Report from David Greenberg of the 40+:
The M40+ took its third consecutive gold at the final race of the 2016 NYRR team points race. Our traditional end of the season kick arrived, and it was fearsome.
But it left us just short of a third consecutive championship.
Unofficial points standings after Corbitt:
Urban Athletics: 155
After deleting our two worst races:
The race was a fitting close to our season – it had a little of everything that we have brought to the table all season. Old faces, new legs, great performances and solid PRs. And it sends us up to the Armory with much momentum.
Our scorers were from all over the map: #1 man Matt DeAngelis https://www.strava.com/athletes/3068557?oq=matt has had a stellar 2016 and led the team again. #2 guy Brad Kelley stepped down from the 50-59, ran his first NYRR 15k ever, and won his age group. #3 David Alm https://www.strava.com/athletes/15838916?oq=alm showed why he is in contention for comeback of the year – after a rough year he roared back to score for the first time, with his fastest 15k since 2011.
Matt DeAngelis 54:16/78.42%/2nd 40-44
Brad Kelley 55:11/83.05%/1st 50-54
David Alm 55:22/76.87%/4th 40-44
Top 10s in the age groups:
Brad Kelley: #1 50-54
Matt DeAngelis #2 40-44
David Greenberg #3 45-49
David Alm: #4 40-44
Daniel Ifcher: #6 45-49.
This was Matt’s NYRR 15k debut, and it was good enough to fit in at #9 all time for CPTC. Matt has been a rock for the team all year – he finished tied with Brad Kelley for scoring the most times: 6.
“Want to say congrats to my teammates on a tremendous season, while we came up a little short at the end I think we are in a great position to re-capture our title in 2017! I am personally motivated by all the performances I saw in 2016 for 40+, we have a very deep and talented group! I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank David Greenberg for his tireless work as our captain, appreciate all the creative write-ups and efforts in leading our team throughout the year. GO ORANGE!”
You can read Cap’n Chris’ summary to find out about Brad’s race, but I’ll point out that it was epic: #3 all time CPTC 50+ and Brad’s 14th straight podium in NYRR events.
David Alm has a different story. Just a few years ago David was a 28/28:30 5 mile guy in CP, but the last couple of years have been a bit of a struggle. But rather than giving in to age…I asked David to explain how he has come back so strong.
“I think it’s four things, including some I don’t talk about much, but as I age realize it’s better to be open about such things as a way of destigmatizing them. We’ve all got our crosses to bear, right?
1: First and foremost, I’ve been doing track workouts at McCarren Park once or twice a week with some fast NBR guys. I’d never spent much time on the track before this, and doing hard intervals consistently has really started to pay off. I feel like a different runner now.
2: I’ve been running higher mileage overall, including at least three runs of more than 10 miles per week, often as part of a workout.
3: In 2011, I was diagnosed with a relatively mild case of ulcerative colitis, an idiopathic and incurable autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the colon, which led to an iron deficiency and generally limited my ability to absorb nutrients, thereby making me fatigue easily in races. It’s been in remission for the past year and I’m hoping it stays that way — my doctor tells me I have no reason to think it will be a persistent problem, or that it will impede my athletics. He’s a triathlete himself and is always interested in and encouraging of my running. (If anyone wants a great GI recommendation, let me know.) In some people, UC even resolves entirely, and permanently, on its own.
4: In April 2015 I suffered a severe blow to my chest when I tripped on an object on the sidewalk while running at a 6:30ish pace downhill, causing me to stumble and slam into a large tree, whose impact I broke with my fist, causing some serious pulmonary and possibly cardiac contusions; it also noticeably affected my lung capacity and ability to transmit oxygen to my muscles for most of the past 18 months. That too seems to have resolved itself, no doubt aided by the track work mentioned above — it’s amazing how much hard intervals open up the lungs. Now when I run I can get the air I need, whereas before I felt like I did when I was a smoker (college).
I hope this streak continues for a while. It feels so good to be back.”
We had two all time PRs: Daniel Ifcher and Nigel Francis. So they win race of the day honors.
Daniel (57:41/78.12%/6th 45-49) set his PR in his fourth attempt, and his 6th place finish in the AG was his best finish in a points race all year.
Re (the Corbitt), I went into it with no expectation after having a good marathon and Turkey Trot a few weeks earlier. The 15k distance is not one that I race often so I don’t have a great PR. I was hoping to come in around 59:07 which is my PR for this race in recent years. So, I got going at a nice but not too fast pace – first mile 6:25. And I just sped up little by little each mile, feeling good. The cold didn’t seem to bother me, and in fact that 9th mile was a 5:50, for an overall pace of 6:12 and a PR of 57:40. Great to see so many team mates running the race and cheering. The cheering always helps me, so thank you.
Re Turkey Trot, I mentioned before, I ran a modest race on Roosevelt Island – it was a 5K/15K. I competed in the 15k, and won it in 58:10. It’s really fun to race for the front position. This was a flat and fast 3 loop course, so there was some 5K traffic, it was also fun to get lap splits, which were faster each time. One other CPTC’er was there Felipe ran the 5K – go Orange! “
Nigel (63:09/71.95%/21st 45-49) has been on a streak and a half, having run a PR at NYCM last month. A quick recovery and then bam another one.
Speaking of David Greenberg (56:38/80.25%/3rd 45-49), he is happy to bookend the season with points race podiums – he was 2nd at Coogan’s way back in March and now 3rd at Corbitt.
This was an good ending to a successful fall season – at three distances I got right up near masters PRs and I competed well throughout. I always like to race the Corbitt because it’s so similar to our Thursday night training runs with Coach Tony. I’m now looking forward to taking a solid base up to the Armory and adding some speed.
Michael Caggia (71:09/63.87%/61st 45-49) had a good one – his best age graded score in a race in Central Park since 2014.
Year end statistics
6: Brad Kelley and Matt DeAngelis
5: Eric Lattin
3: Mohammed Lahseni and Cary Segall
2: Nick Thompson, Peter Brady, David Greenberg
1: Eduardo Ribeiro Ferreiro, David Alm, Tim Stockert, Josh Rayman, Dan Gay
Daniel Ifcher won the inaugural trophy and can take it home with him. We all know what a great running year Daniel has had, and I strongly feel that it was, in a major way, a result of a steady diet of points races. Synchronicity: running points races helps the team and it helps us. I think there is a massive benefit to racing even when we don’t feel like it, at a distance we might feel is not our own, and on a regular schedule. It forces discipline and helps build mental strength. And of course the more of us run the points races the more fun it is for all of us.
9 races: Daniel Ifcher
8 races: Mohammed Lahseni, David Alm, Tim Stockert, Nigel Francis, Michael Caggia
7 races: Coleman Cowan, Jeff Garnett, Nick Garramone.
Much news to report from outside the points races:
We heard about Daniel Ifcher’s overall win at the 15k on Roosevelt Island. An outright win is a rare and sleek thing.
Right before Corbitt, David Alm ran a flyin’ 22:15 for four miles in Prospect Park.
Matt DeAngelis won the masters division at the 10,000 person Feaster Five turkey trot, with a 27:51.
John Milone (29:26) and David Greenberg (28:45) ran well at the Ashenfelter 8k in NJ.
Our long distance brother in orange Josh Rayman ran a 2:43 marathon over the weekend at age 47 – here’s the tale:
“I ran 2:43:03 for 5th male, 2nd master, at age 47 at Rocket City on Saturday.
Although it started out below 30 degrees, I think, I had a very good first 14 miles, 6:10/6:10/6/6 then 5:57 for most of the way to 14, feeling quite good, but the three guys I was with had picked it up on mile 14 and again and dropped me and then I really struggled with my calves trashed, especially the last 10k in 41:02. That is a hilly course, especially around miles 16 to 21, and I wore the wrong shoes and didn’t prepare myself well enough to run on them with hills. Maybe I could have stuck with those guys (one ran 2:34, 1:18:24/1:16 and another ran 2:37:12) a handful more miles and run a good one because I had been feeling very comfortable at 6 flat until the calves went, but I never got it going this whole training season partly because of piriformis–prep races were awful, 5k/18:07, half marathon/1:19:55, 10k/36:05.
A week off now and I’ll start getting ready for spring half marathons and hopefully shorter stuff on the track.
David Dorsey sent a reminder that the Ocean Breeze Mile Mania series starts on on January 5. I’m looking forward to seeing what David can run for 1609 given the fast workouts he’s posted on Strava lately.
Report from Chris Donnelly of the 50+:
What a way to cap off 2016! Another big long race – inevitably, after Winter settles in for good – when half the folks are tired from having run the marathon and the rest are just plain tired. Yep, it’s been a long season, fraught with fevered competition, often enough in sketchy weather. But CPTC’s 50+ men persevered, with old blood and new contributing to land a satisfying first place finish in the club points competition. Things were touch and go heading into that final race, last weekend’s Ted Corbitt 15K. Our first place finish here cemented the season win in commanding fashion.
Typically, Corbitt embraces us with biting cold and a sprinkling of snowflakes. This year, the weather gods smiled wanly; the temperature warmed to a not quite balmy 30 degrees as the race began, nudged along by the lack of wind and even some sunshine.
Coming into the race, we were clinging to a season lead by a mere two points (adjusted for the two dropped races), but the CPTC men rose to the occasion. For our scoring team, Brad Kelley hauled himself to the starting line one last time to accomplish the seemingly impossible; Alan Ruben https://www.strava.com/athletes/15812890?oq=ruben wrapped satisfying comeback year; and the recently aged-up Michael Nolan jumped back into racing and scored in his first 50+ outing for the team. Moreover, Brad and Michael vaulted onto CPTC’s 50+ all-time best list for the 15K distance. Brad’s 55:11 (83:05% AG) lands him in third place overall, behind Alan (54:03), and Allston Brown (54:32). Michael jumps onto the leader board with a 1:01:36 ((74.4% AG), in 10th place. As we’ve seen all year, our newest age-group members are making their mark on the club’s 10-best times with each new race.
Brad, Alan and Michael’s combined score of 2:57:53 offered a daunting 6+ minute margin over BRRC, the second-place squad.
“I’m happy with the race especially given nasty plantar fasciitis which I have now had since the Bronx 10 miler which, even with time off and acupuncture, is not going away. It took about 4 miles to warm up (23:55 on my watch) but after that nobody passed me and I even outsprinted a few youngsters. As usual there is so much orange support on the course, which really helps…if not for trying to help out I’m not sure I would have shown up today. Health = wealth, for certain.”
In fact, Brad went above and beyond the call of duty this year, scoring in eight of the 11 points races in the dominant 50+ performance of 2016. So rest well.
Like Brad, Alan Ruben was coming back from the New York Marathon. Alan ran 101:06 (81.28% G), for fourth place among men 55-59. Alan notes,
“Pleased with my first race post-marathon. Was able to pick up the second loop and run a decent race.”
There’s more to it though. After pronouncing his August run at Percy Sutton a satisfying tempo, Alan’s return to consistent training boosted the 59 year-old back to the front of the pack; Alan scored for the team in every points race for the the remainder of the year.
Michael Nolan, on his fourth place finish among men 50-54:
“This was my first NYRR race in over two years (after joining CPTC in 2013 and running a few races, I moved to Singapore in mid-2014 and, though I moved back at the end of last year, my training this year has been wildly inconsistent) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I fell in with a pack of 4-5 CPTC teammates and we hung together until around the 6-mile mark. I was glad to hold it together through the finish and was then very pleased to find out that I was the final scorer for the men’s 50+ team. Not sure that will happen again but it was nice to have done it once!”
As ever, the CPTC story goes far beyond that top trio. There were more top 10 age group performances:
Casey Yamazaki took eighth place among men 50-54, running 1:02:16 (76.22% AG) as he locked in with Alan Ruben for most of the race. And Tom Raymond, fresh off some strong cross-country performances, was clearly feeling good, taking fifth place among men 55-59 as he too crossed the line at 1:02:16 (79.02% AG). Tom doesn’t have a lot of NYRR road races in his portfolio, especially on the long roads so he’s breaking new ground with this one.
Chris Donnelly, who came in 13th among 50-54 men with a 1:03:55 (74.25% AG), observed,
“Goodbye to 50-54. This was a solid effort, about in line with my other recent races in what’s been something of a muted second half of the season. Felt pretty good as we scampered off from the start, but I played it conservatively knowing it was a long race. Ran alone for the most part, though I could see Amy K and Nigel ahead nearly until the end. I was pretty psyched to see Tom Raymond roll by mid-race, he looked so smooth. Looking forward to sharpening up my game in 2017 in a new 55+ age group.”
Ron Romano, also in post-marathon mode, was next at 1:08:52 (69.53% AG); Oscar Garcia ran 1:14:18 (63.87% AG); and Joe Bachana closed it out for us at 1:16:38 (60.86% AG).
The nine-member team we fielded for this race was typical of the 50+ effort all year long. In an age bracket where the roster starts to get notably thinner, we never fielded fewer than seven runners for any given points race, and often had 10 or more toeing the line. The scoring effort, too, was, varied. Eleven runners scored for us during the season, from age group newbies like Brad, Tim Stockert (who scored in the marathon in his 50+ debut), and Michael Nolan, to Art Palmer, who scored at Staten Island just before turning 60. Art, Alan, and Mikal Scott pushed aside serious health issues to contribute to the scoring effort this year. Just seeing our big turnout in the corrals before each race was an undeniable confidence builder. It’s this kind of deep bench, and deep dedication, that makes it a pleasure to be part of this amazing team year-in, and year-out. Looking ahead to next year, this team will again be ferociously competitive, and so will other teams like the Dashing Whippets, who fielded a small but tenacious squad that traded first place with CPTC all year long in 2016 in a thrilling duel, and a revitalized Urban Athletics that’s sure to be a big threat in the coming year.
As we turn the page on 2016, let’s also thank our incredible coaches and the entire open and masters teams on a year of amazing running and strong results. Thanks to all who ran and trained hard, and especially everyone who cheered this year. Your support is our secret weapon.
Wishing you all health and PRs in the year ahead. It’s gonna be epic.
Report from Hank Schiffman of the 60+:
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” Race morning wasn’t quite that bad. However, we faced an impending cold starting corral which proved to be below freezing, but dry and with a manageable wind. Better still, it ended with CPTC 60+ men taking 3rd place, successfully defending our 3rd place for the season’s club point standings.
Brooklyn Road Runners did their victory lap. Witold’s Runners took 2nd place: we were all of 1 minute, 22 seconds behind them. Yes, Witold’s had its fork in our plate; they prevailed for the day but did not eat our lunch for the season. We were a healthy 8 minutes and 9 seconds ahead of 4th place Van Cortlandt Track Club. Thus the 2016 NYRR 60+ men team point final results after the dust settled:
Brooklyn RR 138
Taconic RR 104
Witold’s RR 91
Back to the race. Our ranks dwindled before the finish line. Phil Vasquez made a wise choice by not running injured. Art Palmer dropped out of the race sensing injury. Yet those who did make it to the line fared well.
First scorer, Hank Schiffman https://www.strava.com/athletes/254190?oq=schiffman , 1:06:20, was one of only 3 men who ran their age in minutes, each one of which took first place in their respective age groups: 60-64, 65-69 and 70-74:
“In the starting corral, I had on just about everything I could wear short of a raccoon coat, paring down to an old T-shirt, old socks as arm warmers over actual arm warmers, and a diminishing concern about race conditions by time the horn went off. Still, I was wearing the full catalog of my winter road racing best; a laundry list of thin and shiny, nothing derived from anything that had leaves, a face or a mother. I soon found myself going back and forth with Jack McShane of Brooklyn RR. We vowed gloves were coming off when he turns 65 on January 1st, but we both knew this was still show time. I managed to tangled up the T-shirt in the process of discarding it and slowed my pace in the garment struggle. In those few moments he had put distance on me. Things reversed as his legs cramped at mile 6 and fell away, leaving me by my lonesome running among strangers.
I’m pretty sure there weren’t any miles of this race without one team member or another on the sidelines showing support. And of course there is a certain ring to coach Tony’s voice in his message to get my act together. He has an uncanny ability to tell when I’m beginning to fall asleep. No doubt I finished at least 10 seconds to the better after picking up my pace the first time he let me have it. All seriousness aside, I’ll never know if my pace was too cautious. You never really know how close you are to blowing up unless you actually do. And that is a land I never care to revisit.”
Gary Gosselin, 1:09:29 (last year 1:07:23) was our first scorer last year. Gary has proven a reliable scorer. He did better than his projected finish of 70 minutes. Why the further projection after having a good season?:
“Giving the body a break.”
Dennis O’Donnell, 1:13:17, coming off the notoriously challenging Athens Marathon:
“Why Pheidippides dropped dead after he finished his 26 miles.
I ran the Athen Marathon yesterday–the original Marathon to Athens course. Hardest race I have ever run, bar none. The 10-mile hill from Mile 11 to Mile 21, over a mountain from the coastal plain into Athens proper, all but killed me. Sore foot, bruised ribs, streaming cold, bad stomach, sunny with absolutely no shade and strong cross winds. The finish in the Olympic Stadium was great, but it was nothing short of a miracle that I managed to pull out a 3:51:30 time.“
Regarding his race in Corbitt’s:
“I think I’ve recovered from Athens, but I did not have great race. I’m still struggling with the neuroma on my left foot, and I’ve been having a hard time transitioning to cold weather running. I ran Saturday at 7:54 pace, which was bad, but not as bad as I had expected. I lost about two minutes due to an emergency break at 7 miles, so I probably actually ran it somewhere in 7:30’s. Historically, December has been the worst month for my running, so it can only get better from here!”
Kevin McGuire was our first backup, 1:14:59 (1:14:53 last year):
“Turned out to be a good race. 6 seconds slower than last year and having just received my Medicare card when I returned home I will take it.
After getting some running room after the first mile my pace was steady with no need for water , just ran.
The prize was my daughter at the finish with her 3 week old son, my 1st grandson. He got the shirt which will take a few years to grow into.
And a big shout out to Dave for hosting the post race 60+ end of year gathering.”
Dave Delano, our second backup, 1:40:35 (1:40:00 last year). Racing Corbitt’s was an act of multitasking for Dave; he hosted his 4th annual post Corbitt’s CPTC 60+ Super Sixties (and up) Post Race Brunch. And what a wonderful venue it is!
Year Wrap Up:
2016 60+ runners in all team point races (they were 60 at the time of races):
10 Gary Gosselin, Hank Schiffman
8 Dave Delano, Phil Vasquez
7 Kevin McGuire
4 Harry Lichtenstein
3 Doug Labar, Yasuhiro Makoshi, Chip Olsen
2 George Hirsch, Bob Holliday, Dan Molloy, Rick Shaver
1 Stuart Alexander, Allan Dias, Art Palmer*, Dennis O’Connell*, Fred Trilli, Frank Wilson
*note: although only officially in 60+ for one race this season, Art Palmer finished 7 races and Dennis O’Connell finished 6 races this season
2016 60+ men scorers, only counting races run when 60:
9 Gary Gosselin, Hank Schiffman*
2 Yasuhiro Makoshi, Bob Holliday, Kevin McGuire
1 Doug Labar, Dan Molloy, Chris Neuhoff, Dennis O’Connell, Art Palmer, Phil Vasquez*
*we did not have 3 finishers for Brooklyn, otherwise would have had another
Our first backups:
3 Kevin McGuire
1 Stuart Alexander, Gary Gosselin, Yasuhiro Makoshi, Dan Molloy, Chris Neuhoff, Rick Shaver, Phil Vasquez
Thanks to all for another great season of road & xc racing. On to track. I’m already registered for the Washington Heights 5k.