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Racing into the New Year!

Welcome to 2014!

January is here and Turtles have already been out racing in force! New Year’s Day saw at least 8 Turtles toeing the line racing and 3 other Turtles ran the Boston Marathon course from start to finish, a nice way to start the new year!
On top of that, the South Country 4th Season Trail Race Series has started and Turtles had 5 runners at race # 1 and 8 at race #2. If you are not a Turtle and have been thinking about joining us and love the thrill of racing with a team, send me an email and let’s get a singlet on your back!

January also saw a change in office for Turtles for the first time in 7 years, with David Principe stepping down and Bob Jackman (me) being voted up from VP.  Scott Mason is now the VP and Mark Mitsmenn holds on to his spot as treasurer for at least another 15 years.

The result finder does not catch all of DJ Principe’s high school races because they are not all listed on Coolrunning, but it did catch his most recent PR, in the 3000 meters at the Yale Classic. DJ is the #1 ranked freshman in the nation in the 1500, mile, 3000 and 2 Miles!

Now for some results…

Whitinsville First Day 5k
Whitinsville, MA, January 1, 2014
13th LAWRENCE WALKER 20:49.0 6:42/M

Hangover Classic 5 Miler
Bristol, RI, January 1, 2014
4th MARTIN TIGHE 30:08 6:02
11th KEN KIREJCZYK 33:11 6:39
12th ISSY NIELSON 33:22 6:41
13th DAVE SCHAAD 33:30 6:42
22nd JACKIE JACKMAN 34:47 6:58
58th RACHEL FLAKSMAN 38:55 7:47
160th MARISOL FICARO 50:25 10:05


What Broken Ankle?
Story by Patrick Quinn

Many of you probably remember seeing that awful picture of my ankle. At least it was a clean break I kept telling myself and I would be back “soon”. It was pretty miserable obviously not being able to run, but I focused as much as I could on the things I could do. After 3 months of recovery which was going well, I was itching to get back at it. I was doing light treadmill running to acclimate back to some fitness before hitting the roads. With the OK from the Doc and in true Turtle fashion, I decided my 4th outdoor run in 3 months would be this year’s edition of the Old Mountain 5K.
It’s a great winter race series so I couldn’t miss out on running, representing, and having some fun. After blistering cold weather the night before in what would be some of coldest temperatures in the last 20 years, I arrived at Old Mountain Park in South Kingstown about an hour before the race to meet up for a warm up run. Speaking of warm up, it reached about 5 degrees at 9AM from about -3 at 7AM but without any wind and full sun, it really wasn’t that bad. I wasn’t really motivated to be running on a day in these conditions but I felt ready to go after the warm up. The course was snow covered maybe 4-6 inches (by no means a snowy sufferfest) but it was dry snow and with some tight turns your feet were really shifting quite a bit. Not good for a post-recovered ankle break. After the warm up, I knew I needed some traction. I was lucky enough to have Joe Reddy there with his micro spikes so he gladly offered them to me which I happily accepted. The race was pretty uneventful, well for me anyway. I started way back and decided to stick behind other runners and I didn’t really surge until we exited the trails and ran thru the ball field back to the start/finish. It was one of my most comfortable races as far as effort. One noteworthy event was at the beginning of the race, the leaders had to bust through knee deep snow which I believe a few runners went down but no one was hurt. Bob Jackman, Dan Hawkins, Issy Nielson, Rachel Flaksman, Eric Holmstedt and myself ran the race. Scott Mason, Jackie Jackman, Joe Reddy, and Dan Sevigny were there cheering us on so it was a great turnout. Scott as always got some great photos in the snow which are always fun and interesting to see. Bob won the race, so celebrating was in order at Fat Belly’s in Wakefield.


The following weekend, it was onto the Resolution 5K at Scarborough Beach where runners enjoyed much warmer temps in the 40s. A bit windy along the beach and the trails were warm but we had flooding rain the night before which made the course saturated and mucky which always adds to the fun.

Another great Turtle turnout too: Bob Jackman who took 2nd place, Dan Hawkins, Issy Nielson, Bob Corsi, Mike Clark, Jackie Jackman, Rachel Flaksman and myself. Scott Mason was there taking pics and may I add came out excellent. I even bought one. As far   as the race, I was able to run a bit faster especially on the beach but one of the swampy bogs tried to steal my shoe, it took a few seconds to put it back on. I was able to catch back up to Mike Clark and Kenny Shardlow which I was surprised. Issy caught up to me at about 1.9 mi into it, after she inquired on the current mileage, she took off like a turtle with TNT strapped to her back!. The highlight of the race was running through the infamous abandoned cobblestone roofless house full of water. After a quick cool down run, it was onto the Mews for a hearty lunch and beers with yet another great turnout for that too.








Hoping for a great turnout at the upcoming Belleville Pond 10K.









Old Mountain 5k Trail Race
Wakefield, RI, January 4, 2014
1st Robert Jackman 23:32
8th Daniel Hawkins 25:55
26th Patrick Quinn 30:54
39th Issy Nielson 34:49
65th Eric Holmstedt 1:09:11

Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race
Narragansett , RI, January 12, 2014
2nd Robert Jackman 18:00 5:48
4th Daniel Hawkins 18:52 6:05
11th Robert Corsi 20:39 6:40
32nd Issy Nielson 23:02 7:26
33th Michael Clark 23:03 7:26
35th Patrick Quinn 23:09 7:28
38th Jackie Jackman 23:28 7:34
83rd Rachel Flaksman 28:28 9:11

32nd Yale HS Classic 30000 Meters
Coxe Cage – New Haven, CT, January 18, 2014
15th David Principe Jr 8:50.72

3rd Annual East Coast Invitational – Open Mile
Providence, RI, January 18, 2014
2nd Daniel Hawkins 4:37.75

The Batona 50 Miler
Ong’s Hat, NJ, January 19, 2014
2nd Issy Nielson – 9:49:00 (1st woman)
Issy got a bit off course and ran approximately 6 extra miles.

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!

The rest of May Results


Rhode Island Middle School Track & Field Championships
South Kingstown, RI, May 18, 2013
3000 meters-  1st David Principe Jr.  9:10.70  (State Record)
800 meters-  2nd David Principe Jr.  2:11.50

Thomas G. Cavanagh Memorial 5k
East Greenwich, RI, May 18, 2013
2nd  DAVE SCHAAD  19:53  6:24
3rd  JOHN BRENNAN   20:09  6:30

Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k
Carabbassett Valley, ME, ME, May 19, 2013
66th  Patrick QUINN  3:20:11.7   7:39

NE Distance Community 5K
Woonsocket, RI, May 19, 2013
3rd – David Principe  17:23

4th Annual 10k By the Bay
Warwick, RI, May 25, 2013
1st  KEN KIREJCZYK 39:16  6:20
2nd  DAVE SCHAAD  39:18  6:20

Chieftain Challenge 5K
Ponagansett, RI, May 25, 2013
1st  ROBERT CORSI 18:26  5:57

21st Annual Wachusett Mountain Race 10k
Princeton, MA, May 25, 2013
57th Jackie Jackman – 47:33
72nd – Scott Mason – 48:57

Wachusett Lead Pack
The lead pack early at Wachusett

ECBA – Freedom Run
Cambridge, MA, May 26, 2013
8th Thor Kirleis – 17:59  5:48
13th Jason Newton – 18:37  6:00
35th Gina Newton – 19:46  6:22

Freedom Run
On the left…Thor (and Camden) and Gina @ The Freedom Run

25th KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Marathon Relay
Burlington, VT, May 26, 2013
201st Karen Benway 3:12:49  7:22

Check out Scott Mason’s Photos of VCM

Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival – 50 Miler
New Gloucester, ME, May 26, 2013
26th    ISSY NIELSON                       8:59:42.2     10:48/M
66th    JOHN PEABODY                   10:43:55.9     12:53/M

Pineland Farmss
John’s take from Pineland

Late July Race Results

32nd Little Compton 4.8 Mile Road Race
Little Compton, RI, July 14, 2012
26th KEN KIREJCZYK – 30:29  (6:22)
39th Jackie Jackman – 32:25  (6:46)


Celebrate Summer 5k
Wakefield, RI, July 14, 2012
4th  Dave Schaad – 19:11  (6:11)
16th  DAN SEVIGNY – 21:24  (6:54)


VERT – Sasquatch
Stoneham, MA, July 15, 2012
17th Thor Kirleis – 15:08 (6:27)


Blue Hills Blaster 1 Mile
Milton, MA, July 17, 2012
1st – MARTIN TIGHE – 7:09


41st St. Mary’s Feast Society 5.5 Mile Road Race
Cranston, RI, July 21, 2012
1st ALAN BERNIER  – 31:34  (5:45)
3rd DAVID PRINCIPE  – 32:08  (5:51)


Will Not Lay Down 2 Cancer 5K
Franklin, MA, July 21, 2012
9th DAVE SCHAAD – 19:10.1  6:11


Fishermen’s Tribute 5k Road Race and Walk
New Bedford, MA, July 22, 2012
7th ALAN BERNIER – 17:05 (5:30)


Ascutney Moutnain Run
Windsor, VT, July 22, 2012
13th  Martin Tighe – 35:26  (9:35)


Blessing of the Fleet 10 Mile Run & Walk
Narragansett, RI, July 27, 2012
116th    Issy Nielson – 1:09:15.0      6:56/M
455th    Kevin Lennon – 1:19:58.0      8:00/M
709th    John Peabody – 1:24:57.0      8:30/M
1056th    GEORGE ROSS – 1:29:49.0      8:59/M
1977th    Joseph Reddy – 1:43:10.0     10:19/M


Carver Cranberry Road Race
Carver, MA, July 28, 2012
47th ALAN BERNIER – 26:56.4 – (5:23)


Run with the Beavers 10 Mile Trail Race
Chepachet, RI, July 28, 2012
8th Robert Corsi – 1:17:39
11th Chris Jasparro – 1:21:15
14th Patrick Quinn – 1:24:26
15th Thor Kirleis – 1:25:14
22nd Lawrence Walker – 1:31:54
26th Jason Newton – 1:34:02
32nd Gina Newton – 1:39:31


Run with the Beavers 5 Mile Trail Race
Chepachet, RI, July 28, 2012
12th Ken Kirejczyk – 54:47


Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile & 5K
Newburyport, MA, July 31, 2012
23rd Alan Bernier – 56:57 (5:42)