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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!

Good Bye 2013

Another year is coming to a close.  It was a good year for Turtles, there were many people out racing and we were able to pick up some new members that have stuck around through the whole year! Below are the rest of the results for 2013, some thoughts from members, some pictures to highlight the year and some notable performances.

Some missed November results!

Philadelphia Marathon
Philadelphia, PA, November 17, 2013
589th – Patrick Meacham – 3:11:08

Pie Run
Middletown,RI, November 28, 2013
Patrick Meacham ran with his 9 year old son Aidan, finishing in 40 mins!

Good to see Pat back out on the roads!

December Results….

Cambridge, MA, December 1, 2013
19th  18:38   6:00 Thor Kirleis

Chanukah Run a Latke 5K
Swampscott, MA, December 1, 2013
1st Martin Tighe     18:17  5:54

30th Annual Christmas 10k Run and 3.3 Mile Walk (Bob Jackman Race Report)
Newport, RI, December 15, 2013
3rd   34:13  5:31 Robert Jackman
13th   39:53  6:26 Joseph Reddy
14th   39:58  6:27 Dave Schaad
16th   41:26  6:41 Dan Sevigny
31st   43:44  7:03 Jacquelyn Jackman
63rd   47:39  7:41 John Peabody
64th   47:45  7:42 Rachel Flaksman

Jingle Bells for Arthritis
Pawtucket, RI, December 7, 2013
1st   17:52  5:46   Robert Corsi

Beat Santa 5k
Portsmouth, RI, December 22, 2013
1st 17:34 (5:39) Robert Jackman

Nooseneck 18K
West Greenwich, RI, December 26, 2013
3rd  Bob Jackman   1:08:21  0:06:07
7th  Robert Corsi   1:16:04  0:06:48
29th  George Ross   1:34:27  0:08:27
31st  John Peabody   1:36:14  0:08:36
38th  Rachel S. Flaksman  1:38:25  0:08:48
45th  Jen McDermott   1:41:24  0:09:04

Thoughts on 2013 from some members….

George Ross
For me, this was a year of firsts: First Duathlon, first bike Time-Trial, first Olympic Distance Triathlon and first 1/2 Ironman Distance Triathlon. The most fun that I had racing this year was bike time trials and not running, so, that was quite a shock to me. I competed in 5 of Stedman’s Route 1 Time-Trials and my fastest speed for the 9 mile course was 23 mph (The winner was typically 27mph, well out of my class). I can only describe it as an all out assault on my cardio system…in 2014 I hope to do all 12, or as many as possible!

Best Beer: Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

Andrew Goodale
My 2013 highlights:
– Ran my first half-marathon, the Staten Island Half.
– Favorite race was the 6hr. (Also my first team race.)
– Favorite beer is basically anything poured by John at the Track!

Patrick “I like Everything” Quinn
Favorite Beer: Allagash Interlude.
Favorite Road Race: New Bedford Half 1:29 PR on St. Paddy’s Day.
Favorite Trail Race: Run with the Beavers, 1:20 PR.
Favorite Mountain Trail Race: Pisgah 23K.
Favorite Party Race: TNT Summer 3 miler.
Favorite Camaraderie Race: RI 6 hour.
Favorite Trail Series: 4th Season Races.
Most Challenging: Sugarloaf Marathon 3:20.
Favorite Summer Road Race: Bobby Doyle 5 miler.
Coldest Race: Scarborough Beach Trail 5K Hottest
Race: Nipmuck South Trail 14 miler.
Best Post Race Grub: RI 6 hour.
Best TNT Turnout: Scarborough Beach 5K.
Hardest Training Road Run: Scituate Loop.
Best Training Trail Run: Big River

Thor Kirleis
2013 Highlights
-Did the Boston Double, a same-day, back-to-back run of the Boston Marathon
-Ran my first 100 mile race at TARC 100
-Pushed my boy, who had a first birthday in the same year, in his first road race (Doyles)
-Discovered Boulevard Tank 7, a solid go-to Farmhouse ale
-Rediscovered my love of long distance running (see TARC 100) at RI 6-Hour by securing 2nd old man in the money
-Set a PR in number of poopy diapers changed in a given year

Patrick Meacham
Last Road Race was Boston Marathon 2012 (10th Boston Marathon in a row) in the extreme heat.
Received guarantee entry into 2013 Boston Marathon for 10 years in a row – decided to pass

After a Marathon sabbatical decided to run 2013 Philadelphia Marathon, 3:11 (7:17 pace), average training, doing 50-60 miles a week

Bob Jackman
2013 Highlights
-Great team presence and team victory at the 4th Season Trail Series
-Record numbers at the 5th Annual RI 6 Hour
-Completing the NE Runner Pub Series
-Brew Pubs after Snow Shoe Races!
Favorite Beer of the year: Probably Bourbon County Coffee

Scott Mason
Let’s see, 12 races in the first half of the year, 2 in the second half. 3 on snowshoes, 6 on trails, 4 up mountains and 1 “normal” road race (Run 4 Kerri). One of those mountain races was a DNF at Bretton Woods in 90 degree weather with 1400 feet of climbing in the first 2 miles and 1400 feet decent in the next 1 mile, down a ski slope.
Highlight would have to be Mt Washington where I ran a 4 minute PR.
Worst Race was easily the Lil Rhody Runaround where I had been sick all week but ran anyway.
Best Beer, yeah right, impossible to answer.
Lots of race photography, favorite races being: Vermont City, TARC Spring Thaw 6 Hour, Amherst 10m., US Mountain Running Champs and Run with the Beavers.

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Some Notable Performances (These were off the top of my head…please comment with others!)

-DJ Principe: Freshman Cross Country Season

-Jackie Jackman: 4th Place Woman USATF 50k National Championship 3:48:55

-Tuesday Night Turtle Team Victory 4th Season Trail Race Series

-John Peabody finished at least (5) Ultras, including (2) 100 Milers

-Issy Nielson also finished at least (5) Ultras and who knows how many other races.  She also finished her first 100 Miler and was 2nd female.

-Patrick Quinn broke his ankle at the TARC Fall Classic

-Thor Kirleis: Double Boston

-Turtles made it 6 victories in a row at the Grog & Dog Jog

-Mark Mitsmenn returns to the Mount Washington Road Race, doing his first one in 1980!


That’s all I’ve got!  See you on the roads…and trails in January!

Christmas 10k Run – Newport, RI

The “Run for Hope” Christmas 10k is this weekend 12/11/11.  If you plan on running, please pre-register, and mark down Tuesday Night Turtles in the Team Name box.  You MUST pre-enter to count on the team.  The pre-entry closes on 12/8/11, so don’t delay!

Follow the link below to register.

Christmas 10k PRE-ENTRY

From the 2010 race…Santa being pursued by the Rhode Island State Police