Team Title to that this year.  In the individual race, Alan Bernier ran away with the win in 32:32, far ahead of teammate Bob Jackman who finished second in 35:02.  Other finishers were:

12th – Dave Schaad – 38:00
16th – Bob Corsi – 38:20
21st – Ken Kirejczyk – 38:43
30th – John Brennan – 39:40
37th – Jake Schieffelin – 40:31
39th – Jackie Jackman – 40:39
48th – Issy Nielson – 41:28
55th – Joe Reddy – 41:59
136th – Stephanie Hevenor – 47:24

After the race some of the runners and our loyal spectators, Scott Mason, Tony Wild, and Chris Jasparro, headed over to Yesterday’s for some lunch and a beer.  It was a good day!

Back Row: Jackie, Issy, Chris, Tony, Alan. Front Row Bob J, Bob C.

Photos by Scott Mason

 

November/December Results

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

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

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

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

Trot of Your Trurkey 5k/1.5 Mile Road Race
Barrington, RI, November 26, 2011
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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
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11th – Karen BENWAY  20:05  (6:28)

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