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Catching Up!

It has been quite a while since I have updated the site with results.  I am sure there are a ton missing, but see the below results from November and December

The 2015 Hard Shell Series Awards were given out at the Christmas Party, you can see the final results of that below as well.  The first race in the 2016 Series took place on 1/1/16 at the 1st Annual Buttonwoods 5k.  We had a decent showing, with 10 Turtles crossing the line.  The 2nd race in the series is in Foxboro, MA at the Old Fashioned 10 Miler.  This has been a Turtle favorite in years past!  I have updated the Race Series page on the website, but will add the remainder of the races once the schedule is set!

On top of the Hard Shell Series Races coming up, below I have included some races that some Turtles will be at in the near future!



TNT Christmas Party
East Greenwich, RI, December 18, 2015
All Turtles were victorious!

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RI 6 Hour Ultramarathon
Warwick, RI, November 8, 2015
7th – ISSY NIELSON  – 37.814 miles – 5:39:33 (3rd Woman)
24th – JAKE SCHIEFFELIN – 32.412 – 5:44:59
31st – JOHN PEABODY – 32.412 – 5:57:58

Westerly Land Trust Setting the Pace for Conservation 5K
Westerly, RI, November 8, 2015
13th    George Ross     21:40.0      6:59/M

Veterans Day 5k
Cranston, RI, November 11, 2015
11th   18:07 – Daniel Hawkins
14th   18:55 – Brad Highcove

Happy Holidays Half MerryThon
Gloucester, MA, December 6, 2015
1st Bronson Venable   1:11:26 – 5:28

32nd Annual Christmas 10k and 3.3 Mile Walk
Newport, RI, December 13, 2015
TNT Men were victorious in the Team Competition!
2nd   34:40    Robert Jackman
5th   35:48    David Principe
10th   38:19   Robert Corsi
16th   38:55   Daniel Hawkins
24th   40:14   Steven McDaniel
33rd   41:31   Dave Schaad
35th   41:43    Ken Kirejczyk
36th   41:52    John Brennan
83rd   46:04   David Blessington
118th   48:36     Stephanie Hevenor
135th   49:33     Rachel Flaksman


Boston U Mini-Meet
BU, Boston, MA, January 2, 2016
1 Mile – David  Principe   4:58.46
3000 Meters –  Bronson Venable  8:56.19


Some words on the mile from Dave…

BU Mini Meet Summary:
Last Saturday (Jan 2nd) I entered one of the BU Mini Meets. This is an Open Indoor Track Meet Series that has been held for several years over the winter break at BU. The BU Indoor Track has a reputation as being one of the fastest indoor banked tracks in the country, so I figured that since I was taking DJ up there to compete with some of the other LSA boys I might as well do an event since I would be there anyway. I was debating back and forth as to whether I should enter the 3000m or the Mile. Typically the longer the event the better for me, but I eventually settled on the Mile. I had only raced the Mile one other time since High School and that was 2 years ago. I wanted to see what I could do now at age 49, so I preregistered and gave myself a seed time of 4:59. I had no real evidence that I could pull of a sub 5 min mile, but I figured I would be close. We arrived at BU after a couple of the 3000’s had already been run and settled in. We had plenty of time to warm up with all the 3000’s and 400’s plus the mile had 21 heat total. I was seeded 10th in the 11th Heat and there were approx 13 runners in each heat. People I knew who were there were asking me what I thought I could do and if I thought I could really break 5 min. I was trying to set the bar low and just kept saying I thought I could run close to 5 min, but a sub 5 min mile might be difficult. However, I had every intention of trying to break 5 min. My plan was to go out on 5 min pace and run as close to even splits as possible regardless of what was going on around me. I figured if I could do that and then have a good last lap that would put me in a position to break 5 min. I started on the “Waterfall” starting line in the upper 3 lanes of the track and had to wait until I got around to the other side of the track to cut in to lane one. The race went out real fast and the people on the regular starting line looked like there were flying out in front of me!! I ignored the pack and locked into my pace and settled in toward the back of the pack. The first lap is approx 209 meters when you run the mile and my time was 38.80 over that stretch. 5 min pace is 37.5 seconds per 200m laps, so I was about a second under pace, which was just was I wanted. Now it was a matter of locking in and not falling off the pace. I was very fortunate to be in a competitive heat as well. I was never in “No Man’s Land” and always had someone right in front of me or right behind me. As the race progressed, I was gradually picking off runners on every straight away and moving up in the field. I really did not care about my place and I was just trying to hold that 37.5 seconds per lap pace. The banks are great, but the straightaway’s were so soft and bouncy! I really felt like that is what makes this track fast. Half way through the race I was surprised that my legs felt pretty good considering I never run at this pace, but the air in the field house is real dry. Much dryer than us road runners are used too. At the 1200m mark, I wanted to try and swallow to create some saliva to moisten my mouth, but I did not want to do anything to throw me off pace. I was exactly on pace to break 5 min with 400m (2 laps) to go, so I just dealt with it and kept running. I had a strong last 400m and finished in 4:58.46!! My splits were super consistent and I never had a real fast lap or real slow lap. Needless to say I was super excited to be able to break 5 min at age 49. Plus I have done next to zero speed work since I ran the Baystate Marathon in October. Either way, it was a lot of fun to run indoors with my personal fan club (Norm, Bob, Scott, some LSA parents, DJ, Camps, Matt & Jack) stationed at every corner yelling at me. It really helped! Plus this was actually the first time I had ever run on a banked track so it was nice to get that off the bucket list. All in all it could not have gone any better.

Now I am planning to run the 3000m and the Mile at the USATF Masters Championships on 1-31-16 at the PTCA. The track there is flat and a bit slower than BU, but it should be fun to run the 3000m first and then see what I can do in the mile right after. There is also an open 3000 and open 5000 at this meet if anyone is interested in trying out the indoor track at the PTCA in Providence.

Some Upcoming Turtle Races!

1/16/16 – Open Mile – East Coast Track & Field Invitational
1/31/16 – USATF New England and East Region Masters Championship
2/6/16 – Krispy Kreme Challenge
2/7/15 – Belleville Pond 10k

Catching Up…August and September!

Where has the time gone? Summer is gone and Fall is here! The weather is getting cooler, so race times should be getting faster. Check out what Turtles were up to in August and September!



USATF 15K New England Championship
South Burlington, VT, August 31, 2014
43rd – Alan Bernier – 53:15
78th – Martin Tighe – 56:47

6th Annual Finish for a Guinness
Warren, RI, August 31, 2014
7th LINDSAY AMHERST 19:14 (1st Place Female)

PAWSOX 5K Road Race & Walk
Pawtucket, RI, August 30, 2014
13th Ken Kirejczyk 19:05.0 6:09/M
16th Steven McDaniel 19:56.0 6:26/M
17th Dave Schaad 20:12.0 6:31/M

Yo Raymond 5K Race
Cumberland, RI, August 23, 2014
8th Lindsay Amherst 19:26.94 (1st Place Female)
14th Dave Schaad 20:06.11
21st Tarsha Cicerone 21:12.90 (2nd Place Female)

Rhode Island Injury Fund XC Carnival 5000 Meter Ray Tracey Race
Burrillville, RI, September 6, 2014
1st David Principe Jr 15:27.51 (Meet Course Record)

Rhode Island Injury Fund XC Carnival 4100 Meter Freshmen Race
Burrillville, RI, September 6, 2014
99th Liam McKenzie 18:23.35

Providence Firefighters
Providence, RI, September 12, 2014
6th BRAD HIGHCOVE 19:25 6:16

Race, Walk and Roll for Parkinson Disease
E Greenwich, RI, September 13, 2014
6th DAVE SCHAAD 20:11 6:31
17th PATRICK MEACHAM 23:03 7:26

Exeter, RI, September 13, 2014
6th-Robert Corsi-47:41
9th-Justin Allen-49:25

Eighth Annual Lonegull 10K
Gloucester, MA, September 14, 2014
62nd Alan Bernier 34:13 5:31
112th Martin Tighe 36:19 5:51
835th Marisol Ficaro 58:22 9:24

Pisgah Mountain Trail Race 23k
Chesterfield, NH, September 21, 2014
24th Patrick Quinn 2:02:12 8:34

8th Annual Ocean State Cross Country Invitational
Warwick, RI, September 27, 2014
7th Dave Schaad 21:22.32

21st Annual VERMONT 50 Miler
Brownsville, VT, September 28, 2014
60th 9:37:11 11:33 Warren Angell (First 50 Miler)

Mist to Mews Canoe & Kayak Race
Wakefield, RI, September 28, 2014
17th 1:20:51 11:33 Amy Rice (NAT) / George Ross COED KAYAK

Nahant 30K
Nahant, MA, September 28, 2014
6th Martin Tighe 1:56:55 6:17

Some Turtle Wins to Start Off April

TNT started the month of April off with a bang!  Dave Schaad and Bob Corsi picked up some wins on 4/5/14 and Mike Clark picked up the W on 4/6/14, he was followed by Dave Schaad, getting 2nd the day after his win in Cranston!  Of course there were a lot of other great results as well from 5k to 50 Miles…and Patrick Quinn took 5th or 6th place in the Iggy’s Doughboy Run/Eat Fest!  Check out some of Scott Mason’s Photos from the Big River Trail Races and the Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler!

Woodridge Elementary School 5k
Cranston, RI, April 5, 2014
1st 20:14 6:32 Dave Schaad

Big River Half Marathon Trail Race
West Greenwich, RI, April 5, 2014
2nd – Robert Jackman – 1:27:50 (6:42)
33rd – John Peabody – 2:14:53 (10:18)

Big River 10k Trail Race
West Greenwich, RI, April 5, 2014
1st – Robert Corsi – 41:58 (6:46)

Dr T’s Kids 5K
Warwick, RI, April 6, 2014
1st 19:47 6:23 Michael Clark
2nd 20:01 6:27 Dave Schaad

WCC Half Marathon, Relay, and 7K
Whitinsville, MA, April 6, 2014
4th BRAD HIGHCOVE 1:32:06.0 7:02/M
25th LAWRENCE WALKER 1:44:12.2 7:57/M

3rd Annual Bunny Hop 5k & 1k Fun Run
East Greenwich, RI, April 12, 2014
14th DAVE SCHAAD 19:52.1 6:23/M

Bull Run Run 50 Miler
Clifton, VA, April 12, 2014
127th – John Peabody – 10:41:50

Doyles Emerald Necklace 5 Miler
Jamaica Plain, MA, April 13, 2014
11th – Robert Jackman – 27:51 (5:34)
38th – Warren Angell – 30:48 (6:09)
39th – Thor Kirleis – 30:49 (6:09)
122nd – Jacquelyn Jackman – 34:26 (6:53)

11th Annual Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5k
Warwick, RI, April 13, 2014
3rd 17:23 (5:36)   Daniel Hawkins
13th 20:15 (6:32)   Dave Schaad

Upcoming Races…
4/21/14 – Boston Marathon
5/3/14 – Cox Providence Rhode Races
5/11/14 – The Quahog Mile
5/24/14 to 5/25/14 – Pineland Farm Trail Festival

July 2013 Results

Racing continued in the month of July for many Turtles despite the HOT weather!  It looks like at least 16 different Turtles got out there and got it done!  August racing will get underway soon with the Run4Kerri on Sunday 8/4/13 and the New England Runner Pub Series which returns on 8/18/13 in Portsmouth, RI at the Common Fence Point 5 Miler.  It would be nice to get a big crowd of Turtles at both of these races!

Here is a little contest for this blog post…first person to email me at rjackman11@gmail.com with the identity of the Turtle in this photo will win a free beer at Track 84 on a Tuesday!  (if you don’t drink…we will figure out an alternate prize)

We have a WINNER!  Dave Principe guessed correctly with Captain Ken Kirejczyk.  This photo was taken at the Will Speck 5k in June!










Run With The Beavers Trail Races  Check out Scott Mason’s Photos!
Chepachet, RI, July 13, 2013
9th Patrick Quinn 1:20:41
31st Issy Nielson 1:40:40
32nd Chris Jasparro 1:40:40
55th Lawrence Walker 1:56:28

33rd Little Compton 4.8 Mile Road Race
Little Compton, RI, July 13, 2013
22nd DAVE SCHAAD 30:20 6:20
33rd ANDREW GOODALE 31:53 6:39

VERT Race Series – Sasquatch
Stoneham, MA, July 14, 2013
21st 15:16 6:30 Thor Kirleis

Stowe 8-Miler
Stowe, VT, July 14, 2013
49th – Karen Benway – 54:04.2 6:46

Cacapon 12 Hour Challenge (Trail)
Berkeley Springs, WV, July 21, 2013
13th – Issy Nielson – 40 Miles (stopped after 8 Hours) 5th woman

Tri Quionset
Quonset Point, RI, July 21, 2013
43rd George Ross Swim – 17:02 Bike – 30:41 Run – 20:56 Total – 1:10:44

Blessing of the Fleet 10 Mile Road Race & Walk  – Check out Scott Mason’s Photos!
Narragansett, RI, July 26, 2013 – Check out Dave Principe’s Race Report!
20th David Principe Sr. 58:27.0 5:51/M
37th David Principe Jr. 59:52.0 5:59/M
65th Robert Corsi 1:02:46.0 6:17/M
100th Robert Jackman 1:05:24.0 6:32/M
119th Ken Kirejczyk 1:06:51.0 6:41/M
2435th John Peabody 1:51:20.0 11:08/M


Ultra Around the Lake
Wakefield, MA, July 26, 2013
104th Lawrence Walker 16.70 Miles – 2:13:04

35th Annual Carver Cranberry Road Race  Check out Scott Mason’s Photos!
Carver, MA, July 27, 2013
143rd MARTIN TIGHE 30:56 6:11/M

Crabman Triathlon
South Kingstown, RI, July 28, 2013 – Check out George Ross’s Race Report!
109th George Ross Swim – 10:50 Bike – 31:56 Run – 24:09 Total – 1:09:33

Yankee Homecoming 5K & 10 Miler
Newburyport, MA, July 30, 2013
1120th Marisol Ficaro 1:43:30 10:21

George Ross “Tri’s”

Crabman Sprint Triathlon
July 28, 2013
 South Kingstowm, RI
Story by George Ross
Photo by Glenn Anderson
Full Results

In my debut year as a Triathlete I am learning that ‘I am learning’ and have a long list of things that I need to work on in the off-season and with that in mind I prepared myself to take part in The Crabman Sprint Triathlon (1/4 mile ocean swim, 10 mile bike and 5K run) on Sunday July 28th.

Preparing for a Triathlon is way more intense than any road race and the day before the race is consumed with preparation. I picked up my race packet at NBX then…

– Changed the wheels to race-day carbon wheels
– Add the front mounted hydration system so I can drink without leaving the Aero riding position
– Remove my seat bag and add a ‘sew-up’ tire spare for the race wheels
– Tape one GU onto the bike to be taken ½ way through the ride
– Tape my race # on my seat post
– Charge the GPS/Power head unit
– Oil the springs in my Speedplay shoe clips
– Cycling glasses, cleaned
– Make it nice and shiny

– Wet suit good to go
– Pink Swim Cap to designate that I was swimming in the first wave
– Add defogging spray to my swim goggles
– Body glide to add to the back of my neck to stop the suit from chaffing

– Add my race number to my race belt (which I will pick up when I change into my running shoes
– Check that the elastic lace locks are working (used for a quick change of shoes)

– Small towel to organize my cycling shoes and running shoes in the transition area
– One GU to take 15 minutes before the swim
– Baby powder to add to both pairs of shoes to make it easy to slip your bare feet into the shoes quickly
– Tri Bag back pack to carry all of the above and my helmet

With that all done, I put my one piece Tri-suit, timing chip (which wraps around your ankle) and my calf compression sleeves beside my bed and went to sleep, with the alarm set for 4:15.

As I drove down to the race I was very nervy about the swim. I have only been swimming for 11 months and I am not very good and to add to that I estimated that there would be 120 guys in the 1st wave, the old man wave (men over 45). That is a lot of folks for such a short distance…this one was going to get physical.

Once at the race transition area, I racked my bike and methodically set up my transition area as trained by Amy Rice. The bike must point the same direction as I will exit the transition area. My shoes must be orientated correctly, bike shoes pointing to the bike and running shoes parallel to the bike with my race belt under the running shoes. The shoes must be doused with talcum power. My helmet must be put on the bike in the direction to which I will put it on my head, with my bike glasses duly aligned.

Phew!, now I can go for a warm up swim – swim to the first buoy and back and work on “being smooth”. With my wetsuit on, pink cap on I walked the ¼ mile to South Kingstown Town Beach and the realized that when I got out of the water I had to run this ¼ mile back to my bike. This was going to hurt.

How to position yourself for the swim is extremely important. I am a low mid-pack swimmer and if I start too close to the front then the fast guys will simply swim over me. So, my plan was to start near the middle on the outside edge to avoid, as much as possible the inadvertent punching and kicking that occurs when swimming with a pack. There is no crying in swimming. Just before the gun went off I saw my friend Pete Rumsey run to the left of the pack, he dived in and I chased him into the water figuring he knew something that this rookie did not. ½ way to the first buoy I realized what he had seen…the current was flowing fast from left to right and as Pete and I swam towards the first buoy, the entire pack was drifting away from it. No bodily contact but that changed when I got to the buoy with everyone else and all hell broke loose…hands, legs, bodies everywhere but we all got around it and swam into the heavy current to the second buoy after which it was a left turn to shore. I made that left turn but because I have a tendency not to swim straight I headed off in the wrong direction. A quick adjustment and I was shore bound and this is where the constant drills that Amy puts me though come into being…..do not stop swimming until your fingers hit sand, take of your cap and put your goggles into them, pull the zip down on the wetsuit and lower your wet suit past your hips…all the while trying to run out of the water! Once out of the water it was that ¼ mile jog with wet suit on and more than a tad tired.


Races are won and lost in transition, the fast guys do it in about 40 seconds and I take about 1:25 as struggle to get my wet suit over my big feet. With my wet suit off it was time to put my cycling shoes on, riding glasses on, helmet on , unrack my bike and head to the corn fields. Yep, there was a ¼ mile run to the road., ugh! Once on the road, I moved the bike into my large chain ring, started my GPS and it was time to catch many of the guys who swam faster than me. It was a flat ride, I averaged 22.2mph with a couple of 24mph miles in there and I passed 25 riders. Feeling good that I was making progress, I got back to the cornfield, took my shoes off and pushed my bike through what seemed a very long ¼ mile.

Into transition, I found my rack, racked my bike, took off my helmet and glasses and switched my cycling shoes for my running shoes, tightened the lace locks, grabbed by race belt with my race number and into the run I went.

It is at this point in all Triathlons that you think…where are my legs? if you are lucky they will come back in half a mile. One of the tactics that I employed to help my legs was to spin pedal on the bike during the last ½ mile of the ride to ease the lactic acid build up.

My legs never came back to me and the situation worsened as my hip flexors tightened and became painful which is a by-product of driving hard in the aero portion of the bike and lack of flexibility (I really have to stretch more). It was a long 3.1 miles, I crossed the line in 109th place out of 431 finishers @ 1:09:33.

Exhausted but totally jacked!

The race was won in 54:04 by Derek Jakaboski.

I have much to learn and I need to hit the gym this winter to get stronger in the right areas but for now my attention turns to Firmman….a ½ Ironman distance…on September 8th.

Next up…July Results and a Blessing of the Fleet re-cap!

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


Dick’s Dash is back…

The tradition continues, 10 miles on the back roads of North Kingstown.

See the photos from the 2011 Dick’s Dash

Thanksgiving morning 7:30 a.m. sharp

Cousin Rich’s house
25 West Allenton Rd.
North Kingstown

(see map below)

Coffee and pastry will be provided,feel free to bring a snack to share


The traditional raffle is always fun,please consider a contribution to the raffle.


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