Friday, January 1, 2016

Joe Kleinerman Near Capacity/Other Marathon Qualifiers

If you're waking up and saying - hey, I need to get started on my New York City Marathon qualifying races, here's a quick look at what's upcoming for January thru March:

*Jan. 9: Joe Kleinerman 10K is near capacity, so sign up now!

*Jan. 24: Manhattan Half is sold out

*Feb. 7: NYRR Gridiron 4M

*Feb. 20: Al Gordon 4M is a marathon qualifier this year (though still held in Prospect Park)

*March 7: Washington Heights Salsa, Blues and Shamrock 5K is the first club points race of the season

*March 20: United Airlines NYC Half has charity spots open

That's it for the first three months of the year. A couple of other things to note:

*Jan. 28 is when the entries for the May 21 Brooklyn Half open (and quite possibly close)

*March 26: Central Park Spring Classic is *not* a marathon qualifier.  However, the Scotland Run being held the following weekend is (entries are not open yet)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year's Eve!

It's yet another cloudy day here in Brooklyn, but still nearly ideal running weather to get in your last miles of 2015.

For those of you who are planning, the Midnight Run in Central Park tonight, it looks like your race will go off at a balmy 42 degrees or so. A reminder - this race is already sold out.   Those who will be tweeting should use #MidnightRun -- not to be confused with the awesome 1988 movie which is well worth it.

Professional runners in this year's race include Lisa Dobriskey and Joe Stillin.

2016 training begins in earnest tomorrow.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Brooklyn's Best at the Mile!

I ran a mile yesterday.

Other than it marked the 16th day in a row I have run (yes, comeback!), it wasn't all that special.

But I know some people who ran just a mile yesterday who *did* do something special! :-)  Yes, those hardy few who dared to venture outside of the safe environs of Brooklyn to go run the Fifth Avenue Mile.

Lest anyone think I'm mocking here (and, in rereading this, I'm only mocking myself, so let's be clear), racing a mile is hard, HARD, HARD! The one time I did the Fifth Avenue Mile, I coughed for 20 minutes afterward - yes, my best-age graded performance ever in a NYRR race, but it came at a cost.

Anyway, some highlights from yesterday's race (based on the data on the NYRR Web site that I'm analyzing, so if the data are wrong or I've taken one too many shortcuts, apologies):

Among the men:

*Ciaran O'Donovan, 31, from NBR, took top Brooklyn honors, speeding to a 4:29, good enough for 50th overall by time (this includes I believe all races) and 7th in his category

*Stefan Lingmerth, 38, who hails from Sweden and runs for WBTC, ran a 4:31, tops in his category

*Daniel Gercke, 49, of CPTC, raced a 4:49, taking 5th in his category (NOTE to self, I need to get a lot faster to get onto the awards stand). Gercke also topped men for age-graded performance with an 87.59%

*John Shostrom, 61, of BRRC, grabbed 3rd in his category with a 5:36

Among the women:

*Two people are listed on the top, both with a 5:18. Marie-ange Brumelot, 22, with QDR, and NBR's Sayo Yamagata, 30.

*Hope Sanders, 42, with RNYC, was the top female master from Brooklyn with a 5:25, and had the highest age-graded score at 83.5%

*Local clubs had a presence at the top, with Melissa Burgin, 30, from PPTC at 5:32, Connie Fried, 26, also from NBR at 5:35 and Grace Eginton, 27, from SBRC at 5:43

Congrats all!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park Run

Beautiful day for a run! Just a reminder that the winter days are behind us, finally! Today sauntered down from Brooklyn Heights into Dumbo and back through Brooklyn Bridge Park.  A bit over three miles, easy on the legs after a long run Saturday.  See route here

Three Weeks to Brooklyn Half!

Random thoughts as I was sitting on the stoop this morning reading the paper and watching runner after runner head toward the Brooklyn Promenade ...

* The blog is coming back after a self-imposed hiatus. Have some different thoughts on how I want to approach it (beyond actually posting more). More to come ....

* Brooklyn Half is in **three weeks**  You excited?

*Congratulations to the 131 people from Brooklyn who finished the Boston Marathon this year. Top finishers from the borough were Ben Leese (2:32:41) among men, Lauren Perkins (3:02:58) among women.

* For those of you looking to capture marathon qualifiers on the NYRR race circuit, note that the Healthy Kidney 10K and Japan Run (4 miles) the weekend of May 10-11 are nearing capacity.

* Website of the day: The Brooklyn Half Pre-Party (three days of fun in Dumbo) in the days leading up to the Half

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Upcoming NYRR Races

Some quick notes if you're looking to get the qualifying races in for next year's NYC Marathon

*Applications open Dec. 2, though it's not imperative you start - if you're in the lottery, you're in the lottery. Details here. (Yes, you save $6 on processing fee, and maybe you get selected in a special lottery.)

*Jingle Bell Jog in Brooklyn's Prospect Park is Dec. 7.  It is a marathon qualifier *but* it's also $50 at this point (extra funds go to support youth running in the city. Needless to say, this race is available.

*Ted Corbitt 15K, which is the last club points race of the year, is nearing capacity. Race is Dec. 14.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Battle of Brooklyn Aug. 18

If you're not one of the thousands of Brooklynites fleeing the city during the August doldrums, check out the fourth  annual Battle of Brooklyn on Sunday, Aug. 18.  Three loops of Prospect Park (and a great new freebie - a water bottle) $35 for individuals, $80 for the relay.

Details are here