Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fall Has Arrived ...

And with it, some good news -- some good weather conditions seem likely for next Sunday's NY Marathon. Noting that the forecast has changed in the past couple of days (rain was mentioned), and is likely to do so within the next week, but looks like runners will be starting out the day in the mid-50s. Maybe a little cooler would be nice -- we'll see.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Last 10 Miles of NY Marathon

It's the last weekend before the NYC Marathon, which means it's time for a re-examination of the last 10 miles of the course. Worth doing if you haven't seen it before - and fun to do with people with varying levels of experience. I ran it this morning with a group of folk from Brooklyn - some experienced in NYC, some not, and learned a lot.

The course route is below.

Alberto Salazar article

Nice piece about Salazar in the NYTimes Play magazine this weekend by "Duel in the Sun" author John Brant.

The 1983 Boston Marathon race, which featured Salazar and Dick Beardsley running neck-and-neck for almost all of the distance, is one of the most compelling races I've ever seen. Should a similar situation arise during next weekend's Trials, or even one of the high-profile U.S. marathons, one wonders if distance-running will get the boost it deserves? Or will more people be focused on the Nov. 4 Patriots-Colts matchup the following day?

Transportation to Start

Runners are buzzing about the latest missive from the NYC Marathon folk regarding transportation to the race next Sunday. Right now, they are aggressively pushing marathoners who don't have official transportation lined up to head to the Staten Island Ferry, in part due to construction on the Verrazano Bridge. Note this: Private vehicles, including charter buses, are not guaranteed arrival in time for the race start.

At least two options are available through Brooklyn, thru the Prospect Park Track Club and Brooklyn Road Runners. Both have buses leaving at 5:30 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. Both leave well in advance of the 7 a.m. bridge closing.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bed-Stuy 10K Results

Results for the 10K race were posted last weekend. They can be found here (in .pdf form).

Staten Island Half Marathon

This is a bit delayed, so apologies. Noting that Brooklyn residents did well in last week's Staten Island Half Marathon, placing second in the both the men's and women's races. Congrats to Marilyn Charles and Taylor Delhagen! Here's an article from the Staten Island Advance.

JackRabbit Training Programs

JackRabbit is offering a number of training programs, including running, yoga and cycling. Check out the list here.

New York Marathon Transportation

Two local running clubs are offering marathoners a chance to get to the New York Marathon start by providing buses that leave near Prospect Park on Marathon Sunday.

The Brooklyn Road Runners is providing a bus that leaves at 5:30 a.m. from Circles (15th Street and Prospect Park West). Price is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. To reserve a spot, contact Steve Bonal at 917-238-9947.

The Prospect Park Track Club has a similar bus that will leave at 5:45 a.m. from 9th Street and Prospect Park West. Price is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Checks can be made out to PPTC and sent to PPTC, P.O. Box 150658, Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY 11215-0658. Questions? E-mail or leave a message at (718) 595 - 2049.

Both clubs say the buses will be leaving on the dot in order to get across the bridge before it shuts down for traffic, so if you make reservations, be on time.


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Brooklyn Finishers in Chicago

Adam Mulia 31 M 2:43:33
Avi Kravitz 29 M 3:10:32
Sarah Joyce 27 F 3:11:41
Erik Pena 32 M 3:20:29
Gary Gowdie 34 M 3:24:35
Christopher O'Brien 38 M 3:35:42
Moffat Frazier 37 F 3:40:51
Dina Zamfotis 23 F 3:41:43
Jeff Derman 36 M 3:44:07
Rachel R Burt 28 F 3:46:52
John R Joyce 30 M 3:53:56
Eric Gannon 25 M 4:02:09
Jene S Shaw 23 F 4:02:17
Susan J Sloan 32 F 4:03:26
Patricia Mulia 27 F 4:03:57
James R Halliday 55 M 4:04:32
Adrienna Edwards 32 F 4:06:00
Kevin M Abraszek 41 M 4:06:18
Pamela Wye 24 F 4:07:18
Sheilah James 44 F 4:07:28
Nathan MacNerland 23 M 4:07:40
Claire Lux 24 F 4:12:09
Christian Urena 31 M 4:12:33
Jeffrey Weiskopf 27 M 4:17:26
Patricia A Skeete 50 F 4:17:31
Megan S Scott 30 F 4:19:45
Margaret Gordon 33 F 4:23:31
Brittany A Ausmus 25 F 4:24:00
Alan E Ho 26 M 4:26:22
Lorelei Wall 29 F 4:26:43
Mary Katharine Gallagher 45 F 4:27:36
Sebastian Kaupert 44 M 4:27:51
Courtney Leborious 32 F 4:29:09
Nathan Saperia 24 M 4:32:01
Lisa M Sposato 40 F 4:33:00
Benjamin S See 46 M 4:36:17
Rebecca T Smith 31 F 4:39:21
Anna K Schmidt 29 F 4:41:23
Tif Luckenbill 40 M 4:42:08
Charlotte Gould 42 F 4:45:14
Brendan K Kelleher 28 M 4:47:48
Paul Fraser 33 M 4:50:37
Aaron M Milestone 33 M 4:57:33
Monica Cornia 26 F 4:58:59
Eleanor Thermansen 23 F 5:00:52
Jinha Evenson 24 F 5:03:10
Victor L Prial 30 M 5:07:33
Nibette Lafrennie 23 F 5:07:47
Stephanie S Schuster 33 F 5:14:10
Abby L Coutant 29 F 5:15:08
Rob Reiter 28 M 5:17:14
Lauren E Koch 26 F 5:18:17
Laura A Taylor 49 F 5:18:21
Marissa Roslyn 25 F 5:19:24
Amanda Margulies 33 F 5:19:39
Laura Mitchell 30 F 5:19:46
Omar Ellis 26 M 5:21:59
Caroline Green 30 F 5:26:03
Aaron Koffman 30 M 5:36:44
William C Ladd 29 M 5:40:27
Melissa B Ferrara 28 F 5:41:02
Damian J Stafford 31 M 5:41:17
Thomas Newberger 38 M 5:43:46
James Purvis 38 M 5:57:19
Randi Lass 40 F 5:57:47
Andrew M Archila 33 M 5:59:39
Lisa Cao 20 F 6:00:57
Kelvin A Dickerson 38 M 6:13:26
Suzanne Donaldson 45 F 6:14:47
Steve Laird 47 M 6:14:47
Lynn Stern 44 F 6:23:21

71 Chicago Finishers

According to the Chicago Marathon database (with unofficial results), 71 Brooklyn residents finished today's race. That's out of 128 registered ... though who knows at this point how many started. There have been some reports that only 4,000 of the 35,000 who started finished - that doesn't seem likely based on the Brooklyn results (We're special, yes, but not that special).

Sarah Joyce was the top woman with a chip time of 3:11:41. Adam Mulia led the men with a 2:43:33.

Anyone who was at Chicago and is reading this (still growing, still in beta, blog), feel free to post your comments about the experience.

The Chicago Heat - Will There Be Ramifications?

The comments on some of the blogs and some of the stories about today's Chicago Marathon that I've seen make me think that there could be some major changes in how marathons are handled if there are heat problems. Already one death has been reported, and it's possible there will be more. The comments on this blog are mixed, but one gets the idea that a) if running officials hadn't canceled the race, it could have been a lot worse and b) if New York faces a similar situation, they'll be a lot quicker in pulling the plug. Note the number of races that NYRR has made "fun runs" because of weather conditions; one wonders what would happen if it's the New York Marathon?

88 Degrees of Separation

Eighty-eight friggin' degrees in the first week of October in Chicago. Can't imagine what it was like to try to race (we'll try to get some race feedback from some of the runners). At the Bed-Stuy 10K, it was "only" 82 degrees and felt a lot hotter - a reasonably flat course made that much tougher by the lack of shade along most of the way.

We'll post top Brooklyn finishers from Chicago, as well as results from some the local races as soon as they are available.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Grete's Gallop Results

Marilyn Charles, 39, was the top Brooklyn woman to finish today's half-marathon in Central Park, clocking a 1:26:57, good enough for eighth overall and second in her division. Other results are here.

Upcoming Races

Plenty of races to choose from as the weather (hopefully, finally) turns cooler:

Sunday, Oct. 7:
The 11th annual Eileen Dugan 5K takes place. Start time is 10 a.m. over at 4th Place and Court Street. The cost is $15, with proceeds benefiting the Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation. The race is done in conjunction with Brooklyn Road Runners.

Sunday, Oct 7:
The 26th annual Bed-Stuy 10K kicks off at 10 a.m. as part of the Bed-Stuy Gateway Family Fun Fest. The race starts at 1368 Fulton Street.

Sunday, Oct. 14:
New York Road Runners hosts the Staten Island Half Marathon at 9:40 a.m. The race starts over by the Staten Island Yankees ballpark. If you’re lacking a car, the best way to get over there is by the ferry (which packs up pretty quickly - make sure you’re on the 8:30 a.m. at the latest).

Sunday, Oct. 14:
Cross-country runners get a chance to stride through the trails at Van Cortlandt Park in the Harry Murphy 5K. The race starts at 11:30 a.m. (Allow for at least 90 minutes of travel on the subway on a Sunday morning).

Sunday, Oct. 14:
Those looking to stay in Brooklyn on this Sunday morning can head down to Bay Ridge for the Women Against Violence 5K. Start time is 10 a.m., over at John Paul Jones Park at the intersection of 101st Street and Fourth Ave. The race is done in conjunction with Brooklyn Road Runners.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bed-Stuy 10K this weekend.

Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. Worth checking out for those of you who aren't doing the Grete's Gallop the previous day.

Marion Jones

Numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, are reporting that Marion Jones will plead guilty to lying about her use of steroids before the 2000 Olympic Games. That may mean her five medals (three gold, two bronze) will be taken away.

Runner's World, Meet Brooklyn

There's not one, but two Brooklyn references in the latest issue of Runner's World.

A letter by Donnell Suggs, now of Atlanta, reminisces about "the Brooklyn Bridge mile and runs through Prospect Park at night."

There's also a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of an article by Ed Eyestone on how to hit your target tempo pace. For those who haven't run there, it's a nice addition to any run near the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, or the Promenade.