This holiday cheer comes from the rosewood desk of emeritus club president, John O’Donnell:
Our man Gerry informed me yesterday he passed the 3,000 mile mark in his running log for 2013, a year in which he observed his 74th birthday. I got out my calculator and learned that’s over eight miles per day, and he routinely takes Saturdays off before the Sunday long run.
Gerry Ives, a.k.a. “Ives 3000” is the last real man.
I can’t run a lick anymore, and my friend Bennett, 65, tells me it’s because I am old. When I start to rattle off the names of guys in my cohort who run far better than me, his one word explanation is outlier. So everyone my age who runs poorly does so because of age, not because they don’t train hard enough, and everyone who is my age who runs well is an outlier.
This much I know:
Gerry Ives is the last real man.
While the youngbloods were returning along the C&O canal during last Sunday’s distance run, a fellow harrier cried out “It’s okay, I’ve got you by thirty years!” Gerry was still several miles ahead of both the pack and the prey at this point.
Drew Killian must have been apologizing to Rachel Clattenburg for not wearing his club singlet; perhaps he wants to upgrade from red-on-white to pink-on-turquoise? Regardless, singlet designer and Grand Prix contender, Rachel, proudly wears her own work to the Jingle All the Way 8K. Photo by Swim Bike Run Photography/Brian W. Knight
from the wintry mix of downtown D.C, with more stories to come shortly.
Jingle All The Way 8K
December 08, 2013 - Washington, DC
Results, Team Results
PLACE NAME A/S TIME PACE
11 Charlie Ban 31M 26:21 5:18
24 Ben Stutts 25M 28:16 5:41
48 Andrew Killian 34M 29:38 5:58
53 John Hallett 28M 29:56 6:01
59 Megan Haberle 34F 30:20 6:06 9th woman
92 Rachel Clattenburg 29F 31:46 6:23 17th woman
229 Laura Jennings 32F 35:17 7:05
532 Jerold Paulson 54M 39:22 7:53
1048 James Scarborough 55M 43:22 8:38
1740 Shinobu Kusakabe 42F 48:53 9:21
3rd of 93 CO-ED Club Teams
Who else earned their bird this morning? Send in your results to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Alexandria Turkey Trot, 5-Mile
November 28, 2013 - Alexandria, VA
17 12 Charlie Ban 31M 27:29 5:30
37 2366 Andrew Killian 34M 29:58 6:00
48 1777 Megan Haberle 34F 30:35 6:07 7th Woman
158 4470 Julia Taylor 42F 34:43 6:57 6th Woman Masters
820 4025 J Scarborough 55M 43:27 8:42 in costume
Nick Williams finds that redemption lives close to home, in his second attempt this fall with a new personal best. Meanwhile Shinobu Kusakabe positioned herself excellently for a potential breakthrough, cruising through halfway in 1:37:04 and finishing 6th in her division. Well done to all!
GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon
November 17, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA
Bib Name S/Age Net Pace Plc Sex Div
1395 Nicholas Williams M31 3:00:12 6:52 316 287 61
2676 Shinobu Kusakabe F42 3:22:30 7:43 1059 159 6
1024 Daisuke Ogata M38 3:27:42 7:55 1372 1126 189
3288 Scott Sanger M48 4:04:23 9:19 4539 3012 345
Bib Name Sex/Age Net Pace Plc SexPlc Div
20733 Brian Savitch M34 1:24:53 6:28 128 109 24
Shinobu writes: Continue reading
USA! USA! Photo courtesy of Julia Taylor
So, let’s get the business part of this report out of the way.
The first of the .US Road Racing Championships, sponsored by USATF in collaboration with a new sponsor, Neustar, gets a spotty report card. Can I say that and still keep my good standing in USATF? Hope so.
The race course gets a solid A. The plentiful and emotionally invested police officers of the City of Alexandria get a good A. The staff of USATF and the boatloads of volunteers, happy to help and cheerful, ALL get As. And, the weather was an A+++ for a distance event.
But, some of the administrative details deserve, well, attention to detail. The online registration was cumbersome and hard to follow. And, you know, if I say that, you can dismiss it. If Julia Taylor says that, they need to pay attention.
As your determined PR person, I was crushed, crushed I tell you, to see that my WRC affiliation did not show up on the website along with other clubs. I called. I emailed. I was told again to verify my age and promised the change would be made, but no luck. And, then, at packet pickup things really fell apart Continue reading
Paul Karlsen, bearing his club colors and displaying impeccable trail etiquette. At the Riffle Ford Rd. Aid Station along the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, at mile 12.8 of the 2013 Stone Mill 50 Mile Run.
Paul Karlsen has achieved escape velocity from Planet Marathon’s gravitational pull, and is now in ultrarunner space. Many thanks go to race director, Doug Sullivan, and the MCRRC, who so capably hosted this logistically challenging event, thus culturing an engrossing experience for both athletes and their enablers alike.
Meanwhile, an undeterred Lauren Gabler stealthily struck a redemptive performance that somehow eluded her at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. Word has it that her passport application for 2014 Boston is now being expedited.
Stone Mill Fifty Miler Race
Montgomery County, Maryland 11/16/2013 6:00 A.M.
Place Sex/Tot Num Name S Ag Gun Time Pace
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15 13/178 159 PAUL KARLSEN M 35 08:07:00 9:45
2013 Anthem Richmond Marathon
November 16, 2013 - Richmond, VA
PLACE NAME BIB HALF NETTIME G/PLACE D/PLACE DIVISION
147 John Kendra 1096 1:30:37 3:07:22 130 4 M50-54
577 Lauren Gabler 1125 1:44:22 3:34:03 119 32 W25-29
Friends of WRC, Harsha Thirumurthy (2:40:42) and Shawn Rumery (2:41:33), also ran quite respectably down in Richmond.
Good job to all! but what will Sunday’s Second Act bring? Stay tuned for late breaking results from Philadelphia and the 2013 USA Masters 12 km Championships!