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Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race

Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race
Race Summary by DJ Principe
Full Results

Photo by Bob Jackman during warm-up

My dad and I arrived at the race around 8:50 a.m. We noticed that every other Turtle had on “screw shoes.” Bob just so happened to be making a pair of his own, so my dad and I were able to use his extra screws to make our own, as well.

The next thing we did was go for a warm-up. We went out and ran the last mile and a half of the race in reverse, then turned around and headed back. Conditions looked good, and it seemed like the screw shoes were helping.

The race went off around 10 o’clock at an honest pace. I got into the trail with a pack consisting of around the top six runners. After about a mile and a half, Bob, a WTAC guy and an unattached guy began to put a little separation on my pack of three. I hit Mile 2 in the same pack, and I was in between the two runners. But I fell after going up the hill immediately after the Mile 2 marker. I lost a little ground on fourth place, but nothing too crazy. This is the way the positions stayed for the next mile or so.

After about Mile 4, I could feel my legs beginning to tire out. As I hopped onto the railway leading to the Mile 5 marker, I began to make up some ground after hearing sixth place beginning to creep up on me. Fourth place, a WTAC guy, began to surge after Mile 5, and I now had to concern myself with the sixth place runner.

He was coming up strong and didn’t sound like he was hurting too much. As he came up, behind me he began to encourage me to keep pushing. He could tell I was beginning to struggle, and it was nice to have him there to not only give me confidence but to remind me that I needed to keep pushing. I was able to put a second or two on him by using my size advantage to fit under a fallen tree much more easily than he did, however, that quickly evaporated. He passed me and said, “Now I am going to pass you, but you better stay right behind me.” I chuckled a little and tried my best to do so. We remained about 2 to 3 seconds apart for the remainder of the .2-mile finish.

I was concerned with the team scoring after finishing. But my fears subsided when I saw my dad finishing with no one in sight. After taking some doughnuts, the team went out for a nice cool-down that hurt like hell. My legs felt like rubber, but I knew the 12.2-mile day was going to help a lot for the next race (a 10-miler) and also for my endurance for the upcoming track season.

Overall, it was a very successful day for the team. Bob came in second overall by outsprinting a guy at the finish, Jackie was first female, my dad was first master and the team won first, as well. And, once again, I got to walk home with none of the team prize: a case of beer. I think my dad owes me a six-pack of root beer.

Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race

January 6, 2013
Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race
Narragansett, RI
Race Results
Story by Bob Jackman

The Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race marked the second race in the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series.  As the week before the race went on, it was clear that the Turtles would once again be out in force with the team competition as the driving force to get out there and race against the WTAC.  This would be the third team race in about 4 weeks that we would toe the line against the WTAC and we were hoping to get our third win.  I arrived at the race a bit early to get in a few extra miles before heading out with the rest of the Turtles at 8:15 to run the course as a warm up.  Running the course at these trail races ends up being a big advantage, as you know what to expect and in this case you know the trail conditions with the lingering snow.

The course looked to be in great shape with only a few spots that you might need to be a little cautious and the wind coming home on the beach was blowing, but not too bad.

There was a short delay starting the race and we were all huddled up trying to stay warm before  lining up behind the starting line that race director Mike Galoob “drew out” with his foot before giving some race instructions.

The race went out and back on the beach, starting into the wind, I was happy to see the race went out a lot slower that the Old Mountain Trail Race and I was able to tuck in for a bit before moving out front shortly after the turn around at the far end of the beach.

After the turn, you ran down the beach and then across a short grassy/snowy section up a snow-covered dirt road which popped out onto Ocean Road for a short stretch before ducking into the trails at Black Point.  When I hit the road I tried to open up my stride and then “disappear” in the twisty trails hoping others wouldn’t be able to see me and would lose a little motivation to track me down.  I also felt the fastest running I could do was in this trail section as most of it was down hill and the trails, although covered in snow, were not technical and overall in good shape.  At the end of this section you have to “run” through the ruins of an old house, then hop down back onto the beach where you had about a half a mile left to run.

This last section proved to be slow going, the sand was soft and the wind was blowing, which made me feel like I wasn’t making any progress.  My last obstacle in the race was a gentleman walking his dog looking at shells? on the beach and not paying attention to me running full steam at him, in fact as I kept moving left towards the ocean, he did the same.  I finally shouted at him and he stopped so I could get by without breaking out my portable boogie board.

After getting by this fellow, I took a quick glance back to se the WTACs Justin Bentley there, but at a distance I felt I could hold.  Once I could see Mike Galoob’s yellow coat standing where we were to finish, I started edging my way up the beach in his direction to take the shortest route.  I crossed the line first in 18:12,  Justin finished 15 seconds back at 18:27, followed by TNTs DJ Principe in 18:41.  After that the race was on for the top team prize.  The WTAC followed DJ with 4th place 19:03 and 5th place 19:04, fortunately for us TNTs David Principe was right behind them with a 19:12 securing the TNT victory by 29 seconds!

After the race we grabbed some cool down miles and got a group shot in the “house”, we then picked up some age group awards and the team prize, another case of Wachusett Brew and then some of us went to Crazy Burger for breakfast….after breakfast some of us continued down the street a bit to Twin Willows for an early afternoon brew.

All an all it was a great day and I hope we get a great turnout at the Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race on 1/27/13.

Turtle Results
1st – Bob Jackman – 18:12

3rd – DJ Principe – 18:41

6th  – David Principe – 19:12

9th  – Martin Tighe – 20:06

12th – Bob Corsi – 20:14

15th – Patrick Quinn – 21:02

25th – John Brennan – 21:55

32nd – Joe Reddy – 22:29

33rd – Scott Mason – 22:37

34th – Jackie Jackman – 22:54

Old Mountain 5k Trail Race

Old Mountain Trail Race
12/16/12 – Wakefield, RI
Full Results

Story by David Principe

Eight Turtles and Joseph Reddy’s daughter, Meaghan, showed up in force in Wakefield on Sunday for the first race of the winter trail series put on by Mike Galoob (Off Rhode Racing). It was a fairly chilly morning, and an incoming cold front made it chillier by the minute, but the race started and ended before it got cold and rainy.

The race started at 10am, but TNT showed up at 9am and decided to do the 5K course as a warm-up. The course changed this year, so even though many Turtles were there last year, there were many new trails incorporated into the event. Many of us were not familiar with these trails in the first place, so doing the course as a warm-up was a great way to get in our miles and also know what we were up against.

The course was a little soft and mushy in several places, but not too bad. There were several wooden spans and bridges that you had to jump on and off of, and also some stone bridges to navigate over, which added to the technical difficulty of the course. There were the typical amount of roots and rocks at the beginning, but I found the later half of the race on the newly cut trails to be excellent surfaces to race on. The course in general had numerous twists, turns and switchbacks, which are always, fun. For these reasons, it was great to have run the course before the race! The course was very well-marked and pretty easy to follow, as well.

The race started on a grass area behind a ballfield with about a 200-meter straight away that featured a sharp turn and an embankment at the corner of the field. You needed to get out quick and carve out your spot at this corner so you did not fall off the embankment. Afterward, there was plenty of room to re-adjust and get into a good position before hitting the single track in the woods. As a result, most of the top 10 or 12 runners went out pretty hard.

Leading the way into the start of the trails after the initial sprint was DJ Principe, with Bob Jackman right on his heels. They were both passed in the early section of single track by last year’s series champion Derek Jakoboski, but they both kept him in fairly close contact. Three of our Westerly Track and Athletic Club rivals were sandwiched between Bob and me, with Bob Corsi right on my heels. As it is in so many trail races, the pecking order was established fairly early on and pretty much held through to the finish.

Derek won the race, with DJ and Bob only 8 seconds and 10 seconds behind him, respectively. The three WTAC guys in front of me were in fifth, sixth and seventh places and also held their spots through out the race. I was our third scorer in ninth place, with Bob Corsi coming in shortly after me in 10th. The top three runners from each team scored for the team title, and we squeaked out the win with our second-, third- and ninth-place finishes over WTAC’s fifth-, sixth- and seventh-place finishes.

After the race, we did the course again for a cool down and then took part in the awards ceremony. There was plenty of food, soup, hot chocolate and coffee afterward, as well. All in all, it was a great way to start the week!


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